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More than 1,000 people attend Michigan funeral for Vietnam veteran

Hundreds of people showed up at a Michigan funeral Wednesday to mourn a Vietnam War veteran who passed away with no surviving family members.

Friends of Wayne Lee Wilson anticipated that only a few people would pay their respects, but the Brown Funeral Home in Niles changed that by posting Wilson’s obituary on Facebook and inviting the public to pay their respects.

FUNERAL FOR VIETNAM WAR VET, 77, WHO DIED ALONE, DRAWS HUNDREDS OF MOURNERS

“Dignitaries have funerals like this,” Wilson’s close friend Charlotte Andrews told the Detroit Free Press. “Who would have thought that a simple man with simple ideas and a simple way of life would have been able to have such an enormous amount of people to be able to send him off?”

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U.S. Army members carry a folded flag along with the remains of Vietnam War veteran Wayne Wilson during the memorial service in Niles Wednesday. (Emil Lippe/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)

Wilson died May 28 with no close family members, so his friends arranged for him to be buried with military honors. Wilson served in the Army from 1971 to 1977 and was wounded during his military service.

“We found out that this particular veteran does not have any family; and as color guard, we honor every veteran,” said Petra Bernard of the Osceola American Legion Post 308. “Every veteran deserves to have their military rights, so we made sure that we came out here to pay our respects to this soldier.”

Wilson often wore his service medals, flew a flag on his motorized scooter and would place flags at the graves of deceased veterans in Silverbrook Cemetery, where he was ultimately laid to rest, according to to the Free Press. People around Niles often called him “Sarge.”

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Flags, flowers and letters alike lie near the remains of Wayne Wilson at the conclusion of the memorial service at the Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles, Mich., Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Emil Lippe/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)

Mourners came from several states away to honor him.

“It said on Facebook he didn’t have any family. He does have family,” Ohio resident Kenneth Creech told WNDU-TV. “Everybody that stepped foot in Vietnam is a brother.”

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In brief remarks, Niles Mayor Nick Shelton thanked Wilson and others like him.

“General George S. Patton Jr. said it best: ‘It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived,'” Shelton said. “Thank God for Wayne Wilson and thank you all for being a part of his legacy.”

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Husband of missing bikini-clad hiker says cops view him as prime suspect

The husband of an Arizona woman who vanished while hiking with him in California last week said authorities consider him a prime suspect in the case.

Barbara Thomas, 69, was last seen July 12 with her husband Robert in the Mojave Desert about 20 miles from Interstate 40. She reportedly was clad in a bikini, hiking boots, and a baseball cap and didn’t have any supplies or her cell phone at the time. The couple brought beer and water on the hike.

CALIFORNIA HIKER MISSING FOR 4 DAYS IS FOUND ALIVE, DAUGHTER AND INVESTIGATORS REVEAL

Robert Thomas told Inside Edition in an interview that aired Wednesday that investigators consider him a prime suspect because “it was just the two of us” in the sweltering desert. He also told the outlet he failed a lie detector test.

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Barbara Thomas, 69, was last seen on Friday hiking in the Mojave Desert about 20 miles north of Interstate 40 east of Kelbaker Road. (Colorado River Sheriffs Department)

‘Yes, I took a polygraph test, they told me I was being deceptive,” he said. “I know that polygraphs aren’t 100 percent and I hadn’t had any sleep.”

San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies, park rangers, and volunteers have scoured the desert to look for the grandmother as temperatures continued to climb into the triple digits this week.

During the interview, Thomas said he realized his wife was missing when he stopped to take a picture of a rock formation and saw her rounding a corner.

“That’s the last I ever saw of her,” he said.

When he turned the corner, Barbara was gone and Robert Thomas assumed he would find her sitting outside their camper.

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A search helicopter hovers overhead in the Mojave Desert near Needles, Calif., Saturday, July 13, 2019. Authorities in California say they are searching for a bikini-clad Arizona woman who went missing while hiking in the Mojave Desert.  (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

“I hollered her name and I waved my arms, and I looked around the area and I saw that she wasn’t anywhere around. She didn’t respond. I got really panicky,” he said.

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Thomas said he believes his wife was taken against her will because of what she was wearing and the beer she had. He insists he had nothing to do with her disappearance.

“She is the love of my life,” he said. “Come home. We’re missing you.”

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13 Pa. police officers to be fired over offensive Facebook posts

Thirteen officers in Philadelphia will be fired following an investigation into racist and offensive Facebook posts, the city police commissioner announced on Thursday.

In a news conference on Thursday, Commissioner Richard Ross said the officers are on a 30-day suspension with intent to dismiss.

The department had placed a total of 72 officers on administrative leave in June after a nonprofit group published the results of a two-year review of personal Facebook posts or comments from officers in Philadelphia and seven other departments.

PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT PUTS 72 OFFICERS ON DESK DUTY AMID INVESTIGATION INTO ANTI-MUSLIM SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

Ross said about 3,100 offensive or potentially offensive Facebook posts were identified and connected to 328 active-duty Philadelphia police officers, adding that some posts date back to 2010.

He said the posts “clearly advocated violence or death against any protected class such as ethnicity, national origin, sex, religion and race or any speech advocating or supporting crimes affecting the integrity, honesty or trustworthiness of the police department.”

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Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross spoke during a news conference on Thursday. The Philadelphia Police Department is suspending 13 police officers with an intent to fire them following an investigation into offensive and sometimes threatening Facebook posts.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Ross told reporters that all but three of the 72 Philadelphia officers currently on leave will face some form of discipline. Four officers will be suspended for 30 days, while the rest will face disciplinary action ranging from reprimands to a five-day suspension.

The posts included “anti-Islamic posts such as ‘death to Islam,’” as well as “references to African-Americans as thugs,” “encouragement of police brutality,” and “homophobic memes which in some cases suggest violence against transgender individuals,” according to Ross.

“I continue to be very disappointed and angered by these posts, many of which violate basic human decency,” Ross said on Thursday.

“We need to move past this ridiculous hate that has consumed this country and has done so for centuries.”

Ross said on June 28 nearly all of the 72 officers on administrative leave, who have not been identified, received the first in a series of trainings. The department is also looking at software that would track and audit officers’ social media posts.

NEARLY 2 DOZEN ST. LOUIS OFFICERS FLAGGED OVER ALLEGED ‘RACIALLY CHARGED SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS’

The president of the Philadelphia police union said the Fraternal Order of Police is disappointed that the officers will be terminated without due process, adding that “the overwhelming majority of our members serve this city with integrity and professionalism.”

After publication of the database, which allegedly included nearly 180 posts tied to Phoenix officers that disparage black people, Muslims and transgender people, the police chief moved some officers to “non-enforcement” assignments while the department investigates.

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In St. Louis, the top prosecutor placed nearly two dozen city police officers on an exclusion list last month after learning about “racially charged social media posts of current and retired city police.” Those officers are not allowed to bring cases to her office.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ex-University of Illinois doctoral student gets life in prison in slaying of visiting Chinese scholar

After a federal jury said Thursday that its members had failed to agree on the death penalty, a former University of Illinois doctoral student drew a lifetime prison sentence for the rape and murder of a 26-year-old scholar from China he abducted from a bus stop near campus in 2017.

The jurors returned their decision against the defendant, Brendt Christensen, 30, on their second day of deliberations. The same jurors took less than 90 minutes to convict Christensen last month in the killing of the scholar, Yingying Zhang.

Prosecutors and Zhang’s family had pushed for the death penalty, but a jury decision on that had to be unanimous. If even one juror was opposed, a life sentence was to be applied.

Illinois abolished the death penalty in 2011, but Christensen was prosecuted under federal law. If he had been sentenced to die for his crime, he would have been executed in neighboring Indiana.

Prosecutors said Christensen raped, choked and stabbed Zhang before beating her to death with a bat and decapitating her. Christensen has never revealed what he did with Zhang’s remains. Her family members, who traveled from China to Peoria, Ill., for the trial, had hoped he might explain in court where he’d left her, but Christensen’s lawyers didn’t call him to testify.

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Among those who did testify was Zhang’s mother, Lifeng Ye. She told jurors how relatives were devastated by the loss of her daughter, who had aspired to become a professor and help her working-class family financially.

“How am I supposed to carry on living?” Lifeng Ye said in video testimony. “I really don’t know how to carry on.”

She said Christensen dashed Zhang’s dreams and those of her family. The young scholar was killed months before she’d planned to get married.

“My daughter did not get to wear a wedding dress,” Lifeng Ye said. “I really wanted to be a grandma.”

Zhang’s father, Ronggao Zhang, cried when shown a photo of himself and his daughter at a train station as she was setting out for the U.S. “My life without her will not be complete,” he told jurors.

Her boyfriend, Xiaolin Hou, testified that relatives held out hope that the body would be found, allowing for burial in China. Prosecutors indicated in court filings that Christensen might have destroyed the remains.

Prosecutor Eugene Miller said Christensen posed as an undercover officer and lured Zhang into his car when she was running late to sign an apartment lease. The muscular Christensen likely forced the 5-foot-4 Zhang into a long duffel bag that he’d bought online days earlier and carried her up to his apartment in Urbana, Miller said. Once inside, he raped and killed her.

Zhang had been in Illinois for just three months — her only time living outside China.

Prosecutors said that Zhang was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and that Christensen, who fantasized about killing, was determined to take someone’s life that day. They said he had approached a different woman earlier, posing as an officer, but that she refused to get in the car.

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Defense attorney Julie Brain told jurors that Christensen had struggled with mental health issues for years and had tried to get help in dealing with homicidal fantasies in the months before killing Zhang.

“What happened next was a … battle between Brendt and his demons that little by little, he lost,” Brain said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Florida schools required to teach mental health courses after state ed board vote

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Florida‘s public schools will be required to give students at least five hours of instruction on mental health issues beginning in 6th grade after the state’s board of education approved changes to the curriculum Wednesday.

The News Service of Florida reports that students will have to take classes “aimed at helping them to identify the signs and symptoms of mental illness, find resources if they are battling with depression or other issues, and teach them how to help peers who are struggling with a mental health disorder.”

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The new curriculum does not have an implementation date.

Children’s mental health has been a signature issue for Florida first lady Casey DeSantis — wife Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“We know that 50 percent of all mental illness cases begin by age 14, so we are being proactive in our commitment to provide our kids with the necessary tools to see them through their successes and challenges,” Casey DeSantis said in a statement. “Providing mental health instruction is another important step forward in supporting our families.”

MONTANA TEEN WHO RAN AWAY FROM MENTAL HOSPITAL DIES AFTER BEING HIT BY PICKUP TRUCK, POLICE SAY

Department of Education spokeswoman Cheryl Etters said that each school district can choose what mental health-related courses to offer students. Potential classes explore issues related to cyberbullying, the effects of substance abuse, or suicide prevention. The state board has not decided how schools will implement the required courses into their regular schedules.

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“We are going to reinvent school-based mental-health awareness in Florida, and we will be the number one state in the nation in terms of mental health outreach and school safety, all because of the governor’s and First Lady’s remarkable vision,” state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said in a statement. ” … It is going to be a life-saver and it will reduce the stigma.”

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Fox News’ Kira Grant contributed to this report.

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Dozens of Catholic clergy arrested on Capitol Hill protesting treatment of child migrants

U.S. Capitol Police arrested 70 people Thursday who were part of a coalition of Catholic clergy members and supporters protesting the treatment of child migrants being held in detention facilities along the southern border.

The protest, dubbed a “Catholic Day of Action for Immigrant Children,” took place in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building. Organizers said their goal was to end the “inhumane treatment of immigrant children and to child detention by the U.S. government” by putting pressure on lawmakers.

ACTIVISTS BLOCK ICE HEADQUARTERS IN STANDOFF TO PROTEST IMMIGRATION POLICY, MIGRANT DETENTION

“Images of immigrant children detained in cages, separated from family members, and living in unsanitary, unhealthy conditions have outraged the nation in recent days,” organizers said in a statement. “The faith community has decried this treatment of children not only as a violation of human dignity and rights but also as contrary to religious teachings and the sacred call to care for people who are most at risk, especially children.”

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The Russell Senate Office Building in Washington D.C.  (Architect of the Capitol)

Several faith-based organizations took part in the protest, including the NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, Faith in Public Life and the Faith in Action & Congregation Action Network. A spokesperson for Ignatian Solidarity Network, another organizer, did not immediately reply to a Fox News request for comment.

Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki told Fox News that the demonstrators were arrested on suspicion of unlawfully demonstrating and were charged with unlawfully crowding, obstructing or incommoding. No one was injured.

The Trump administration has come under fire over reported poor conditions in detention facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border. Overcrowding and prolonged detention have become common as a surge of migrants continues to overwhelm U.S. border agencies.

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Vice President Mike Pence recently visited a facility in McAllen, Texas where hundreds of detainees are reportedly kept cages without cots.

“I just think that we can do better as a nation,” Walter Liss, a Franciscan brother, told CQ Roll Call. “I just don’t like what I’ve seen on TV, the way that people are being treated and/or scapegoated, you know, [and] how people, especially people of color from other countries, are being blamed for all sorts of problems in society.”

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Jeffrey Epstein denied bail, judge says no amount ‘can overcome danger to the community’

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A New York federal judge denied bail Thursday to Jeffrey Epstein, who currently faces multiple charges of sex trafficking.

The 66-year-old financier has been in custody since his July 6 arrest. He pleaded not guilty in an initial court appearance.

“I doubt that any bail package can overcome danger to the community,” U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said Thursday while announcing his decision.

The defense had argued Epstein should be allowed to await trial under house arrest with electronic monitoring at his $77 million Manhattan mansion. They said he wouldn’t run and was willing to pledge a fortune of at least $559 million as collateral.

At a hearing Monday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller said the government’s case against Epstein is “getting stronger every single day” as more women contact authorities to say he sexually abused them when they were minors.

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One of his accusers who said she was sexually abused by Epstein when she was 14 in Palm Beach, Florida, pleaded with the judge to keep him jailed.

“He’s a scary person to have walking the streets,” Courtney Wild said during the Monday hearing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Wasp spray used as meth alternative in West Virginia, possibly linked to 3 overdoses: police

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At least three overdose deaths in West Virginia may be linked to a growing trend in Boone County where police believe drug users are turning to wasp spray as an alternative form of methamphetamine.

Sgt. Charles Sutphin with the West Virginia State Police said that people are using the cans of insect repellent to create a “synthetic” version of the drug.

“We’re seeing this here on the streets in Boone County,” Sutphin told Charleston’s WCHS-TV. “People are making a synthetic type methamphetamine out of wasp spray.”

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Sutphin said the wasp spray can cause erratic behavior and extreme swelling of the hands and feet. He also warned that users can experience a fatal allergic reaction to the synthetic drug after repeated use.

“From what we’re being told, if you use it, you know, you might use it once or twice and be fine, but the third time when your body hits that allergic reaction, it can kill you.”

The local station reported Monday that stores in Boone County sold nearly 30 cans of wasp spray on Friday alone.

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State police believe at least three overdose deaths last week are tied to the use of the spray as a meth alternative.

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Trump slams ‘The Squad’; Outrage over supporters’ ‘Send her back!’ chants

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Trump takes aim at ‘The Squad’ as supporters chant, ‘Send her back!’
President Trump, at a fiery “Make America Great Again” campaign rally Wednesday night in Greenville, N.C., blasted far-left Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts as his feud with the four members of “The Squad” showed no signs of dying down. As many supporters chanted, “Send her back!,” Trump took aim at Omar, saying she “smeared U.S. service members in ‘Black Hawk Down.’ She slandered the brave Americans trying to keep peace in Somalia,” a dig at her Somali-American heritage. The president also said Omar blamed America for the economic crisis in Venezuela and refused to condemn Al Qaeda.

The “Send her back!” chants referred to Trump’s tweet on Sunday in which the president asked why “Democrat Congresswomen” don’t “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came, then come back and show us how it is done.” Omar responded to the chants Wednesday by quoting iconic poet Maya Angelou on Twitter. 2020 Democrat presidential candidates Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand slammed Trump and accused him of stoking racism and xenophobia.

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Democrat’s revived push to impeach Trump killed by Dem-controlled House
The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to set aside a resolution by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, to introduce article of impeachment against President Trump – the third time the Houston-area lawmaker has taken a shot at impeaching the president, but the first since Democrats regained control of the House. Lawmakers voted 332-95 to table Green’s resolution, which was widely opposed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other top Democrats worried that the measure would force vulnerable swing-district lawmakers into peril ahead of the 2020 elections. The bipartisan vote shelved any chance of bringing forth articles of impeachment against Trump in the near future.

House Democrats vote to hold Barr, Ross in criminal contempt over citizenship census question
The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to hold Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt, saying they were stonewalling congressional probes into the Trump administration’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The vote to hold Barr and Ross in contempt was 230-198, with four Democrats and all Republicans voting no. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, now an independent after leaving the Republican Party, voted yes. Ross issued a statement immediately after the vote, charging that House Democrats were engaging in a “PR stunt” and “political games.”

Jon Stewart slams two Republican senators for delaying vote on 9/11 compensation fund
Comedian and activist Jon Stewart blasted two Republican senators for delaying a vote on reauthorizing the 9/11 victims compensation fund as a first responder-turned-activist claimed they “lack humanity.” Citing the national debt, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., derailed the attempt by Democrats on Wednesday to fast-track an extension to the compensation fund for 9/11 victims. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, placed a procedural hold on the legislation. Despite the roadblock, the reauthorization bill will eventually pass the Senate, Stewart predicted. “It’s absolutely outrageous, and you’ll pardon me if I’m not impressed in any way by Rand Paul’s fiscal responsibility virtue signaling,” he said in an interview on “Special Report” on Wednesday.

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Demonstrators fill Cristo street in old San Juan, near the executive mansion to protest against governor Ricardo Rossello, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Protesters are demanding Rossello step down for his involvement in a private chat in which he used profanities to describe an ex-New York City councilwoman and a federal control board overseeing the island’s finance. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Thousands demand Puerto Rico governor’s resignation
Thousands gathered Wednesday in San Juan to demand the resignation of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló over the leak of online chats that show him making misogynistic slurs and mocking his constituents. Wednesday’s mass demonstration was the second this week against the embattled leader. Waving Puerto Rican flags — some in black and gray to signal their discontent with the government — and chanting demands that Rosselló step down, demonstrators of every age group said they were fed up with the corruption of elected officials. The crowd included “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, pop star Ricky Martin and reggaeton artists Benito Martinez Ocasio — known as “Bad Bunny” — and Residente.)

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This Day in History: July 18

On this day, July 18 …

1969: U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., leaves a party on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha’s Vineyard with Mary Jo Kopechne; some time later, Kennedy’s car goes off a bridge into the water. Kennedy is able to escape, but Kopechne drowns. The scandal would dog Kennedy the rest of his life.

Also on this day …

  • A.D. 64: The Great Fire of Rome begins, consuming most of the city for about a week.
  • 1940: The Democratic National Convention at Chicago Stadium nominates President Franklin D. Roosevelt (who is monitoring the proceedings at the White House) for an unprecedented third term in office; earlier in the day, Eleanor Roosevelt speaks to the convention, becoming the first presidential spouse to address such a gathering.
  • 1947: President Harry S. Truman signs a Presidential Succession Act, which places the speaker of the House and the Senate president pro tempore next in the line of succession after the vice president.
  • 1985: The world gets its first look at the wreckage of the RMS Titanic resting on the ocean floor as videotape of the British luxury liner, which sank in 1912, is released by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
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“My Sister Sam” star Rebecca Schaeffer in 1987. (Getty)

  • 1989: Rebecca Schaeffer, 21, from the cast of TV sitcom “My Sister Sam,” is shot to death at her Los Angeles home by obsessed fan Robert Bardo, who would be sentenced to life in prison.
  • 2013: Detroit becomes the biggest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy.
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