Front Page - July 19, 2013
1. Detroit Files for Bankruptcy: In the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history, the emergency manager of Detroit asked a federal judge for permission to put the city into Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection on Thursday afternoon.
2. Texas Files ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill: Three Republican lawmakers have filed a measure to criminalize abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected—it normally is heard around six weeks into a pregnancy.
3. Putin Critic Released: Russian dissident Alexei Navalny was released Friday when an appeals court ruled that his conviction for embezzlement denied him his right to participate in the Moscow mayoral campaign, for which he’s a candidate.
4. Florida Protests ‘Stand Your Ground’: “This bill encourages people to shoot their way out of situations, and that’s not how we live in a civilized society,” state Democratic leader Chris Smith said.
5. No Deal After Egypt Coup: Over two weeks after the Egyptian military’s overthrow of the government of President Mohamed Morsi, there is still no sign of a deal between the generals and leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement Morsi led
Photo: An aerial view shows the Zaatari refugee camp near the Jordanian city of Mafraq, some 8 kilometers from the Jordanian-Syrian border. The camp is now home to 160,000 Syrians, equal in size to what would be Jordan’s fifth-largest city. Pool photo by Mandel Ngan