VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage and the rubble in Vallejo got scant attention.
By Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - Controversial water shutoffs in Detroit resumed on Tuesday after a month-long moratorium to allow delinquent customers to catch up with past-due bills, city officials said. During the moratorium, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department was returned to city control after nearly a year of oversight under the state-appointed emergency financial manager. More than 25,000 customers are enrolled in at least one of the authority's payment plans, up from 17,000 when the moratorium began, the water department said in a statement. A city "water fair" on Saturday to help people avoid shutoffs by enrolling in a payment plan drew more than 1,300 people, according to the department.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Protests over the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in suburban St. Louis migrated to the city Tuesday as demonstrators pressed for broad reforms to local and federal law enforcement — including the revival of a proposed civilian police oversight board.
DETROIT (AP) — Catholic leaders and faithful packed the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit on Tuesday for the funeral of Edmund Szoka, an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican.
Hurricane Cristobal continued to turn to the northeast on Tuesday, moving away from the Bahamas and the U.S. East Coast, but is still likely to cause dangerous coastal conditions, the National Hurricane Center said. Centered about 435 miles (700 km) west-southwest of Bermuda, Cristobal was moving at 15 mph (24 kph) and had strengthened slightly, with winds reaching 80 miles per hour (130 km per hour), the NHC added. The center of Cristobal is expected to pass northwest of Bermuda on Wednesday, causing tropical storm conditions on the British territory about 640 miles (1,030 km) off the coast of North Carolina.
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three firms involved in the troubled Obamacare website HealthCare.gov have seen their contract values exceed initial estimates by more than a quarter-billion dollars, including the lead IT contractor at the time of the site's botched rollout, government data shows. Department of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) estimates the original value of 60 information technology (IT) contracts related to the Obamacare federal marketplace at $1.7 billion. The OIG report did not specify a total dollar value.