By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit may offer city employees a 50 percent discount on homes sold through the city's auction program as part of its efforts to rebound after exiting its historic bankruptcy in December. The proposal introduced to the City Council on Tuesday is for current city employees, their families and retired city workers. “Our employees are the city’s biggest champions,” Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement. This latest effort comes as Detroit's eight-month-old Land Bank Authority struggles to shed ownership of 24,500 city-owned properties, mostly acquired over the years when owners failed to pay their property taxes.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police: Utah couple, 3 children found dead in home last fall died from methadone, other drugs.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Revolutionary War replica tall ship has been toppled by strong wind gusts during the snowstorm that's pounding Rhode Island.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An 8-year-old St. Louis boy went to school and told an office worker he had been shot, after his mother exchanged gunfire with a man who tried to force his way into a home, police said Tuesday.
The Central Bucks School District is notifying families after a volunteer was arrested for allegedly soliciting teenagers for sex.
McRAE, Ga. (AP) — Sheriff: Bodies ID'd as those of missing Georgia couple; suspect charged with murder, robbery.
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Jan. 19-25. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man who dresses as the comic superhero Mr. Incredible has been sentenced to 3 years probation after pleading guilty to attacking a woman costumed as Batgirl in a Hollywood Boulevard turf dispute, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Muhammet Bilik, 35, was also ordered to attend anger management therapy, perform 20 days of roadside cleanup and stay away from the so-called Hollywood Entertainment District where the spat erupted. "Hollywood Boulevard is famous around the globe and attracts millions of visitors every year. We must keep it safe,” Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said in a statement announcing the plea and sentence.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Google said Tuesday it has selected four metro areas in the Southeast to receive its fiber optic service that can deliver Internet speeds at more than 50 times the national broadband average.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A former U.S. Army prosecutor who supervised sexual assault cases has been found guilty by a military jury at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, of charges including rape, forcible sodomy and assault, the Army said in a statement. Major Erik J. Burris, 39, was sentenced to 20 years in prison, dismissed from the service and ordered to forfeit all pay and allowances at the end of a court martial that concluded on Sunday, the military said. The Army released few details about the case. His crimes occurred between 2010 and 2012 and involved multiple victims, Major Crystal Boring, a Fort Bragg spokeswoman, said on Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft shares plunged 10 percent Tuesday after the software giant reported quarterly revenue that beat expectations but warned that a weak PC market and a strong dollar will curb growth this year. Many analysts slashed price targets on the stock and some cut their Buy ratings to Hold.
Police in Dover, Delaware arrested a man after they allegedly found cocaine in a prosthetic leg during a traffic stop Monday afternoon.
SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — A driver has been arrested after authorities say he ran over his passenger twice after arguing with her on the side of a San Francisco Bay Area freeway.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The former top official of a tornado-ravaged Kentucky county was sentenced to seven-plus years in prison Tuesday for raking in more than $100,000 in a kickback scheme that continued even as his constituents struggled to rebuild from the deadly storm.
By Laila Kearney and Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fear, disappointment and even romantic thoughts about the Northeast's blizzard of 2015 powered a social media storm that raged on the Internet on Tuesday. The avalanche picking up speed on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook included mashup photos that replaced the Statue of Liberty's torch with a snow shovel and outfitted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in a king's fur cape and sword with the motto "Winter is Coming" from the "Game of Thrones" television show. Two of the most popular Twitter hashtags were #Snowmageddon2015 and #Snowpocalypse, although some felt #Blizzfizz was more appropriate. "A whole lotta 'nope,'" @kelso2utd wrote on Twitter, referring to the storm's underwhelming showing in most of New York City and New Jersey.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Venezuelan financier who ran a massive fraud scheme used investment funds as personal piggy banks to support a lavish lifestyle, including a $5 million home on Connecticut's Gold Coast, prosecutors said in a memo urging a federal judge to sentence him to at least 12 years in prison.
The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Jan. 19, to Sunday, Jan. 25, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
Police are searching for a suspect who used an assault rifle to rob a food market in North Philadelphia Thursday night.
Uber, a ride service facing legal challenges around the world, on Tuesday released a survey showing that people are less likely to drive home after drinking alcohol after such businesses started operating in their cities. The results of the survey, done with advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving, were based on a December poll of 807 adults in the largest U.S. cities where Uber operates. Uber customers who request rides over the upcoming Super Bowl weekend, a time that traditionally sees a spike in drunk driving, can opt to donate $1 to Mothers Against Drunk Driving by typing in the code THINKANDRIDE, it said. Other factors, such as intensified campaigns against drunk driving, may have contributed to the numbers, Uber executive Jonathan Hall said in a phone interview.
The Mormon church on Tuesday announced its support for laws protecting the rights of gay individuals - as long as religious freedoms are not compromised - a rare conciliatory move toward a community with whom it has long been at odds. Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said at a news conference in Salt Lake City they were taking a "fairness for all" approach that would balance religious freedom with safeguards for gays and lesbians in terms of housing, employment and other rights.