Prosecutors on Monday will lay out the details of their criminal case against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who is accused of illegally leaking grand jury information to embarrass a political foe, and then lying about it. Magisterial District Judge Cathleen Rebar will decide if the prosecution has presented enough evidence to send the case for a full trial in Common Pleas Court. Kane, 49, has resisted widespread calls for her resignation, including from Governor Tom Wolf, a fellow Democrat.
National Zoo staff are keeping a close eye on giant panda Mei Xiang's newborn twins, given the cubs' fragile state just days after their birth, the zoo's lead veterinarian said on Monday. "The cubs are doing pretty well. Mei Xiang, a star tourist draw, took staff by surprise on Saturday by giving birth to the twins about four-and-a-half hours apart after being artificially inseminated.
World stock markets plunged on Monday after China's main index sank 8.5 percent - its biggest drop since the early days of the global financial crisis - amid deepening fears over the health of the world's second-largest economy.
Pension, retiree healthcare and debt service costs combined increased nearly 54 percent from 2009 to 2014, from $129 million to $198 million in 2014, Moody's noted, while fixed costs exceeded 30 percent of the city's operating revenues, even as its contribution to its public pensions fell $17.7 million short in fiscal 2014. New Orleans is also dependent on the oil and gas sector, which is volatile, and its population remains about roughly 18 percent below pre-hurricane levels. In addition, after using its reserves to fill budget gaps during the recession, its liquidity is weak, Moody's said.