White House run
Vice President Joe Biden is opening up about a possible third presidential run in 2016.
In an interview with GQ magazine, the former senator and now vice president, who twice has run for president, says the first judgment he’ll make about whether to seek the Democratic nomination is to determine whether he has the energy for it.
Second, the 70-year-old Biden says he’ll ask himself whether he’s the best person for it.
Biden is seen as a possible contender to succeed President Barack Obama, as is former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Democratic insiders say Clinton would start out as the heavy favorite if she entered the race.
City is largest in US
to file for bankruptcy
Detroit has become the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy.
State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr on Thursday asked a federal judge permission to place the city into Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.
If approved, the filing would allow Orr to liquidate city assets to satisfy a host of creditors and city pensioners lined up to recoup losses from bad bond investments and unpaid contracts.
A number of factors — most notably steep population and tax base falls — have been blamed on Detroit’s tumble toward insolvency.
Detroit lost a quarter-million residents between 2000 and 2010.
Mob trial witness
A man who had hoped to testify in the ongoing racketeering trial of reputed mobster James “Whitey” Bulger and vocally criticized him has been found dead, authorities said Thursday.
The body of Stephen Rakes was found Wednesday afternoon in Lincoln, Mass., with no obvious signs of trauma, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said. Authorities were conducting an autopsy to determine the 59-year-old Quincy man’s cause and manner of death.
Rakes attended Bulger’s trial every day through Tuesday, when he was last seen there.
gets harsh sentence
Russian opposition leader and Moscow mayoral candidate Alexei Navalny was convicted of embezzlement Thursday and sentenced to five years in prison, a harsh ruling his supporters called an obvious attempt to shut down a foe of President Vladimir Putin and intimidate other opposition activists.
In a surprise move, prosecutors later asked that he be kept free pending appeal, possibly reflecting an attempt to soothe public anger and to lend legitimacy to a mayoral race expected to be won by a Kremlin-backed politician.
Navalny, who rose to fame as an anti-corruption blogger before leading unprecedented protests that revealed the depths of anger against the Kremlin, was found guilty of heading a group that embezzled $500,000 worth of timber from a state-owned company in 2009.