USA Update Detroit bankruptcy judge says he can't stop water shutoffs

Detroit's bankruptcy judge says he can't prevent homes from having their water shut off, if they can't pay their bills. Critics call the shutoffs a public-health crisis that disproportionately affects children, the poor, and the elderly.

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The judge presiding over Detroit's bankruptcy said Monday he could not block the city of Detroit from cutting off water access to residents with delinquent bills.