Lawyers for Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick have proposed a plea deal in which the Democratic leader would resign, plead guilty to two felonies, make restitution, and serve five years' probation in exchange for avoiding jail time, the Detroit Free Press reports. The city council has asked Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) to use her constitutional power to remove Kilpatrick from office. He is charged with 10 felonies in two cases.
Americans are increasingly working past age 65 and into their late 60s and beyond, according to data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Twenty-nine percent of people in their late 60s were working in 2006, up from 18 percent in 1985. Most recently, the economic downturn has influenced some people to postpone their retirement plans.
A wildfire in northeast Nevada sparked by lightning Aug. 21 was 30 percent contained Sunday, but Gov. Jim Gibbons (R) criticized a US Forest Service decision to let it burn unchecked for two weeks. The blaze has grown from about 13 square miles to 76 square miles since firefighters were pulled off the job when it was decided the area's rugged terrain put them at risk.
Ohio University has installed the largest composting unit on any US college campus, the Athens, Ohio, school says. The equipment is capable of processing up to 28 tons of food waste, biodegradable packaging materials, and other organic materials at any given time. Within 14 days, the composter can turn out nutrient-rich soil to be used for campus landscaping projects.
United Airlines anticipates furloughing 1,550 flight attendants by the end of October, the carrier says. The furloughs will be in addition to other cost-cutting measures previously announced, including furloughs of 950 pilots.