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Detroit has a budget deficit of $200m and $13bn in long-term debt

Sad Detroit surrenders control of its future

The humiliation of once-proud Detroit, cradle of the American automobile industry and of the sound that became known simply as Motown, seems to know no end as the city has reluctantly and angrily agreed for the first time to share control of its future destiny with the penny-pinchers from far-away Lansing, the state capital.

Pay rise for boss of Ford despite shortfalls

Ford hiked its chief executive's pay package by 11 per cent last year to $29.5m (£18m), even though the US car giant fell short on some key company targets.

Mitt Romney greets supporters at a rally yesterday in Rockford, Michigan

Refusal to back Motor City bailout may be a bump in road for Romney

As Republican primary voters go to the polls in Michigan today, the US President Barack Obama will be trumpeting the renaissance of the state's auto industry, born of a taxpayer bailout in the depths of the recession which both current Republican front-runners say should never have been approved.

Mitt Romney: a rocky run in to Super Tuesday

Romney fumbles his way forward

Blemished by a botched rally in a near-empty Detroit stadium and an unfortunate boast about his collection of cars, Mitt Romney was last night stumbling towards primary contests in two key American states on Tuesday that could determine the future of his quest for the Republican nomination.

Rick Santorum: Earnings in 2010 $923,000. Tax rate 31 per cent

Santorum is party's poor relation – with a salary of $1m

But wealth of 'poorest' candidate sets him apart from blue-collar image he is trying to project

Movie that was meant to spark Houston's comeback

Whitney Houston left behind two new songs and a movie performance that insiders say would have been "a big, big comeback" for her this year.

Volkswagen records 2011 sales increase

German car giant Volkswagen said today that it saw sales of more than eight million vehicles last year, putting it ahead of Japan's Toyota.

The Amen family from the 'All-American Muslim' reality television show from which Lowe's pulled its advertising on the advice of a fringe group

American chain faces backlash over boycott of Muslim TV show

Its adverts urge Americans to "never stop improving". But if the good people at Lowe's, one of the nation's largest DIY chains, are true to their word, they may want to take a long, hard look at their chief executive's grasp of PR.

Album: Calexico, Selections from Road Atlas 1998-2011 (Quarterstick/City Slang) (4/5)

Over the past 14 years, Calexico have released eight limited-edition tour CDs, available only at their shows, but now compiled together as a 12 LP vinyl box set, Selections from Road Atlas 1998-2011, of similar scarcity.

Album: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Soul Time! (Daptone)

Soul Time! is a near-perfect expression of retro-soul style that grips from its opening bars.

Wing walker dies in air-show stunt

A stunt wing walker has died after falling about 60 metres as horrified crowds looked on at an air show in the state of Michigan.

Invisible Ink: No 88 - Loren D Estleman

I count at least 65 novels and hundreds of short stories to date in Loren D Estleman's Chandleresque output. Not bad for a guy who works on an old manual typewriter. He's been described as "the Stravinsky of hard-boiled prose", whatever that means, but his career to date is better summed up by The Boston Globe, which says that he's "a true professional, a writer of a sort increasingly rare ... so given to his work as to spontaneously combust to genius".

Sam Raimi to remake The Evil Dead

Sam Raimi is set to remake 'The Evil Dead'.

US jail inmate sues over pornography ban

A US jail inmate said he is being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment because he can not have pornography.

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