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In Brief | Nation & World 3-2-13

Michigan governor to name emergency manager for Detroit

DETROIT — Citing runaway deficits and long-term debts Detroit could never repay on its own, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday pulled the trigger and announced he will appoint an emergency financial manager for the state’s largest city. Snyder said he has a top candidate in mind, and that person would be in charge for 18 months.

The decision means Motown will soon have a new boss in charge of restructuring Detroit’s dire financial mess. That restructuring likely will include drastic cuts in public services and a top-down rethinking of the type of government a shrunken city with a dwindling tax base can afford.

Hong Kong police take university computer in hacker probe

HONG KONG — Hong Kong police took a computer server from a local university after a U.S. security firm linked the device to Chinese-backed hacking of U.S. companies.

The computer was identified by its IP address in Mandiant Corp.’s report, the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology said in an email to Bloomberg News on Friday. The university, which is aiding the police, has no evidence that staff or students were involved in the alleged hacking, it said.

Mandiant said last month that the Chinese army may be behind a computer-hacking group that has attacked at least 141 companies, predominately in the United States, since 2006. China also said Friday that its defense ministry website has been the subject of attacks from the U.S. in a further escalation of tensions over cyber-threats.

Gov’t freed 2,000 immigrants from jail; more planned

WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department released from its jails more than 2,000 illegal immigrants facing deportation in recent weeks due to looming budget cuts and planned to release 3,000 more during March, The Associated Press has learned.

The newly disclosed figures, cited in internal budget documents reviewed by the AP, are significantly higher than the “few hundred” illegal immigrants the Obama administration acknowledged this week had been released under the budget-savings process.

The government documents show that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement released roughly 1,000 illegal immigrants from its jails around the U.S. each week since at least Feb. 15. The agency’s field offices have reported more than 2,000 immigrants released before intense criticism this week led to a temporary shutdown of the plan, according to the documents.

The states where immigrants were released include Arizona, California, Georgia and Texas.

The White House has said it was not consulted about the releases, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has acknowledged they occurred in a manner she regrets.

By wire sources