DETROIT

Mayor sounds hopeful note

In his first State of the City address, Mayor Mike Duggan said Wednesday night that he and other elected officials are addressing blight, unemployment, crime, poor public transportation, snow removal and many of Detroit’s other problems. “You’ve seen us take on these issues calmly and deal with them honestly,” he said. “The change has started and the change in Detroit is real.” Detroit is going through the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, and Duggan’s address came less than a week after state-appointed emergency manager Kevin Orr filed his plan to pay creditors while providing money for city services and improvements in the coming years.

OAK LAWN, ILL.

Four dead in shootings, fire

Firefighters and police responding to a blaze at a suburban Chicago house on Wednesday saw a man shoot himself in an apparent murder-suicide that left four people, including a 5-year-old boy, dead, authorities said. The boy was found in the rubble of the fire Wednesday afternoon. The bodies of the suspect, another man and a woman were also recovered, officials said. It wasn’t immediately clear if the boy was shot, but police said all of the adults had gunshot wounds. All four people were related, authorities said.

SAN FRANCISCO

YouTube ordered to pull film

A U.S. appeals court ordered YouTube on Wednesday to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violent riots in parts of the Middle East and death threats to the actors. The decision by a divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco reinstated a lawsuit filed against YouTube by an actress who appeared briefly in the 2012 video that led to rioting and deaths because of its negative portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad. YouTube resisted calls to take down the video, arguing that to do so amounted to unwarranted government censorship and would violate the Google-owned company’s free speech protections. Besides, the company argued that the filmmakers and not the actors of Innocence of Muslims owned the copyright and only they could remove it from YouTube.

Compiled from wire reports.