National briefs: Two women to lead 'NewsHour'

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NEW YORK -- The PBS "NewsHour," which was co-anchored for decades by the two men who created it, will soon be co-anchored by two women.

PBS announced Tuesday that Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff would take over the nightly newscast in September, putting an end to the rotating anchor format that has been in effect for several years. Ms. Ifill and Ms. Woodruff will also share the managing editor responsibilities for the program.

The appointments are another milestone for women on television and in journalism, seven years after Katie Couric became the first female solo anchor of a network nightly newscast. PBS noted in a news release that "this will mark the first time a network broadcast has had a female co-anchor team."

The co-anchor arrangement harks back to the 1970s, when Jim Lehrer and Robert MacNeil founded the nightly newscast that was later named "The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour." The two men jointly presented the program until 1995, when Mr. MacNeil retired. Mr. Lehrer continued to anchor it until 2011, when he retired. Their company, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, remains in charge of "NewsHour."

Bankruptcy clouds primary

DETROIT -- Detroit voters headed to the polls Tuesday to narrow a crowded field of mayoral candidates down to two, even as many residents wondered what role their next leader would have with an emergency manager now in charge of the checkbook.

A county sheriff who formerly served as Detroit's police chief and an accountant who lost three previous bids for mayor figured to draw the most support of the 14 candidates listed on the nonpartisan primary ballot. But, a former medical center chief was waging a serious write-in campaign that could make tabulations last well into the night -- if not longer.

FBI arrests two mayors

MIAMI -- FBI agents Tuesday arrested the mayors of Miami Lakes and Sweetwater, Fla., on bribery charges related to government contracts in their towns.

Agents arrested Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi and Sweetwater Mayor Manuel "Manny" Marono at their City Hall offices. The two are expected to make their first appearances in Miami federal court Tuesday. It's not clear yet how the cases are related.

Charges in Venice crash

LOS ANGELES -- A 38-year-old Colorado man was charged Tuesday with nearly three dozen felony counts, including murder, for allegedly plowing his car into pedestrians on the Venice boardwalk, killing an Italian newlywed.

Records showed that Nathan Louis Campbell had a history of arrests for minor crimes in Denver and Florida, including a reckless driving citation involving alcohol in Panama City Beach, Fla.

Jurors deliberate on Bulger

BOSTON -- A jury in Boston will resume deliberations today in the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger, the former crime boss charged with 19 murders.

The jury was sent home by U.S. District Judge Denise Casper after weighing the case for 5 1/2 hours in its first day of deliberations.

Mr. Bulger, who is also accused of running a widespread racketeering scheme, was captured in 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif., after hiding from authorities for 16 years. The jury must decide whether he'll spend the rest of his life behind bars for crimes committed while he ran an Irish-American criminal gang in South Boston from the 1970s to the early 1990s.

-- Compiled from news services

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