Residents of Flint, Michigan, including Wendi Browder, have their blood drawn to have free tests run to check for lead poisoning at the Masonic Temple in the city. Photograph: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

In the 1850s, London, the world’s largest city, still didn’t have a sewer system. Waste simply flowed into the Thames, which was as disgusting as you (...)

Michigan National Guard member Zach Burrell helps distribute water to residents in their cars in Flint, Michigan.  Photograph: Rebecca Cook/Reuters

When residents of Flint, Michigan, started complaining about the taste, smell and appearance of their drinking water, officials reacted slowly to thei(...)

Reem Akkad, a Syrian-American woman who was born in Michigan and who grew up in the US, Syria and other parts of the Middle East. She is a board member of Syrian American Rescue Network, a non-political and non-religious group of volunteers in southern-eastern Michigan set up to help Syrians settle in the US. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Lujain Breijawi and her cousin Alaa Breijawi, both 24, sit in their rented home in a Detroit suburb in Michigan, as Alaa’s daughter Hind (4) plays beh(...)

Former US president George W Bush speaks at the launch his new book, “41: A Portrait of My Father”, at the George Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station, Texas. Photograph: Mike Stone/Reuters

George W Bush, the 43rd president, unveiling his new biography of his father, 41st president, George HW Bush – a book he describes as “a love story” –(...)

Without court protection, Detroit  may be forced to defend a wave of lawsuits in multiple courts over the gap between the city’s revenue and the amount it owes. Photograph: Stephen McGee/The New York Times

Detroit officials will learn today whether Michigan’s largest city can stay in bankruptcy, allowing a federal judge to referee all of its battles with(...)

Penney shares were up 7 per cent to $9.32 in afternoon trading.

JC Penney Co said November sales were encouraging and popular house brands were lifting gross profit margin, suggesting the struggling department stor(...)

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Image of the week: Detroit devilThe posters depict Michigan governor Rick Snyder, with some Halloween-style alterations, during a protest against the (...)

Benny Napoleon (left) the sheriff of Wayne County, is a leading contender for the mayor’s post in Detroit. Photograph: New York Times

There are 16 candidates vying for a job that is difficult to imagine anyone wanting: mayor of Detroit. The city’s finances are in the hands of a bankr(...)

Graffiti is seen painted on the roof of a vacant home in a once vibrant neighbourhood near downtown Detroit. Investors dumped Detroit’s municipal bonds a day after the city’s historic bankruptcy filing even as a ruling in state court raised questions about whether the bankruptcy will stand up to court review. Photograph: Rebecca Cook/Reuters

Michigan governor Rick Snyder defended his decision to force Detroit into bankruptcy as a necessary step to halt its decades-long decline and resolve (...)

Detroit’s Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr talks to members of the media outside the Detroit Newspapers building in Detroit, Michigan in this file photo. Photograph: Rebecca Cook /Reuters

The city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy today, making it the largest-ever municipal bankruptcy in US history and marking a new low for a city that wa(...)