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  • Updated: July 21, 2014 - 7:45 PM

great day for a parade: Children in Bogota watched a military parade on Sunday to mark Colombia’s 204th anniversary of independence from Spain.

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Washington, D.C.

Clinton earns $12M since leaving State

Hillary Rodham Clinton has earned at least $12 million in 16 months since leaving the State Department. Her income since her resignation as secretary of state in February 2013 is derived mostly from her latest memoir, speeches and paid appearances at corporate retreats, according to an analysis of data compiled by Bloomberg. At least 12 organizations that have booked former President Bill Clinton — who has been paid almost $106 million in speaking fees alone since he left the White House — also hired his wife. Among them: Goldman Sachs and the National Association of Realtors.

 

Michigan

Detroit: No water shut-offs for 15 days

Detroit suspended on Monday its aggressive policy of cutting off water to customers with unpaid bills, the latest response to a controversy that has prompted large protests and caught the attention of the judge overseeing the city’s bankruptcy. The city said there will be no shut-offs for the next 15 days. The disclosure was made in bankruptcy court, where Judge Steven Rhodes is overseeing the nation’s largest ever municipal bankruptcy. He has been encouraging Detroit to come up with alternatives to shutting off water for thousands of homes and businesses.

 

Wisconsin

Judge throws out Obamacare lawsuit

A federal judge in Green Bay threw out a lawsuit brought by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and one of his aides attempting to force members of Congress and their staffs to stop getting subsidies for their health insurance under the new health law. Johnson argued that members of Congress and their staffs were required to get insurance on their own under the Affordable Care Act. But U.S. District Judge William Griesbach ruled Monday that Johnson and his aide, Brooke Ericson, didn’t have legal standing to bring their case.

 

Florida

NASA names building for first man on moon

NASA honored one of its most famous astronauts by renaming a historic building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It now bears the name of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon when the Apollo 11 mission landed in 1969. Armstrong, who died in 2012, was remembered at a ceremony as not only an astronaut, but also as an aerospace engineer, a test pilot and a university professor. Michael Collins, who orbited the moon as Armstrong took his historic steps, said he had a “powerful combination of curiosity and intelligence” along with an intuitive grasp of the complexities of flight machinery. “Neil probably liked hangars better than office buildings, but he was certainly good in either venue,” he said. NASA renamed the Operations and Checkout building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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