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San Bernardino’s City Council directed the city attorney to make the move during a meeting in which administrators explained the dire fiscal circumstances and urged them to choose the bankruptcy option.

“We have an immediate cash flow issue,” Interim City Manager Andrea Miller told Mayor Patrick Morris and the seven-member City Council, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Miss Miller said the city is facing a budget shortfall of $45.8 million. It already has stopped paying some vendors, and it may not be able to make payroll over the next three months.

WEST VIRGINIA

Lawyer says man denies enslaving, torturing wife

MORGANTOWN — A West Virginia man tortured and enslaved his wife for much of the past decade, forcing her to endure two pregnancies and deliveries in shackles, authorities say.

The criminal complaint against Peter Lizon, 37, says one of those babies was stillborn and buried on the family farm in Leroy. The other survived but apparently has never had any medical care.

Mr. Lizon was in jail Wednesday on $300,000 bond. He was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on a malicious wounding charge Friday morning in Jackson County Magistrate Court.

Chief Deputy Tony Boggs said Stephanie Lizon, 43, endured more suffering than virtually any domestic violence victim he has seen.

“This appears to go beyond abuse to what I would consider torture,” he said. “Her injuries are much more than just getting pushed up against the wall. She’s been abused almost to the point of slavery and torture.”

The complaint says the wife was burned on her back and breasts with irons and frying pans, and had her foot smashed with a piece of farm equipment, among other things.

Shawn Bayliss, Mr. Lizon’s attorney, said the allegations made by an acquaintance of Stephanie Lizon are “the fabrication of a fertile imagination or a feeble mind, one of the two.”

CONNECTICUT

Yale starts country’s first Ph.D. program for law grads

NEW HAVEN — Yale Law School is starting a doctorate program in law, calling it the first such degree program in the country.

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