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      Detroit becomes largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy

      Detroit has become the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy.

      State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr on Thursday asked a federal judge permission to place the city into Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.

      If approved, the filing would allow Orr to liquidate city assets to satisfy a host of creditors and city pensioners lined up to recoup losses from bad bond investments and unpaid contracts.

      A number of factors - most notably steep population and tax base falls - have been blamed on Detroit's tumble toward insolvency.

      Detroit lost a quarter-million residents between 2000 and 2010.

      Orr was unable to convince enough creditors, bondholders and employee pension representatives to accept pennies on the dollar as he attempted a fiscal restructuring of Detroit.