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    Search for body in Florida sinkhole called off

    Florida

    SEFFNER — The effort to find the body of a Florida man who was swallowed by a cave-in under his Florida home was called off Saturday and crews planned to begin demolishing the four-bedroom house. The 20-foot-wide hole is almost completely covered by the house and rescuers feared it would collapse on them if they tried to search for Jeff Bush, 37. Five others in Bush’s house escaped unharmed in the Thursday accident.

    Washington, D.C.

    US frees 2,000 illegal immigrants

    The Homeland Security Department released from its jails more than 2,000 illegal immigrants facing deportation in recent weeks due to looming budget cuts and plans to release 3,000 more in March. The figures, cited in internal budget documents, are higher than the ‘‘few hundred’’ illegal immigrants that the Obama administration last week acknowledged had been released. It said they were low-risk, noncriminal detainees.

    Michigan

    Fixing finances of Detroit to be tough

    DETROIT — It appears the appointment of an emergency manager to take over Detroit’s failing finances is all but a done deal. But it remains unclear who will get the job. Governor Rick Snyder is saying little about his selection, except that the person is ‘‘top notch.’’ The state Emergency Loan Board will officially hire the candidate. The city has massive deficits and debt.