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Talks over Oakland Police Department's future

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A federal judge has ordered Oakland to negotiate with lawyers who want an outside receiver to control the Police Department.

The Oakland Tribune (http://bit.ly/PW2pJe ) says appointment of a receiver would make Oakland the nation's first city to lose substantial power over its police.

The judge who will decide the fate of the Police Department told the city to begin settlement talks with attorneys who represented plaintiffs in a decade-old police corruption case. The case resulted in federal monitoring and department reforms.

The judge gave both sides until Nov. 29 to outline areas of agreement.

There's a Dec. 13 hearing on a receivership motion brought by plaintiff lawyers in the corruption case.

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Information from: The Oakland Tribune, http://www.oaklandtribune.com

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