Creditors of San Bernardino, California, have until Oct. 24 to decide whether they will try to have the city's bankruptcy petition thrown out, a judge said in the city's first day in court.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith M. Jury approved the deadline after creditors, including bondholders and firefighters, asked for more time. Under Chapter 9 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, used by governmental entities that can't pay their debts, the city must prove that it is eligible for court protection from creditors.

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