Nuke test: The missile is the message _ the Pentagon hopes

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, California (AP) — Like a giant pen stroke in the sky, an unarmed Minuteman 3 nuclear missile roared out of its underground bunker on the California coastline Thursday and soared over the Pacific, inscribing the signature of American power amid growing worry about North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons capable of reaching U.S. soil.

  • Written by ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer

In court fight, Democrats pressure Republicans at home

WASHINGTON (AP) — Searching for a way to put a new justice on the nation's highest court, President Barack Obama is hoping that all politics really is local — even Supreme Court politics.

  • Written by KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, Associated Press JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

Snyder lawyer called Flint water 'scary' before lead crisis

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two lawyers in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's office urged his top aides to switch Flint back to Detroit's water system only months after the city began using the Flint River, with one calling the use of the river "downright scary" even before lead contamination concerns came to light, according to emails.