As the number of freestanding ERs grows, so does scrutiny

DALLAS (AP) — Freestanding emergency centers have sprouted in recent years across the suburban landscape, taking root in affluent neighborhoods and directly challenging nearby medical clinics and hospitals.

  • Written by DAVID WARREN, Associated Press

S. Korea, US start drills despite N. Korea's nuclear threat

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and the United States began annual military drills Monday despite North Korea's threat of nuclear strikes in response to the exercises that it calls an invasion rehearsal.

  • Written by HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press

Flint water case could hinge in part on misconduct charges

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The prosecution of current and former state employees for their role in Flint's lead-contaminated water crisis likely will face an early test over whether one of the most serious charges can even be levied against the middle- and lower-level government officials.

  • Written by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press

Amid Louisiana flood disaster, youngest bear mental scars

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) — After floods devastated pockets of south Louisiana, mental scars are already showing on the youngest victims of a disaster that prompted more than 30,000 rescues and left an estimated 40,000 homes damaged.

  • Written by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press