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

Years of race insults preceded slaying of Lebanese neighbor

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — When an Oklahoma man befriended his Lebanese neighbors, his husband lashed out at the family, hurling epithets and at one point allegedly running over the mother with a car.

  • Written by JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press

Syria's first responders: 'Most dangerous job in the world'

BEIRUT (AP) — It took Mahmoud Fadlallah and the team of seven rescue workers 30 minutes to reach the middle-aged couple trapped beneath the rubble of their apartment building in the contested Syrian city of Aleppo. They had been notified a rocket had struck the building, and they had to wait for the debris to fall and the dust to settle.

  • Written by PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press

Justice Ginsburg laments deadlocks on short-handed court

POJOAQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said split 4-4 decisions by the short-handed high court have left important public policy issues up in the air, including the president's immigration plan, that are likely to be revisited by the court in the future.

  • Written by MORGAN LEE, Associated Press