Company in West Virginia chem spill receives 'symbolic' fine

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bankrupt chemical company responsible for a spill that contaminated a West Virginia river and fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 residents was fined $900,000 on pollution charges Thursday, with a judge noting that Freedom Industries likely could never pay it.

  • Written by JOHN RABY, Associated Press

US added 151k jobs in Jan.; unemployment at 4.9 pct.


WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy added 151,000 jobs in January, a slowdown from recent months but still a sign of a solid job market. Employers raised pay, more people felt confident enough to look for work and the unemployment rate dipped to 4.9 percent, its lowest level since 2008.

  • Written by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

Police officials quarrel over effort to raise bar on force

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dispute is erupting among police organizations over new proposals that would govern when officers should use force during violent arrests, amid national outrage over questionable shootings.

  • Written by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press

Activist behind Planned Parenthood video offered probation

HOUSTON (AP) — An anti-abortion activist's plan to reject a plea deal offering probation for charges related to making undercover Planned Parenthood videos likely means his goal is to use a trial as a public platform to criticize the nonprofit, according to legal experts.

  • Written by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press