Flint official: State overruled plan for corrosion control

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Shortly before this poverty-stricken city began drawing its drinking water from the Flint River in April 2014 in a cost-cutting move, officials huddled at the municipal water treatment plant, running through a checklist of final preparations.

  • Written by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer

US to beef up military presence in Eastern Europe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon plans to deploy an armored brigade combat team to Eastern Europe next February as part of the ongoing effort to rotate troops in and out of the region to reassure allies worried about threats from an increasingly aggressive Russia.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

Apple remains in dark on how FBI hacked iPhone without help

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI's announcement that it mysteriously hacked into an iPhone is a public setback for Apple Inc., as consumers learned that they can't keep the government out of even an encrypted device that U.S. officials had claimed was impossible to crack. Apple, meanwhile, remains in the dark about how to restore the security of its flagship product.

  • Written by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press

Study: Indonesia "hobbit" fossils older than first thought

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a spectacular discovery: Fossil remains in an Indonesian cave revealed a recent relative of modern humans that stood about 3 feet tall. The creatures were quickly nicknamed "hobbits."

  • Written by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer

60-foot hole opens in Florida trailer park

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities are evacuating a mobile home park along Florida's Gulf Coast after a 60-foot-wide, 35-foot-deep hole opened in the ground.