No charges for 2 Minneapolis officers in fatal shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two Minneapolis police officers involved in the November fatal shooting of a black man will not face charges, a Minnesota prosecutor said Wednesday.

  • Written by AMY FORLITI, Associated Press STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

Obama shortens prison sentences for 61 drug offenders

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentences of 61 drug offenders on Wednesday including more than a third serving life sentences, working to give new energy to calls for overhauling the U.S. criminal justice system.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

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