Obama administration decries judge's fracking ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Wednesday decried a ruling by a federal judge that blocks rules for hydraulic fracturing, saying the decision prevents regulators from using "21st-century standards" to ensure that oil and gas operations are conducted safely on public lands.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

Michigan sues companies that 'botched,' worsened Flint water

FLINT, Michigan (AP) — Michigan's attorney general filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday against two water engineering companies, saying their negligence caused and exacerbated Flint's lead-tainted water crisis and demanding what could total hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

  • Written by MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press

No 'magic bullet' against jihadist propaganda, Lynch says

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando massacre at a popular gay nightclub shows no one yet has "found the magic bullet" to prevent Americans from being inspired to violence by jihadist propaganda on the internet, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday as she visited a city still shaken by the shootings.

  • Written by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press

Trustees: Meager hike in Social Security benefits next year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Social Security beneficiaries can expect only a meager increase in monthly payments next year, the trustees who oversee the massive retirement and disability program said Wednesday.

  • Written by STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

Rebellious Democrats disrupt House, stage protest

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rebellious Democrats disrupted the House's legislative work on Wednesday, staging a sit-in on the House floor and refusing to leave until they secured a vote on gun control measures. Exasperated Republicans were forced to recess while cutting off the C-SPAN cameras that showed the protest.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press