Big freight railroads to miss safety technology deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three of the biggest freight railroads operating in the U.S. have told the government they won't meet a 2018 deadline to start using safety technology intended to prevent accidents like the deadly derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia last May.

  • Written by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

Snyder calls for $30M in state help for Flint water bills

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will propose $30 million in state funding to help pay the water bills of Flint residents facing an emergency over the city's lead-contaminated water supply.

  • Written by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press

Regulator: Michigan should have forced Flint to treat water

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan should have required the city of Flint to treat its water for corrosion-causing elements after elevated lead levels were first discovered in the city's water a year ago, the state's top environmental regulator says in congressional testimony.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

Virginia Tech student facing more serious charge in slaying

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Tech student who was initially accused of helping dispose of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell's body is now believed by authorities to have played a bigger role in the girl's stabbing death.

  • Written by ALLEN G. BREED, The Associated Press LARRY O'DELL, The Associated Press

Donors face record request of $9 billion to aid Syrians

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — International aid to the victims of Syria's five-year war, including millions forced to flee their homes, has persistently fallen short, but organizers of Thursday's annual Syria pledging conference hope for greater generosity this time around, despite a record request of close to $9 billion for 2016.

  • Written by KARIN LAUB, Associated Press