APNewsBreak: EPA says pesticide harms bees in some cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major pesticide harms honeybees when used on cotton and citrus but not on other big crops like corn, berries and tobacco, the Environmental Protection Agency found.

  • Written by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

Armed group in Oregon fears raid; critics decry goals

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The small, armed group occupying a remote national wildlife preserve in Oregon has said repeatedly that local people should control federal lands — a sentiment that frustrates critics who say the lands are already managed to help everyone from ranchers to recreationalists.

  • Written by REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press

Snyder declares emergency in Flint over water problems

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency in Flint on Tuesday over problems with lead in the city's drinking water, the same day federal officials confirmed they're investigating the matter that prompted a local public health emergency.

  • Written by JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press

VW exec sees US fixes soon in emissions test cheating

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The top executive of the Volkswagen brand worldwide says he's optimistic that U.S. environmental regulators will approve fixes within the coming weeks or months for diesel engines that cheat on emissions tests.

  • Written by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer

APNewsBreak: US sees Assad staying in Syria until March 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's best-case scenario for political transition in Syria does not foresee Bashar Assad stepping down as the country's leader before March 2017, outlasting Barack Obama's presidency by at least two months, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.

  • Written by MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press