In court fight, Democrats pressure Republicans at home

WASHINGTON (AP) — Searching for a way to put a new justice on the nation's highest court, President Barack Obama is hoping that all politics really is local — even Supreme Court politics.

  • Written by KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, Associated Press JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

Snyder lawyer called Flint water 'scary' before lead crisis

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two lawyers in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's office urged his top aides to switch Flint back to Detroit's water system only months after the city began using the Flint River, with one calling the use of the river "downright scary" even before lead contamination concerns came to light, according to emails.


US economy ends 2015 on better note, starts 2016 with a bang

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy got a double dose of good news Friday. Economic growth in the final three months of 2015 didn't slow as much as previously estimated, and consumers roared back to life in January, spending at the fastest clip in eight months.

  • Written by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer

Sheriff: Cop who killed Kansas gunman a 'tremendous hero'

HESSTON, Kan. (AP) — A man who wounded three people before storming into the central Kansas factory where he worked and shooting 15 others, killing three of them, had just been served a protection from abuse order that likely triggered the attack, a sheriff said Friday.

  • Written by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press MARIA FISHER, Associated Press