Michigan lawmakers: As Congress bickers, Flint suffers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two years after problems began with the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, and nearly six months after officials declared a public health emergency, a bipartisan congressional effort to aid the predominantly African-American city is idling in the Senate — stalled by the objections of a single senator from Utah.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

NC Anti-discrimination law elicits rebukes from businesses

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Corporations expressed disappointment and the NCAA vowed to monitor what North Carolina does next now that the state has banned any local government measures protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

  • Written by EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press

Indiana governor signs fetal defects abortion ban into law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Thursday making Indiana the second state to ban abortions because of fetal genetic abnormalities such as Down syndrome.

  • Written by ARIC CHOKEY, Associated Press

California: Chemical warning may scare poor from canned food

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California plans to delay state-required warnings on metal cans lined with the chemical BPA, arguing too-specific warnings could scare stores and shoppers in poor neighborhoods away from some of the only fruits and vegetables available — canned ones, officials said Thursday.

  • Written by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press Writer