3 officials charged in Flint water crisis; more predicted

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Flint water crisis has become a criminal case, with two state regulators and a city employee charged with official misconduct, evidence-tampering and other offenses over the lead contamination that alarmed the country and brought cries of racism.

  • Written by MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press ED WHITE, Associated Press

Police say shooting on St. Louis campus possibly road rage

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A school employee who was shot in the arm while riding in a car on the Washington University campus told investigators that road rage was behind the incident that led to a 90-minute lockdown Wednesday, suburban St. Louis police said.

  • Written by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, Associated Press JIM SALTER, Associated Press

Group sues Interior over 'fast track' deep-sea well permits

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An environmental group sued the Interior Department on Wednesday for what it called the "fast track" permitting of potentially dangerous oil and natural gas wells in offshore waters. The action came on the sixth anniversary of the nation's largest offshore oil spill.

  • Written by CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press

Obama, Gulf allies meet in Saudi Arabia to discuss security

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — President Barack Obama met Thursday with top officials from six Arab nations in a push to coordinate efforts in the conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, and to press Gulf allies to step up their role in the fight against the Islamic State militant group.

  • Written by KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, Associated Press ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press

Ecuador hikes taxes to pay for post-quake reconstruction

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — President Rafael Correa said Ecuador's worst earthquake in decades caused billions of dollars of damage and he is raising sales taxes and putting a one-time levy on millionaires to help pay for reconstruction.

  • Written by GONZALO SOLANO, Associated Press