Great Lakes states approve thirsty city's water plea

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Milwaukee city won a hard-fought battle Tuesday to draw its drinking water from Lake Michigan, a key test of a regional compact designed to safeguard the Great Lakes region's abundant but vulnerable fresh water supply.


Vulnerable GOP senators side with NRA on gun votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Among the Senate's most vulnerable Republicans, Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey stood firmly with the powerful National Rifle Association on the latest ill-fated attempts at gun control. So did Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson.

  • Written by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Enbridge getting cleanup equipment just in case of oil spill

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Canadian company that owns twin oil pipelines in the area where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge said Monday it will spend $7 million over the next two years on additional equipment that could be deployed quickly in the event of a spill, while insisting prospects are remote that it ever will be needed there.

  • Written by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer

Student sentenced for Ohio school threat

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A judge in southwest Ohio ordered a 12-year-old girl to write a letter of apology, do 25 hours of community service and make restitution for costs from a school threat that led to evacuation of a school district's complex.