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Flint counsel says manslaughter charge harshest possible

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:50pm

Flint's water crisis, after a switch in the source allowed dangerous levels of lead and potentially caused deadly cases of Legionnaires' disease, could result in criminal charges as serious as involuntary manslaughter, a top investigator said Tuesday.

The Latest: Michigan governor proposes $195M more for Flint

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:20pm

The latest on developments in the lead contamination of Flint's water (all times local):

Ikea recalls ceiling lamps for risk of falling glass shades

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:52pm

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea is recalling two types of ceiling lamps because of a risk that the glass shades might fall and injure people.

Former Tyco CEO named board chairman of ex-prisoners group

Jake Pearson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:21pm

A former business titan convicted more than a decade ago in a notorious corporate fraud case that featured headline-grabbing tales of excessive spending is now board chairman of a New York City nonprofit that helps ex-prisoners re-enter society, the group announced Tuesday.

UAW adds to unfair labor practices allegations at Volkswagen

Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 4:00pm

The United Auto Workers alleges that Volkswagen has failed to consult with a newly elected maintenance workers union on a range of issues from vending machine prices to out-of-pocket prescription drug costs despite a union victory at the plant in December.

Florida court hears case challenging abortion law

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:51pm

Florida's First District Court of Appeal is deciding whether they should lift an order that blocked a state law requiring a 24-hour waiting period for abortions.

NTSB: Segregate rechargeable battery shipments on planes

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:40pm

Accident investigators are recommending the government require air shipments of rechargeable batteries be separated from other flammable cargo to prevent uncontrollable fires that can destroy planes.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:31pm

The Idaho House has approved legislation to cap the state's homeowner property tax exemption. Under the bill, the maximum exemption would be $100,000. State law allows qualified homeowners to claim the property tax exemption for their primary dwelling and up to one acre of land.

Despite problems charter schools could get more state money

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:30pm

School districts across the state could be forced to share local property taxes with charter schools under a bill now moving in the Florida House.

A look at Obama's final budget proposal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:30pm

President Barack Obama proposed a record $4.1 trillion budget on Tuesday. Here's a look at each agency and department:

House approves bill to tighten control on VA construction

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:20pm

The House on Tuesday approved a bill to increase oversight and management of large construction projects at the Department of Veterans Affairs after a new VA hospital outside Denver tripled original cost estimates.

The Latest: Texas man in nanny imprisonment case given bond

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:02pm

The Latest on a Houston-area couple accused of forcing a Nigerian woman to care for their children and home without pay: (all times local):

IRS employee pleads guilty in tax fraud scheme

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:01pm

Federal prosecutors in Alabama say an IRS employee has pleaded guilty in scheme involving more than $1 million in tax fraud.

APNewsBreak: Review critical of workplace safety policy

Lisa Rathke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:01pm

An inspection has found the Vermont child welfare agency's workplace safety policy didn't have comprehensive measures to protect employees when a social worker was shot dead outside her state office building last August.

Agencies contend Facebook is breaching French privacy laws

Philippe Sotto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:51pm

Two agencies contend Facebook is breaching privacy laws in France by tracking and using the personal data of more than 30 million users, as well as non-users who are browsing the Internet.

Bill could bring more scholarship money to private schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:21pm

A state Senate committee has passed a bill that could bring more scholarship money to South Dakota's private and parochial schools.

Grain higher, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:11pm

Grain futures were mostly lower Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Martin Shkreli sued by artist over Wu-Tang Clan album

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:11pm

A Long Island artist has sued ex-pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli and others over use of his art in a Wu-Tang Clan album.

Alpha says lenders offer $500M for coal producer's assets

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:01pm

Alpha Natural Resources said it has received a $500 million offer from existing lenders for the potential sale of the bankrupt coal producer's core assets.