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Flint counsel says manslaughter charge harshest possible

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:10pm

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.

Obama seeks cybersecurity boost to replace 'ancient' tech

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:00pm

The federal government is relying on archaic computers systems to protect reams of critical data from cyberattacks, President Barack Obama warned Tuesday as he announced a new, centralized effort to boost cybersecurity.

Texas couple charged with forcing nanny to work for no pay

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:00pm

A Houston-area couple is accused of forcing a Nigerian woman to care for their five children and home without pay during a two-year period in which she was physically and verbally abused, made to work nearly 20 hours a day and told to sleep on the floor, federal authorities say.

The Latest: Michigan AG wants to broaden open-records law

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 12:22pm

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

Pentagon seeks funding for Libya, Africa military operations

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:50pm

The Pentagon is seeking $200 million in the 2017 budget for counterterrorism operations in Libya and other portions of North and West Africa, but Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that Libyans must take the lead in eliminating the Islamic State threat in their country.

Former Tyco CEO named board chairman of ex-prisoners group

Jake Pearson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:30pm

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.

Canadian Pacific wants vote on Norfolk Southern deal

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:20pm

Canadian Pacific plans to ask Norfolk Southern shareholders whether they want the two railroads to pursue a merger.

Toyota recalls Scion FR-S to fix ignition key problem

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:10pm

Toyota's youth-oriented Scion brand is recalling about 28,000 FR-S sports cars in North America because drivers can take the keys out of the ignition without the car being in park.

Agencies contend Facebook is breaching French privacy laws

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:10pm

Two agencies contend Facebook is breaching privacy laws in France by tracking and using the personal data of more than 30 million users there without their knowledge.

SC sues Energy Dept over unfinished nuclear fuel project

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:10pm

South Carolina has again sued the federal government over an unfinished project to convert nuclear weapons components into reactor fuel, saying in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the administration has acted unconstitutionally in failing to complete the mixed-oxide facility by a Jan. 1 deadline.

Court upholds tax evasion convictions of Atkins diet doctor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 1:10pm

A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of a Kansas obesity specialist who co-authored the "Atkins Diabetes Revolution."

A look at Obama's final budget proposal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 12:51pm

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

University of Arizona law school opens satellite in China

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 12:40pm

The University of Arizona is partnering with a Chinese university to teach the U.S. legal system to students in Asia.

Idaho House OKs bill to end indexing of homeowner exemption

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 12:40pm

The Idaho House has approved legislation to cap the state's homeowner property tax exemption.

Gov. Bullock takes aim at high-wage jobs

Bobby Caina Calvan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 12:40pm

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock travels to Butte Tuesday afternoon for a round table addressing the state's growing need for more health care workers.

Ex-exec of Haslam-owned chain pleads not guilty to fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 12:31pm

The former president of the truck stop chain owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to participating in a conspiracy to defraud customers.

Iowa Senate OKs 4 percent hike in future K-12 school budget

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 12:21pm

The Democratic-controlled Iowa Senate has passed legislation that would establish future state aid for K-12 schools, though the funding remains unclear as lawmakers debate more immediate education costs.

Regulator fines Duke Energy nearly $7M for coal ash spill

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 11:41am

The country's largest electric company is being fined $6.6 million for environmental pollution related to a big spill of liquefied coal ash in 2014, North Carolina environmental regulators said Tuesday.

Postal Service shows profit during year-end holiday season

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 11:32am

A strong holiday shipping season and a couple of favorable economic situations have temporarily turned around the financial fortunes of the Postal Service.