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GOP candidates attack Hillary Clinton ... MI asks for help with Flint water crisis ... CA utility acknowledges benzene problem


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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The most popular Republican presidential candidates gathered in North Charleston, South Carolina Thursday night for their latest debate. And one thing they could agree on was that Democrat Hillary Clinton should not be the next president. Jeb Bush said Clinton would be a "national security disaster." Rubio said Clinton was "disqualified for being commander in chief," accusing her of mishandling classified information and lying to the families of Americans killed in the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is asking President Barack Obama to issue an emergency and major disaster declaration as the state tries to provide some relief to Flint residents, whose drinking water is contaminated with high levels of lead. The problem started after the city switched its water supply in 2014 to save money. And high levels of lead have been found in children's blood.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California utility says elevated levels of cancer-causing benzene in the air in part of Los Angeles is "an oversight" that's now being corrected. A leaking natural gas well has driven thousands of Los Angeles residents from their homes. But Southern California Gas Co. had been saying that just two air samples over the past three months showed elevated concentrations of the compound.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets opened higher Friday, but then slipped into negative territory, with China's Shanghai index sinking more than 3 percent. Concerns about the effect of China's stimulus measures surfaced, renewing fears about slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. The price of oil also fell.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials are close to a deal that would save Central Park's horse-drawn carriages from a threatened ban. When Mayor Bill de Blasio was sworn in two years ago, he pledged to end the popular carriage rides through the park right away, calling it inhumane to keep horses in loud, car-clogged Manhattan. But now his administration is negotiating with a carriage drivers' union a compromise deal that would keep the horses trotting.

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