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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general says he can "guarantee" that there will be more charges resulting from an investigation into the lead-tainted-water crisis in Flint. Two state employees and a Flint utility worker were charged today with several crimes. The state workers are accused of refusing to order chemical treatment that could have prevented the release of lead in old plumbing.
MONTECRISTI, Ecuador (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief says hundreds remain missing after Ecuador's earthquake and that 21,000 people "need shelter immediately." Stephen O'Brien spoke to reporters today by telephone from the country. He stresses the "real need" for drinking water in the affected areas. O'Brien calls the quake a massive one "with devastating consequences." More than 500 people are confirmed dead.
UNDATED (AP) — The U.N.'s refugee agency is confirming reports that hundreds of people died in a shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea last week. Survivors have described panic as passengers jumped between the sinking ship and the smaller vessels that had brought them to it. The larger vessel was already overcrowded with about 300 people when some 200 others tried to board.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid the warming relations between the United States and Cuba, some Cubans are worried that the U.S. could do away with a special immigration policy that favors Cubans. Even though the fears appear to be unfounded, tens of thousands of Cubans have fled their home since President Barack Obama announced the move toward normalized relations in 2014. In fact, the rush out of Cuba has led to the highest number of people trying to make the dangerous sea crossing in the past eight years. That's according to internal documents from the Homeland Security Department, obtained by The Associated Press.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is expressing doubts about laws in at least a dozen states that make it a crime for people suspected of drunken driving to refuse to take alcohol tests. The justices heard arguments today in cases challenging North Dakota and Minnesota laws. Drivers prosecuted under those laws claim they violate the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. Several justices wondered why states don't simply require a warrant if it only takes a few minutes to get one.
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