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A handful of protesters gather outside the chamber as Governor Rick Snyder presents the budget to the combined House and Senate Appropriations committees at the Capitol in Lansing, Mich., on Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016.  The budget contains special funding for Flint's water problems and Detroit Public Schools. (Dale G. Young/The Detroit News via AP)

Michigan governor proposes spending $360 million to address Flint water crisis and update pipes across state

Thursday, February 11, 2016

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed spending hundreds of millions more dollars to address Flint’s water crisis from lead contamination and to update pipes there and across the state — a plan that lawmakers from both parties generally welcomed as moving in the right direction with the proper priorities. Snyder’s plan would direct $195 million more …

Christie, Fiorina drop out of GOP field as campaigns head to SC

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Hoping for survival in the South, a muddled field of Republican presidential contenders descended Wednesday on South Carolina, no closer to clarity about who can stand between Donald Trump and their party’s nomination. Not me, Carly Fiorina announced, dropping out of the campaign. A Chris Christie spokeswoman said his race …

Feds sue Ferguson over deal revisions

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

FERGUSON, Mo. — The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the City Council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Ferguson’s decision to reject the deal left the Justice …

Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus among the hardest species to fight

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus are among the hardest species to fight because they live and breed in tub drains, dog bowls, buckets, flower pots and other spots where water collects inside the …

Warren raises more than $2.7 million in 2015

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren won’t face re-election until 2018, but she’s raising campaign cash at a strong clip. Federal Election Commission records show the Massachusetts Democrat collected more than $2.7 million in contributions in 2015, ending the year with over $3.1 million in her campaign account. …

Latest storm spares Northeast widespread power outages

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON — A wind-driven winter storm that brought blizzard conditions to Cape Cod fell short of forecast snowfall totals and spared the Northeast the widespread power outages that had been predicted. Snowflakes were still flying Tuesday as New …

Syria’s largest city fears long siege

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BEIRUT — As government troops close in on Aleppo, some residents are preparing to flee Syria’s largest city while others are hoarding food in case of a long siege, even laying out bread on rooftops to dry it …

Obama unveils $4.1T election-year budget

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a record $4.1 trillion, election-year budget that finances Democratic priorities like education, health care and climate change with new taxes on crude oil, the wealthy and big banks. The progressive …

High court freezes Clean Power Plan

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move is a blow to the administration and a …

Intelligence officials say IS determined to strike US this year

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — Leaders of the Islamic State are determined to strike targets in the United States this year, senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday, telling lawmakers that a small group of violent extremists will attempt to overcome the …

Commuter trains collide in Germany, killing 10

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BAD AIBLING, Germany — Crews using helicopters and boats rescued dozens of people from the wreckage of two German commuter trains that crashed head-on Tuesday in an isolated part of Bavaria, killing at least 10 and leaving authorities …

US Army: Iraq’s Mosul Dam at high risk of failure

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Mosul Dam has long been branded the world’s most dangerous dam, at risk of collapsing and sending water crashing over millions of people. That prospect is even greater than was previously believed after the Islamic …

Object falls from sky, kills man

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NEW DELHI — Scientists are analyzing a small blue object that plummeted from the sky and killed a man in southern India, after authorities said it was a meteorite. The object slammed into the ground at an engineering college over the weekend, shattering a water cooler and sending …