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Governor Rick Snyder 'very sorry' about Flint water lead levels debacle

Snyder sorry about poisoning Flint childrenMichigan governor Rick Snyder apologized on Tuesday for the debacle that caused the city of Flint’s water supply to be poisoned by lead, while the top state environment official resigned in light of a report that chiefly placed the blame for the crisis on his department.

The resignation was the latest in the crisis that has consumed the city of 100,000, as local doctors have warned in recent weeks that contaminated drinking water flowing from household taps may have affected more residents than originally thought.


31,000 Louisianans set to lose food stamp benefits on Jan. 1

Louisianan's lose food stampsJoanika Davis relies on the $194 per month she receives in food stamp benefits every month to help her get by as she searches for employment.

But on Jan. 1, Davis is set to lose that financial lifeline — one of approximately 31,000 Louisianians set to suffer as a result of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s decision to reinstate the work requirement for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in his state.


Bill Cosby charged in 2004 Pa. sexual assault

Cosby charged in PAProsecutors in the Philadelphia suburb of Norristown, Pa., charged Bill Cosby with sexual assault Wednesday.

It marks the first time charges have been officially brought against the beleaguered comedian, who has been accused by upwards of 50 women.

The official charge is first-degree aggravated indecent assault. Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kevin R. Steele defined the act as "penetration" without the consent of his victim, former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.


Laquan McDonald death: Chicago policeman denies murder

Cop denies murder of Laquan McDonaldA white Chicago police officer has denied murder over the death of a black teenager who was shot 16 times in 2014.

Jason Van Dyke was heckled as he arrived at court where he denied six counts of first-degree murder.

Video released earlier this year showing the shooting of Laquan McDonald sparked an outcry and the resignation of the chief of police.


Travel snarls continue as deadly storm rolls into Northeast

storms snral travelA massive weather system that brought death and destruction to parts of the South and Midwest eased its grip on parts of the nation Tuesday but still packed some punch as it rolled north and east.

Travel continued to be a problem: More than 900 flights were already canceled by 8:15 a.m. ET, according to the FlightAware tracking website. Commutes in some Northeast cities were hamstrung by snow and ice.


TSA: Travelers in 5 states may need more than driver's license to fly

TSA: 5 states require more IDIn four months, travelers in five states might not be able to board domestic flights unless they produce more than a driver's license to verify their identity -- a prospect the Transportation Security Administration is expected to settle this week.

Since it took over airport security in 2001, the TSA has permitted fliers to board domestic flights with nothing more than a valid U.S. driver's license. The Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, though, eventually led Congress to pass a law mandating citizens undergo a tougher process to obtain one -- a move intended to enhance national security.


Cleveland officer who fatally shot Tamir Rice will not face criminal charges

Tamir RiceThe white police officer who fatally shot Tamir Rice, an African American 12-year-old, will not face criminal charges, it was announced on Monday – more than a year after the shooting in Cleveland.

A grand jury declined to indict officer Timothy Loehmann, who opened fire on Rice less than two seconds after arriving at a park where the 12-year-old was playing with a toy gun on 22 November 2014. Loehmann’s partner, Frank Garmback, will also face no charges, Cuyahoga county prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced at a press conference.


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