U.S. lawmakers criticized environmental officials at a hearing on Wednesday for not acting sooner when they saw a report that drinking water in Flint, Michigan was polluted with dangerously high levels of lead. "I never thought this could happen in America," and in a state, "surrounded by fresh water of the Great Lakes," Brenda Lawrence, a Democrat of Michigan, said at a House Oversight panel examining the water crisis in Flint, a city of 100,000. Thousands of children are believed to have ingested the polluted water in Flint, a mostly African American and Latino suburb near Detroit.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government officials tangled on Wednesday over who was to blame for the crisis in Flint, Michigan, that allowed lead-contaminated water to flow to thousands of residents at a combative congressional hearing that devolved into a partisan fight over witnesses and no-shows.
The prosecutor in the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby argued Wednesday that his predecessor had no legal authority to make a deal a decade ago that would shield the comedian from ever facing charges.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man whose lawyer says he is mentally ill pleaded guilty Wednesday in connection with a plot to plant a bomb outside an Army post, acknowledging that he wanted to aid the Islamic State group.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators scrambling to recapture a Los Angeles County murder suspect accidentally released from jail have been notifying potential targets of his freedom, interviewing those who know him best and chasing down tips from the public.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are staging a rapid comeback in late-afternoon trading Wednesday, helped by a surge in the price of oil and a decline in the U.S. dollar. Chipotle Mexican Grill fell sharply as the company disclosed a federal investigation into its E. coli outbreak, and Yahoo sank as the troubled Internet company announced layoffs and plans to sell businesses.
Former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger's longtime girlfriend could spend the rest of her life in prison for refusing to say whether anyone helped the couple during their 16 years on the run, a judge warned on Wednesday. Catherine Greig, 64, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to contempt of court charges for refusing to cooperate with investigators pursuing anyone who may have aided the pair. U.S. District Judge Dennis Saylor told Greig that federal law placed no limits on a sentence for contempt of court.