Flint water prompts federal investigation

Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency in Flint over problems with the city’s drinking water, the same day federal officials confirmed that they’re investigating the matter. The city switched from Detroit’s water system to Flint River water in a cost-cutting move in 2014, while under state financial management. Children were found to have elevated levels of lead. The city has returned to Detroit water.


South Carolina

Protests follow house arrest decision

A former police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist will remain under house arrest until his trial begins in the fall, and civil rights activists gathered outside the jail in North Charleston to protest his release on bond. Michael Slager, a former North Charleston officer, was shown on video firing eight times as Walter Scott ran from a traffic stop April 4.



Woman in end-of-life court battle dies

A 20-year-old woman at the center of an end-of-life court battle over her treatment at a Reno hospital died while on life support. Aden Hailu’s father, Fanuel Gebreyes, lost a bid in court to delay brain electroencephalogram tests that the hospital said would show that she was brain dead.



Cameron gives ministers latitude

Acknowledging bitter divisions within his Conservative Party and his Cabinet, Prime Minister David Cameron told Parliament that he would allow government ministers to campaign for or against remaining in the European Union in a referendum that could take place this summer. Cameron favors remaining in the E.U.


Washington, D.C.

Power outage in Ukraine investigated

U.S. Homeland Security and intelligence agencies are analyzing computer code from one of the first known cyberattacks that resulted in an electrical power outage — this one in Ukraine. In the Dec. 23 incidents, reported by Ukraine authorities, control systems used to coordinate remote substations were disabled. The U.S. has not publicly commented on the attack.



Hostages safe after hotel incident

Twelve hostages, the youngest a 3-month-old baby, were safe after the man accused of holding them in a DeKalb County hotel room for five hours stabbed himself in the neck, police said. The suspect, Korrie Thomas, was taken to a hospital in critical condition.



Coalition says ISIL is losing territory

The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant said it has lost 30 percent of the territory it once held in Iraq and Syria, Baghdad-based spokesman Col. Steve Warren said.

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