Snyder vows to fix water woes
In his State of the State speech, Gov. Rick Snyder promised to fix the water crisis gripping Flint. “I’m sorry and I will fix it,” he said. Snyder committed $28 million, announced deployment of more National Guard members and promised to release e-mails regarding the crisis. He also said he’ll appeal President Obama’s denial of a federal disaster declaration and pledged that, by the end of the week, every household in Flint would have water filters. The problems began when Flint switched its water source in 2014 to save money while under state financial management, exposing residents to lead.
Two dead in freeway bus crash
A bus full of sleeping passengers awoke to a freeway nightmare when their Greyhound bus overturned on a rain-drenched Highway 101 in South San Jose, killing two women and injuring at least nine others, including a child. A passenger claimed that the bus driver was dozing off in the moments leading up to the crash.
Violent crimes increased in 2015
The number of violent crimes committed across the U.S. was up in the first half of 2015 compared with the same period a year earlier, with increases spanning murders, rapes, assaults and robberies. Overall violent crime was up 1.7 percent, the FBI said.
Search for 12 Marines halted
The Coast Guard suspended the search for a dozen crew members after finding the fourth life raft from two Marine helicopters that crashed Thursday. Among the missing is Sgt. Dillon Semolina of Chaska.
Victories threaten peace talks
Peace talks set for next week are looking increasingly moot as recent battlefield victories by government troops have bolstered President Bashar Assad’s hand and plunged the rebels into disarray. The government’s advances add to the obstacles that have scuttled chances of halting the five-year civil war that has killed a quarter of a million people and empowered the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
Alleged killer of mother caught
The Israeli military captured the Palestinian suspected of killing an Israeli mother of six in a West Bank settlement. Security forces detained the man, who is suspected of breaking into a home in Otniel and stabbing Dafna Meir to death while her children watched.
Removal of oil rig demanded
Vietnam said China moved an oil rig into disputed waters in the South China Sea. Vietnam demanded that China stop any drilling and remove the oil rig from the area where the two countries’ continental shelves overlap. The oil rig was at the center of a standoff between the countries in May 2014. That incident sparked deadly anti-China riots in Vietnam.
Corruption team is approved
Honduras and the Organization of American States approved a new international team of experts to help its legal system fight corruption. President Juan Orlando Hernandez called the agreement a “historic” mission for a country that is controlled in many areas by gangs and has suffered massive corruption scandals.