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Flint crisis may help governor ease GOP doubt on Detroit aid
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Rick Snyder's standing as one of the GOP's most accomplished governors has taken a beating in the crisis over lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan. Democrats, especially those running for president, have pointed to his administration's mishandling of the city's switch to a cheaper water supply as an example of Republican cost-cutting run amok.... 2/12/2016 12:29 PM

Congress bans import of forced labor products
A bill headed for President Barack Obama this week includes a provision that would ban U.S. imports of fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in Africa and garments sewn by abused women in Bangladesh, closing a loophole in an 85-year-old tariff law that has failed to keep products of forced and child labor out of America.... 2/12/2016 8:19 AM

Presidential contenders fight for minority voters in SC
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Presidential candidates in both parties battled for the crucial backing of black and Hispanic voters Friday as the race shifted toward states with more minority voters.... 2/12/2016 3:35 PM

Diners' quick response helped cops find restaurant attacker
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Quick observations by employees and patrons witnessing an apparently random machete attack on diners at a restaurant helped authorities track down the fleeing suspect, who was fatally shot in a confrontation with officers a few miles away, police said.... 2/12/2016 4:02 PM

Patient strategy pays off for FBI in ending Oregon standoff
BURNS, Ore. (AP) -- The last four armed occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge shouted, argued and raved for all the world to hear. But in the end, they surrendered without a shot being fired, leaving behind a vandalized federal property that authorities will spend weeks combing for evidence, explosives and damage before it can reopen to the public.... 2/12/2016 10:54 AM

Ohio company sells classic Etch A Sketch to Toronto toy firm
BRYAN, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio company that has produced or owned the Etch A Sketch for decades has sold the classic toy to a toy firm in Toronto.... 2/12/2016 12:58 PM

Death of officer, 2nd killed in line of duty, shakes Fargo
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota's largest city has been shaken by the fatal shooting of a decorated police officer, the first death of a Fargo officer in the line of duty in more than 130 years.... 2/12/2016 12:26 PM

Massive gas leak plugged; residents seek return to normal
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The massive gas leak that spewed uncontrollably for nearly four months drove thousands of Los Angeles residents to pack up and leave their homes, while others rode it out.... 2/12/2016 10:54 AM

Coast Guard deciding if storm-damaged cruise ship can sail
BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) -- The Coast Guard is inspecting a cruise ship that was battered and damaged by an intense winter storm to determine if it can sail.... 2/12/2016 3:17 PM

Make them an offer they can't refuse: Puzo archive for sale
BOSTON (AP) -- Make them an offer they can't refuse and a massive collection of "The Godfather" author Mario Puzo's papers can be yours.... 2/12/2016 2:48 PM



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