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Flint water crisis: EPA calls state and city's response 'inadequate'

Flint waterFor several weeks now, city and state officials have traded barbs over who is ultimately responsible for the toxic water that's inundated Flint, Michigan.

On Thursday, the feds said they both are.

In an emergency administrative order, the Environmental Protection Agency slammed the city of Flint, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the State of Michigan, saying they are all responsible for the lead contamination in the city's water.

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Kansas' highest court voids Wichita marijuana ordinance

Kansas pot law voidedThe highest court in Kansas on Friday voided a voter-approved ordinance in Wichita to reduce punishments for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

By a 7-0 vote, the Kansas Supreme Court said Wichita ignored filing and disclosure rules that were mandated by state law, and meant to ensure that legislators and voters in the state's most populous city understood the ordinance before a vote was taken.

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New Takata air bag recall to cover 5 million U.S. vehicles

Takat air vag recallU.S. regulators on Friday announced a new recall of about 5 million vehicles with potentially defective Takata Corp air bags, covering some automakers not previously affected by one of the biggest auto safety recalls in U.S. history.

The new action brings to 28 million the number of Takata air bag inflators recalled and increases the number of vehicles affected in the United States to as many as 24 million, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said.

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Georgia grand jury indicts police officer for murder of black man

Georgia cop indicted for murder of black manA grand jury indicted a white police officer on Thursday for felony murder and other criminal charges in the shooting death of an unarmed, naked black man at an apartment complex near Atlanta last March.

The charges come as prosecutors face increased scrutiny over how they treat cases of police use of deadly force, particularly against minorities. The Black Lives Matter movement, sparked by police killings of unarmed black men since 2014, has focused attention on race and policing.

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Petco, PetSmart supplier accused of torturing, freezing live animals

Petco supplier tortured, froze animalsThis is way beyond animal cruelty.

Thousands of furry creatures at a Pennsylvania Petco supply farm were frozen and gassed inside buildings that reeked of urine and feces.

"Their screams could be heard across the room," a report by PETA states.

Petco, PetSmart and Pet Supplies Plus, received pets such as hamsters, rabbits, gerbils, chinchillas and ferrets from Holmes Farm, where the small animals were stored in plastic bins and stacking in filing cabinet-style drawers, according to PETA.

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Email dump: Michigan officials tried to shift blame in Flint water crisis

Flint official shift blame in emailsA newly released batch of emails about the high levels of lead in the Flint, Mich., water supply indicate top officials looked to shift blame away from the state and a growing concern with the public image of the situation.

In an email to Gov. Rick Snyder, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and other state officials, then chief of staff to the governor, Dennis Muchmore, said Flint residents were using the issue of lead exposure as a "political football claiming the departments are underestimating the impacts on the populations and particularly trying to shift responsibility to the state."

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Sex abuse scandal rocks exclusive New England prep school

 Sex abuse scandal rocks exclusive New England prep schoolFor more than a century, St. George's School has been part of the pedigree of some of America's richest and most influential families. Astors, Vanderbilts and Bushes have attended the exclusive boarding school, where students can go sailing, play on world-class squash courts or simply enjoy a sweeping view of the sea from the hilltop campus.

But since at least the 1970s, leaders at St. George's kept a secret.

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