Michigan lawmakers approve $28M more for Flint water crisis
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Michigan lawmakers approve $28M more for Flint water crisis

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers directed another $28 million on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 to address Flint’s lead-contaminated water supply, allocating money for bottled water, medical assessments and other costs for the financially struggling city. The quick and unanimous approval by the House and Senate came just over a week after the funding was … Continue reading

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Pentagon chief seeks to improved family leave, child care
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Pentagon chief seeks to improved family leave, child care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 unveiled a series of family-friendly proposals for the military that would increase parental leave, child care and health care coverage to bolster efforts to recruit and retain high-quality service members. Carter told a Pentagon news conference that he will double the length of … Continue reading

AP FACT CHECK: GOP claims on carpet bombs, Kurds and economy
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AP FACT CHECK: GOP claims on carpet bombs, Kurds and economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential contenders let fly with some inaccuracies when they badmouthed the Obama administration on health care, military readiness and pay for construction workers in their latest debate. And from his own event a few miles away in Des Moines Iowa, debate no-show Donald Trump greatly exaggerated the U.S. trade deficit with … Continue reading

Clinton’s firewall? Black voters the key in South Carolina
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Clinton’s firewall? Black voters the key in South Carolina

  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — At Hillary Clinton’s South Carolina headquarters, a young staffer readies a stack of pictures showing the former secretary of state with her old boss, President Barack Obama. Then the staffer bolts out the door. His destination: African-American businesses across South Carolina’s largest city. “If you don’t have tape, I’ll bring … Continue reading

Senate panel approves bill to make school lunches tastier
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Senate panel approves bill to make school lunches tastier

WASHINGTON (AP) — School meals could become a bit tastier under legislation approved by a Senate committee. The bipartisan measure approved by a voice vote Wednesday is designed to help schools that say the Obama administration’s healthier meal rules are too restrictive. Leaders of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee introduced the legislation Monday … Continue reading

UK lawmakers slam Trump, but most oppose banning him
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UK lawmakers slam Trump, but most oppose banning him

LONDON (AP) — Donald Trump doesn’t have many fans in Britain’s Parliament. But a debate among lawmakers on calls to ban Trump from the country revealed little appetite to close Britain’s doors to the provocative Republican U.S. presidential contender. During a three-hour debate Monday, legislators from Britain’s main parties stood to call Trump an attention-seeker, … Continue reading