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The Flint Water Plant tower is shown in Flint, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.  Some Flint residents impacted by months of lead-tainted water are looking past expected charges against former Gov. Rick Snyder and others in his administration to healing physical and emotional damages left by the crisis.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Flint water charges escalate debate over officials' failures

Jan. 15, 2021 6:27 PM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — When a former Michigan public health director was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the Flint water crisis, the man who previously held the job says a chilling thought crossed his mind: It could have been me. “I spent 14 years in that chair,” said Jim Haveman, who...

Oil giant Total withdraws from US energy lobbying group

Jan. 15, 2021 1:57 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French oil and gas company Total said it has decided to withdraw from energy association American Petroleum Institute because it disagrees on climate-related policies. Total said in a statement Friday it would not renew its membership for 2021 following an analysis of API's position on climate...

Prosecutors drop securities case against former VW CEO

Jan. 15, 2021 11:27 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German prosecutors have set aside a securities-law case against the former CEO of Volkswagen because he could face heavier penalties in a separate criminal fraud case connected to the company's 2015 diesel emissions scandal. The court in the city of Braunschweig said in a...

Former Gov. Rick Snyder walks past the media after his video arraignment on charges related to the Flint water crisis on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 outside the Genesee County Jail in downtown Flint.  Snyder pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of willful neglect of duty in Flint.  (Cody Scanlan/The Flint Journal via AP)

Flint water probe brings charges against ex-governor, others

Jan. 14, 2021 8:49 PM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A new investigation of the Flint water disaster led to charges against nine people, including former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and key members of his administration, who are accused of various crimes in a calamitous plan that contaminated the community with lead and contributed to a...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, file photo, then-Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder speaks with reporters during a news conference at his office in Lansing, Mich. Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been charged with two counts of willful neglect of duty in the Flint water crisis. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)

List of officials charged in Flint water crisis, allegations

Jan. 14, 2021 6:06 PM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Here are the former Michigan, state-appointed and local officials charged in the Flint water crisis, titles at the time, and charges, allegations and maximum penalties they face if convicted: - Gov. Rick Snyder: Two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty. Failed to inquire into...

Groups sue federal EPA to rescind Florida wetlands authority

Jan. 14, 2021 5:19 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Environmental groups filed suit in federal court Thursday to undo a decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last month that handed Florida officials primary regulatory authority over the state's wetlands. The groups contend that the decision could further destroy the...

A long row of unsold 2020 pickup trucks sits at a Ram dealership Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Littleton, Colo.  A new government report says gas mileage for new vehicles dropped and pollution increased in model year 2019 for the first time in five years.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

For first time in 5 years, US gas mileage down, emissions up

Jan. 14, 2021 3:06 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A new government report says gas mileage for new vehicles dropped and pollution increased in model year 2019 for the first time in five years. The mileage decrease comes as Americans continue to buy SUVs and trucks, and shift away from more efficient vehicles. The Environmental Protection...

The Flint Water Plant tower is shown in Flint, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.  Some Flint residents impacted by months of lead-tainted water are looking past expected charges against former Gov. Rick Snyder and others in his administration to healing physical and emotional damages left by the crisis.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Key moments in Flint, Michigan’s lead-tainted water crisis

Jan. 14, 2021 2:57 PM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Flint water crisis began in 2014 when the city began taking water from the Flint River without treating it properly, contaminating it with lead. Here’s a look at some key moments since then: ___ April 2014: To save money, Flint begins drawing water from the Flint River for...

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2019, file, photo, people walk by the logo of Toyota at a show room in Tokyo. Toyota will pay $180 million to settle U.S. government allegations that it failed to report pollution control system defects in its vehicles for a decade. The company, on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021,  also agreed in court to investigate future emissions-related defects quickly and report them to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a timely manner.  (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Toyota to pay $180M for failing to report emissions defects

Jan. 14, 2021 1:35 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota will pay $180 million to settle U.S. government allegations that it failed to report and fix pollution control defects in its vehicles for a decade. The company also agreed in court to investigate future emissions-related defects quickly and report them to the U.S. Environmental...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. file photo, smoke from California wildfires up to 200 miles away obscures the view of traffic traveling on Interstate 80, looking west in Sparks, Nev. Local schools canceled all outdoor activities as the air quality index approached the

Hot again: 2020 sets yet another global temperature record

Jan. 14, 2021 11:51 AM EST

Earth’s rising fever hit or neared record hot temperature levels in 2020, global weather groups reported Thursday. While NASA and a couple of other measurement groups said 2020 passed or essentially tied 2016 as the hottest year on record, more agencies, including the National Oceanic Atmospheric...