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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2016 file photo, water analysis test kits for Flint, Mich., residents to pick up for lead testing in their drinking water are set out on a table at Flint Fire Department Station No. 1 in Flint. Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Nick Lyon, former director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and other ex-officials have been told they're being charged after a new investigation of the Flint water scandal, which devastated the majority Black city with lead-contaminated water and was blamed for a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in 2014-15, The Associated Press has learned. (Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Press via AP, File)

Flint water crisis: Rooted in neglect, fallout continues

Jan. 12, 2021 10:15 PM EST

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, his health director and other ex-officials have been told they’re being charged after a new investigation of the Flint water scandal, The Associated Press has learned. Questions and answers about the crisis that made Flint a symbol of the nation's decaying drinking water...

Navy selects company to double line Pearl Harbor fuel tanks

Jan. 9, 2021 11:05 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Navy has announced plans to reinforce large fuel tanks near Pearl Harbor with an extra layer of lining following a fuel spill in 2014 that threatened Oahu's drinking water. The Navy could begin the upgrades at Red Hill as early as 2022 if all testing is approved, said Capt. Gordie...

A view of the large sinkhole that opened overnight in the parking of Ospedale del Mare hospital in Naples, Italy, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. A giant sinkhole opened Friday in the parking lot of a Naples hospital, forcing the temporary closure of a nearby residence for recovering coronavirus patients because the electricity was cut. (Alessandro Pone/LaPresse via AP)

Giant sinkhole consumes cars in Naples hospital parking lot

Jan. 8, 2021 8:26 AM EST

ROME (AP) — A giant sinkhole opened Friday in the parking lot of a hospital in Naples, Italy, forcing the temporary closure of a nearby residence for recovering COVID-19 patients because utilities were severed. Operations weren’t affected at the Hospital of the Sea, and firefighters said it...

NW Indiana mayor fires worker after New Year's gunshots

Jan. 5, 2021 11:54 AM EST

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A northwest Indiana mayor has fired a city worker after the man allegedly put others at risk by firing gunshots into the air to celebrate the New Year. Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott said Monday in a social media posting that he fired a water department worker after a video surfaced on...

Montana approves plan to drain lake to kill invasive species

Jan. 3, 2021 6:32 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks approved a plan to drain a lake to kill an invasive species of clams. The state approved the plan to drain the area in Lake Elmo State Park in Billings in September, The Billings Gazette reports. The Asian clams in Lake Elmo can...

Warm Springs hopeful after Haaland tapped to head Interior

Jan. 1, 2021 10:11 AM EST

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Since the historic appointment of Deb Haaland to head the U.S. Department of the Interior, hopes have been high among members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs that better times are ahead. Next month the congresswoman from New Mexico will become the first Native American...

Arizona regulators approve sale of beleaguered utility

Dec. 23, 2020 1:40 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona utility regulators approved a deal for EPCOR USA to purchase the beleaguered Johnson Utilities company and for customers to pay for part of the transaction with hikes in their monthly bills. The decision Tuesday split the Arizona Corporation Commissioners 3-2. EPCOR USA, a...

FILE - In this July 20, 2018, file photo a copper water supply line, left, is shown connected to a water main after being installed for lead pipe, right, in Flint, Mich. The Trump administration overhauled the country's widely criticized, 29-year-old framework to eliminate toxic lead from drinking water on Tuesday, but critics charge that the new rule gives utilities far more time than before to finally replace old, lead-contaminated pipes. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Critics say EPA allowing more time to fix lead-tainted water

Dec. 22, 2020 5:52 PM EST

The Trump administration overhauled the country's widely criticized, 29-year-old framework to eliminate toxic lead from drinking water on Tuesday, but critics charge that the new rule gives utilities far more time than before to finally replace old, lead-contaminated pipes. The new rules come six years after the...

FILE - This Nov. 11, 2014 file photo shows a model of a fighter jet outside former Grumman Corp. plant in Bethpage, N.Y. New York has reached an agreement with defense contractor Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy on a $406 million plan to clean up a massive plume of underground contamination left from Long Island’s heyday as a hub of aerospace manufacturing. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the deal Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman, File)

NY reaches deal on cleanup at Long Island aerospace site

Dec. 21, 2020 5:18 PM EST

BETHPAGE, N.Y. (AP) — New York has reached an agreement with defense contractor Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy on a $406 million plan to clean up a massive plume of underground contamination left from Long Island’s heyday as a hub of aerospace manufacturing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday....

12 Indiana communities getting water infrastructure grants

Dec. 21, 2020 7:43 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Twelve rural Indiana communities will share more than $8 million in federal grants to improve their water systems. Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced the grants Thursday. “These grants are vital to Indiana’s economic...