Massive fraud claims reverberate in remote area of Vermont

AP Photo/Lisa Rathke NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — Sweeping development plans for a remote area of northern Vermont – a biomedical research plant, a hotel and conference center, an airport runway extension, and big upgrades at two ski areas – brought the promise of jobs...

Better preemie pain relief sought amid new call for action

AP Photo/M. Spencer Green OAK LAWN, Ill. (AP) — It happens every day to the most vulnerable infants in hospital intensive care units: fragile babies born way too soon are poked, prodded and jabbed as part of medical care meant to help them survive – and it can be...

Dig at Malcolm X home turns up evidence of 1700s settlement

AP Photo/Bill Sikes BOSTON (AP) — An archaeological dig at the boyhood home of Malcolm X in Boston has turned up some surprising findings, but not necessarily related to the early life of the slain civil rights activist. City archaeologist Joseph Bagley said this week that...

Things To Know: How Oregon pot dealers pay taxes

AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon raked in $3.48 million from January recreational pot sales – the first month of the state’s 25 percent tax – far outpacing the mere $3 million projected for the entire year. Collecting those taxes,...

Officials: 3 to be charged in Flint water crisis

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general will announce criminal charges Wednesday against two state regulators and a Flint employee, alleging wrongdoing related to the city’s lead-tainted water crisis, according to government officials familiar with the...

Arizona freeway shooting suspect wins release from jail

PHOENIX (AP) — A man charged in freeway shootings that rattled Phoenix last year was released from jail Tuesday amid questions about the evidence that authorities say links him to the crimes. The release of Leslie Merritt Jr. came after a judge reduced his bond to zero and...

New Mexico: Social media to broadcast lenient DUI sentences

AP Photo/Russell Contreras ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Social media feeds will soon tell you if drunken driving offenders are let off too easy, New Mexico officials say. The state will pay staffers from Mothers Against Drunk Driving to monitor court hearings by judges who are...

Man paroled in conspiracy to photograph senator’s ill wife

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi blogger is out of prison after serving several months for sneaking into a nursing home to shoot unauthorized video of the ailing wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran during the Southern Republican’s hard-fought 2014 campaign. The...

Colorado lawmakers target edible pot in fruit, animal shapes

AP Photo/Ed Andrieski DENVER (AP) — Pot-infused lemon drops and other marijuana edibles that resemble fruits could be coming off Colorado shelves, the latest front in a battle by lawmakers to eradicate retail pot products that could appeal to kids. A committee in the state...

Colorado school district arms security guards with rifles

DENVER (AP) — A suburban Denver school district is arming its security staff with military-style semiautomatic rifles in case of a school shooting or other violent attack, a move that appears unprecedented even as more schools arm employees in response to mass violence...