Community gets chance to ask officials about Flint charges being dropped
A “community conversation” is set for Friday in Flint, Michigan, with Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud set to explain the Michigan Attorney General’s Office decision to dismiss all pending criminal charges arising from the city’s drinking water crisis. The office on Thursday announced the dismissal of charges against all eight remaining defendants, including an involuntary manslaughter charge against Nick Lyon, the former director of the Department of Health and Human Services. Fifteen people, including various city and state officials, had been charged under former Attorney General Bill Schuette. While tens of millions of dollars in taxpayers’ funds have been spent on the investigation, statement from the office of current Attorney General Dana Nessel said the dismissals were a response to problems with the original probe and don’t preclude recharging the original defendants or adding new ones.
The Flint water crisis has taken a toll on residents of this Michigan city, who have been living with lead-tainted tap water for more than two years. Brian Kaufman, Detroit Free Press Videographer
U.S. Open Round 2: Tiger eyes leaderboard as Rose holds lead
After a shaky start in his quest for his 16th major championship, Tiger Woods remains in contention at the 119th U.S. Open Friday after carding a 1-under 70 in the opening round Thursday.Woods didn’t bring his A game, but he kept his first round intact with his putter, most notably with a 30-foot make at the par-5 14th to earn par. Meanwhile, England’s Justin Rose sits atop the leaderboard after shooting a 6-under-par 65 in Round 1. Rickie Fowler, the magnetic American star who wants to rid himself of the label of being one of the best players never to have won a major, sits in a four-way tie for second place with Xander Schauffele, Louis Oosthuizen and Aaron Wiseshot after shooting a 5-under 66. Make sure to follow USA TODAY Sports for all the latest updates from Pebble Beach, California.
WHO committee could call for urgent action on Ebola
An expert committee of the World Health Organzation will meet Friday to revisit whether the Ebola epidemic in Africa — the second-largest in history — should be declared a global health emergency. The committee has met twice before without making a declaration, which requires there to be a need for “immediate international action.” A declaration would boost attention and funding for the disease, which has killed nearly 1,400 in Congo and has moved into neighboring Uganda. The Ebola virus spreads quickly via close contact with the bodily fluids of those infected. It can be fatal in up to 90% of cases.
Teen who survived shark attack speaks
The North Carolina teen girl who was badly injured in a shark attack June 2 will give an update on her recovery at a news conference Friday, according to WCTI-TV. Paige Winter, 17, was standing with her father in waist-deep water off Fort Macon State Park when a shark attacked and pulled her under. Charlie Winter punched the shark in the nose several times until it released Paige, who later underwent emergency to have her leg amputated above the knee. WCTI-TV reports Paige will hold a news conference with family and members of her medical team.
Here come the ‘Men in Black’ again
Just like the Will Smith song goes, “Here come the Men In Black.” Except this time there’s no Will Smith and there are more women. “Men In Black: International” (in theaters nationwide Friday), brings some big changes for the top-secret, black suit-wearing organization charged with monitoring aliens on Earth. In the spinoff, instead of Smith as Agent J and Tommy Lee Jones as the grumpy Agent K, there’s Chris Hemsworth (the dishy Agent H) and Tessa Thompson (agency newcomer Agent M). In addition, Emma Thompson plays Agent O, the head of MIB’s U.S. branch, and Liam Neeson is High T, the head of MIB’s U.K. branch. USA TODAY Network’s Scott Craven writes: “‘International’ is the original ‘Men in Black’ only with European backdrops, more aliens and less sexism.”
At the New York premiere of “Men in Black: International,” actress Tessa Thompson reveals her alternative title pitches, while Chris Hemsworth says he’s excited to step into a new franchise. (June 12) AP, AP
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