Death toll from South Carolina floods rises to 14
Fourteen people have died amid historic rainfall in South Carolina, the state's governor said on Tuesday, as residents grappled with the damage wrought by flooding on their homes, roads and water supply. "We are still in the mode that the next 36 to 48 hours will be volatile," Governor Nikki Haley said. "Don?t let the sunshine fool you." Emergency management officials said about 300 state-maintained roads and 160 bridges remained closed.
Federal investigators head to Florida to probe ship lost in hurricane
By Barbara Liston JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Reuters) - Deep waters may complicate efforts to find out what happened to a U.S. container ship lost at sea during Hurricane Joaquin, a federal safety investigator said on Tuesday, as a search and rescue mission for 32 missing crew stretched into a sixth day. NTSB member Bella Dinh-Zarr said the investigation would be difficult given the ship sank in an unknown location, possibly in 15,000-feet (4,750-meter) deep waters. The U.S. Coast Guard said the body of one presumed crew member was recovered.
Jihadist threat posted online against Navy SEAL from bin Laden mission
Undersheriff George Skuletich of the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Department said on Tuesday O'Neill no longer lives in the Butte area but that his agency was aware of the posting and contacted federal authorities. O'Neill, 39, who grew up in Butte, told The Washington Post last year that he was the Navy SEAL who fired the fatal gunshot that struck bin Laden in the forehead during the U.S. raid in May 2011 on the al Qaeda leader's compound in Pakistan.
Thousands of drug inmates approved for early prison release
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Drug criminals once described by prosecutors as unrepentant repeat offenders are among those poised to benefit from new sentencing guidelines that are shrinking punishments for thousands of federal prisoners, according to an Associated Press review of court records.
JetBlue plants a seed with farm-to-tray-table concept
Mother-son bond over guns links Oregon, Connecticut slayings
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) ? The deadly shooting last week at an Oregon community college has an eerie parallel with the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 pupils and six adult staff members in 2012.
Woman punched by patrol officer detained on same LA freeway
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? A bipolar woman who was punched by a California Highway Patrol officer as she walked on a Los Angeles freeway has been taken into custody after being spotted on the same stretch of road.
Search for answers begins in sinking of US cargo ship
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) ? On board the 790-foot El Faro when it set out on its doomed voyage into the path of Hurricane Joaquin were five Polish workers whose job was to prepare the engine room for a retrofitting.
Southern California woman alleges excessive police force
SAN DIEGO (AP) ? A Southern California woman is suing the city of Carlsbad, alleging that police in the San Diego suburb unjustly beat her after she was pulled over for a seat-belt violation.
Trial to begin for teen charged in teacher's rape, killing
SALEM, Mass. (AP) ? A jury will be chosen to hear the case of Philip Chism, a Massachusetts teenager accused of raping and killing his math teacher.