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Water covers a flooded section of US 17 South in Murrells Inlet, South CarolinaBy Greg Lacour WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (Reuters) - Floodwaters inundating South Carolina after unprecedented rainfall have resulted in nine deaths, more than 500 road and bridge closures and hundreds of rescues of people trapped in their homes by the rising water, officials said on Monday. Governor Nikki Haley warned residents to remain on alert as rain continued to fall in some of the hardest-hit areas, including the state capital of Columbia, which saw its wettest days on record over the weekend. "This is not the time to take pictures." More than 2 feet of rain have fallen in the past three days in some areas of South Carolina, and moderate to heavy rain persisted on Monday in the already saturated northeastern corner of that state and southeastern North Carolina, the National Weather Service said. . . more
The train, en route from St. Albans, Vermont, to Washington D.C., was reported derailed near Roxbury, about 20 miles south of the state capital Montpelier, after it hit debris on the track from a rock slide, Amtrak said in a statement. The U.S. national passenger rail service said the derailment of Train #55 was reported to local law enforcement agencies at 10:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. EDT). Police and emergency crews went to the scene, Vermont State Police spokesman Scott Waterman said. . . more
U.S. Coast Guard members retrieve a life preserver ring from the cargo ship El Faro in this still image from a U.S. Coast Guard handout videoThe U.S. Coast Guard on Monday said its crews had found a body and an empty, heavily damaged lifeboat in their search for the cargo ship El Faro, assumed to have sunk off the Bahamas in towering waves and howling winds whipped up by Hurricane Joaquin. "We're assuming the vessel has sunk," Coast Guard Captain Mark Fedor told reporters in Miami. Coast Guard vessels and aircrews continued to search, however, for the missing crew - 28 U.S. citizens and five Polish nationals - but Fedor acknowledged they had faced tough odds in the storm's dangerous conditions. . . more
Zach Stadelman walks along a flooded street in Wilmington, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Numerous roads in Brunswick and New Hanover counties in southeastern North Carolina are impassable as a storm system that inundated South Carolina moves north. (Mike Spencer/The Star-News via AP) MANDATORY CREDITCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) After a week of steady rain, the showers tapered off Monday and an inundated South Carolina turned to surveying a road system shredded by historic flooding, and in a cruel twist, thousands of residents faced the prospect of going days without running water. . . more
Clinton unveiled her plan to reduce gun violence in New Hampshire on Monday. . . more
On Monday, the Coast Guard said a U.S. cargo ship carrying 33 people sank. It disappeared four days earlier, after encountering high winds and heavy seas from Hurricane Joaquin. One body has been found, and planes and ships are still searching for the rest of the crew. Here are some past incidents in which cargo ships have sunk: . . more
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is among the speakers who have eulogized former Gov. Walter Dale Miller during a memorial ceremony being held at the state Capitol in Pierre. . . more
Families have gathered at the Seafarers Union Hall Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Jacksonville, Fla., waiting for news on the crew of 33 aboard the missing cargo ship El Faro. The ship has not been heard from since it lost power and was taking on water in seas churned up by Hurricane Joaquin. (Bruce Lipsky/Florida Times-Union via AP)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The captain of the 790-foot El Faro planned to bypass Hurricane Joaquin, but some kind of mechanical failure left the U.S. container ship with 33 people aboard helplessly and tragically adrift in the path of the powerful storm, the vessel's owners say. . . more
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) An American Airlines flight from Phoenix to Boston was diverted to Syracuse, New York, Monday morning after the captain became ill and later died, according to an airline spokeswoman. . . more
Firefighters work at the at the scene of an explosion at a three-story building in the Borough Park neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro says the explosion apparently happened after a stove was disconnected. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) New York City firefighters have been searching through rubble for a resident who's been missing since her apartment building exploded this weekend, killing one tenant and injuring three passers-by. . . more
Boy, 11, accused of killing 8-year-old neighbor with shotgunAn 11-year-old boy has been charged with murder after he killed his 8-year-old neighbor, police said, and witnesses say it was because the girl wouldn't let him see her puppy. . . more
ELKO, Nev. (AP) Authorities in Nevada say a hunter accidentally killed his friend when a gun he was packing into a car fired. . . more
Republican presidential candidates, from left, Sen. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Donald Trump, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush pose for a group picture during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Jeb Bush follows Donald Trump on Twitter but that's a one-way street: Trump mainly follows people with a connection to himself. Ted Cruz's follow list is a big tea party, though he keeps an eye on President Barack Obama, too. . . more
In this Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 photo, from left, Jo Armstrong, Julie Armstrong, Skylar Armstrong, Amelia Anderson, Nathan Anderson, Westley Armstrong and Dean Anderson sit together for a game at their home in Tucson, Ariz. At 42 with a blended family of five, Nathan Anderson runs an acupuncture clinic with his wife, Julie, also an acupuncturist. Combined, their monthly student loans bills approach $1,700. "More than we spend on groceries and kind of like having a second mortgage," Nathan said. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)WASHINGTON (AP) A college degree practically stamped Andres Aguirre's ticket to the middle class. Yet at age 40, he's still paying the price of admission. . . more
Emergency first responders assist a man, center, as he is transferred to an ambulance, right, from a trailer attached to an all-terrain vehicle near the site of an Amtrak train derailment, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, in Roxbury, Vt. The Amtrak train, headed from Vermont to Washington, D.C., derailed in central Vermont on Monday after apparently striking rocks that were on the tracks about 20 miles southwest of the capital, Montpelier. No life-threatening injuries were reported. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) The latest on the derailment of an Amtrak train in Vermont (all times local): . . more
WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court said Monday it won't hear the Obama administration's appeal of a lower court ruling that made it tougher to prosecute people for trading on leaked inside information. . . more
DENVER (AP) Rare black-footed ferrets will be released Monday at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge a milestone for the highly endangered animals and for the former toxic waste site on the industrial edge of Denver. . . more