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  • Nine dead in historic South Carolina rains and flooding

    Floodwaters from unprecedented rainfall in South Carolina have killed nine people, closed more than 500 roads and bridges and prompted hundreds of rescues of people trapped in homes and cars, officials said on Monday. Governor Nikki Haley warned residents to remain on alert as rain continued to…

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  • Body found in search for U.S. ship that vanished in hurricane

    Missing cargo ship El Faro, hit by powerful Hurricane Joaquin, is believed to have sunk off the Bahamas and one presumed crew member is confirmed dead, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Monday. "We're assuming the vessel has sunk," Coast Guard Captain Mark Fedor told reporters in Miami. Coast Guard…

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  • Montana hunter fends off grizzly by sticking arm into its throat

    Chase Dellwo, 26, was hunting with a crossbow for elk with his brother in the rugged foothills of the Rocky Mountains in northwestern Montana on Saturday morning when he surprised a 400-pound (180-kg) male grizzly lumbering along a creek, said Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Bruce…

  • University of Texas debates guns on campus after Oregon shooting

    A law to allow guns in more places at the University of Texas system would increase the danger on campuses and could not prevent mass killings like the one last week in Oregon, faculty and students told a forum on Monday. Next August, under a law approved by the majority Republican state…

  • Oregon college shaken by massacre reopens with counselors, comfort dogs

    By Eric M. Johnson and Emily Flitter ROSEBURG, Ore. (Reuters) - Students still shaken from a shooting rampage days earlier that claimed 10 lives were welcomed back on Monday by grief counselors and comfort dogs to their community college in southern Oregon, but classes remained canceled through…

  • Benghazi committee Democrats say they'll release witness transcripts

    By Susan Cornwell and Jonathan Allen WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Democratic minority on a U.S. congressional committee investigating the attack in Benghazi, Libya, intend to defy the committee's Republican leaders by releasing the transcript of a closed-door interview with a former senior…

  • Yellowstone National Park sets record year with 3.8 million visitors so far

    More people visited Yellowstone National Park last month than any September previously, and the park has set a new annual visitation record with nearly three months still left in the year. More than 3.8 million people have visited Yellowstone through the end of September, according to figures…

  • Obama heads to Oregon to meet shooting victims' families Friday

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will travel to Roseburg, Oregon, on Friday to meet privately with the families of the victims of the recent mass shooting there, a White House official said on Monday.

  • American civil rights activist Grace Boggs dies in Detroit at 100

    By Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - Grace Lee Boggs, an author and activist in the feminist, labor, civil rights and environmental justice movements, died in Detroit on Monday at the age of 100, according to her Facebook page. Boggs died peacefully in her sleep at her home on the city's east side,…

  • Amtrak train derails in Vermont, seven people hospitalized

    (Reuters) - An Amtrak passenger train hit debris from a rockslide and derailed in central Vermont on Monday, sending at least seven people to the hospital, officials said. The train, carrying 98 passengers and four crew members and traveling from St. Albans, Vermont, to Washington, went off the…

  • Trial of alleged Virginia serial killer gets under way

    The suspect, Charles Severance, 55, was indicted last year for the slayings in Alexandria, Virginia, a Washington suburb. The seemingly random killings had fed fears that a serial killer was on the loose in the U.S. capital area. Severance is charged in the 2014 slaying of music teacher Ruthanne…

  • Tennessee boy, 11, held for killing 8-year-old girl over puppies: sheriff

    An 11-year-old eastern Tennessee boy was in custody for murder on Monday for shooting and killing an 8-year-old neighbor girl with a shotgun because she would not show him her puppies, authorities said. The unidentified boy was talking to three girls who were outside the window of his mobile home…

  • California governor signs bill legalizing physician-assisted suicide

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Physician-assisted suicide will become legal in California under a bill signed into law on Monday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, despite intense opposition from some religious and disability rights groups. The law, based on a similar measure…

  • Gun safety group recommends action by president

    A gun safety group urged the White House on Monday to take a series of steps it said would help prevent the kind of mass shooting that killed 10 people at an Oregon community college last week and renewed the debate on gun control. Everytown for Gun Safety, a group that advocates what it calls…

  • L.A. to pay $2.85 million for black man's death in police custody

    Attorneys for the city of Los Angeles have agreed to pay $2.85 million to the family of a black grandfather who died in police custody after being shot with an electric stun gun and placed in a choke hold, according to court records. A clerk for the Los Angeles City Council said its finance and…

  • Pilot falls ill, dies on American flight from Phoenix to Boston

    The Airbus A320, which had left Phoenix with 148 passengers and five crew members, touched down at Syracuse Hancock International Airport shortly after 7 a.m. EDT, said spokeswoman Brianna Jackson. The 57-year-old pilot from Utah was pronounced dead on board the plane a few minutes after it…

  • Two arrested in Arkansas for threatening attacks at schools

    A 14-year-old Arkansas junior high school student suspected of posting a warning on social media that he would "shoot up" a school near his home was charged on Monday with first-degree terroristic threatening, police said. The younger suspect in Arkansas was not identified because he is a minor. …

  • Philadelphia woman who kidnapped child given 40 years to life

    Christina Regusters, 22, a former childcare worker, was convicted in September last year of aggravated assault, kidnapping, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and other offenses related to the crime. "It's the appropriate sentence," said Erin O'Brien, an assistant Philadelphia district attorney.

  • Clinton vows to take on gun lobby, pledges tighter restrictions

    By Amanda Becker MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pledged Monday to take on the powerful U.S. gun lobby, saying she would pursue expanded background checks and take steps to hold manufacturers accountable for crimes committed with their…

  • Trial begins of deputies, nurse in Georgia jail death

    Jury selection began on Monday in the criminal trial of two former deputies and a jail nurse in the death of a restrained Nigerian college student in a Savannah, Georgia jail cell. The coroner wrote on the death certificate that Matthew Ajibade, 21, died from blunt force trauma on Jan. 1 "after a…