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Deep seas complicate search for ship lost in hurricane: investigator

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 17:21

By Barbara Liston JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Reuters) - Deep seas will likely hamper efforts to find the sunken U.S. cargo ship lost off the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin, a federal safety investigator said on Tuesday, as a search for 32 missing crew ran into a sixth fruitless day. National Transportation Safety Board member Bella Dinh-Zarr spoke before her arrival in Jacksonville, Florida, to help spearhead an NTSB investigation into what maritime experts have called the worst cargo shipping disaster involving a U.S.-flagged vessel in more than 30 years. Its last known location, after departing Jacksonville last week en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico, was off Crooked Island in the Bahamas.

Fifteen dead as South Carolina gripped by historic flooding

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 16:49

South Carolina grappled with the damage wrought by record rainfall, as the death toll from widespread flooding rose to 15 on Tuesday and residents braced for more evacuations in areas near dams and swollen waterways across the state. "We are still in the mode that the next 36 to 48 hours will be volatile," Governor Nikki Haley told a news conference. Eleven dams in the southeastern state have failed, the state Emergency Management Division said.

Patrick Kennedy opens up about family’s addiction secrets

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 15:56

The son of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy is going where no Kennedy has gone before.

How Trump could help Main Street win one over Wall Street

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 15:56

If Donald Trump reflects the zeitgeist, then some of America’s One Percenters are in trouble...

U.S. officials ask how ISIS got so many Toyota trucks

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 15:43

U.S. counter-terror officials have asked Toyota, the world’s second largest auto maker, to help them determine how ISIS has managed to acquire the large number of Toyota pick-up trucks and SUVs seen prominently in the terror group’s propaganda videos in Iraq, Syria and Libya, ABC News has learned. Toyota says it does not know how ISIS obtained the vehicles and is “supporting” the inquiry led by the Terror Financing unit of the Treasury Department -- part of a broad U.S. effort to prevent Western-made goods from ending up in the hands of the terror group. “We briefed Treasury on Toyota’s supply chains in the Middle East and the procedures that Toyota has in place to protect supply chain integrity,” said Ed Lewis, Toyota’s Washington-based director of public policy and communications.

Oregon shooter's mother wrote about guns in online forum

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 14:49

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mother of a gunman who killed nine people and himself at an Oregon community college allowed her troubled son to have guns and acknowledged in online posts that he struggled with autism, but she didn't seem to know he was potentially violent.

Lindsey Graham doesn’t remember voting against Sandy relief

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 12:56

In 2013, Graham was among 36 Senate Republicans who voted against giving aid to New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Rihanna calls Rachel Dolezal 'a bit of a hero'

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 12:56

Rachel Dolezal was widely criticized for representing herself as black.

Jihadist threat posted online against Navy SEAL from bin Laden mission

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 12:30
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.

Death toll from South Carolina floods rises to 14

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 09:03

"We are still in the mode that the next 36 to 48 hours will be volatile," Governor Nikki Haley said. Emergency management officials said about 300 state-maintained roads and 160 bridges remained closed. Haley stressed the need for motorists to mind police barricades on flooded roads after reports of people moving the barricades or driving around them.

Suspect in custody after reports of gunman on Philadelphia campus

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 08:53
No shots were fired and there were no reports of any injuries, said Tanya Little, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Police Department. The FBI had warned colleges and universities on Sunday about a recent social media post threatening violence on Monday at a Philadelphia college or university. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told reporters that Tuesday's incident didn’t seem to be related to Monday’s threat or to the Oregon shooting.

U.S. investigators head to Florida to probe ship lost in hurricane

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 04:56

Federal safety investigators traveled to Florida on Tuesday to investigate the U.S. container ship lost at sea after being hit by powerful Hurricane Joaquin, leaving one person confirmed dead and 32 others missing. The team from the National Transportation Safety Board left Washington for Jacksonville, Florida, where the El Faro had departed from last week en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico, before disappearing in what maritime experts called the worst cargo shipping disaster involving a U.S.-flagged vessel in more than 30 years. NTSB member Bella Dinh-Zarr acknowledged the investigation would be difficult with the ship having sunk in an unknown location after its last known location off Crooked Island in the Bahamas.    "It's a big challenge when there's such a large area of water and at such depth," Dinh-Zarr said.

Obama: GOP would have U.S. in 'seven wars right now'

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 03:56

The president blasts his hawkish GOP critics in a little-noticed video released last month.

Despite sunny forecast, South Carolina ordeal far from over

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 03:13

It will take weeks for the state to return to normal after being hit by a record rainstorm.

Texas plans to execute a man who killed, robbed victim of $8

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 03:02
Texas plans on Tuesday to execute a man who was convicted of fatally shooting a recently arrived Mexican immigrant in the head and robbing him of $8. Juan Garcia is set to be put to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m. local time at the state's death chamber in Huntsville. If the execution goes ahead, it will be the 529th in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976 - the most of any state.

The Trump swagger is seen, not always loved, worldwide

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 02:50

BALMEDIE, Scotland (AP) — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is well-known in this serene coastal section of Scotland, where shimmering golden sand dunes meet the ice-blue North Sea and people play on his golf course. He's known in the Himalayas, too, far from any sign with his name on it. And in the Middle East, Africa and beyond.

Oregon college shaken by massacre reopens with counselors, comfort dogs

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 18:04

By Eric M. Johnson and Emily Flitter ROSEBURG, Ore. (Reuters) - Students still shaken from the deadly mass shooting at an Oregon community college days ago were welcomed back to campus Monday by grief counselors, comfort dogs and words of encouragement from faculty, but classes remained canceled through the week. The White House later in the day said President Barack Obama, who spoke out forcefully in favor of stricter gun control measures after the massacre, planned to visit Roseburg on Friday to meet privately with families of the victims. Roseburg Mayor Larry Rich, a Republican and self-described supporter of gun rights in the former timber community 180 miles (300 km) south of Portland, said he welcomed the Democratic president to visit when the White House called on Monday to ask whether Obama should make the trip.

Afghan forces called for hospital airstrike, U.S. general says

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 17:45

Afghan forces called in a US airstrike on a Kunduz hospital that killed 22 people, the top American commander in Afghanistan said Monday, after medical charity MSF branded the incident a war crime. General John Campbell's statement marks the first US military acknowledgement it was behind Saturday's devastating raid in the northern Afghan city which triggered international outrage. "We have now learned that on October 3, Afghan forces advised that they were taking fire from enemy positions and asked for air support from US air forces," Campbell told reporters.