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New evacuations ordered because of Florence flooding

Sep. 21, 2018 10:31 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A new round of evacuations was ordered in South Carolina as the trillions of gallons of water dumped by Hurricane Florence meanders to the sea, raising river levels and threatening more destruction. With the crisis slowly moving to South Carolina, emergency managers on Friday...

At least 1 dead after small plane crashes near St. Louis

Sep. 21, 2018 10:21 AM EDT

FESTUS, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say at least one man died when a single engine plane that took off in New York crashed near St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the plane was discovered Friday morning in a heavily wooded area near the airport in Festus, Missouri. Jefferson County Sheriff Dave...

China treats Uighur kids as 'orphans' after parents seized

Sep. 21, 2018 10:12 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Every morning, Meripet wakes up to her nightmare: The Chinese government has turned four of her children into orphans, even though she and their father are alive. Meripet and her husband left the kids with their grandmother at home in China when they went to nurse Meripet's sick father in...

Guatemalan to be sentenced in crash that killed Colts player

Sep. 21, 2018 10:07 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man from Guatemala living illegally in the U.S. is set for sentencing in a drunken driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver. Manuel Orrego-Savala will be sentenced Friday, two months after he pleaded guilty to two counts of operating a...

Israel, Russia to review Syria hotline after plane downed

Sep. 21, 2018 9:35 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli military official says its "deconfliction line" with Russia for their air forces in Syria will be examined after a Russian plane was hit by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli raid. He spoke anonymously according to protocol Friday after an Israeli delegation returned from...

Carolinas farms could take billions in losses from Florence

Sep. 21, 2018 9:29 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence is testing the resolve of farmers in the Carolinas, who could face billions of dollars in agricultural damage while still feeling the sting from Hurricane Matthew almost two years ago. After last weekend's high winds and rain that was measured in feet, followed by...

Over 100 dead after Tanzania ferry sinks on Lake Victoria

Sep. 21, 2018 9:25 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The death toll rose above 100 after a ferry capsized and sank on Lake Victoria, Tanzania state radio reported Friday, while a second day of rescue efforts raced the setting sun. The toll was likely to go up, John Mongella, commissioner for the Mwanza region, told The Associated Press...

The Latest: Evacuation ordered in eastern S. Carolina

Sep. 21, 2018 9:23 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the effects of Hurricane Florence. (all times local): 9:20 a.m. Officials have ordered evacuations along the Lynches River in eastern South Carolina because of flooding from Hurricane Florence. Florence County emergency management officials issued the order Friday...

Philippine villages at risk of landslides forcibly evacuated

Sep. 21, 2018 8:02 AM EDT

NAGA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops and police forcibly evacuated residents of five villages vulnerable to landslides after the collapse of a mountainside buried dozens of homes and killed at least 29 people in a central region. Some residents left on their own, but most of the more than 1,200...

Disaster declared after army rocket sparks German wildfire

Sep. 21, 2018 6:34 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Officials in northwestern Germany are declaring a disaster over a wildfire triggered two weeks ago by a rocket test on an army training site. Authorities in the Emsland region said Friday that they are considering ordering the evacuation of about 1,000 people from two villages near Meppen,...