• Mother, infant, among several killed by Hurricane Florence

    WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence is being blamed for taking several lives in North Carolina, including that of a woman and infant child who were killed when a massive tree crashed through their modest brick home early Friday. A man electrocuted while plugging in a generator during a heavy rain and another knocked down by wind were among the other casualties reported from the monster storm lashing the Southeast.

  • WHAT’S HAPPENING: Florence will pose fatal threat for days

    MIAMI (AP) — It’s about the water, not the wind, with Hurricane Florence making an extended stay along the North Carolina coast. Forecasters say “it cannot be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland.” Top sustained winds made it just a Category 1 hurricane but some communities were already submerged in more than 6 feet (2 meters) of water as the storm drenched the coast.

  • Chicago officer picks jury trial in teen’s shooting death

    CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald announced Friday that they will stick with a jury for the trial rather than have a judge decide the case.

  • Beyond hurricanes, rising seas menace barrier island homes

    NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. (AP) — Richard Barnett spent his week boarding up the windows of million-dollar homes perched precariously at the northern tip of Topsail Island, a narrow spit of North Carolina ringed with sandbags to offer some armor against the pounding surf.

  • Panicked neighborhoods evacuate as gas blasts destroy homes

    LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A series of gas explosions an official described as “Armageddon” killed a teenager, injured at least 10 other people and ignited fires in at least 39 homes in three communities north of Boston on Thursday, forcing entire neighborhoods to evacuate as crews scrambled to fight the flames and shut off the gas.

  • The Latest: Port of Charleston shuts down ahead of storm

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Florence (all times local):

  • The Latest: Resident describes basement fire, loud ‘boom’

    LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on gas explosions in Massachusetts (all times local):

  • Boss revenge, self-colonoscopy studies win 2018 Ig Nobels

    BOSTON (AP) — Anyone who’s ever been so furious with their boss that they feel like exacting revenge really needs to listen to Lindie Liang.

  • As hurricane blows, dive bar toasts ‘Here’s to Wilmington!’

    WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — As Hurricane Florence blew into Wilmington, about two dozen locals gathered behind the boarded-up windows of a bar that’s survived its share of squalls and tempests. There they raised their glasses Thursday in a toast and a shout: “Here’s to Wilmington!”

  • Time nearly up: Fierce Hurricane Florence aims at Southeast

    WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The big slosh has begun, and the consequences could be disastrous.