• Maine Maritime Academy students attend a vigil of hope for the missing crew members of the U.S. container ship El Faro, Tuesday evening, Oct. 6, 2015, in Castine, Maine. The Coast Guard has concluded the vessel sank near the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    Vessel’s messages will be key to inquiry of ill-fated ship

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Federal investigators looking into the ill-fated voyage of a 790-foot freighter believed to have sunk in the Atlantic during Hurricane Joaquin say they still hope to recover a data recorder from the ship as search crews continue looking for any survivors.

    Updated: 6:24 am

  • Sean Nance walks through floodwaters carrying some work clothes as he evacuates from his apartment in the Ashborough subdivision near Summerville, S.C., Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Residents are concerned that the Ashley River will continue to rise as floodwaters come down from Columbia.  (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

    Round 2: Downstream South Carolina towns brace for flooding

    GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — Along South Carolina’s coast, residents were preparing for a second round of flooding as rivers swollen from days of devastating rains make their way toward the Atlantic.

    Updated: 7:26 am

  • CORRECT LOCATION TO NORTHFIELD, NOT ROXBURY - Emergency first responders assist a woman, center, as she is transferred to an ambulance from a trailer attached to an all-terrain vehicle near the site of an Amtrak train derailment, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, in Northfield, 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. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

    Federal investigators probe Amtrak train accident in Vermont

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Special fences protect railroad tracks from rock slides in some parts of the country, but the head of Amtrak said Tuesday it’s unclear if the mechanisms could have prevented a derailment that injured seven people in Vermont.

  • This Nov. 15, 2013 photo released by NASA shows the three-story Human Exploration Research Analog habitat at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. The space agency, which is contemplating a future journey to Mars, is working with a military laboratory at the submarine base in Groton, Conn., to measure how teams handle stress during month-long simulations of space flight. (Bill Stafford/NASA via AP)

    How to prepare for Mars? NASA consults Navy sub force

    GROTON, Conn. (AP) — As NASA contemplates a manned voyage to Mars and the effects missions deeper into space could have on astronauts, it’s tapping research from another outfit with experience sending people to the deep: the U.S. Navy submarine force.

  • This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. at 9:45 AM EDT shows slowly weakening Hurricane Joaquin southwest of Bermuda, moving in a north-northeast direction. A band of cloudiness to the north of Joaquin extends to the Midatlantic, with rain. Deep moisture with heavy rain is flowing across the Carolinas. Clouds are dominating the Mississippi Valley into the Great Lakes, with some rain showers over the Great Lakes. (Weather Underground via AP)

    Weakening Joaquin passes Bermuda after lashing it with rain

    HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — A weakening Hurricane Joaquin moved past Bermuda and farther out into the Atlantic after pounding the wealthy financial haven and tourist destination with heavy rains and winds.

  • Spaceport America holds first open house

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Spaceport America has held its first open house, allowing visitors to explore the enormous hangar, admire a replica of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo and watch planes touch down on the runway.

  • This photo released by 20th Century Fox shows Matt Damon in a scene from the film, "The Martian."  (Aidan Monaghan/20th Century Fox via AP)

    Science sells: ‘The Martian’ lands with $55 million debut

    NEW YORK (AP) — Opening just days after NASA announced findings showing water on Mars, “The Martian” soaked up moviegoers at the box office.

  • Rear Adm. Scott Buschman, commander of the Coast Guard 7th District, receives an update brief for the missing cargo ship El Faro at the Coast Guard 7th District in Miami, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. The ship was heading from Jacksonville, Fla, to San Juan, Puerto Rico when it was battered by waves. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Jon-Paul/U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

    Bermuda whipped by weakening Hurricane Joaquin

    HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Bermuda was lashed Sunday by gusting winds and pelting rains from a weakening Hurricane Joaquin as its spinning center tracked just west of the wealthy financial haven and tourist destination after plowing through the Bahamas as a major storm.

  • In this Sept. 17, 2015 photo, the exterior of one of more than a dozen grain elevators that loom over the Buffalo, N.Y., waterfront is shown. Built in the mid-19th century to temporarily store grain that was being shipped via the Erie Canal, most have sat abandoned for years. Now developers are reimagining them as backdrops for concerts and movies and venues for weddings, restaurants and recreation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

    Buffalo’s ‘industrial cathedrals’ slowly finding new life

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A worn-looking collection of grain silos left over from Buffalo’s heyday as a shipping hub tower like enormous cement pipe organs along the Buffalo River.

  • In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 photo, marijuana plants with their buds covered in white crystals called trichomes, are nearly ready for harvest in the "Flower Room" at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. Trichomes contain cannabinoids like THC and CBD. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

    AP Exclusive: Legal marijuana stirs hope in Illinois town

    ALBION, Ill. (AP) — A skunky aroma fills the room in which hundreds of lush marijuana plants grow, some nearly ready for harvest. Grower Ashley Thompson, a former high school agriculture teacher in this rural part of southeastern Illinois, takes the scent of weed home with her.