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South Carolina flood: Thousands without running water

Seanna Adcox and Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 5th - 4:42pm

People across South Carolina got an object lesson Monday in how you can dodge a hurricane and still get hammered.

VW pollution test site under scrutiny amid cheating scandal

Gillian Flaccus and Justin Pritchard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 5th - 4:41pm

When Volkswagen opened its gleaming pollution testing center near the California coast, a top executive from the German automaker helped snip the blue ribbon and joined a tour of a lab so advanced that VW would brag the air inside was cleaner than in the surrounding strawberry fields.

General Mills recalling 1.8M Cheerios boxes on allergy risk

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 5th - 4:21pm

General Mills is recalling 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced at a plant in Lodi, California, saying the cereal is labeled gluten-free but actually contains wheat.

At casino trade show, debate over daily fantasy is hot topic

Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 5th - 4:20pm

The daily fantasy sports industry has gone to great lengths to distance itself from traditional sports wagering and the CEO of the ubiquitous DraftKings website made no effort to get cozy as he sat in front of a crowd of casino executives at a trade show last week.

After 111 years, Utah power plant shuts down

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 5th - 4:17pm

Several people recently gathered near Provo to recognize the Olmsted Hydroelectric Power Plant as it is retired after 111 years of operation.

Publisher apologizes for textbook calling slaves 'workers'

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 5th - 5:43pm

One of the biggest publishers in the U.S. apologized Monday for calling slaves brought to America "workers" in a geography textbook used widely in Texas, where the wording went unnoticed during the state's combative and politically charged classroom curriculum reviews.

The Latest: Railroad in Vermont derailment had 54 accidents

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 5th - 5:41pm

The latest on the derailment of an Amtrak train in Vermont (all times local):

Amtrak train hits rocks on track, derails in central Vermont

Wilson Ring, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 5th - 5:41pm

An Amtrak train headed from Vermont to Washington, D.C., on Monday hit rocks that had fallen onto the track from a ledge, spilling the locomotive and a passenger car down an embankment, derailing three other cars and injuring seven people, authorities said.

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 5th - 5:31pm

A 13-year-old transgender student who wanted to use the boy's bathroom and locker room at his middle school in Elko County has sparked a new round of debate among legislators over the issue. The school board rejected his request, prompting the threat of legal action by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Supreme Court declines to review insider trading case

Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 5th - 4:44pm

The Supreme Court said Monday it won't hear the Obama administration's appeal of a lower court ruling that made it tougher to prosecute people for trading on leaked inside information.

United States, 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal

Paul Wiseman and Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 5th - 4:41pm

Having hammered out an ambitious trade deal with 11 Pacific Rim countries, the Obama administration now faces a potentially tougher task: selling the deal to a skeptical Congress.

Publisher apologizes for textbook calling slaves 'workers'

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 5th - 4:31pm

The publisher of a high school textbook that referred to slaves brought to America as "workers" is apologizing and says more diversity will be added to review boards.

Student injured in Seattle bus crash sues duck boat operator

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 5th - 4:21pm

A 21-year-old college student who was injured in a deadly bus crash sued the operator of an amphibious vehicle and the company that refurbished the so-called duck boat.

Wolf: Deal on taxes is necessary to avoid worse consequences

Marc Levy and Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 5th - 4:11pm

Gov. Tom Wolf warned Monday that steep cuts in education spending and higher borrowing costs are among the inevitable consequences if he cannot persuade enough state lawmakers to support higher taxes to pay for a long-term budget deficit he inherited.

Lawmakers continue studying broadband options for Idaho

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 5th - 3:51pm

School districts in Idaho should continue securing their own Internet rather than relying on a statewide system, an Internet provider told lawmakers Monday.

New Mexico to license 12 new medical marijuana producers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 5th - 3:41pm

The New Mexico Department of Health says it will issue licenses to a dozen new producers as part of the state's medical marijuana program.

Buyouts coming at company behind Chicago Tribune, LA Times

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 5th - 3:31pm

The owner of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and other newspapers is offering buyouts to employees.

US, states announce settlement with BP over gulf oil spill

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 5th - 3:31pm

The Justice Department and five states on Monday announced a $20 billion final settlement of claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Marijuana pesticide flap brings consumer lawsuit in Colorado

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 5th - 3:31pm

Two marijuana users in Colorado filed a lawsuit Monday against a pot business they said used an unhealthy pesticide to grow their weed — a case that lawyers say is the first product liability claim in the nation involving the legal marijuana industry.