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Nine dead in historic South Carolina rains and flooding


WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. - Floodwaters inundating South Carolina after unprecedented rainfall have resulted in nine deaths, more than 500 road and bridge closures and hundreds of rescues of people trapped in homes and cars by the rising water, officials said on Monday. | Video

Oregon college shaken by massacre reopens with counselors, comfort dogs

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Students were welcomed back on Monday by grief counselors and comfort dogs to the small Oregon community college shattered by a shooting rampage that left 10 people dead, though classes were to remain canceled through the week.

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Amtrak train derails in Vermont, seven people hospitalized

- An Amtrak passenger train hit debris from a rockslide and derailed in central Vermont on Monday, sending at least seven people to the hospital, officials said on Monday.

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California governor signs bill legalizing physician-assisted suicide

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Physician-assisted suicide will become legal in California under a bill signed into law on Monday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.

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Body found in search for U.S. ship that vanished in hurricane

MIAMI - Missing cargo ship El Faro, hit by powerful Hurricane Joaquin, is believed to have sunk off the Bahamas and one presumed crew member is confirmed dead, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Monday. | Video

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Pilot falls ill, dies on American flight from Phoenix to Boston

- A pilot fell ill and died on an American Airlines flight headed to Boston from Phoenix on Monday and the copilot landed the plane safely in Syracuse, New York, airline and police officials said.

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Supreme Court opens new term, with major cases brewing

WASHINGTON - With cases over affirmative action, voting rights and other contentious issues waiting in the wings, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday opened its new term as the nine justices took to the bench for the first time since a flurry of high-profile rulings in June.

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L.A. to pay $2.85 million for black man's death in police custody

LOS ANGELES - Attorneys for the city of Los Angeles have agreed to pay $2.85 million to the family of a black grandfather who died in police custody after being shot with an electric stun gun and placed in a choke hold, according to court records.

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American civil rights activist Grace Boggs dies in Detroit at 100

DETROIT - Grace Lee Boggs, an author and activist in the feminist, labor, civil rights and environmental justice movements, died in Detroit on Monday at the age of 100, according to her Facebook page.

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Philadelphia woman who kidnapped child given 40 years to life

- A woman who wore traditional Muslim dress to pose as the mother of a 5-year-old girl so she could take the child from a Philadelphia school and sexually assault her was sentenced on Monday to 40 years to life in prison, prosecutors said.

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