WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The death toll from Hurricane Florence and its remnants has risen to 17 as officials say a 3-month-old died in North Carolina when a tree landed on a mobile home. Gaston County manager Earl Mathers said in an email to commissioners the tree fell on a mobile home Sunday in Dallas, about 240 miles west of where Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday in Wrightsville Beach.
MIAMI (AP) — A heavy-duty response already is slogging through heavy rains and floodwaters to help people trapped or displaced by Florence’s watery onslaught. Storm winds might be dropping, but rivers are rising and the next few days could bring the most destructive round of flooding in North Carolina history.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is in turmoil after the woman accusing him of high school-era sexual misconduct told her story publicly for the first time and in detail. Democrats are calling for a delay in a key committee vote set for this later week. A Republican on the closely divided panel, Arizona’s Jeff Flake, says he’s “not comfortable” voting on the nomination without first hearing from the accuser.
HONG KONG (AP) — Mangkhut has weakened from a typhoon to a tropical storm as it moves deeper into China. The storm was still affecting southern China and rain and strong winds were expected to continue through Tuesday. Hong Kong residents were being told to stay away from the coastline and transit services and flights were canceled. It was the most powerful typhoon to hit Hong Kong since 1979.
HOUSTON (AP) — A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol is being held on $2.5 million bond, accused of killing at least four women and injuring a fifth who escaped. Webb County jail records show that 35-year-old Juan David Ortiz is in custody in Laredo on four counts of murder as well as charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful restraint. Ortiz was arrested early Saturday after what investigators are portraying as a 10-day string of violence against women believed to be prostitutes.