HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu officials say a dam where waters rose rapidly during a tropical storm is not in danger of failing. Board of Water Supply Chief Engineer Ernie Lau said Thursday the dam is “nowhere close” to breaching. But he says water in the reservoir rose about 5 feet overnight during heavy rains from Tropical Storm Olivia.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Florence has been downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds of 90 mph (150 kph). The National Hurricane Center says Florence is now lashing the North Carolina coast with hurricane -force winds and a life-threatening storm surge.
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say an 18-year-old man has died after a house exploded amid gas explosions north of Boston, sending a chimney crashing into his car. Officials have identified the victim as Leonel Rondon, of Lawrence. Gov. Charlie Baker says 10 other people were injured Thursday in a series of fires and explosions that authorities blame on over-pressurized natural gas lines.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s election is underway _ and the outcome could resonate around the nation. Democrats are picking the winner of a long and sometimes nasty primary contest between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and activist and former “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon. It’s a high-profile example of the insurgent left-wing that’s trying to oust establishment incumbents who they say have failed to deliver on liberal promises.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump was responding to the “liberal media” and the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, when he tweeted “3,000 people did not die” after Hurricane Maria in 2017. Spokesman Hogan Gidley said Thursday the “liberal media” and Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz are trying to exploit the devastation by “pushing out a constant stream of misinformation and false accusations.” Trump cited no evidence for rejecting the widely accepted death toll of nearly 3,000 in Puerto Rico.