Ex-deputy gets 18 years after detainees drown in locked van

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — A deputy in South Carolina whose police van was swept away by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, drowning two women seeking mental health treatment trapped in a cage in the back was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison. A Marion County jury found former Horry County deputy Stephen … Read more

Dust storm, hurricane-force winds leave trail of destruction in Midwest

CHICAGO – Hurricane-force winds tore across the US upper Midwest Thursday evening, sending walls of dust across cities and rural towns, causing widespread property damage and killing at least two people. Straight-line winds up to 105 miles per hour reached from Kansas to Wisconsin, pushing waves of farmland topsoil across the horizon and plunging communities … Read more