'I'll watch it on TV': Coastal residents fleeing hurricane

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Some 3,000 people checked into shelters across Florida, a judge in coastal Georgia suspended a murder trial and deputies in South Carolina shot and wounded a motorist during a dispute over an evacuation route as Hurricane Matthew inched closer to the Atlantic coast.

  • Written by MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press

Hard-hit Haiti starts to measure scale of hurricane disaster

LES CAYES, Haiti (AP) — Two days after Hurricane Matthew rampaged across Haiti's remote southwestern peninsula, authorities and aid workers still lack a clear picture of what they fear is the country's biggest disaster in years.

  • Written by PIERRE RICHARD LUXAMA, Associated Press Writers DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press Writers

Asian shares climb, yen weakens on upbeat US services data

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks posted modest gains and the dollar strengthened further against the yen Thursday as a healthy U.S. economic report and rising oil prices overnight bolstered investor optimism.

  • Written by KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer

Plane evacuated after Samsung smartphone starts smoking

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An overheating, smoking Samsung smartphone forced the evacuation of a Southwest Airlines jet that was preparing to take off Wednesday from the Louisville airport.

  • Written by REBECCA REYNOLDS YONKER, Associated Press DAVID KOENIG, Associated Press

Clown hoaxes force police to check pranks for real threats

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Carrying golf clubs, shovels and hockey sticks, several hundred University of Connecticut students gathered just before midnight in a cemetery, ready to do battle with menacing clowns they had heard might be lurking among the headstones.

  • Written by PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press