1 dies in flooding as storms threaten to move up East Coast

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — One person died Thursday as heavy flooding submerged cars and closed streets in South Carolina, and the drenching storms were expected to move up the East Coast, a region already swamped by rain.

  • Written by JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press

Official: At least 7 dead, 20 hurt in Oregon shooting

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — At least seven people were killed and 20 injured Thursday in a shooting at a southwestern Oregon community college, State Police Lt. Bill Fugate said.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Oregon marijuana shops begin sales to recreational users

 

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon marijuana shops began selling marijuana Thursday for the first time to recreational users, marking a big day for the budding pot industry.

  • Written by JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press BOB SEAVEY, Associated Press

Senators reach deal to reduce prison time for some offenders

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators unveiled legislation on Thursday that would overhaul the nation's criminal justice system, allowing some nonviolent drug offenders to get reduced prison sentences and giving judges greater discretion in sentencing.

  • Written by STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

Russia says Islamic State group not the only target in Syria

 

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian jets carried out a second day of airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, but there were conflicting claims about whether they were targeting Islamic State and al-Qaida militants or trying to shore up the defenses of President Bashar Assad.

  • Written by NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press LORI HINNANT, Associated Press