By Jay Reeves and Emery P. Dalesio Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Carolinas saw sunshine Tuesday after days of inundation, but it could take weeks to recover from being pummeled by a historic rainstorm that caused widespread flooding and 17 deaths. Tuesday was the first completely dry day in Columbia since Sept. 24, but […]

By Seanna Adcox and Jeffrey Collins Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. – Another day of heavy rain drenched an already inundated South Carolina on Monday as rescue teams went door-to-door to check on people in swamped neighborhoods and authorities surveyed a statewide road system torn apart by historic flooding. At least nine weather-related deaths in two […]

By Maria L. La Ganga, Christine Mai-Duc and Richard A. Serrano Los Angeles Times (TNS) In one of the deadliest of a series of school shootings that have become violently familiar across the U.S., a gunman opened fire at a community college in southwestern Oregon on Thursday morning, killing at least 10 people and injuring […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – For Northeast Mississippians who witnessed the Pope’s tour through Washington, New York and Philadelphia, the spiritual high still lingers. “It was amazing,” said Veronica Lopez, who works for the Hispanic ministries of the Jackson Diocese of the Catholic Church. Lopez attended the Festival of Families in Philadelphia on […]

This undated photo provided by NASA and taken by an instrument aboard the agency's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows dark, narrow, 100 meter-long streaks on the surface of Mars that scientists believe were caused by flowing streams of salty water. Researchers said Monday that the latest observations strongly support the longtime theory that salt water in liquid form flows down certain Martian slopes each summer. (NASA/JPL/University of Arizona via AP)

By Marcia Dunn AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Mars appears to have flowing rivulets of salty water, at least in the summer, scientists reported Monday in a finding that could have major implications for the possibility of life on the red planet. “It suggests that it would be possible for there to be […]

By Erica Werner and Alan Fram Associated Press WASHINGTON – With Congress in turmoil, House Speaker John Boehner abruptly informed fellow Republicans on Friday that he would resign from Congress at the end of October, stepping aside in the face of hardline conservative opposition that threatens an institutional crisis. The 13-term Ohio Republican, second in […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Pope Francis spoke to Congress in a joint session Thursday morning before addressing some 40,000 Catholics gathered near the U.S. Capitol. A few members of St. James Catholic Church and others from the area were there to receive the pontiff’s blessing in the flesh. St. James member Michelle Simmons and […]

By Nicole Winfield and Erica Werner Associated Press WASHINGTON – Wading into bitter disputes, Pope Francis urged a divided Congress and America on Thursday to welcome immigrants, abolish the death penalty, share the nation’s immense wealth and fight global warming. Lawmakers gave rousing ovations to the leader of the world’s Catholics despite obvious disagreements over […]

By Julie Pace and Nicole Winfield Associated Press WASHINGTON – Cheered by jubilant crowds across the nation’s capital, Pope Francis forged common cause Wednesday with President Barack Obama on climate change, immigration and inequality, as the popular pontiff signaled he would not sidestep issues that have deeply divided Americans. On his first full day in […]