Updated with North Carolina state of emergency and details of rescues and evacuations, plus rainfall totals for NC Rescues, evacuations and school closings after days of rain

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — More than 60 people had to be rescued on boats because of flooding in parts of North Carolina on Thursday as the remnants of Tropical Storm Julia lingered off the Atlantic Coast with days of rain. Schools in North Carolina and Virginia also cancelled classes as localized flooding blocked roads and … Continue reading

Wildfire chewing Central Texas

Wildfire chewing Central Texas

SMITHVILLE, Texas (AP) — A wildfire chewing the same Central Texas forestland scorched by a devastating blaze in 2011 slowed dramatically Thursday as improving weather kept the deadly destruction of four years ago at bay. No rain is in sight to extinguish the latest flare-up that has burned 6 square miles, wiped out roughly two … Continue reading