The California Coastal Commission on Thursday approved a plan by SeaWorld San Diego to expand its killer whale tanks, but banned any future breeding of the whales.
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A city in South Carolina approved a $6.5 million settlement Thursday with the family of an unarmed black man shot to death earlier this year by a white police officer.
The North Charleston City Council approved the settlement by a 10-0 vote, and members of Walter Scott's family were on hand when it was announced.
The council had met several times in the past few months to receive advice from city attorney Brady Hair on a potential lawsuit from Scott's family.
Though South Carolina's historically heavy rains have subsided, the state's governor issued a stark warning that more possible flooding is likely, threatening to raise the rain-related death toll in the state over 17.
"The problem is, more is coming," Haley said Thursday, according to NBC News.
Swollen rivers are expected to deliver more water to low-lying and coastal areas, with areas south of Givhans Ferry, northwest of Charleston, bracing for possible flooding over the next three days. Once the water comes, areas could remain flooded for up to 12 days, Haley said.
"If someone comes and knocks on your door and tells you to leave — I know you've lived there a long time, I know that all your belongings are there, I know that you might have been through weather related issues before — this is different," Haley said.
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U.S. safety investigators say the U.S. Navy soon will set out to find the cargo ship sunk in Hurricane Joaquin and locate a data recorder critical to determining why it went down.
National Transportation Safety Board vice chair Bella Dinh-Zarr told reporters Thursday the Navy would use sonar and other means to find the 790-foot El Faro on the sea floor. The ship sank in about 15,000 feet of water Oct. 1 with 33 people aboard east of the Bahamas.
The Coast Guard called off a search for possible survivors Wednesday.
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In a stunning move, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday withdrew his candidacy for speaker of the U.S. House, shocking fellow Republicans just before voting was to begin and plunging Congress' GOP leadership into chaos.
GOP lawmakers said McCarthy told colleagues at the start of a closed meeting that he was not the right person for the job. He recommended that the election be postponed and Speaker John Boehner delayed it.
"I have never seen anything like this," said Rep. Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania.
The election was postponed, as may be the scheduled Oct. 29 vote for speaker by the full House, Democrats as well as Republicans.
France train attack hero Spencer Stone remained in stable but serious condition Thursday night, after being stabbed early in the morning during a fight in Sacramento, California, authorities said.
Stone, 23, was one of three Americans who helped thwart a terror attack aboard a high-speed train bound for Paris in August. He is assigned to Travis Air Force Base in California.
Stone is expected to make a full recovery, though he is heavily sedated, according to a doctor at the hospital where he’s being treated for his stab wounds.
"I suspect, given his history of recent events, he’s quite a fighter," said Dr. Douglas Kirk.
Deputy Chief Ken Bernard of the Sacramento Police Department said in a news conference Thursday that Stone was "enjoying the nightlife" in midtown Sacramento with four friends when his group got into a dispute with two or three other men in the area of 21st Street and K Street.
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New York City's hottest new restaurant isn't in a restored factory loft in Brooklyn or a tony high rise in Tribeca -- it's in a Columbia student's dorm room.
Pith, a small bistro created by Columbia senior Jonah Reider and run out of his dorm room's communal kitchen, opened two weeks ago, according to the New York Post. The prix fixe restaurant, which features a five- to eight-course New American dinner, has already been booked through the school's winter break.
"I think of myself as better than the average college student but definitely not an amazing cook so I'm pleasantly surprised by all the positive feedback," he told NBC 4 New York.
Sometimes "Like" just doesn't cut it. So how about Love or Angry? Haha or Sad? Or just Yay or Wow?
Facebook is going "Inside Out" on the Like button, adding a range of new emotional reactions to the iconic thumbs-up icon it launched in 2009.
You won't see the new emoji right away unless you live in Ireland or Spain, the two locations the Menlo Park, California-based social network chose to begin testing them on Friday.
A perfect storm of holiday traffic and foggy weather led to an epic traffic jam on one of China's busiest highways.
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When President Barack Obama arrives here Friday, he will find a timber town still in mourning over the shooting that killed eight community college students and a teacher. But he will also find another deeply held emotion — seething anger over his calls for new gun restrictions.
Only a week after a gunman strode into a writing class and opened fire on classmates, many people in the region known as Oregon's Bible Belt are quick to reaffirm their opposition to stricter gun laws. At least one parent of a shooting survivor says his family will not meet with the president, although his daughter said she hopes to do so. And gun-rights supporters plan to protest during Obama's visit.
Dozens of people in the U.S. are engaged in conversations with overseas supporters of ISIS that the FBI cannot monitor, FBI Director James Comey said Thursday, NBC News reported. Comey has been warning for months that when ISIS supporters find someone in the U.S., through messages on social media, they then employ software that encrypts their communications, making it impossible for the FBI to follow them, even with a court order. While Comey has discussed the "going dark" challenge before, his comments Thursday represent the first time he has put a number on the size of the problem. Over the past three years 250 people have traveled to areas controlled by ISIS from the U.S.
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The California Coastal Commission is expected Thursday to consider a $100 million proposal to greatly expand the tanks SeaWorld San Diego uses to hold killer whales.
Under the proposal, SeaWorld would demolish portions of a 1995 facility that included a 1.7-million gallon pool and replace it with a 5.2-million gallon tank and 450,000-gallon pool.
SeaWorld says its animals are well treated and park shows help generate support for conservation, but the Coastal Commission has been flooded by tens of thousands of emails against the project that opponents also say represents a marketing ploy to boost plummeting park attendance.
Thirty-three people remain unaccounted for five days after the deadly U.S. bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital, the charity's representative in Afghanistan said Thursday, NBC News reported.
Speaking to reporters in Kabul, Guilhem Molinie said 24 of the 461 hospital staff members working in the Kunduz trauma center are still missing.
He added that 105 patients were inside the hospital when the airstrike hit and nine of them were still unaccounted for on Thursday.
Saturday's airstrike killed 22 people. A further 37 people were injured.
Molinie told the press conference that a hotline has been created to ensure that family members and relatives could call in with information about those still missing.
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Shoppers who opt for warehouse clubs like Costco and Walmart over traditional grocery stores are buying food with more fat, sugar and sodium, according to a new study.
People are turning to mass-merchandise retailers to buy their food along with other essentially bulk items like a 30-pack of toilet paper and clothes, according to the American Journal of Preventative Medicine study published this week.
Packaged foods at these wholesale retailers are usually filled with more calories, sugar, sodium and saturated fats than packaged foods from grocery stores, the study found.
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