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In this undated photo provided by TOTE Maritime shows the cargo ship, El Faro. The El Faro departed Jacksonville, Fla., on Sept. 29, 2015 when Joaquin was still a tropical storm. The ship had 33 crew members, and it was headed to Puerto Rico when it encountered heavy seas when Joaquin became a hurricane. The U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 that the El Faro has been lost. They are still searching for survivors. (TOTE Maritime via AP)

El Faro, sunken U.S. ship, had sufficient lifeboats, but terrible storm

- Associated Press

Crew members trained regularly in calm waters to handle the lifeboats would instead likely have struggled against buffeting by huge 50-foot waves, a vessel taking on water and listing to one side and winds the Coast Guard estimated reached 140 mph. Life rafts can get torn apart. Lifeboats become impossible to drop into the sea.

Jeanni Adame rides in her boat as she checks on neighbors seeing if they want to evacuate  in the Ashborough subdivision near Summerville, S.C., after many of their neighbors left, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. South Carolina is still struggling with flood waters due to a slow moving storm system. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Despite sunny forecast, South Carolina ordeal far from over

- Associated Press

South Carolina was expecting sunshine Tuesday after days of inundation, but it will still take weeks for the state to return to normal after being pummeled by a historic rainstorm.

A woman walks down a flooded sidewalk toward an open convenience store in Charleston, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in South Carolina and ordered federal aid to bolster state and local efforts as flood warnings remained in effect for many parts of the East Coast through Sunday. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

South Carolina flood: Door-to-door searches, swamped roads

- Associated Press

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.

Jordan Bennett, of Rock Hill, S.C., paddles up to a flooded store in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. The rainstorm drenching the U.S. East Coast brought more misery Sunday to South Carolina, cutting power to thousands, forcing hundreds of water rescues and closing many roads because of floodwaters.  (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

South Carolina faces historic flooding as hundreds rescued from water

- Associated Press

Hundreds were rescued from fast-moving floodwaters Sunday in South Carolina as days of driving rain hit a dangerous crescendo that buckled buildings and roads, closed a major East Coast interstate route and threatened the drinking water supply for the capital city.

"If we can get this agreement to my desk, then we can help our businesses sell more 'Made in America' goods and services around the world, and we can help more American workers compete and win," said President Obama, insisting that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is good for the middle class. (Associated Press)

Obama administration designates 2 new marine sanctuaries

Associated Press

The White House is announcing the designation of two new National Marine Sanctuaries — the first chosen in 15 years — as part of President Barack Obama’s efforts to protect the environment.

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Researchers say charging stations key to electric cars

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An Idaho National Laboratory study has found that widespread adoption of electric vehicles could reduce the country's gas consumption, but that the availability of charging stations will determine if more people buy.

Zimbabwe: 14 elephants killed by cyanide poisoning

- Associated Press

Fourteen elephants were poisoned by cyanide in Zimbabwe in three separate incidents, two years after poachers killed more than 200 elephants by poisoning, Zimbabwe's National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said Tuesday.

Correction: Invasive Species-Lawsuit story

- Associated Press

In a story Oct. 5 about a federal appeals court ordering the government to rewrite regulations on ballast water discharges from ships, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of an environmental group that challenged the rules. It is the Natural Resources Defense Council, not the National Resources Defense Council.

In this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, using straps and zip ties to help secure cracks in the tusks, the remains of a woolly mammoth are lifted out of the ground and placed on a trailer for transpor,  as University of Michigan professor Dan Fisher and a team of Michigan students and volunteers work to excavate a woolly mammoth found on a farm near Chelsea, Mich.  (Melanie Maxwell/The Ann Arbor News via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Farmer opens barn to show woolly mammoth bones

Associated Press

A barn in southeastern Michigan suddenly has become a natural history museum since bones from a woolly mammoth were discovered by a farmer while he was digging in a soybean field.