The heavy rains that pummeled West Virginia resulted in at least 24 deaths, leaving families homeless with the tearful realization that they're starting from scratch. About six buses full of people whose homes were either without power or too damaged to inhabit were evacuated. Some were taken initially to a fire department facility, but then it flooded so they were moved to an abandoned store. When that started to flood, buses took the evacuees to a church 40 miles away.
Search and rescue teams went house to house, marking those checked with a spray-painted 'X.' Abandoned pets were taken to a shelter. A water department filtration system, built with a $2.6 million loan, was damaged, Pendleton said.
Help came from multiple sources, including two search and rescue teams from Virginia.
A vast and voracious wildfire in Kern County, California, has scorched nearly 56 square miles, destroyed more than 100 homes and killed an elderly couple as they tried to flee, authorities said Saturday.
The massive blaze, dubbed the Erskine Fire, tore through several rural communities in central California, northeast of Bakersfield, authorities said. Entire blocks were reduced to rubble, and at least 2,500 homes remained threatened.
As of Saturday afternoon, 150 homes had been destroyed and another 75 were damaged. The toll may rise as firefighters began going through neighborhoods to count houses and mobile homes incinerated by the blaze.
Police warned residents of a South Carolina community to keep their doors locked after three escaped inmates crashed a stolen car into a wooded area and fled, NBC News reported.
Donald Ray Little Jr., 34, Michael Bryan Chaplin, 31, and Matthew Daniel Chaplin, 28, pushed out a window at the Dorchester County Jail in St. George at around 3 a.m. Friday and used a blanket to get over barbed wire, NBC affiliate WCBD reported.
The three men were suspected of stealing a car and were pursued by police in Berkeley County, according to Berkeley County sheriff's Major Jeremy Baker.
Officers had to call off the search Saturday night — the area the three fled into is a swamp with rough terrain.
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A 6-year-old boy playing with a gun accidentally shot and killed his 4-year-old brother in their New Jersey home Saturday morning, authorities said.
The child's mother, Itiyanah Spruill, 22, was charged later in the day with a weapons violation and endangering the welfare of a child, prosecutors said. She was being held at Essex County Jail in lieu of $310,000 bail.
The shooting occurred around 11:15 a.m. at a Norman Street residence in East Orange, a city spokesperson said.
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The PGA Tour canceled the Greenbrier Classic, scheduled for July 7-10, on Saturday because of devastating flooding in West Virginia.
The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs was inundated with floodwater after heavy storms rolled into the state Thursday. Tour officials say the Old White TPC, the host course, suffered extensive damage and "is beyond reasonable repair to conduct the tournament.''
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said officials were heartbroken by the devastation in West Virginia and offered their thoughts and prayers.
Greenbrier County had 15 of the 24 deaths attributed to the flooding.
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Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump said it “wouldn’t bother” him if a Scottish Muslim came to the United States, NBC News reported.
Speaking to reporters from his Aberdeen golf course Saturday, he revised remarks that the proposed prohibition would be a blanket ban and is more a question of proper vetting, with emphasis placed on certain countries.
"I don't want people coming in — I don't want people coming in from certain countries," Trump clarified to The Daily Mail while also telling several passing golfers to play through the 18th hole. "I don't want people coming in from the terror countries. You have terror countries! I don't want them, unless they're very, very strongly vetted."
When asked about which countries are “terror countries,” Trump responded “They’re pretty well-decided. All you have to do is look!”
The Trump campaign did not immediately clarify whether the Muslim ban still applied to all Muslims or if it now focused on "terror countries" and the vetting process.
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The police officer shot in a small Delaware County, Pennsylvania, borough Friday morning was sitting up and waiting for visitors Saturday morning, according to family and friends, a seemingly miraculous turn after an alleged gunman shot him seven times.
Officer Chris Dorman, 25, was joking with people as they arrived at Penn Presbyterian Hospital, according to Folcroft Police Chief Robert Ruskowski.
Dorman was shot in the neck, face and shoulder around 9:45 a.m. behind an apartment building on Elmwood Avenue near Folcroft Train Station on Friday, according to Delaware County officials.
Connecticut police are investigating after two dogs were found abandoned in crates Thursday, according to the Meriden Humane Society.
The animals were found in the woods off Mountain Road in Hamden, according to a Humane Society Facebook post. A bag of food and water were also found close to the two crates.
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The volunteer Oklahoma sheriff’s deputy who killed an unarmed man last year spoke to NBC News from jail and said he doesn’t expect to survive his four-year sentence.
"I'm pretty much been condemned," Robert Bates, 74, told NBC News from Tulsa County Jail, where he’d been held since his May 31 sentencing.
Bates said he regretted shooting Eric Harris during a sting operation in Tulsa in April 2015, and also wished he’d never offered to become a reserve deputy sheriff.
Bates said he incorrectly believed that Harris had a gun on him, when he was caught in an undercover gun buy. He intended to use a Taser to stun Harris, but pulled the trigger of his gun instead.
The shooting made national headlines and fueled public outrage over police use of force.
A man was arrested and hundreds of game fowl are being euthanized after a large cockfighting ring was discovered in Miami, authorities said.
Sandor Nieves, 38, was arrested Thursday on charges of owning or possessing an animal used for fighting and possession of marijuana with intent to sell, according to a Miami-Dade Police arrest report.
Officials with Miami-Dade Animal Services said more than 240 game fowl had been euthanized and another 250-300 remained on the property. The game fowl require individual housing to prevent them from fighting to the death so the most humane thing to do is euthanize them on site, officials said.
Items once owned by Boston's most notorious mob boss sold at auction for more than $100,000 Saturday.
Clothing, jewelry, books and other possessions once owned by James "Whitey" Bulger and longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig went up for auction at the Boston Convention Center and online.
The U.S. Marshals Service sold possessions like a silver "Psycho Killer" skull ring — which went for $5,200 — and the hat Bulger was wearing during his 2011 arrest — it cost a bidder $6,400.
A 6-year-old child was killed Saturday in a horrifying accident in San Diego’s South Bay community after a refrigerator fell and crushed the child, police confirmed.
The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) said residents of a home in the 700 block of Beyer Way were in the process of moving a heavy refrigerator from a pickup truck into the home when the kitchen appliance slipped and toppled onto the young child.
Boston Bruins legend Ray Bourque is accused of driving drunk and rear-ending a minivan in Andover, Massachusetts.
The defenseman, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004, faces charges of OUI and following too closely.
According to Andover Police, Bourque was driving his Mercedes-Benz GL450 when he rear-ended a Toyota Sienna minivan around 11:30 p.m. on Lowell Street.
The crash took place in a construction zone, and no one was injured.