BRANCHVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Thad Wimberly tugs on a clump of peanuts, shaking off the mud as he cracks the soggy shells to inspect his crop. But all he can do is sigh as his livelihood disintegrates between his fingers. Just a week ago, the 2,500 acres Wimberly farms with his partner, Jonathan Berry, baked in a drought that wiped out his corn crop.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- Expect the intensity to pick up a tick in the opening race of the second round of NASCAR's playoffs. The event at Charlotte Motor Speedway ended last year with mild-mannered Matt Kenseth jumping Brad Keselowski, who had already drawn the ire of Denny Hamlin.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The latest on the rainstorm that pounded parts of the East Coast (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Officials say they are optimistic that the worst flooding may be over in one coastal county in South Carolina. Georgetown County Administrator Sel Hemingway said Friday afternoon that the Waccamaw River has crested and the Black River is near its crest. Both rivers saw more than a foot of rain this past weekend.
(LOS ANGELES) -- Bill Cosby is set to be deposed Friday for the first time since a growing number of sexual abuse allegations have emerged against the actor. "In any deposition, we are permitted to ask any question that is relevant and that is reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence," said Gloria Allred, the high-profile civil rights lawyer who will be deposing Cosby.
(NEW YORK) -- Federal prosecutors claimed a victory on Friday in disrupting "a vast money laundering, drug trafficking and arms trafficking network" that attempted to supply dangerous weapons to a designated terrorist organization. During clandestine meetings in Brooklyn, Atlanta, and Paris, a Lebanese woman said "she had friends in Hezbollah" who could help launder drug money and "who were looking to purchase cocaine, weapons and ammunition," according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
(NEW YORK) -- Thabo Sefolosha was acquitted Friday of three counts stemming from an incident outside a New York City nightclub earlier this year. The Atlanta Hawks forward was arrested in April outside the nightclub, where former New York Knicks player Chris Copeland had been stabbed. Sefolosha had nothing to do with the stabbing but was charged with resisting arrest, obstruction and disorderly conduct.
(PHILADELPHIA) -- The upcoming holiday season is the busiest time of the year for U.S. retailers, so Urban Outfitters appears to be getting a head start by asking salaried workers at its corporate office to "volunteer" for weekend shifts at its new fulfillment center. Urban Outfitters Inc., whose brands include its namesake Urban Outfitters brand, Anthropologie and Free People, is based in Philadelphia. Its new fulfillment center is about 50 miles west in Gap, Pennsylvania.
NEW YORK (AP) -- California will require police to get a court order before they can search messages, photos and other digital data stored on phones or company servers in the nation's most-populous state. Civil-liberties advocates called the new law that takes effect Jan. 1 an important advance and said it highlights the need for similar protections at the national level. The California Electronic Communications Privacy Act was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday.
(LONDON) -- John Goodman showed off some dramatic weight loss Thursday night at the London premiere of his new movie Trumbo . The 63-year-old actor has spoken in the past about his struggles with weight, saying he once topped 400 pounds. His rep told ABC News Goodman's weight loss is due to basic exercise and diet, which the actor's focusing on now.
(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Paul Ryan is discussing the possibility of pursuing the job as House Speaker, a source close to the Wisconsin Republican told ABC News Friday. Ryan has repeatedly declined to shut down the chatter around calls for him to run for speaker, while his congressional office maintains publicly that he is "still not running.