South Carolina sees sun, but flooding ordeal far from over

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The Carolinas saw sunshine Tuesday after days of inundation, but it could take weeks to recover from being pummeled by a historic rainstorm that caused widespread flooding and 16 deaths. Tuesday was the first completely dry day in Columbia since Sept. 24, but officials warned that new evacuations could be ordered as the huge mass of water flows toward the sea, threatening dams and displacing residents along the way.

Water system transfer by N. Carolina legislature upheld

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The North Carolina General Assembly had constitutional power to transfer control of Asheville's water system to a regional sewer district, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday in a case involving one of many recent local government interventions by the legislature. In the unanimous decision, the three-judge panel sided with Republican state lawmakers who pushed the 2013 forced transfer.

The Latest: Death toll from storm rises to 17

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The latest on the rainstorm that pounded parts of the East Coast (all times local): 2 p.m. Authorities have released the name of a 15th person killed in flooding in South Carolina, bringing the death toll to 17 in two states. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts on Tuesday said that the body of 30-year-old Sampson Pringle was recovered from a lake on Tuesday morning.

Dams Breached, Bridges Collapse Amid South Carolina Flooding

(NEW YORK) -- While rain has stopped falling in South Carolina, the deadly storm continues to bring devastation, with numerous dams breached and damage expected to top $1 billion. Numerous dams have been breached, bridges collapsed and hundreds of roads were inundated with floodwaters, causing emergency evacuations. President Obama has signed a disaster declaration for federal aid to help with recovery efforts, and more than 1,300 National Guard members have been deployed in the state.

Gen. John Campbell: US 'Mistakenly Struck' Kunduz Hospital

(WASHINGTON) -- Gen. John Campbell, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, on Tuesday called the recent airstrike on an Afghan hospital in the northern city of Kunduz a mistake. The U.S. chain of command decided to conduct the operation and the hospital was "mistakenly struck," he told the Senate Armed Services Committee of the incident that left 22 people dead. "We would never intentionally target a protected medical facility," he told the senators.

Racial Bias at Issue as Trial Begins for Atlanta Hawk’s Thabo Sefolosha

(NEW YORK) -- The trial begins Tuesday for an Atlanta Hawks player who is accused of interfering with a police investigation in New York City. Defense for Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha suggests racial bias was at play the night of Sefolosha's arrest. Sefolosha, who is black, was arrested outside a Manhattan nightclub earlier this year after former New York Knicks forward Chris Copeland was stabbed.

Securities Industry Employees Earning Record Salaries, Report Says

(NEW YORK) -- A new record on Wall Street has nothing to do with the close of the Dow. Not since the years preceding the financial crisis has high finance done so well. The average salary, including bonuses, in the securities industry in New York was up 14 percent in 2014 to more than $400,000, according to a report issued by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

Study cites cybercrime's rising costs to corporations

NEW YORK (AP) -- Cybercrime costs are climbing for companies both in the U.S. and overseas amid a slew of high-profile breaches, according to research released Tuesday. A sixth-annual study by the Ponemon Institute pegged the average annual cost of cybercrime per large U.S. company at $15.4 million. That's up 19 percent from $12.7 million a year ago. It also represents an 82 percent jump from Ponemon's inaugural study six years ago.

Ben Carson ‘Much More Comfortable’ If Kindergarten Teachers Had Guns

(WASHINGTON) -- In the wake of last week's shooting in Oregon, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson suggested that more people should be armed in the United States and said he would be okay with teachers being armed. "If I had a little kid in kindergarten somewhere I would feel much more comfortable if I knew on that campus there was a police officer or somebody who was trained with a weapon.