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 17 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.

Long Island Doctor Found Dead After Night Out in NYC: The Timeline of Events

(NEW YORK) -- Authorities are investigating how Kiersten Cerveny, a successful doctor, wife and mother of three, died after a night out partying in Manhattan this weekend. Cerveny lived in suburban Manhasset, Long Island, with husband Andrew Cerveny and their children. The Cervenys, both dermatologists, met in 2004 as medical residents at the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans, according to their 2009 wedding announcement in the New York Times.

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.

This California Lawn Painter Makes 'Every Game a Home Game'

(LOS ANGELES) -- A California resident is giving football fans a creative way to cheer on their favorite team: through painted lawn logos. Fontana resident Randolph Phillips started this side business in 2009 when the Saints went to the Super Bowl, he told ABC News Tuesday. Phillips was living in Louisiana at the time and painted his first logo on his own front lawn.

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.

Speaker Candidates to Audition for House Conservatives

(WASHINGTON) -- The House conservatives who helped force Speaker John Boehner's early retirement will hear from the candidates looking to succeed the Ohio Republican. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., and House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, are set to address a number of House conservative groups, including the House Freedom Caucus and Tea Party Caucus, at a Monday evening forum held after votes.

Dog Survives Gunshot to Head During Burglary of Owner's Home in Florida

(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- A five-year-old dog recently survived being shot in the head during a burglary at his owner's home in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rhodesian Ridgeback named Anubis had the bullet -- which went through his skin, grazed his skull and lodged in his neck -- removed Tuesday by Dr. Andrea Smith, a veterinarian with a BluePearl emergency veterinary clinic in Clearwater, according to a BluePearl spokeswoman.

'Scary Lucy' statue inspires NY mall's Halloween display

LAKEWOOD, N.Y. (AP) -- It's a role "Scary Lucy" was born to play: Frightening people at Halloween. A bronze statue of Lucille Ball that drew worldwide scorn earlier this year for its unflattering depiction of the "I Love Lucy" star has provided inspiration for an annual haunted house event in a mall near her western New York town.