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.
(WASHINGTON) -- Will there soon be another round of talks between the U.S. and Russia on airstrikes? Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook issued a statement on Friday saying that Russia had contacted the U.S. about a second round of talks to deconflict the airspace over Syria where U.S. and Russian planes are now flying airstrike missions.
(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.
(NEW YORK) -- Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey just started his new job with the social media site and there's already talk about layoffs. Multiple reports from sources within the company say a new plan to downsize the company will include layoffs coming up potentially within the next week. According to the New York Times , the plan also includes stopping the expansion of the company headquarters in San Francisco.
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.
(NEW YORK) -- Although her mini-stroke disqualified her from further competition on ABC's Dancing with the Stars , Kim Zolciak-Biermann has said she's thankful it revealed she had a small hole in her hear. The Don't Be Tardy star is also going to undergo surgery to correct it. "I have one of the top cardiologists in the country, who's amazing," Zolciak told E! News of the already scheduled surgery.
(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.