Mother and baby die after tree falls on their house in Hurricane Florence

"It was very dark, all you could see was water and wind, you couldn't really figure out what was going on out there," a neighbour said. Source: Associated Press



US man who impregnated 10-year-old girl given 160 years behind bars

An Indiana man has been sentenced to more than 100 years in jail for molesting a 10-year-old girl multiple times leading to her becoming pregnant.

Fox News reports that Nicholas Deon Thrash, 34, of Marion, Indiana was given 160 years in jail with a minimum service of 132 years yesterday.

Last month during his trial Thrash was found guilty of 10 counts of child molestation.

In a testimony his 10-year-old victim testified that she had been molested by Thrash at least 15 times.

The mother of the girl is facing charges of neglect, aiding in child molesting and assisting a criminal over the case.

She reportedly discovered her daughter's pregnancy when the 10-year-old was trying on dresses for a school dance and instructed the girl to say a schoolmate impregnated her.

Prosecutors told Fox News that the girl gave birth to a boy in September 2017 when she was 11-years-old.

Thrash remains in the Grant County Jail.

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Watch: US police officer's heroics saves woman from being hit by a truck

Newly released dash-camera video is showing a close call for a police officer in Anna, Texas saving a woman from being hit by a pickup truck.

The woman had been in a minor accident, with her car stopped on the side of the road.

Officer Brandon Blair stopped to help her. 

As they were talking, the driver of a pickup truck lost control on the same curve. 

The officer's dash camera showed him pulling the woman out of the way just in time.

Newly released dash-camera video is showing a close call for a police officer in Texas, who saved a woman from being hit by a truck. Source: Associated Press


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Watch: Environmental advocate wipes coal ash from turtle in North Carolina river

Coal ash from the dump of a power plant could be flowing into Cape Fear River in Wilmington in the US state of North Carolina.

Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence on Friday breached a dam holding back a large reservoir at the the LV Sutton Power Station and waste could be entering the river, which is nearby.

Gray material the company characterized as "coal combustion byproducts" could be seen floating in the lake and river.

Earthjustice, an environmental advocacy group with a boat in the river, provided The Associated Press with images Friday showing wide gray slicks in the water. 

A team member plucked a turtle from the muck and rinsed it off.

Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said the utility doesn't believe the breach at the power plant poses a significant threat to nearby communities.

Floodwaters breached several points overnight in the earthen dam at Sutton Lake, the plant's 445-hectare reservoir. 

Lake water then flooded one of three large coal ash dumps lining the lakeshore.

Sheehan said the company can't rule out that ash might be escaping the flooded dump into the river.

Coal ash from the dump of a power plant could be flowing into Cape Fear River in Wilmington in the US state of North Carolina. Source: Associated Press


Mormon church breaks ties with Boy Scouts over decision to allow gay members

The Mormon church's new youth program, which will roll out in 2020 when it cuts all ties with Boy Scouts of America, will still include outdoor and adventure activities even as the initiative becomes more gospel-focused, the faith confirmed Friday.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided a few more details about the initiative in a news release that said a full and detailed description will come later because different aspects of the program are still being tested.

The Utah-based faith announced in May it was leaving the Boy Scouts of America at the end of next year in a move that ends a nearly century-old relationship between two organisations that were originally brought together by shared values but diverged in recent years.

Amid declining membership, Boy Scouts of America recently opened its arms to openly gay youth members and adult volunteers as well as girls and transgender boys. The Mormon faith, which has long been the biggest sponsor of Boy Scout troops in the United States, has clung to its opposition of homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

The church has also seen significant expansion in countries outside the U.S. where Boy Scouts wasn't offered and said it wanted to create its own uniform youth program it could use around the world and tailor specifically to its gospel. More than half of the church's 16 million members live outside the U.S. and Canada.

The news release reiterates that the faith's program will be similar to Scouting with an emphasis on outdoors, service work and character building. It won't have a ranking system like the one culminating in an Eagle Scout recognition that many generations of Mormons strived to achieve as a life milestone. It will be for boys and girls.

"Camps and other outdoor activities have always been and will continue to be a prominent part of gospel learning, building relationships, and strengthening faith in Jesus Christ," the release said. "Leaders, youth, and parents will be empowered to identify and provide outdoor activities that invite spiritual experiences and meet the unique needs of their children, young women, and young men."

For now, the faith is referring to the program as its new "children and youth development initiative."

The May announcement that it was unhitching from Boy Scouts didn't come as a major surprise. The faith removed 185,000 boys between the ages of 14 and 18 last year, signalling that an end to the long-time alliance was near. The remaining 425,000 boys will end Scouts at the end of 2019.


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