CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The lingering impact of Hurricane Matthew became clearer to North Carolina officials Monday, when a levy broke overnight in the eastern North Carolina town of Lumberton, forcing the emergency evacuation of nearly 1,500 people left stranded by the rising waters.

The flooding there had not been predicted by computer models, adding to the growing fears of state officials, who say 500 water-retaining structures in the state are feeling the impact of Hurricane Matthew.

“People (in Lumberton) awoke to water,” Gov. Pat McCrory in a Monday morning press conference. “We are rescuing people off roofs. … We have 1,500 people in danger and flood rapids are rising.”

Ten people have died so far in the state due to the hurricane, another five are missing and 1,400 have been rescued, including a 63-year-old woman who clung to a tree for three hours Sunday after floodwaters swept her car into a canal in Wilson. More than a million people were without power Monday morning, which state officials said equals about 10 percent of North Carolina’s population.

— The Charlotte Observer


Teacher contract talks enter last day before threatened strike in Chicago

CHICAGO — Negotiators for the Chicago Board of Education and the teachers union launched what were expected to be hours of intense talks Monday ahead of the midnight strike deadline.

It was not clear whether the two sides would make enough progress to stop some 20,000 teachers from shutting down schools Tuesday. Chicago Teachers Union members were picking up strike materials Monday afternoon and being told to show up for picket lines outside schools at 6 a.m. Tuesday unless they hear otherwise.

One Chicago Public Schools official who spoke on condition of anonymity said both sides were “not too far apart on the economics,” leaving room for a deal to be made. But any terms would have to win approval from a 40-member union bargaining team that was scheduled to be part of the day’s negotiations.

— Chicago Tribune


House Speaker Paul Ryan will not campaign with Trump, but still endorses him

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul D. Ryan will not campaign with Donald Trump and told House GOP lawmakers to make their own decisions on whether to support the presidential nominee.

“You all need to do what’s best for you in your district,” Ryan told Republicans, according to someone on the call granted anonymity to discuss the private session.

Ryan also reiterated that he would work to ensure Democrat Hillary Clinton does not get a “blank check” with a Democrat-controlled Congress.

Ryan stopped short of yanking his endorsement of Trump, but told members he would not defend the presidential nominee or campaign with him for the remainder of the election.

Congress is on recess but Republican leaders arranged the call to help lawmakers navigate the fallout from the tape of Trump’s sexually aggressive comments about women.

— Tribune Washington Bureau


Your phone may be smart, but your doctor still knows more than an app

If you’re feeling sick and you want to know what’s wrong with you, there’s an app for that. But the diagnosis won’t be as accurate as the one you’d get from a doctor — not by a long shot.

In a head-to-head comparison, real human physicians outperformed a collection of 23 symptom-checker apps and websites by a margin of more than 2 to 1, according to a report published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

Even when the contestants got three chances to figure out what ailed a hypothetical patient, the diagnostic software lagged far behind actual doctors. Indeed, the apps and websites suggested the right diagnosis only slightly more than half of the time, the report says.

—Los Angeles Times


Al Roker and Tamron Hall address Billy Bush’s suspension on ‘Today’ show

On Sunday it was revealed that “Today” co-host Billy Bush had been suspended from the show for his part in the leaked recording of a lewd conversation with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. During Monday’s show, Al Roker and Tamron Hall directly addressed Bush’s absence.

“As you can see, Billy Bush is not joining us today, as you’re probably aware,” said Roker at the start of the third hour of the morning news program, which Bush normally co-hosts. “Part of that 2005 ‘Access Hollywood’ taping with Donald Trump that’s been in the news all weekend.”

“NBC, which owns ‘Access Hollywood,’ has suspended Billy for his role in that conversation, pending further review,” added Hall, before turning to Sunday’s presidential debate “where that 2005 tape played a big role.”

Roker, who had been scheduled to be off for the week, was called on to fill in for Bush.

— Los Angeles Times

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