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News Wrap: Possible toxic spill deepens Florence disaster

In our news wrap Friday, Duke Energy says surging water breached a dam at a closed power plant near Wilmington, North Carolina, and could be spilling toxic coal ash into the Cape Fear river. Also, Tanzanian officials say at least 136 people died when a ferry capsized and sank on Thursday.

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  • Amna Nawaz:

    In the days's other news, the flood disaster deepened across the Carolinas in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

    Duke Energy said surging water breached a dam at a closed power plant near Wilmington, North Carolina, and could be filling toxic coal ash into the Cape Fear River. Meanwhile, the governor warned that, for some communities, the worst is yet to come.

  • Gov. Roy Cooper, D-N.C.:

    Some locations won't see rivers crest until late in the weekend. And flooding will continue well into next week. This means that lives are still at risk and people need to stay alert for local evacuation orders.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    Rivers are also rising in Eastern South Carolina, prompting a new wave of evacuations today. And the storm's overall death toll has now climbed to at least 42.

    In Tanzania, officials say at least 136 people died when a ferry capsized and sank on Thursday. It happened at Lake Victoria just off the dock as the ferry was making its way between two islands. Today, the vessel late overturned with its hull exposed. Crews pulled bodies from the water as hundreds of people watched from the shore. Officials estimate there were close to 300 people aboard, three times the ferry's capacity.

    Brexit negotiations between Britain and the European Union are — quote — "at an impasse." That word today from British Prime Minister Theresa May. On Thursday in Austria, E.U. officials rejected May's blueprints for leaving the bloc.

    Today, in a televised statement, she challenged them to offer their own plan.

  • Theresa May:

    I have worked to bring people with me, even when that has not always seemed possible. No one wants a good deal more than me. But the E.U. should be clear, I will not overturn the result of the referendum, nor will I break up my country.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    Later, the president of the E.U. Council, Donald Tusk, said compromise is — quote — "still possible."

    The two sides meet again in mid-October in what could be a make-or-break summit.

    Back in this country, President Trump today walked back his order to declassify unredacted documents from the Russia investigation. He said the Justice Department and U.S. allies raised security concerns, so the department's inspector general will review the material first.

    Mr. Trump added on Twitter — quote — "In the end, I can always declassify if it proves necessary."

    There's word the president's former personal lawyer John Dowd offered to pay legal fees for two Trump campaign officials. Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were charged in connection with the special counsel's Russia probe. The Wall Street Journal and others report Dowd wanted to use the White House legal fund, but White House aides said no.

    Meanwhile, another former Trump lawyer, Michael Cohen, confirms he's been interviewed in the Russia probe. His lawyer says Cohen provided — quote — "critical information."

    An independent investigation has found the University of Maryland is responsible for the death of football player Jordan McNair. The 19-year-old died of heatstroke after a grueling practice in June. The report blamed athletic trainers for failing to identify symptoms and aggressively treat them.

    On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 86 points to close the 26743. The Nasdaq fell 41 points in the S&P 500 slipped one point. For the week, the Dow gained 2 percent, the Nasdaq and the S&P gained a fraction of 1 percent.

    And in one Western Greek town, it looks like Halloween came early. Spider webs spanning nearly 1,000 feet are blanketing trees and low-lying vegetation along the coastline of Aitoliko. Experts say unusual heat and humidity led to huge numbers of lake flies, the spider's favorite food. And that in turn fueled a spider population boom.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour", the complex and difficult process many women go through to report sexual assault; how abortion politics are limiting American women's access to contraception; Mark Shields and Ramesh Ponnuru break down the week's political news; plus, film legends Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek discuss their new film.

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