Two possibly killed in storms caused by atmospheric river in north-west US

Rivers swell to dangerous levels and forces road and rail closures as rain relieves parched states of Washington and Oregon

An atmospheric river deluged the US north-west for a third straight day on Tuesday, swelling rivers to dangerous levels, forcing road and rail closures, and possibly killing two people who may have been swept up in floodwaters, officials said.

The rain has helped relieve the parched states of Washington and Oregon, which missed much of the historic rain that fell on California a year ago and ended that state’s extended drought. Much of Washington and Oregon still face severe or moderate drought, according to the US Drought Monitor.

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Texas school again suspends Black student for refusing to change his hair

Darryl George has already spent more than 80% of his junior year outside of his regular classroom, and was first cited in August

A Texas high school sent a Black student back to in-school suspension Tuesday for refusing to change his hairstyle, renewing a months-long standoff over a dress code policy the teen’s family calls discriminatory.

The student, Darryl George, was suspended for 13 days because his hair is out of compliance when let down, according to a disciplinary notice issued by Barbers Hill high school in Mont Belvieu, Texas. It was his first day back at the school after spending a month at an off-site disciplinary program.

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Biden ‘not sure he’d be running’ in 2024 if Trump wasn’t: ‘We cannot let him win’

President spoke about risks Trump poses to democracy at event amid fears a second term would be far more autocratic

The US president, Joe Biden, said on Tuesday that he is not sure he would be seeking re-election in next year’s election if he were not likely facing Republican Donald Trump.

“If Trump wasn’t running, I’m not sure I’d be running,” Biden said at a fundraising event for his 2024 campaign outside Boston. “We cannot let him win.”

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Texas woman files emergency lawsuit to terminate her non-viable pregnancy

Kate Cox, a 31-year-old unable to get abortion due to multiple state bans, is first woman to ask court to allow procedure since Roe

A Texas woman filed an emergency lawsuit on Tuesday asking a judge to let her terminate her non-viable pregnancy. The woman recently learned of a lethal fetal diagnosis and her doctors said continuing the pregnancy threatens her life, health, and future fertility – but she’s been unable to get an abortion due to Texas’s multiple bans.

It’s the first time since the (now-overturned) Roe v Wade ruled in 1973 that an adult woman has asked a court to authorize an abortion.

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Owners of US funeral home that hid 190 decaying bodies to appear in court

Jon and Carie Hallford to face charges of theft, forgery, money laundering and approximately 190 counts of abuse of a corpse

The owners of a Colorado funeral home where 190 decomposing bodies were found are set to appear in court on Tuesday, facing allegations that they abused corpses, stole, laundered money and forged documents.

Jon and Carie Hallford own Return to Nature Funeral Home, which has a facility in Penrose where investigators in early October discovered dozens of stacked bodies, some that had death dates as far back as 2019 , according to a federal affidavit.

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