US senator Joe Manchin is one of 10 Democrats defending Senate seats in states that Donald Trump won in 2016. Photograph:  Michael Mathes/ AFP/ Getty Images

The leaves are beginning to turn in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. Here, just west of the Shenandoah River in West Virginia a key battle(...)

Mark Lester cleans out a box with creek water as he cleans up from severe flooding in White Sulphur Springs. Photograph: Steve Helber/AP

At least 23 people have died after floods swamped parts of West Virginia. It is estimated about 9in of rain damaged or destroyed more than 100 homes(...)