A fire burns on a dock where at least 35 vessels, many of them houseboats, were destroyed by fire. Photograph: DeWayne Patterson/Jackson County Sentinel/AP

At least eight people have been killed in an explosive fire that destroyed at least 35 boats docked along the Tennessee River in Alabama. Scottsboro(...)

Debris and destruction in Mexico Beach, Florida, after Hurricane Michael went through the area on Wednesday. Photograph: Bronte Wittpenn/Tampa Bay Times via AP.

The death toll from Hurricane Michael rose to 18 people across four states on Friday as rescuers, hampered by power and phone outages, used cadaver do(...)

Gavin Eugene Long in a screengrab from an online video. Long killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US, on Sunday. Photograph: YouTube/AP

The black US marine corps veteran who shot dead three police officers in Louisiana’s capital planned his attack for days and then assassinated the men(...)

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(...)

Billy Burchfield was living under an assumed name, Harold Arnold, which he took from a cousin who had died

A man who police say escaped from a Georgia prison in 1979 and eluded authorities for nearly four decades has been arrested in eastern Kentucky. Pol(...)

Zai Deshields (4) plays at home before her first therapy session, in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Her mother says she has become withdrawn and regressed to baby-talk since recently pulling a handgun out of a backpack while visiting her grandmother in Texas and wounding her uncle in the leg. Photograph: Melissa Golden/The New York Times

Sha’Quille Kornegay, two years old, was buried in a pink coffin, her favourite doll by her side and a tiara strategically placed to hide the self-inf(...)