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Pacific's Cook Islands mulls new name

The tiny Pacific nation of Cook Islands is considering changing its name to something that reflects its Polynesian culture, rather than honouring the British explorer James Cook. The government set up a committee in January to find a new indigenous name for the grouping of 15 islands, about 3...

3.4 million poultry, 5,500 hogs drowned in Florence flooding

About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to state officials.

The N.C. Department of Agriculture issued the ...