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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 10:40 a.m. EDT

October 12, 2018

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Virginia State Police say a man was swept away from his vehicle and died as Michael lashed the state. The death is among five storm-related fatalities confirmed Friday by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. A State Police news release says 45-year-old James E. King Jr. of Dry Fork, Va., was caught in his vehicle in a flash flood Thursday around 3:30 p.m.

PORT ST. JOE, Fla. (AP) — Two Gulf Coast communities barely 20 miles apart saw drastically different sides of Hurricane Michael’s fury. Rex and Nancy Buzzett returned Thursday to their waterfront home in Port St. Joe to find several feet of storm surge had smashed through the windows, blown out the brick walls and spilled their belongings outside. But the historic 19th-century homes in nearby Apalachicola survived largely intact.

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia family is mourning the death of an 11-year-old girl, killed during Hurricane Michael. Sarah Radney was in her grandparents’ home in Seminole County when during the storm, the home’s carport lifted and slammed down on the house. One of its legs tore through the roof and struck the little girl in the head. Emergency responders were not able to reach the scene right away because of downed power lines and trees.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl after he became entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in his flock. But in a letter released by Wuerl’s office, Francis asked his longtime ally to stay on temporarily and suggested Wuerl had unfairly become a scapegoat, having made some “mistakes” in handling sex abuse cases, but not having covered them up.

ALIAGA, Turkey (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump says he hopes to have U.S. evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson back in the United States soon. Brunson, 50, is an American pastor who was convicted Friday of terror-related charges by a Turkish court but released from house arrest and allowed to leave Turkey. Shortly after the verdict was announced, Trump tweeted: “Working very hard on Pastor Brunson!” He also tweeted: “My thoughts and prayers are with Pastor Brunson, and we hope to have him safely back home soon!”

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