MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A North Carolina TV news station has evacuated its building due to rising waters from Hurricane Florence. New Bern's WCTI-TV NewsChannel 12 posted on Facebook on Thursday night that employees had to abandon the studio for the "first time in history." A spokesperson for the ABC affiliate said that roads around the building were flooding. New Bern is a city along the Neuse River and is near the Atlantic coast, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northeast of Wilmington.

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The company that owns Columbia Gas says its crews are performing safety checks after a series of fires and explosions erupted in three communities north of Boston, but did not explain what went wrong. A statement from Indiana-based NiSource says its "thoughts are with everyone affected by today's incident" and that it appreciates the response from local emergency crews.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was a no-show at his own election night victory party and instead celebrated his win over activist and actress Cynthia Nixon at the governor's mansion in Albany. The Democrat was expected to attend his party's election night event in Manhattan on Thursday. But a spokeswoman said he chose to be with family.Cuomo easily beat Nixon in Thursday's contest to win his party's nomination for a third term. Nixon, a longtime activist and former star of "Sex and the City," held her own election night event in Brooklyn.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump was responding to the "liberal media" and the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, when he tweeted "3,000 people did not die" after Hurricane Maria in 2017. Spokesman Hogan Gidley said Thursday the "liberal media" and Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz are trying to exploit the devastation by "pushing out a constant stream of misinformation and false accusations." Trump cited no evidence for rejecting the widely accepted death toll of nearly 3,000 in Puerto Rico.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Elizabeth Smart says she has no desire to talk to her kidnapper after her unexpected release from prison. When asked during a news conference Thursday if she had any message for Wanda Barzee, Smart says she has nothing to say. Smart says she forgave the 72-year-old several years ago but that forgiveness does not mean "allowing her back into my life."