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NATION IN BRIEF: Day 2 of Tenn. deluge washes out rail line

The Associated Press . Dyer Long Road was one of several Putnam County roads destroyed by flood waters near Cookeville, Tenn., on Wednesday.

The Associated Press . Dyer Long Road was one of several Putnam County roads destroyed by flood waters near Cookeville, Tenn., on Wednesday.

Day 2 of Tenn. deluge washes out rail line

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Deluged Tennessee saw more rain Thursday that washed out a commuter rail line a day after flooding swept away a home, trapped drivers in their vehicles and derailed a freight train.

Forecasters expected more heavy showers to fall over the Southeast.

The downpours that began Wednesday hit some of the same parts of Middle Tennessee that were inundated with severe flooding in May, but forecasters don't expect it to wreak the same kind of havoc. Portions of Middle and East Tennessee as well as areas of southern Kentucky and western North Carolina and Virginia have been under flash flood warnings or watches.

However, no deaths have been reported so far.

Scientists find evidence of oil that can't be seen

WASHINGTON -- Scientists are reporting the first conclusive evidence of a deep underwater oil plume from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But don't go looking for it. It's invisible.

A team from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts mapped a 22-mile-long mist of oil with special instruments that look for the chemical signature of oil. Scientists say the most troubling thing is that it's not degrading very fast. That means it could be a long-lasting threat for marine life deep in the ocean.

Archivist finds 1794 document in Ike's papers

ABILENE, Kan. -- A document written by a federal judge 216 years ago has turned up in an unlikely place: in President Dwight Eisenhower's archives in Kansas.

The 1794 document, signed by Judge Richard Peters, was found at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in July.

Peters signed the slip, listing court costs of $17.44 in a case involving Edmund Randolph, who was attorney general and later secretary of state under President George Washington. The case involved allegations of misappropriating funds and was dismissed.

Peters was secretary of the Board of War during the Revolution. He later served in the Pennsylvania Legislature before Washington appointed him to the bench.

The document was found among letters sent to Eisenhower in 1955.

Man convicted in torture-murder of his daughter

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- A jury Thursday convicted a 57-year-old man of the torture-murder of his adult daughter, whose body was kept in a freezer for two years.

The Orange County Superior Court jury found Clarence Butterfield guilty of first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon, and also found true special circumstances of murder with mayhem and murder with torture.

He faces a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced on Oct. 8.

Two arrested after threat made to NYC flight

SAN FRANCISCO -- An American Airlines flight bound for New York City was halted just before takeoff Thursday after someone called police and threatened to hijack the jetliner, authorities said. A witness said two people were taken off the plane in handcuffs.

The threat rattled nerves in San Francisco and beyond and marked the latest in a series of airline scares in the past year.

American Airlines Flight 24 was grounded at San Francisco International airport at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday. Passengers were removed from the plane and taken by buses to a terminal where they were sent through security again.

Passenger Michael Kidd told The Associated Press that he saw uniformed police officers handcuffing a young man and a young woman sitting in the back row.

Dallas police chase ends near airport runway

DALLAS -- A suspected carjacker led police on an hour-long chase Thursday before crashing through a locked chain-link fence and driving across runways at Dallas Love Field and temporarily halting flights, authorities said.

The afternoon chase ended when police surrounded and rammed a pickup truck alongside a busy runway, pulled the shirtless driver from the cab and placed him in handcuffs.

Operations on both major runways were stopped from about 3:20 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen.