Historic plantations hit the market in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – The privately owned historic plantations that dot South Carolina’s low country don’t switch hands often, but a tough economy and generational changes in family ownership have resulted in a crowded market for the rare properties.

Kentucky says death toll in state from tornadoes rises to 18

(Reuters) – The confirmed death toll from Friday’s band of tornadoes in Kentucky is 18, a spokeswoman for the state’s Emergency Management office said on Saturday, bringing the overall death toll from storms that raged across the U.S. midsection to 35.

Animal feed recalled, effect on horses feared

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Western Feed LLC is voluntarily recalling two lots of its Kountry Buffet 14 percent feed because it may contain monensin sodium, which is potentially fatal for horses, the Morrill, Nebraska, company said on Saturday.

BP reaches $7.8 billion deal over Gulf of Mexico spill

NEW YORK (Reuters) – BP Plc has reached an estimated $7.8 billion deal with businesses suing over the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the company said on Friday, but the oil giant still faces claims by the U.S. government, Gulf states and drilling partners.

Tornadoes kill at least 28 in Midwest and South

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Powerful tornadoes raked across a wide swath of the Midwest and South on Friday, killing at least 28 people in four states and bringing the death toll to at least 41 from a week of deadly late-winter storms.

Tornadoes touch down in Kentucky, Indiana: NWS

(Reuters) – Tornadoes spawned by powerful storms raking the mid-South touched down in Kentucky and Indiana on Friday, an official with the National Weather Service said.

Bodies of two missing helicopter crewmen found

MOBILE, Alabama (Reuters) – U.S. Coast Guard officials have located the bodies of two of three helicopter crew members missing since a four-man aircraft crashed into Alabama’s Mobile Bay during a training exercise Tuesday.

Federal judge in Montana criticized over racist Obama joke

MISSOULA, Montana (Reuters) – A federal judge in Montana who used official court email to circulate a racist joke about President Barack Obama has acknowledged the indiscretion and initiated a misconduct complaint against himself, court officials said on Thursday.