Several Midwestern states were a soggy mess Thursday after up to 10 inches of rain fell in parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa and triggered mudslides that caused one death.

Washed-out railroad tracks derailed a train in southwestern Wisconsin, where a mudslide destroyed a house and killed the man inside. Crews built dams to protect a cheese cave and a woolen mill in southern Minnesota. And in northern Iowa, about 100 people were evacuated from their apartments.

The rain mostly moved through the states Wednesday evening and early Thursday, though another round was in the forecast for northern Iowa on Thursday night. While much of the water began to recede or drain Thursday, its effects could be found throughout the area.


A man linked to the slayings of four women in Ohio was indicted Thursday in two of those killings and the kidnapping of a fifth woman whose 911 call led authorities to him.

A grand jury indicted Shawn Grate on 23 counts, including aggravated murder and rape, Ashland County Prosecutor Chris Tunnell said. He said Grate is charged with "horrific" crimes against innocent victims, and prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty if Grate is convicted.

Grate, 40, was arrested last week after a woman reported she was being held in a home. Police freed the woman and found the remains of two other women at the Ashland property, which was supposed to be vacant. The bodies were identified as 29-year-old Elizabeth Griffith of Ashland and 43-year-old Stacey Stanley of Greenwich.


A disturbing video shows a toddler crying and tugging at her mother after the woman apparently passed out from a drug overdose and collapsed to the floor of a Massachusetts dollar store.

Authorities in Lawrence said the Department of Children and Families took the 2-year-old girl into custody after Sunday’s incident.

Police released the video on Wednesday. The video shows the mother sprawled in an aisle of a Family Dollar store and her daughter desperately trying to wake her up.


Police video shows an officer in Maryland pepper-spraying a 15-year-old girl who refused to cooperate after her bicycle hit a car.

The body-camera video was released after an attorney for the girl’s family posted a bystander’s video on Facebook, expressing outrage and accusing the officers of "aggression from the get-go."

But as the Hagerstown police chief took question after question at a news conference on Thursday, he insisted that his officers initially tried to de-escalate the situation, and only used pepper spray as a last resort to get the girl inside a cruiser.


Investigators haven’t been able to question a man charged with setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey because he’s too severely injured from his shootout with police, a law enforcement official said Thursday as the man’s father said he’d warned federal authorities about the man’s interest in jihadist material.

Ahmad Khan Rahami remained hospitalized after his gunbattle with police officers Monday, and it was unclear when he might be taken to court to face federal terrorism charges in the blasts, which injured 31 people Saturday. A public defender has sought a court appearance for Rahami so he can hear the charges against him.

Compiled from wire reports