Mark Wilson/Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Hurricane Arthur is headed back out into the Atlantic Ocean after being downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds reaching 90 miles per hour.

The storm made landfall over the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Thursday evening as a Category 2 storm, leaving thousands without power. The eye of Hurricane Arthur passed over Cape Lookout in the Outer Banks at 11:15 p.m. and later moved over the mainland Dare County with heavy winds and pounding rain.

The storm—nearly 400 miles wide—dumped four inches of rain in parts of North Carolina and a four-foot storm surge was reported in the Neusse River in Bachelor, North Carolina.

Although there were no immediate reports of injuries, the storm knocked out power to more than 21,000 people in North Carolina.

After the storm moved back into the Atlantic, a tropical storm warning remained for parts of North Carolina, Virginia and both Cape Cod and Nantucket.

In addition to the hurricane’s wind and rain, a tornado was reported in Rose Hill, a 1,600-population town north of Wilmington. Resident Jose Trejo’s ceiling collapsed just as he got his family out of the way.

“The first thing that went through my mind was to get my kids,” he said.

Meteorologists expect Arthur to weaken as it moves northeast and hits colder water.

Arthur may not have spent a lot of time in North Carolina, but the Independence Day landfall is the earliest date a hurricane has struck North Carolina since records began in 1851.

As the storm continues to pummel the East Coast, millions of Americans have been forced to shift their holiday plans. Before the storm hit, tourism officials had expected 250,000 people to travel to the Outer Banks for the holiday weekend.

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Hurricane Arthur is headed back out into the Atlantic Ocean after being downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds reaching 90 miles per hour.

The storm made landfall over the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Thursday evening as a Category 2 storm, leaving thousands without power. The eye of Hurricane Arthur passed over Cape Lookout in the Outer Banks at 11:15 p.m. and later moved over the mainland Dare County with heavy winds and pounding rain.

The storm—nearly 400 miles wide—dumped four inches of rain in parts of North Carolina and a four-foot storm surge was reported in the Neusse River in Bachelor, North Carolina.

Although there were no immediate reports of injuries, the storm knocked out power to more than 21,000 people in North Carolina.

After the storm moved back into the Atlantic, a tropical storm warning remained for parts of North Carolina, Virginia and both Cape Cod and Nantucket.

In addition to the hurricane’s wind and rain, a tornado was reported in Rose Hill, a 1,600-population town north of Wilmington. Resident Jose Trejo’s ceiling collapsed just as he got his family out of the way.

“The first thing that went through my mind was to get my kids,” he said.

Meteorologists expect Arthur to weaken as it moves northeast and hits colder water.

Arthur may not have spent a lot of time in North Carolina, but the Independence Day landfall is the earliest date a hurricane has struck North Carolina since records began in 1851.

As the storm continues to pummel the East Coast, millions of Americans have been forced to shift their holiday plans. Before the storm hit, tourism officials had expected 250,000 people to travel to the Outer Banks for the holiday weekend.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — An intense search is under way in Joshua Tree National Park in California for the wife of a Marine who is three months pregnant.

Erin Corwin was last seen Saturday morning, June 28 in what police have described as suspicious circumstances. Homicide investigators are now leading the search.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies say Corwin’s husband, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jonathan Corwin, reported his wife missing on Sunday, one day after she was last seen leaving their home.

On Monday, authorities found the missing woman’s Toyota Corolla in Twentynine Palms, which is near the military base where her husband is stationed.

Helicopter and ground search teams have so far failed to locate any sign of Corwin, 19, in the desert, where daytime temperatures can soar into the triple digits.

Police say there’s no evidence that a crime has been committed, but they haven’t ruled out foul play in her disappearance.

Erin Corwin’s family has set up a Facebook page to solicit information on her whereabouts.

“I’d give anything to give her a hug right now,” Lore Heavilin, Corwin’s mother, said in an interview with ABC’s Palm Springs affiliate, KESQ TV.

Heavilin and other family members came to California this week from their hometown in Tennessee to help with the investigation.

“[There’s] a lot of sitting and waiting and praying,” said Heavilin. “Every time the phone rings, or whatever, you’re hoping there’s some news.”

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ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LIVINGSTON, Calif.) — Foster Farms has recalled a number of chicken products after they were linked to a specific strain of salmonella that has caused hundreds of people to fall ill since October 2013.

The recall was announced by both Foster Farms and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday. More than 100 different products were impacted by the recall, with the total amount of chicken undetermined.

Foster Farms says the affected products were produced in March and have a “use or freeze by” date between March 21 and March 29. The products were distributed to California, Hawaii, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Oregon and Alaska.

The Foster Farms chicken was linked to a single case of Salmonella Heidelberg in California. The patient is believed to have fallen ill in May. The case is part of the ongoing outbreak that remains investigation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and other agencies. Prior to the patient in California, there had been no link between the outbreak and a particular product or production lot, the USDA said.

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Creatas/Thinkstock(ACCRA, Ghana) — After an emergency ministerial meeting held by the World Health Organization ended on Thursday, health ministers agreeing to take action to end the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

The ministers agreed that existing gaps and challenges remain in dealing with the Ebola outbreak. The WHO’s Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Luis Sambo, said that the ministers would adopt “an inter-country strategy to tackle this outbreak,” adding that “it’s time for concrete action to put an end to the suffering and deaths.”

The WHO will establish a Sub-Regional Control Center in Guinea to coordinate, consolidate and harmonize all actions. Nations affected will also be advised to convene national inter-sectoral meetings, mobilize community, religious and political leaders to improve awareness, deploy resources to hot spots and commit additional domestic financial resources to help resolve the problem.

WHO partners are also urged to continue providing technical and financial support to effectively coordinate the international response.

Since March, the outbreak has killed at least 390 of the more than 600 people it has infected in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the WHO.

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Purestock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — The director and producers of a film about the life of one of the Allman brothers have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the on-set death of a camera assistant in February.

Camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed on-set in a train accident in Wayne County, Ga. in February. She had been working on the film Midnight Rider, a Greg Allman biopic.

Prosecutors on Thursday charged director Randall Miller and two of the film’s producers with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in her death, as they did not have a permit to work on the train tracks. Each face up to 10 years in prison.

Seven other crew members were also injured in the accident, which occurred on the first day of filming.

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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil) — An overpass in Belo Horizonte, one of the host cities for the 2014 World Cup, collapsed onto an active highway on Thursday.

The BBC News reports that the concrete and steel bridge was under construction when it fell onto traffic, killing two people and injuring at least a dozen more. The city is scheduled to host a World Cup semifinal match next week.

Brazil had spent over $11 billion in preparing for the World Cup, a point of criticism that spurred protests from Brazilians.

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Digital Vision/Thinkstock(DENVER) — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers filed a motion on Thursday hoping to prevent the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder from issuing same-sex marriage licenses after a U.S. Circuit Court ruling last week deemed Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit declared the Utah ban unconstitutional on June 25. The 10th Circuit includes Colorado, which does not currently allow same-sex marriages.

Suthers said in a statement on Thursday that “regretfully” his office “was forced to take action against Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall due to her refusal to follow state law.” By granting same-sex marriage licenses, Suthers said that Hall was “creating a legal limbo for both the state and the couples whose relationships she wants to champion.”

A statement from the Colorado Attorney General’s office said that the current legal landscape means that Colorado’s marriage laws remain in effect until the outcome of the appeals process.

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Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Automotive group Daimler unveiled the prototype of the “Future Truck 2025″ on Thursday, the world’s first autonomously driving truck.

The truck looks like a semi-trailer and can travel on its own up to a speed of just of 50 mph, thanks to the Highway Pilot system created by Mercedes-Benz. Daimler says the system is based on “intelligent networking of all the safety systems already available, plus cameras, radar sensors and vehicle-to-vehicle communication.

The automotive group notes increased traffic density combined with declining investment in infrastructure in recent years. According to the company, this innovation could save truck operators money and smooth out traffic and make the roads safer.

Thursday’s demonstration took place on an unopened patch of highway near Magdeburg, Germany, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Still, the truck isn’t perfect — it cannot change lanes to pass other vehicles, a feat its driver must perform, and will also require modernized highways with networking functions and physical markers that the truck’s computer can spot.

Still, Daimler said, implementation of self-driving trucks is “possible within ten years.”

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Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Eleven counties in North Carolina have declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Arthur approached the coast.

Arthur, which became a category 2 storm earlier Thursday shifted slightly closer to the North Carolina coast Thursday, leaving North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory concerned about flooding and resident safety. He urged North Carolinians to be prepared for the storm, and the potential flooding, power outages and surges in the water that may come with it.

“Let’s hope for the best. Let’s pray for the best, that Arthur clears out quickly, so we can all get back to celebrating our country’s independence,” the governor said Thursday. He noted that the closer Arthur gets to shore overnight, the more dangerous the situation can be because of darkness, which may prevent people from seeing downed power lines or flooding situations.

“We strongly encourage that you stay inside and wait for this storm to leave,” McCrory said. He pointed out that most injuries occur either right before a storm arrives or right after it leaves.

McCrory said 14 shelters were open on Thursday night. Shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday night, Arthur made landfall near Cape Lookout, N.C.

In advance of the storm, the Federal Emergency Management Agency urged everyone potentially impacted by the storm to be aware of evacuation routes and follow any orders given. “As the holiday approaches, we continue to warn residents and visitors to be aware of evacuation routes,” FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said. “If an evacuation order is given by local officials — leave.”

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