Death toll rises to 8 in major flooding

A 79-year-old woman whose house was swept away by the Big Thompson River was found dead on the riverbank, authorities said Monday, bringing to eight the death toll from the massive flooding in Colorado.

As the number of missing people dwindled to six, Vice President Biden viewed the devastation from a helicopter before meeting with disaster workers. “I tell you what, man, the water is powerful,” he said.

The latest victim was identified as Evelyn M. Starner. Larimer County authorities said she drowned and suffered blunt-force trauma.

The floods caused damage across 17 counties and nearly 2,000 square miles. Nearly 2,000 homes were damaged or destroyed along with more than 200 miles of state highways and 50 state bridges.

— Associated Press

Bank hit on 9/11 doles out disaster aid

The chairman of a New York-based investment bank that lost more than half its employees in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks handed out $1,000 debit cards Monday to victims of May’s deadly tornado in Oklahoma, as it continued its program of helping others who suffered devastating loss.

Howard W. Lutnick, chairman of Cantor Fitzgerald, located on one of the top floors of the World Trade Center when hijacked planes flew into the buildings in 2001, gave the debit cards to more than 2,000 families affected by the massive tornado that struck Moore, Okla., on May 20.

The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund distributed the debit cards to families identified by the Moore School District as having a child enrolled in local public schools at the time of the tornado and whose homes were damaged or destroyed.

— Reuters

Cherokee girl back with adoptive parents

A Cherokee girl at the center of a yearslong custody dispute was handed over to her adoptive parents Monday night.

Cherokee Nation spokeswoman Amanda Clinton confirmed that 4-year-old Veronica was handed over to Matt and Melanie Capobianco of South Carolina. Details of the handover were not released.

Veronica has been living in the Cherokee Nation with her father, Dusten Brown, and his family since she was 2. Before that, she lived with the South Carolina couple who had taken custody of her after her birth. Her adoption to the Capobiancos was finalized this year, but Brown had appealed Oklahoma court orders certifying the adoption.

— Associated Press

Powerball winner claims prize: The winner of last week’s $400 million Powerball jackpot has claimed his prize, but the South Carolina man is asking to remain anonymous. Lottery officials said the winner, from Columbia, presented the winning ticket Monday. The state does not require winners to be named.

Two arrested in Chicago shooting: Two men are in custody in connection with last week’s shooting in a Chicago park that left 13 people injured, including a 3-year-old boy, authorities said Monday. The men, both 22, were arrested around 7:30 p.m. Sunday in an abandoned building in the 5200 block of South Marshfield Avenue, police said. No charges have been filed.

Boston bombing suspect‘s lawyers seek delay: Attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday asked a judge to order federal prosecutors to give them more time to make their case against the death penalty. Tsarnaev’s lawyers said they have not received key evidence from prosecutors.

— From news services