North Carolina - the best personalized free web-based Email en en North Carolina Supreme Court strikes down 2 NC congressional districts WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina Monday because race played too large a role in their creation, a decision voting rights advocates said would boost challenges in other states. The justices ruled that Republicans who controlled the state legislature and governor's office in 2011 placed too many A... Mon, 22 May 2017 21:30:00 GMT 2017-05-22T21:30:00Z Texas set to pass transgender bathroom law for schools AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas, though it may only apply to public schools. A broader proposal mandating that virtually all transgender people in the country's second-largest state use public restrooms according... Mon, 22 May 2017 17:22:00 GMT 2017-05-22T17:22:00Z Texas revives transgender 'bathroom bill' for public schools AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas — though it may only apply to public schools. A broader proposal mandating that virtually all transgender people in the country's second-largest state use public restrooms accordin... Mon, 22 May 2017 02:47:00 GMT 2017-05-22T02:47:00Z All-Star race shows Coca-Cola 600 could be a long slog CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — The All-Star race showed Kyle Larson is the likely favorite for the Coca-Cola 600. It also showed that the best car doesn't always win, and the winner will likely be aided by a heavy dose of clean air. Translation? NASCAR's longest race could be an epic snoozer. That's saying a lot after Martin Truex Jr. last year l... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:45:00 GMT 2017-05-21T20:45:00Z Man left trying to explain how car ended up in swimming pool WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man is trying to explain how his car ended up in a swimming pool. Local news outlets report someone noticed the empty car submerged in the swimming pool at a Winston-Salem apartment complex. Police think it plunged in early Friday morning. Owner James Bradley Poe told police the car rolled int... Sun, 21 May 2017 15:54:00 GMT 2017-05-21T15:54:00Z Oprah visits school to honor Leadership Academy student ELON, N.C. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey is making good on her promise to be with students from her Leadership Academy for Girls as they graduate from college. Winfrey had a front-row seat for Friday's baccalaureate ceremony at Elon University in North Carolina to see Nosipho Shangase, who was set to graduate on Saturday with a bachelor's degree in public health studies. ... Sat, 20 May 2017 16:02:00 GMT 2017-05-20T16:02:00Z Talking turkey: NC firefighters rescue baby birds from drain ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — For once, there's a turkey giving thanks. WLOS in Asheville reports ( the Asheville Fire Department was called after some people walking a dog noticed a frantic hen turkey. An investigation found eight baby turkeys, or poults, stuck in a storm drain and calling for their mama. As they attempt... Sat, 20 May 2017 13:29:00 GMT 2017-05-20T13:29:00Z NASCAR hopes softer tires return the magic to All-Star race CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — It's the 25th anniversary of "One Hot Night," the All-Star race that made the nighttime spectacular must-see TV. NASCAR is hoping Saturday's night running can replicate some of the magic from that 1992 showcase. That year was the first time the exhibition dash-for-cash was held under the lights at Charlotte. There w... Fri, 19 May 2017 22:12:00 GMT 2017-05-19T22:12:00Z NASCAR's Aric Almirola out 8-12 weeks with broken back CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Aric Almirola celebrated a victory with his family one weekend, then found himself on a backboard in a helicopter on the way to the hospital just seven days later. Almirola fractured a vertebra in a crash Saturday night at Kansas Speedway and could miss up to three months of the NASCAR season. The 33-year-old Almirola will heed doctor warnings and not ru... Fri, 19 May 2017 21:35:00 GMT 2017-05-19T21:35:00Z Fox Sports will use drivers to call NASCR Xfinity race CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Fox Sports will use an on-air team comprised entirely of active NASCAR drivers to call the June 10 Xfinity Series race at Pocono. Fox Sports believes it will be the first time a nationally televised live sporting event will feature a complete on-air team of athletes still competing in that sport. Kevin Harvick will ... Fri, 19 May 2017 21:32:00 GMT 2017-05-19T21:32:00Z The Latest: Anthony Weiner leaves court after guilty plea NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on former congressman Anthony Weiner facing criminal charges related to sexting a 15-year-old girl (all times local): 1 p.m. Former congressman Anthony Weiner has left a New York City courtroom after pleading guilty to exchanging sexually explicit texts with a 15-year-old girl. The Democrat ... Fri, 19 May 2017 17:04:00 GMT 2017-05-19T17:04:00Z Church sign saying Muslims responsible for 9/11 draws ire MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Church signs often display innocuous messages such as "God answers knee mail." But a small Presbyterian church in North Carolina is drawing criticism for its provocative signs, including one this week that reads "19 Muslim immigrants killed 2977 Americans, Sept. 11, 2001." The Charlotte Observer reports ( tha... Fri, 19 May 2017 16:40:00 GMT 2017-05-19T16:40:00Z Jury acquits Tulsa cop in shooting of unarmed black man TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A jury on Wednesday acquitted a white Oklahoma police officer who says she fired out of fear last year when she killed an unarmed black man with his hands held above his head. The family of Terence Crutcher burst into tears and expressed outrage after jurors found Tulsa officer Betty Jo Shelby not guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the Sept. 16 shooti... Thu, 18 May 2017 06:19:00 GMT 2017-05-18T06:19:00Z Ex-judge sentenced for seeking wife's texts for beer, money ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — A former judge who offered a law enforcement officer beer and money to retrieve his wife's text messages has been sentenced to probation. U.S. Attorney John Stuart Bruce said former Superior Court Judge Arnold Ogden Jones II was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to two years' probation, fined $5,000 and ordered to perform 100 hours of community... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:05:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:05:00Z NC senator says 'I'm fine' after race collapse WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina said Wednesday he's "fine" after collapsing during a Washington, D.C., race and being taken away by ambulance. Tillis posted a video on Twitter from his hospital bed hours after the early morning race, still dressed in his running gear. "Hey everybody, I'm fine," he said, a... Wed, 17 May 2017 20:43:00 GMT 2017-05-17T20:43:00Z African dance master choreographer Chuck Davis dies; was 80 DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Chuck Davis, a master choreographer and teacher of traditional African dance styles who founded dance companies in North Carolina and New York, has died. He was 80. Davis died Sunday at his home in Durham, said Dr. B. Angeloe Burch Sr., executive director of the African American Dance Ensemble, which Davis founded. Davis had been diagnosed with cancer abo... Tue, 16 May 2017 21:40:00 GMT 2017-05-16T21:40:00Z Supreme Court order unlikely to deter voting restrictions WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's refusal to breathe new life into North Carolina's sweeping voter identification law might be just a temporary victory for civil rights groups. Republican-led states are continuing to enact new voter ID measures and other voting restrictions, and the Supreme Court's newly reconstituted conservative majority, with the addition of Justice N... Tue, 16 May 2017 07:52:00 GMT 2017-05-16T07:52:00Z Supreme Court's Roberts: 'Uncertainty' sinks voter ID appeal RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Supreme Court shut the door Monday on North Carolina Republicans' effort to revive a state law that mandated voter identification and scaled back early voting, provisions that a lower court said improperly targeted minority voters. The justices left in place last summer's ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals striking do... Mon, 15 May 2017 21:41:00 GMT 2017-05-15T21:41:00Z NASCAR's Almirola out of hospital after fracturing vertebra KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — NASCAR driver Aric Almirola was released from the University of Kansas Medical Center on Sunday, a day after he fractured a vertebra during a fiery wreck at Kansas Speedway. Almirola was trailing Joey Logano and Danica Patrick when a broken brake rotor on Logano's car sent him and Patrick into the wall entering the first turn. Almirola had no time to... Sun, 14 May 2017 17:51:00 GMT 2017-05-14T17:51:00Z Trump celebrates student model rocket named ... Trump WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is celebrating a student model rocket named after ... him. Trump asked the students from Victory Christian Center School in Charlotte, North Carolina, why the rocket was named for him. A student replied, "Simply because it conquers all." Trump then said "they're never going to put that on televis... Fri, 12 May 2017 19:57:00 GMT 2017-05-12T19:57:00Z Brutalist-Style Buildings Being Called Eyesores Brutalism, which got its name from a French word for raw concrete, has been sparking public battles ever since the architectural style flourished in the... Fri, 12 May 2017 05:16:00 GMT 2017-05-12T05:16:00Z Illness, legal tangles slow Salvadoran massacre extradition RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The once-feared man who commanded the National Police in El Salvador when a 12-year civil war killed 75,000 people was wheeled into a federal courtroom Thursday, hunched over and pale. The colostomy bag Inocente Orlando Montano Morales has worn since bladder cancer surgery wasn't visible under his orange jumpsuit. The judge said he di... Thu, 11 May 2017 21:57:00 GMT 2017-05-11T21:57:00Z Duke Energy spars with Civil Rights museum over power bills GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The nation's largest utility already turned off the lights during Black History Month at a museum honoring the lunch-counter sit-in that sparked the 1960s civil rights movement. Now it's threatening to cut off the power altogether if the museum doesn't pay thousands more each month to cover the possibility of delinquent payments. "... Thu, 11 May 2017 17:51:00 GMT 2017-05-11T17:51:00Z NCAA investigators meet with woman at center of UNC probe CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — A woman at the center of North Carolina's multi-year academic scandal interviewed with NCAA investigators after previously declining to cooperate in the probe. Raleigh attorney Elliot Abrams told The Associated Press on Wednesday night that his client — Deborah Crowder — met all day with investigators. Crowder is a retired office administrator in the... Thu, 11 May 2017 14:39:00 GMT 2017-05-11T14:39:00Z Humans May Be Holding Back Self-Driving Cars In a few years, well-mannered, self-driving robotaxis will share the roads with reckless, law-breaking human drivers. The prospect is causing migraines... Thu, 11 May 2017 05:15:00 GMT 2017-05-11T05:15:00Z Bill to end adult prosecution of teens in NC gaining favor RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina would end the automatic prosecution of 16- and 17-year-old suspects as adults and steer some to juvenile court, under legislation that's starting to wind its way through the state legislature. A House committee unanimously agreed Wednesday to advance the "raise the age" legislation, which would prevent North Carolina fr... Thu, 11 May 2017 01:50:00 GMT 2017-05-11T01:50:00Z $54 million fight over vacant Superman Building is settled PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A $54 million lawsuit over the state's tallest building, called the Superman Building, has been settled just before a trial was scheduled to begin in federal court. The owner of the Providence skyscraper had sued its former tenant, Bank of America, saying the bank allowed it to fall into disrepair. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank had counters... Tue, 09 May 2017 02:03:00 GMT 2017-05-09T02:03:00Z Jurors will be asked if Tulsa cop went too far with shooting TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Jurors hearing the manslaughter case against a white Oklahoma police officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black man last year will be asked to decide whether she used appropriate force — a question that's been put to juries around the U.S. in other similar trials. Tulsa officer Betty Jo Shelby is accused of overreacting when ... Sun, 07 May 2017 14:16:00 GMT 2017-05-07T14:16:00Z Wicked Weed beer sale marks flashpoint in brewery turf wars RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Within hours of announcing its sale to the maker of Budweiser, North Carolina's beloved Wicked Weed beer lost its voting rights in a craft beer guild, was booted from collaborations with two independent breweries and exiled from at least a handful of stores and restaurants. The deal announced Wednesday represents the latest front in t... Thu, 04 May 2017 21:35:00 GMT 2017-05-04T21:35:00Z Uncle Sam: We want you... to train others! $5K bonus offered FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (AP) — The U.S. Army is authorizing $5,000 bonuses to woo top-performing troops into a new training brigade as the service once famous for shouldering the burden of America's wars works to meet the growing demand for advisers in places ranging from Iraq and Syria to Afghanistan and Africa. The plan recognizes the new reality of ... Thu, 04 May 2017 10:26:00 GMT 2017-05-04T10:26:00Z