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Man Charged in Murder of 3 Muslims to Face Death

Prosecutor says Craig Stephen Hicks described killing of 3 Muslim students

(Newser) - The man charged with killing three Muslim college students will face a death penalty trial after prosecutors told a judge they had strong and incriminating evidence that includes blood from one of the victims found on the accused shooter's pants. After a brief hearing yesterday, the judge ruled that... More »

Obama Breaks Silence, Condemns Muslim Murders

Says nobody should be a target because of how they look or worship

(Newser) - After taking flak for remaining silent after the murder of three young Muslims in North Carolina, President Obama today condemned the killings. Noting that the FBI is investigating to determine whether the victims were shot because of their religion, Obama said that "no one in the United States of... More »

NC Suspect Had Appeared Armed at Victim's Door

Craig Stephen Hicks described as angry, gun-obsessed

(Newser) - Craig Stephen Hicks, charged with the murder of three young Muslims in Chapel Hill, was known for having arguments with his neighbors—sometimes with his handgun visible. A friend who lived with victim Deah Barakat until Barakat's December wedding says Hicks complained regularly—roughly once a month—that the... More »

NC Victims' Dad: It Was a Hate Crime

He says daughters were killed because they're Muslim

(Newser) - Police in Chapel Hill, NC, have cited an "ongoing neighbor dispute over parking" as the trigger for today's triple homicide , but the father of two of the victims says the real reason goes deeper than that. “It was execution style, a bullet in every head,” Mohammad... More »

Investigation Unveils Huge Cheating Scandal at UNC

1.5K athletes over 2 decades were steered to cakewalk courses

(Newser) - The scale of an academic scandal involving bogus classes and inflated grades at the University of North Carolina was far more widespread than previously reported and included about 1,500 athletes who got easy As and Bs over a span of nearly two decades, according to an investigation released today.... More »

Neighbors Cool But Polite to 'Icky' John Edwards

Some North Carolinians would rather forget scandal

(Newser) - The national attitude toward John Edwards may be a mixture of mockery and fading recognition, but in his hometown of Chapel Hill, NC, the situation is more complex. Elizabeth Edwards is still a hit across the state, and the 2004 VP candidate is more than just a passing curiosity—he’... More »

Police Charge 2 in UNC Murder

Chapel Hill cops make first arrest, second is underway

(Newser) - Police in North Carolina have charged two men with the murder of a UNC student whose death drew national attention, the AP reports. One suspect, a 21-year-old, is in custody while the other, a 17-year-old, remains at large. Eve Carson, student body president at UNC-Chapel Hill, was found shot to... More »

Obama Quietly Courts Edwards

Meets with Edwards, seeks endorsement

(Newser) - Democratic contender Barack Obama secretly visited former campaign rival John Edwards yesterday, seeking his endorsement, according to the Chicago Tribune. The media usually travels everywhere with Obama, but he managed to shake his entourage in Chicago on a day when his campaign said all events were canceled because of bad... More »

Nifong Pleads Not Guilty to Contempt

Lawyer says ex-DA's statements weren't 'willful, purposeful lies'

(Newser) - In the same Durham courtroom where he once prosecuted accused criminals, Mike Nifong pleaded not guilty today to contempt charges stemming from his handling of the Duke rape case. Nifong’s judge accused the disgraced DA of lying to him last September about a DNA report that could have benefited... More »

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