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NC Lawmaker: Lincoln Was 'Same Sort of Tyrant' as Hitler

Rep. Larry Pittman lashed out after failure to restore gay marriage ban

(Newser) - A Republican lawmaker in North Carolina is taking a lot of flak for comparing the first Republican president to Adolf Hitler. State Rep. Larry Pittman of Cabarrus likened Abraham Lincoln to Hitler on Wednesday after a commenter on Facebook criticized a bill he'd introduced to ignore federal rulings and... More »

Man, 74, Confesses 'Out of the Blue' to 1993 Murder

He went to cops on 24th anniversary of NC killing

(Newser) - On the 24th anniversary of the crime, a 74-year-old Louisiana man confessed to killing his son-in-law in North Carolina, officials say. Maj. Tom Effler of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office in Goldsboro, NC, said that on Feb. 7, Allen Deaver told authorities he'd killed Sydney Maurice Gregory on... More »

NCAA Has Good News for North Carolina

It will again consider the state's bids to host events

(Newser) - The NCAA will consider North Carolina as a host for championship events again after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for LGBT people, reports the AP . The governing body said Tuesday its Board of Governors had reviewed moves to repeal the "bathroom bill" and replace it... More »

North Carolina Officially Rolls Back 'Bathroom Bill'

It's not clear whether the move will satisfy opponents, though

(Newser) - North Carolina rolled back its "bathroom bill" Thursday in a bid to end the yearlong backlash over transgender rights that has cost the state dearly in business projects, conventions, and basketball tournaments. The compromise plan, announced Wednesday night by the state's Democratic governor and leaders of the Republican-controlled... More »

NC Lawmakers Reach Deal to Repeal Bathroom Bill

'Not a perfect deal,' but it 'begins to repair our reputation,' governor says

(Newser) - North Carolina Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper say they have agreed on legislation to resolve a standoff over the state's "bathroom bill" through a replacement measure that still restricts LGBT nondiscrimination protections. GOP leaders announced late Wednesday that the new legislation would be debated and voted... More »

'Bathroom Bill' Will Flush $3.76B From North Carolina

AP analysis finds that's the cost to the state over 12 years

(Newser) - Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina's "bathroom bill" isn't hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years, according to an AP analysis. Over the past year, North Carolina has suffered financial... More »

Toddler and Newborn Found Dead; Father Arrested

Tillman Freeman III tells police he doesn't believe the children are his

(Newser) - A North Carolina man has been charged with murder after his two young children were found "brutally stabbed" Saturday, WTVD reports. According to WRAL , 30-year-old Tillman Freeman III had already been charged with child abuse and child endangerment Friday after he allegedly refused to give any information to police... More »

Ex-Congregants Reveal Horrifying Abuse at NC Church

Word of Faith Fellowship has thwarted investigators for decades

(Newser) - From all over the world, they flocked to the tiny town of Spindale, NC, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror—waged in the name of the Lord. Congregants of the Word of... More »

Novelist's Plea in Court Ends 15-Year Murder Case

Alford plea lets Mike Peterson, accused of killing wife, claim innocence but plead guilty

(Newser) - Theories surrounding the 2001 death of Kathleen Peterson range from the accidental (a fall down the stairs) to the horrifying (killed by home intruders) to the bizarre (an owl attack). But the one that took center stage Friday in Durham, NC, focused on her husband, novelist Mike Peterson, who filed... More »

'Real Women?' Many Aren't Happy With This NC Billboard

Protest organizer says it slams gender equality

(Newser) - Women are planning this weekend to protest a North Carolina billboard with a message they say is a slam on gender equality, according to media reports. A billboard on a highway between Winston-Salem and Greensboro reads, "Real men provide. Real women appreciate it." It's on Business 40,... More »

Dozens Fired After Participating in 'A Day Without Immigrants'

'I hope you enjoyed your day off and you can enjoy many more'

(Newser) - Thousands of immigrants stayed home from work Thursday, shuttering restaurants and slowing other industries , for the national "A Day Without Immigrants" protest. Now it appears many were asked not to come back. In Oklahoma, a dozen workers at I Don't Care Bar and Grill were fired after missing... More »

Jet Hits Deer on Takeoff, Returns to Airport Leaking Fuel

The deer apparently damaged a wing flap

(Newser) - Authorities say an American Eagle flight struck a deer while taking off from the Charlotte, North Carolina, international airport, forcing it to turn around, the AP reports. The FAA said in a statement that the pilot of Flight 5320 to Gulfport, Mississippi, declared an emergency shortly before noon Wednesday. American... More »

To Get Into This Teacher's Class, You Need a Special Handshake

Each student gets a personalized one in Barry White Jr.'s classroom

(Newser) - We'd like to shake Barry White Jr.'s hand—mainly to praise him for his inspirational teaching methods, but also because we want our own personalized handshake. Per KGW , the fifth-grade literacy teacher at Ashley Park Elementary School in Charlotte, NC, has long been a fan of creative... More »

Woman Locked in Trunk of Car Saved by Old Flip Phone

A 911 dispatcher texted the woman using the office's emergency cellphone

(Newser) - A North Carolina woman allegedly locked in the trunk of a moving car by her boyfriend was saved by a quick-thinking 911 dispatcher and a lowly flip phone, ABC News reports. The 29-year-old woman called 911 around 4am Jan. 14. The woman had gotten in a fight with her boyfriend,... More »

Kids Try to Roast Marshmallows, End Up Hospitalized

They used rubbing alcohol to create a flame

(Newser) - A North Carolina brother and sister, 8 and 12, wanted to roast marshmallows over the weekend but instead ended up in the hospital with severe burns. The children, along with one other sibling, tried to use a lighter, pan, and rubbing alcohol to heat the marshmallows when things went very... More »

US Will Pay $2.2B to Marines Sickened by Toxic Water

900K were exposed over more than 30 years

(Newser) - The Obama administration has agreed to provide disability benefits totaling more than $2 billion to veterans who were exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Beginning in March, the cash payouts from the Department of Veterans Affairs may supplement VA health care already being... More »

His Wife in Labor, Husband Jumps in Front of Snowplow

Hugh Dawson did what he had to do to get his wife to the hospital

(Newser) - A winter storm led to icy, snowy conditions throughout much of the South over the weekend, and for one North Carolina couple it proved more than a minor inconvenience, the AP reports. Stephanie Dawson, 28, went into labor at around 3:30 Sunday morning at her home in Moyock,... More »

Winter Storms Cause Havoc Across South

New NC governor had to scrap inauguration parade

(Newser) - A winter storm striking the South disrupted a new governor's inauguration in North Carolina Friday, coated roads with hazardous ice and snow in parts of Georgia and Alabama, and triggered hundreds of fender benders in Tennessee. Road workers manning 12-hour shifts pre-treated roads after states of emergency were declared... More »

Cop on Leave After Video Shows Him Slamming Student to Floor

Another student taped the incident at NC's Rolesville High School

(Newser) - A North Carolina cop is on paid leave after video surfaced on social media showing him roughly throwing a female student to the floor, reports the News & Observer . Officer Ruben De Los Santos, a school resource officer for Rolesville High School, was responding to an early morning fight between... More »

NC Judge Blocks Law Targeting Democratic Governor's Power

Roy Cooper will hold onto the traditional powers of his office for at least a week

(Newser) - North Carolina's governor-elect, Roy Cooper, will hold onto the traditional powers of the office—at least for a week—after a judge Friday temporarily blocked a new law from taking effect, the News and Observer reports. In what the AP calls a "legislative power play," the Republican-controlled... More »

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