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Traffic Cone Weed Is Town's Christmas Miracle

Charlie Brown's Christmas tree looking pretty good right about now

(Newser) - At first, it was an orange traffic cone with a weed growing out of it, the AP reports. Now, the roadside attraction dubbed "Cone Weed" is something of a Christmas miracle to locals in Huntersville, North Carolina. According to WBTV, someone decorated the "Cone Weed" with tinsel and... More »

What 2 Brothers Started in NC in 1905 Is No More

Iconic Cone Denim White Oak plant in Greensboro will close Dec. 31

(Newser) - Moses and Ceasar Cone founded their denim brand in the late 19th century, and in 1905 opened the Cone Denim White Oak plant in Greensboro, NC. Within three years, it was churning out more denim than anywhere else in the world, reports the Triad City Beat ; in its heyday, White... More »

Air Traffic Controller Accused of Having Weapon of Mass Destruction

North Carolina man faces multiple charges

(Newser) - An air traffic controller accused of possessing a weapon of mass destruction has lost his airport access and could lose his freedom as well. George Dandan, who worked at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, was arrested Friday and charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction, acquiring... More »

A Missing Gun, a Hangover, and Now an FBI Investigation

Hangover part is an educated guess after FBI supervisor's embarrassing night

(Newser) - The New York Times has found a police report embarrassing to the FBI and to one counterterrorism supervisor in particular. It seems the unit chief tied one on while in North Carolina for training, hooked up with an "exotic dancer" at a hotel bar, took her back to his... More »

Autopsy: Pastor's Wife Had 123 Knife Wounds

Matthew James Phelps blamed killing on cold medicine

(Newser) - The wife of an aspiring pastor in North Carolina had 123 stab wounds and cuts after what investigators say was a frenzied attack at their Raleigh home last month. Matthew James Phelps, husband of Lauren Hugelmaier Phelps, has been held without bail on a first-degree murder charge since the Sept.... More »

Would-Be Airport Bomber ID'd by Love of Discounts: Cops

Michael Estes allegedly left improvised explosive inside North Carolina airport

(Newser) - The glass mason jar found Oct. 6 inside Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina held ammonium nitrate and nails, NPR reports. According to WLOS , it also held a shotgun cartridge and was equipped with matches and an alarm clock set for 6am. Authorities say the man who allegedly left the... More »

Attempted Prison Break Leaves at Least 14 Injured

Incident started with inmate setting fire to prison's sewing plant

(Newser) - At least 14 people were injured Thursday afternoon in an attempted prison break in North Carolina, ABC News reports. The incident started with an inmate setting fire to the sewing plant at the Pasquotank Correctional Institute around 3:30pm. Details of the attempted prison break are scarce, and the extent... More »

Michael Jordan Making Biggest Donation Ever to NC City

NBA star is donating $7M to open 2 medical clinics in Charlotte

(Newser) - Michael Jordan, who grew up in North Carolina, attended UNC-Chapel Hill, and now owns the Charlotte Hornets, is making his biggest ever donation—$7 million—to build two medical clinics in Charlotte. Per his rep, the NBA legend learned of a 2014 study that found children in the North Carolina... More »

Months After 3 Women Found Dead, a 4th Vanishes

Lumberton, NC, cops don't know if there's a connection

(Newser) - Family members are pleading for the safe return of Abby Lynn Patterson, a 20-year-old woman last seen getting into a brown Buick outside the family home in Lumberton, NC, on Sept. 5. The disappearance is especially troubling because three other women were found dead in the town, population 22,000,... More »

The Railroad Gate Was Down. She Got Out of a Car to Lift It

Woman killed by Amtrak train in North Carolina

(Newser) - A 63-year-old woman who lifted a railroad crossing safety gate as warning lights were flashing was struck and killed by an Amtrak train. Police in Charlotte, NC, say the woman got out of an SUV on Friday night that was stopped at the gate, which was lowered with red lights... More »

Robert E. Lee Descendant Resigns as Pastor Over Comments on MTV

He voiced support for Black Lives Matter

(Newser) - A descendant of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee has stepped down as pastor of a North Carolina church after negative reactions to his comments supporting racial justice during an MTV awards show, the AP reports. The general's distant nephew, the Rev. Robert W. Lee IV, issued a statement this... More »

He Allegedly Escaped Police, Then a Shark

Zachary Kingsbury faces a slew of charges

(Newser) - Had the man known he'd be so close to a shark, it's possible he would've stuck with facing the cops. Police in North Carolina say 20-year-old Zachary Kingsbury made a beeline for the ocean after officers allegedly found drugs in his vehicle during a traffic stop in... More »

5-Year-Old Killed in 'Domestic Incident' on College Campus

The boy's mother is set to be charged with murder

(Newser) - Authorities say a 34-year-old North Carolina woman will be charged with murder once she's released from the hospital following a "domestic incident" on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus that resulted in the death of her 5-year-old son, WNCN reports. According to the Herald-Sun , the incident happened just before midnight... More »

Robert E. Lee Statue Defaced, Removed at Duke

Duke prez says removal shows 'deep and abiding values of our university'

(Newser) - Duke University removed a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee early Saturday, days after it was vandalized amid a national debate about monuments to the Confederacy, the AP reports. The university said it removed the statue early Saturday morning from Duke Chapel where it stood among 10 historical figures. Officials... More »

Confederate Statue Toppled in North Carolina

No arrests made after Durham statue pulled down

(Newser) - Protesters gathered in North Carolina tore down a 97-year-old Confederate statue in front of a cheering crowd of more than 100 people Monday. Activists used a ladder to put a rope around the statue's neck before a group of people pulled it to the ground, the News & Observer... More »

Allegedly Desperate to Adopt Stepkids, She Killed Husband

Molly Corbett, Thomas Martens face up to 25 years for death of Jason Corbett

(Newser) - "I'm sorry, Mom. I wish he had killed me." So said Molly Corbett after learning her fate Wednesday in a North Carolina courtroom. The 33-year-old and her father, former FBI agent Thomas Martens, 67, were convicted of second-degree murder in the Aug. 2, 2015, death of her... More »

Inside NC National Forest, Police Hunt This Man

Phillip Michael Stroupe II may have 'survivalist instincts'

(Newser) - North Carolina authorities have been telling visitors to stay away from the Pisgah National Forest as the search continues for an armed suspect believed to be in it. Authorities say the manhunt in the forest is ongoing for 38-year-old Phillip Michael Stroupe II of Weaverville. The Transylvania County Sheriff's... More »

15-Month-Old Girl Found Dead in Bucket

Authorities say the girl fell into the bucket and drowned

(Newser) - Authorities says a 15-month-old girl drowned Wednesday in North Carolina after falling into a large bucket of water, WPDE reports. According to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office, the girl was reaching for something in the bucket when she fell in head first. The girl was less than 3 feet... More »

Obituary Rips Great-Grandma: 'Her Presence Will Not Be Missed'

Son thinks one of his sisters placed scathing death notice in NC newspaper

(Newser) - In the Deep South, a predilection for proper manners often means the temptation to tell someone off is replaced with a "Bless your heart." But an obituary that appeared last month in a North Carolina newspaper flouted politeness, and at least one family member isn't happy, KDVR... More »

Cops Get Noise Complaint, End Up Slip-and-Sliding

Pretty cool

(Newser) - Two North Carolina police officers who investigated a noise complaint decided to let it slide—and then they slid down the street along with neighbors who were enjoying a makeshift water slide, the AP reports. The Asheville officers got national media attention, including nods from CNN and Good Morning America... More »

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