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Soldier Who Drowned Puppy Ordered to Keep Photo in Wallet

John Burrow was also sentenced to 30 days in jail

(Newser) - A soldier who intentionally drowned his 8-month-old puppy must carry a photo of the dog in his wallet for two years, a North Carolina judge ruled Tuesday. The Army Times reports 24-year-old John Burrow, stationed at Fort Bragg, used military parachute cord to tie his dog Riley's feet to... More »

Charlotte Girl on Police Brutality: 'I Can't Stand How We're Treated'

Charlotte's 9-year-old Zianna Oliphant wept as she delivered her speech

(Newser) - The shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott last week hit hard in Charlotte, NC. But someone who's feeling particular distress over it is young Zianna Oliphant, who spoke at a Charlotte City Council meeting Monday evening, addressing a hushed room with tears streaming down her cheeks as she spoke... More »

NC Lawmaker: Charlotte Protesters 'Hate White People'

Rep. Robert Pittenger has apologized after accusations of racism

(Newser) - A congressman has apologized for his eye-raising comments about the protesters in Charlotte during a TV interview Thursday, but that's hardly quelling accusations of racism. Asked about the protesters, Republican Rep. Robert Pittenger—who represents North Carolina's ninth congressional district, which covers parts of Charlotte—told BBC Newsnight... More »

Charlotte Cop Videos Raise 'More Questions Than Answers'

City is calmer on 3rd night of protests

(Newser) - Relatives of Charlotte man Keith Lamont Scott have seen police body camera videos from the scene of his shooting—and reached a very different conclusion from police. Family attorney Justin Bamberg tells the Charlotte Observer that the family has "more questions than answers" after seeing the videos, which he... More »

State of Emergency Declared in Charlotte

'My heart bleeds for what our great city is going through'

(Newser) - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency Wednesday night in Charlotte after a second night of protests over the police shooting of a black man turned violent and the city's police chief said he needed the help. A peaceful prayer vigil turned into an angry march... More »

Parents Furious After NC Teacher Tramples Flag

Lee Francis has been suspended; some want him fired

(Newser) - A history teacher says his lesson on free speech came with the unintended caveat that free speech isn't always guaranteed after it landed him a suspension. Students at Massey Hill Classical High School in Fayetteville, NC, say Lee Francis was discussing a court case that determined flag desecration was... More »

Charlotte Erupts as Cops, Seeking Suspect, Kill Another Man

Cops say Keith Lamont Scott had a gun; family says it was a book

(Newser) - Yet another American city has erupted in protests after a fatal police shooting. Police in Charlotte, NC, say around a dozen officers were injured late Tuesday and early Wednesday after a man was shot and killed in the parking lot of an apartment complex Tuesday afternoon, CNN reports. Police say... More »

Clinton Thought About 'Catastrophic' Issue While Sick

She had lots of reflection time while recovering from pneumonia

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton returned to the campaign trail Thursday, portraying her doctor-ordered rest to recover from pneumonia as a campaign reboot. "It's great to be back on the campaign trail," she said as she took the stage at a rally in Greensboro, NC, while James Brown's "... More »

Cops: Dad Kills Daughter, 6, in Front of Park Rangers

'It's what she wanted,' he allegedly told police

(Newser) - "It's what she wanted." That's how police say Seth Pickering justified allegedly killing his own 6-year-old daughter in front of park rangers in North Carolina on Friday. Two National Park Service rangers saw Pickering, 36, building a campfire with his daughter, Lila, off the Blue Ridge... More »

North Carolina Takes New Hit Over Bathroom Law

Atlantic Coast Conference follows NCAA's lead, pulls championships from state

(Newser) - The Atlantic Coast Conference has followed the NCAA's lead and is removing all its athletic championships from North Carolina over a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people, the AP reports. The ACC Council of Presidents voted Wednesday to relocate the league's championships... More »

NC Cops: Those Clown Sightings Were Fake

One arrested for filing false clown report

(Newser) - Those afraid of clowns can sleep a little easier in North Carolina, where authorities say at least two reports of suspicious clown sightings in Winston-Salem were fabricated. Residents first reported that a clown was trying to lure kids into woods with treats on Sept. 4. However, police say surveillance footage... More »

NCAA Pulls Championship Events Out of NC

Move is latest protest against anti-LGBT law

(Newser) - The NCAA has pulled seven championship events from North Carolina, including opening-weekend men's basketball tournament games, for the coming year due to a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people , the AP reports. In a news release Monday, the NCAA said the decision by... More »

For First Time in Months, Violence at a Trump Rally

Candidate slams 'hate-filled' Clinton campaign

(Newser) - Monday night saw what the Guardian describes as the "first violent incident at a Trump rally in months" when a Donald Trump supporter punched protesters at a campaign event in Asheville, NC. The New York Daily News reports that the unidentified supporter, possibly angered by an obscene gesture one... More »

It's Here: Early Voting in 2016 Race Has Begun

As of Friday, North Carolina is accepting absentee ballots

(Newser) - Determining the fate of the US presidency officially kicks off Friday. North Carolina is the first of 37 states and DC to open up advance balloting so voters can, as the AP puts it, "be done with the 2016 presidential race." North Carolinians can now send in absentee... More »

Man Brags About Shooting Ex-Wife, Son on Facebook Live

Police say Earl Valentine left his son dead and ex-wife in critical condition

(Newser) - "I loved my wife, but she deserved what she had coming," WRAL quotes Earl Valentine as saying in a chilling Facebook Live video early Tuesday. Authorities believe Valentine recorded the video while driving away from his ex-wife's house after shooting her and killing their 15-year-old son, the... More »

Cops Step Up Patrols After More Carolina Clown Sightings

Kids say clown tried to lure them with treats

(Newser) - Cops are seeking a suspect with white overalls, red shoes, red bushy hair, a white face, and a red nose after the latest in a string of disturbing clown sightings in the Carolinas. In the latest incident, police in Winston-Salem, NC, say the suspect tried to lure kids into woods... More »

Teen Organizes Youths to Fight Gun Violence in His Hometown

Chris Suggs started Kinston Teens before he was even old enough to drive

(Newser) - As gun violence spirals out of control in one American city, a 16-year-old a few states away is doing his best to make a difference in his small town. ABC News reports that Kinston, North Carolina, was plagued by a rash of gun violence in 2014, largely involving gangs. Chris... More »

NC Governor Blasts '4 Liberal Justices' Over Voter ID Law

A divided Supreme Court blocked the state's law

(Newser) - A divided US Supreme Court refused Wednesday to reinstate North Carolina's voter identification requirement and keep just 10 days of early in-person voting. The decision—a victory for voting rights groups and President Obama's Justice Department—means voters won't have to show one of several qualifying photo... More »

Trooper Kills Deaf Man After 7-Mile Chase

But authorities won't say what led to Daniel Harris being shot

(Newser) - A family is left searching for answers after a deaf man was shot and killed by a North Carolina state trooper last week, CNN reports. Daniel Harris, 29, was driving on the interstate near Charlotte when a trooper attempted to pull him over Thursday. Harris didn't stop, and the... More »

In Major Turnaround, Trump Admits Regrets

He says some remarks have caused pain

(Newser) - In a development that may have had some onlookers scanning the sky for flying pigs, Donald Trump expressed regret Thursday night for things he has said. "Sometimes in the heat of debate, and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words or you say... More »

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