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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 »

Brawls Shut Down Malls Across US

In multiple incidents, fights led to stampedes

(Newser) - The day the Canadians call Boxing Day was more like Brawling Day in the US, with fights and other disturbances shutting down malls across the country Monday. In several incidents, fights in food courts or other areas of crowded malls led to chaos as rumors spread of shots being fired.... More »

North Carolina GOP Stumbling Over Repeal of 'Bathroom Bill'

'This wasn't the deal'

(Newser) - After hours of delay Wednesday, wavering Republican legislators stumbled with pushing through the repeal of a North Carolina law dictating which bathrooms transgender people must use in government buildings and schools, the AP reports. The addition of a six-month moratorium on cities passing nondiscrimination ordinances for LGBT people—like the... More »

Surprise Move Could Nix NC's Controversial 'Bathroom Bill'

Charlotte rescinded LGBT protective ordinance that started the whole controversy

(Newser) - Last week saw an "extraordinary power grab" in North Carolina as GOP lawmakers there proposed a slew of bills to strip incoming Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, of his powers. This week, a different kind of movement as the Charlotte City Council voted 10-0 Monday to repeal the LGBT... More »

Major Crashes, Some Fatal, as Winter Weather Hits Eastern US

Two were killed in a fiery crash on Baltimore highway

(Newser) - A blast of cold air caused rain and wet roads to freeze across the Eastern US, triggering major traffic pileups in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina, the AP reports. Baltimore City Fire Chief Roman Clark said two people were killed and at least 15 were injured in a 55-vehicle accident... More »

'Extraordinary Power Grab' in North Carolina Politics

Republicans strip incoming Democratic governor of some of his authority

(Newser) - North Carolina Republicans stripped the incoming Democratic governor of some of his authority on Friday and they were on the cusp of an even greater power grab, an extraordinary move that critics said flies in the face of voters, the AP reports. Just last week, it appeared Republicans were ready... More »

New NC Gov: GOP Attempts to Limit Power Are 'Ominous'

Lawmakers are trying to curb Roy Cooper's power before he takes office

(Newser) - Incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper is threatening legal action a day after North Carolina Republicans called a secret special session to limit his future powers, the News and Observer reports. “Most people might think this is a partisan power grab, but it is really more ominous,” the Huffington... More »

NC Dems 'Freaking Out' After GOPers Call Surprise Session

Republicans pull 11th-hour move to try to limit powers of Governor-elect Roy Cooper

(Newser) - It was supposed to be a meeting about hurricane relief, but a Wednesday gathering of North Carolina legislators left Democrats "freaking out," as Business Insider puts it. A General Assembly special session was suddenly extended by the GOP into a second special session after the hurricane talk, and... More »

NC Woman Who Disappeared in 2011 Found Living in Ohio

Rachel Owens took on fake identity: cops

(Newser) - A North Carolina woman who seemingly vanished in 2011 has been found safe and living under a false name in Columbus, Ohio, police say. Rachel Natacha Owens was just 15 when she was last spotted getting off a school bus and into a vehicle in the parking lot of South... More »

Firefighter Pleads Guilty to Setting Fires So He'd Get Paid

The part-time firefighter only got paid for hours spent fighting fires

(Newser) - A 31-year-old Cherokee man in North Carolina pleaded guilty Monday to setting seven fires in order to get paid for putting them out, the Charlotte Observer reports. Part-time firefighters hired by the Bureau of Indian Affairs only get paid for the hours they spend fighting fires or doing maintenance on... More »

Transgender Law Helps Lead to Historic Loss in NC

Gov. Pat McCrory concedes race; he signed restrictive measure into law

(Newser) - North Carolina voters finally know who their governor will be in January: Democrat Roy Cooper. A month after the election, Republican incumbent Pat McCrory conceded defeat as a recount was winding down, reports the News & Observer . McCrory gave in Monday afternoon when it became clear that he had no... More »

No Charges in Police Shooting of Keith Lamont Scott

DA found that North Carolina man was armed at the time

(Newser) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Brentley Vinson will not face charges over the fatal Sept. 20 shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in North Carolina, the Charlotte Observer reports. Scott, a 43-year-old black man, was carrying a gun when he stepped out of his SUV during a confrontation with police officers outside his... More »

Teacher Allegedly Grabbed Muslim Kindergartner by Neck

Officials are investigating

(Newser) - Public school officials in Charlotte, North Carolina, are investigating allegations that a teacher mistreated a 5-year-old student because he's Muslim, the AP reports. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Wednesday that the kindergarten teacher grabbed the student by the neck at one point and another teacher had to intervene.... More »

In NC, the Messy Election Isn't Over

Winner of governor's race is still unclear

(Newser) - While Americans have known for two weeks who their next president will be, residents of North Carolina still have no idea about their next governor. The Washington Post describes the mess: Incumbent Republican Pat McCrory led Democratic challenger Roy Cooper by 4,000 votes with 4.2 million cast on... More »

'Trump Train' May Have Left NC Gov. Behind

It's still too close to call

(Newser) - The Trump train that carried Republicans to victory all over the South may have left one car behind in North Carolina—Gov. Pat McCrory, who trailed by a few thousand votes Thursday in a still too-close-to-call race that played out amid anger over the state's transgender bathroom law. The... More »

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