North Carolina

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Woman in Town for Relative's Funeral Killed in Flurry of Bullets

Jacobia English Lane struck in back of head after up to 30 shots fired at NC home

(Newser) - An already sad occasion was rendered devastating early Saturday in Gastonia, NC, when a South Carolina woman in town for her sister-in-law's funeral was killed by gunfire that bombarded the home she was visiting, the Charlotte Observer reports. Jacobia English Lane had joined a gathering of friends and family... More »

NC Judge Tried to Bribe Deputy With Bud Light

Wayne County judge offered a sheriff's deputy two cases of Bud Light to monitor wife's text messages

(Newser) - Wayne County Judge Arnold O. Jones II is going to jail for trying to spy on his wife's text messages, the Raleigh News and Observer writes. When he suspected his wife was having an affair, instead of snooping through her phone himself, Jones thought it would be a good... More »

Dems Raise $13K to Reopen Firebombed GOP Office

They blew past fundraising goal in hours

(Newser) - Democrats disgusted by the firebombing of a GOP office in Orange County, NC, set up a GoFundMe page to help reopen it and blew past their $10,000 goal within hours Sunday. "Thank you all for showing that Americans are thirsty for civility and decency, and that we love... More »

'Miracle Nobody Was Killed': NC GOP Office Bombing

'Nazi Republicans' was spray-painted on Hillsborough office wall

(Newser) - A local Republican Party office in North Carolina was damaged by fire and someone spray-painted an anti-GOP slogan referring to "Nazi Republicans" on a nearby wall, authorities said Sunday, per the AP . A news release from the town of Hillsborough said someone threw a bottle filled with flammable liquid... More »

'One in a Million': Chance Drone Pic Saves Trapped Man

Texas' Craig Williams just happened to see photo online of brother's flooded home in NC

(Newser) - A drone photo, a Twitter hashtag, and a concerned brother more than a thousand miles away all helped save a North Carolina veteran trapped in his home by Hurricane Matthew flooding. Craig Williams, who lives in Austin, Texas, was worried about his twin, Chris, who had fled Saturday night to... More »

No Longer a Hurricane, Matthew Heading Out to Sea

After dropping staggering amounts of rain on North Carolina

(Newser) - A deteriorating Matthew was stripped of hurricane status Sunday morning and began making its slow exit to sea after unloading more than a foot of rain on North Carolina, flooding homes and businesses as far as 100 miles inland. What will go down as one of the most potent hurricanes... More »

Couple Rides Out Hurricane on Tower 30 Miles Off Coast

'We are getting some amazingly huge waves'

(Newser) - Talk about braving the storm. The AP reports a North Carolina man and his fiancee are riding out Hurricane Matthew on top of an old Coast Guard light station more than 30 miles off the Atlantic coast. Richard Neal is the owner of Frying Pan Tower, a platform that is... More »

Hurricane Matthew Kills 3, Can't Stop Football Game

NC State hosts Notre Dame in 'torrential downpour'

(Newser) - Hurricane Matthew killed at least three people when it hit North Carolina on Saturday, the Weather Channel reports. And according to the Chicago Tribune , multiple flood warnings were issued for Raleigh, which was expecting 7 inches of rain. But that didn't stop NC State from hosting its scheduled football... More »

Obama: This Is 'Still a Really Dangerous Hurricane'

600K without power in Florida

(Newser) - President Obama is echoing a meteorologist in warning that Hurricane Matthew is no joke. This is "still a really dangerous hurricane," Obama said Friday, per the AP . He urged people not to be complacent after early headlines suggesting the storm isn't as bad expected, noting that people... More »

Clinton Buys $63K in Weather Channel Ads Pre-Hurricane

This could be a smart buy in battleground state of Florida—or it could backfire

(Newser) - One wouldn't think buying commercial spots on the Weather Channel would be the obvious media choice for presidential candidates vying for votes, but with Hurricane Matthew barreling toward the battleground states of Florida and North Carolina just a month before Election Day, that's exactly what Hillary Clinton's... More »

Florida Preparing for 'Direct Hit' From Hurricane

Gov. Rick Scott warns 'massive destruction' is possible

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is warning residents to "prepare for a direct hit" from Hurricane Matthew, expected to arrive on the US coast as soon as Thursday. The "extremely dangerous" storm crossed Haiti and Cuba on Tuesday, killing seven people, and is expected to hit the Bahamas on... More »

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 »

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