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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 »

With 35M Votes Already Cast, Some Good Signs for Clinton

In NC, Trump tries to energize base as Clinton targets minority turnout

(Newser) - With only a handful of days left until Election Day, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stepped up their efforts Thursday and made appeals to two very different groups of voters in the same swing state. The New York Times reports that Clinton, who is trying to boost minority turnout, painted... More »

One Cubs Fan Spent Game 7 in Dark Cemetery

Wayne Williams was keeping a promise to his father

(Newser) - Hours before the Chicago Cubs took the field for the final game of a historic World Series, 68-year-old Wayne Williams Jr. made the 650-mile drive from his home in North Carolina to Indiana to keep a promise to his father, the News & Observer reports. "We had a pact,... More »

Hillary Clinton Might Have a Black Voter Problem

African-Americans aren't turning out for early voting like they were in 2012

(Newser) - No one really expected Hillary Clinton to be able to match the historic levels of black voter turnout seen by President Obama in 2008 and 2012, but that doesn't mean it's going to be less of a problem for her in some important states, the New York Times... More »

Trump Urges Early Voters to Change Their Votes

Which you can do in 4 states

(Newser) - With less than a week to go until Election Day, Hillary Clinton is spending her time on attack instead of defense. At a rally in Florida Tuesday night, she made no mention of her emails, but she slammed Donald Trump as "the poster boy for everything wrong with our... More »

Mom Runs Half-Marathon With Triplets in Tow

She likely set a world record doing so

(Newser) - Suzy Goodwin, 35, ran the Fayetteville, North Carolina, Halloween Half Marathon on Sunday in 2 hours, 1 minute, and 19 seconds—a respectable time by any measure. But Goodwin wasn't just running a regular race, Good Morning America reports. She was also pushing 120 pounds in front of her:... More »

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 »

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