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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 »

Photo Taken From Window Led to Missing NC Teen

Hailey Burns rescued hours after her parents got a message online

(Newser) - Shaunna and Anthony Burns awoke on May 23, 2016, to find their daughter missing and their front door unlocked. It is believed Hailey Burns, then 16, left the home in Charlotte, NC, and was picked up less than a mile away by a man she'd met online. A year... More »

Missing NC Teen Found Alive After a Year

Girl was kept captive in man's house, mom says

(Newser) - The mother of North Carolina teenager Hailey Burns says it's "a dream come true:" Her daughter has been found alive more than a year after she disappeared. Shaunna Burns tells WSOC that her daughter, who was 16 when she vanished and is now 17, had been held... More »

Beach Lovers in NC Get a Summer Surprise

A new island off Cape Point appeared this year in the Outer Banks

(Newser) - Beach lovers in the Outer Banks of North Carolina got a surprise treat this season when a new island surfaced at the tip of surfing and fishing hotspot Cape Point. According to the Virginian-Pilot , an 11-year-old boy dubbed it "Shelly Island" for the abundance of seashells found in the... More »

Sex Offenders Can Use Social Media: Supreme Court

SCOTUS strikes down North Carolina ban

(Newser) - The Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina law Monday that bars convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter, and other popular sites, the AP reports. The justices ruled unanimously in favor of North Carolina resident Lester Packingham Jr. His Facebook boast about beating a traffic ticket led to his conviction... More »

Class Prez's Diploma Withheld Over Graduation Speech

Marvin Wright read his own speech instead of one written by school

(Newser) - A senior class president in North Carolina was "hurt and embarrassed" when the principal withheld his diploma because he refused to read a graduation speech written by administrators, the Washington Post reports. Marvin Wright, 18, spent weeks working on his commencement address. But when the big day came, Principal... More »

Sect Members to Be Tried for Trying to Expel 'Gay Demons'

Matthew Fenner says he was beaten for hours to expel his 'homosexual demons'

(Newser) - Trial may be imminent for members of a sect who've been accused of trying to beat "homosexual demons" out of a now-former member. Matthew Fenner says that he joined Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, NC, with his mother and brother in 2010, but that he fled on... More »

Man Accidentally Reveals $500M Opium Crop to Cops

'Unbelievable'

(Newser) - Authorities say they visited a North Carolina home this week after receiving a tip about a crime, but the crime they found wasn't the one resident Cody Xiong allegedly divulged. After a tip came into police last week—possibly related to a cockfighting operation, per the Charlotte Observer —... More »

Supreme Court Strikes Down 2 GOP-Drawn NC Districts

Says Republicans drew lines based on race to limit power of African-American voters

(Newser) - The Supreme Court struck down two North Carolina congressional districts Monday because race played too large a role in their creation, reports the AP . The justices ruled that Republicans who controlled the state legislature and governor's office in 2011 placed too many African-Americans in the districts, weakening African-American voting... More »

Senator Collapses During Charity Race

Thom Tillis, 56, of North Carolina was conscious when taken to hospital

(Newser) - Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina collapsed during a Washington, DC, race Wednesday morning and was taken away by ambulance, reports the AP . Tillis, 56, was seen on the ground being administered CPR by bystanders about 15 to 20 minutes into the race, which started at 8am. Tillis at... More »

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of NC Voter ID Law

Lower court's ruling scrapping the controversial law stands

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal to reinstate North Carolina's voter identification law, which a lower court said targeted African Americans "with almost surgical precision." The justices left in place the lower court ruling striking down the law's photo ID requirement and scaling back... More »

Veteran Accused of Executing Service Dog Found Dead

Cops suspect suicide in death of Marinna Rollins

(Newser) - A veteran in North Carolina accused of laughing as she executed her own service dog has been found dead in what police suspect was a suicide. The Fayetteville Police Department says 23-year-old Marinna Rollins was found dead in her apartment around 3am Sunday morning, the Fayetteville Observer reports. Rollins and... More »

Craft Brewer's Sale to Bud Owner Has Fans Hopping Mad

'Treachery' was one reaction to Anheuser-Busch acquisition of NC's Wicked Weed

(Newser) - To a craft beer aficionado, the only sin worse than drinking a Bud would be if your favorite brewery sold out to the company that owns it. That's the situation that has fans of the Wicked Weed brewery now crying "treachery," per the Washington Post , which reports... More »

9 Faculty Quitting After College Mandates Abortion Opposition

The private college is also mandating opposition to gay marriage

(Newser) - A private North Carolina Christian college is insisting that its faculty and staff sign a document that opposes same-sex marriage and abortion, the AP reports. One faculty member says she and eight of her colleagues have refused to sign it and are leaving the school. News media outlets report that... More »

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