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The 6 Best Affordable Big American Cities

Can't stomach NYC or LA? Look to Boston, Portland

(Newser) - Living in a big city doesn't have to blow the budget. Money has identified the best affordable city in each of six US regions. Those chosen have a population of at least 300,000, and factors like affordable housing, job growth, low crime, green space, and good schools were... More »

Shoppers Panic as Shots Reported at NC Mall

Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh has been locked down

(Newser) - A North Carolina mall was locked down Saturday afternoon after gunshots were reported from inside, though no suspects or victims have been found, WRAL reports. According to WNCN , reports of gunshots at the Crabtree Valley Mall came in around 2:30pm. The AP says the mall is in an "... More »

Lawyer Likens NC Shooting to Zimmerman Case

Chad Copley 'killed my son for nothing,' says victim's mom

(Newser) - Chad Copley is a neighborhood watch volunteer who police say fatally shot a black man . Sound familiar? He's "George Zimmerman 2.0," says Justin Bamberg, a lawyer representing the family of Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas, 20, whom Copley allegedly shot and killed early Sunday. Bamberg says Thomas was... More »

Top 10 Big US Cities to Live In

San Francisco is king

(Newser) - San Francisco might be pricey , but it's also a great place to live—the best, in fact, according to a new WalletHub ranking. The site compared the "livability," education, health, taxes, and local economy of all 62 US cities with at least 300,000 residents to come... More »

Trump Praises Saddam at Campaign Rally

'Today, Iraq is Harvard for terrorism'

(Newser) - In scenes that would probably have confounded time travelers from as recently as last year, the presumptive GOP nominee for president praised Saddam Hussein in front of an enthusiastic crowd Tuesday night. Saddam was a "really bad guy," Donald Trump told a rally in Raleigh, NC, per the... More »

Couple Sues After 'Disastrous' Home Redo for HGTV

NC couple says 'Love It or List It' is a sham

(Newser) - When Deena Murphy and Timothy Sullivan wanted to renovate their Raleigh, NC, rental property, they didn't want a DIY project, so they did what they thought was the next best thing: signed up to have an HGTV show do it for them. But per a lawsuit the couple has... More »

The 10 Best US Cities to Call Home

There are some surprises

(Newser) - Looking for a fresh start somewhere? US News & World Report just released its first list of the best places to live in America. The publication used data from the US Census Bureau, FBI, and more; its own rankings of high schools and hospitals; and a survey of thousands of... More »

Girl, 10, Gets 2-Minute TSA Patdown Over Juice Pouch

Her dad is fuming

(Newser) - A 10-year-old California girl was patted down for almost two minutes by a TSA screener at the airport in Raleigh, NC, on Dec. 30, and her dad is fuming. Kevin Payne and his daughter, Vendela, were on their way home to San Diego at the time, and Vendela had accidentally... More »

Pregnant Woman Uses Last Words to Save Baby

Kimberly Richardson makes chilling 911 call after being shot

(Newser) - A dying woman who had just been shot called 911 on Saturday night in Raleigh, NC, and said just enough to save her unborn baby, WNCN reports. Kimberly Richardson, 25, who was six months pregnant, made the chilling call behind the Triangle Town Center where she worked: "Help,"... More »

High-Rise Scaffold Collapse Kills 3 in Raleigh

One person sent to hospital; officials investigating

(Newser) - A section of scaffolding collapsed at a high-rise construction project in downtown Raleigh, killing three people and sending another to a hospital, officials said today. Jeffrey Hammerstein, the district chief at Wake County EMS, said three people were confirmed dead in the accident; movable scaffolding peeled away from the 11-story... More »

Next Decade's Boom Towns

Winners were cities with high job creation, immigration

(Newser) - Which towns will prosper the most in the next 10 years? Forbes Magazine runs down the 52 biggest cities in the US in terms of future vitality, job growth, increase in population of children, and immigration numbers. The winners:
  1. Austin, Texas: High immigration and a good reputation among educated workers
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Talcum Powder Triggers Flight Scare

Pilot declares emergency before landing at Raleigh

(Newser) - A pilot declared an emergency ahead of landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport yesterday because an "unidentifiable substance" was found on board, reports WRAL . The plane was directed to an isolated area upon landing and a hazmat crew was sent in to examine the substance, which turned out to be... More »

America's Smartest Cities

Sin City might want to rename itself Not-So-Bright City

(Newser) - Sure, we usually take into account jobs, culture, climate, affordability, and a host of other data when moving to another place, but do you really want to be surrounded by a city full of blithering idiots? The Daily Beast crunches the numbers and comes up with the smartest cities in... More »

Raleigh Tops in Quality of Life

(Newser) - Raleigh, NC, is the American city with the highest quality of life, according to a new survey by Portfolio magazine . With its low unemployment rate, quality housing stock, and rapid pace of growth, Raleigh beat out the other 66 largest metro areas in a comparison of 20 statistical measures of... More »

Small Firm Nabs $650K Prize for Super Bowl Ad

Crafty dog spot from small NC firm comes in 2nd with viewers

(Newser) - A crafty dog and a bag of Doritos combined to create a memorable Super Bowl ad and a big payday for a small North Carolina production company—$650,000. The firm won $50,000 for the spot originally and another $600,000 for taking the runner-up spot in real-time viewer... More »

Madoff Injured by Falling Out of Bed: Source

Ponzi schemer has facial fractures; lawyer blames dizziness

(Newser) - Bernie Madoff has been receiving medical care for injuries suffered when he fell out of bed and apparently landed on his face. The Ponzi schemer was taken to Duke University Medical Center in Durham on Friday and treated for multiple facial fractures, broken ribs, and a collapsed lung, sources tell... More »

7 NC Men Charged With Plotting Foreign Terror Attacks

Suspects accused of conspiring to carry out jihad attacks on Israel

(Newser) - A North Carolina construction worker, his two sons and four other men in the state have been charged with plotting to carry out terror attacks abroad, the BBC reports. The men, all but one of whom are US citizens, conspired to carry out jihad attacks in countries including Jordan and... More »

10 Best Cities for Small Business

(Newser) - Despite tough economic times, an analysis of the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas offers hope for those looking to launch a small business. Portfolio and BizJournals list the cities that are most conducive:
  1. Raleigh, NC: The only market to rank among the top 10 in many key categories—growth,
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Slain Jogger's Hubby Busted for Murder

NC man arrested after statements don't match up

(Newser) - The husband of a jogger found dead in July has been charged with her murder, Raleigh's News & Observer reports. Police say parts of the testimony made by Brad Cooper during a custody hearing for the couple's two daughters earlier this month were inconsistent with what he had told... More »

NC Paper: We Tried to Confirm Edwards Affair

Editor says coverage was spot on, given what reporters knew

(Newser) - There has been much hand-wringing over the mainstream media’s coverage—or lack thereof—of the John Edwards sex scandal, but the News & Observer of Raleigh thinks it got it right. In a blog post today, the executive editor explains that the paper took the Enquirer’s allegations seriously,... More »

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