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2 Dead, More Than 100 Sick in Outbreak Linked to Hot Tubs

Patients were exposed at North Carolina state fair

(Newser) - Families are demanding answers after two deaths linked to a hot tub display at last month's North Carolina Mountain State Fair. Authorities say they have confirmed 134 cases of Legionnaires' disease among people who attended the fair in Fletcher, NC, between Sept. 6 and Sept. 15, CNN reports. Health... More »

Town Tells Residents Not to Do Laundry for a Week

NC town is flushing waterlines

(Newser) - They won't be using much Surf in Surf City, North Carolina, this week: The entire town has been told to avoid doing laundry because the public works department is flushing water lines. The department "will begin a directional flush of the hydrants and waterlines" from Oct. 7 to... More »

Man Sues Wife's Lover, Wins $750K

Case was brought under 'alienation of affection' law

(Newser) - Only time can heal a broken heart—but for a North Carolina man whose wife of 12 years left him for another man, a $750,000 judgment against her lover might help. Kevin Howard won the lawsuit against the other man under the state's "alienation of affection" law,... More »

All 4 'Extremely Dangerous' Escaped Inmates Captured

Authorities say men overpowered female guards at Ohio prison

(Newser) - Four inmates described as "extremely dangerous" escaped from a county jail in Ohio early Sunday after overpowering two female guards, authorities say, but all four have since been recaptured, nearly 400 miles away, per WCHS . The Gallia County Sheriff's Office says Brynn Martin, 40; Christopher M. Clemente, 24;... More »

'Thoroughbred White Girl' Gets Sweet Deal in Court

Lauren Cutshaw, 34, avoids jail in DUI charge

(Newser) - A North Carolina woman who called herself a "very clean, thoroughbred, white girl" during a DUI arrest has gotten what she asked for—no jail time, Metro reports. Turns out Lauren Cutshaw, 34, pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor DUI in what Inside Edition calls "a sweet deal.... More »

Sheriff Gave Would-Be Killer Coaching, Indictment Says

Target had audio of law enforcement official using 'racially insensitive language'

(Newser) - "You ain’t got the weapon, you ain’t got nothing to go on," a North Carolina sheriff allegedly said in coaching someone about how to get away with killing a former deputy. "The only way we find out these murder things is people talk. You can’... More »

GOP Narrowly Wins NC Special Election

It was the last race of the 2018 midterms

(Newser) - Dan Bishop prevailed in the "battle of the Dans" in North Carolina on Tuesday, bringing an end to the final race of the 2018 midterms. The Republican state senator narrowly defeated Democratic rival Dan McCready in a special election in the state's 9th Congressional District, sparing Republicans an... More »

Dorian Regains Strength, Lashes Carolina Coasts

Storm is now a Category 3

(Newser) - Hurricane Dorian has regained strength and is now lashing the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas as a Category 3 storm. The National Hurricane Center said Wednesday night that the storm, which is slowly moving north, had been upgraded, with wind speeds of around 115mph, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Forecasters... More »

Students Report Freshman Who Was Planning a Shooting: Police

He reportedly intended a campus attack by Christmas

(Newser) - College students in North Carolina heeded the "see something, say something" plea this week, and their decision might have averted a mass shooting. Paul Steber's classmates at High Point University reported that he had guns in his dorm room. Campus security searched it, finding a 9mm semiautomatic pistol,... More »

62-Year-Old Arrested for Crime That's Nearly 40 Years Old

North Carolina man Robert James Adkins was hauled in on Friday

(Newser) - A North Carolina man was arrested Friday for allegedly raping and murdering a teenage girl nearly 40 years ago, the Winston-Salem Journal reports. Robert James Adkins, 62, was charged with first-degree forcible rape and first-degree murder of Ronda Mechelle Blaylock, whose partly-clothed body was found in a wooded area in... More »

FBI Captures 'Pink Lady Bandit'

The woman allegedly robbed 4 banks across the East Coast in one week

(Newser) - In less than a week, a woman the FBI dubbed the "Pink Lady Bandit" robbed four East Coast banks, but on Sunday, she was caught. The FBI says the suspect carried a "distinctive pink handbag" during at least two of the robberies—hence the nickname. Her modus operandi... More »

She Said They Were Too Loud at Dinner, Hurled N-Word

Nancy Goodman isn't sorry for saying it at NC restaurant

(Newser) - A confrontation in a North Carolina restaurant ended with a racial slur—and the woman who said it says she'd say it again. NBC News reports on Nancy Goodman, a white patron at Bonefish Grill in North Hills, who got into a verbal tiff Tuesday with three black patrons—... More »

'Intense Wave' Kills NC Beachgoer

Father of 6 died after neck broke, throat swelled up

(Newser) - A North Carolina man was killed in a freak accident while playing with three of his six children on an Oak Island beach. Relatives say a powerful wave Thursday broke 37-year-old Lee Dingle's neck and caused his throat to swell so much that his brain was deprived of oxygen,... More »

11-Year-Old Lets Intruder 'Have It' With a Machete

Police say Braydon Smith struck the suspect in the head with the weapon

(Newser) - It's an incredible story that took an incredulous turn: An 11-year-old North Carolina boy went after a home intruder with a machete, wounding him in the head—but after being treated for his injury, the suspect escaped. ABC11 has the timeline, which began last week in Mebane. Braydon Smith... More »

8-Year-Old Attacked by Shark Off North Carolina

It's the state's 3rd shark attack this month

(Newser) - A late-afternoon swim off Bald Head Island, North Carolina, turned terrifying for an 8-year-old boy Sunday when a shark chomped down on his leg. It's the third such attack in the state this month. Village Manager Chris McCall tells WECT that EMS got a call around 4pm after something... More »

How This Mom Saved Her Daughter Is Incredible

Catrina Cramer Alexander knew something was wrong

(Newser) - A North Carolina mom is calling it a "miracle" after technology helped her find her missing daughter—who was trapped in a 25-foot ditch with serious injuries, the Charlotte Observer reports. Catrina Cramer Alexander says she got worried on June 7 when her 17-year-old daughter, Macy Smith, missed curfew... More »

Man's Fortune Cookie Proves Extraordinarily Lucky

Charles Jackson Jr. cleans up a $344.6M Powerball prize by playing numbers in a cookie

(Newser) - A North Carolina man has won the biggest single-ticket jackpot in the state's history, a $344.6 million Powerball prize, using numbers found in a fortune cookie. "I never expected to win. I just got lucky," says Raleigh retiree Charles W. Jackson Jr., who's played the... More »

A Shark Grabbed His Daughter. Then, 5 Punches

Paige Winter, 17, is alive thanks to her dad after shark attack off North Carolina

(Newser) - A 17-year-old girl is lucky to be alive after a shark attack off North Carolina—and it looks like she has her dad to thank. Per the BBC , officials say Paige Winter, who was ambushed by the shark Sunday at Atlantic Beach, lost some fingers and her left leg all... More »

Girl, 17, Attacked by Shark in North Carolina

Paige Winter suffers serious injuries, says 'sharks are still good people'

(Newser) - A 17-year-old girl who calls herself "an unwavering advocate for the marine life and the animals who live in the water" was attacked by a shark at North Carolina's Atlantic Beach Sunday. Paige Winter suffered "deep lacerations to her leg, pelvic and hand areas," per fire... More »

Here Are the States With the Best, Worst Economies

Washington state comes in at No. 1; Alaska is dead last

(Newser) - It takes a village—or, in the case of the US economy, each individual state doing its fair share. WalletHub took a look at all 50 states and DC to see how they all fared across more than two dozen metrics in three categories: economic activity (including startup presence and... More »

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