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White House fence jumper charged with assault
The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night has been charged with felonies for assaulting two police dogs and making threats, the Secret Service said Thursday.

Mom of Canada suspect: I cry for victims, not son
The mother of the man accused of killing a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial then storming Parliament before being shot dead says she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son.

Jury selection now under way for Sandy Parsons financial crimes trial
The adoptive father of missing Rowan County teen Erica Parsons goes on trial fraud charges.Sandy Wade Parsons is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit fraud, 20 counts of theft of government property, 20 counts of mail fraud, one count of false statement regarding food stamps and one count of aggravated identity theft.Prosecutors say Parsons, and his wife Casey Stone Parsons,defrauded the government of food assistance, Medicaid and other government assistance, even after his adopted ...

63-year-old bridge closes road for two weeks in Gaston Co
The bridge work will begin on Alexis High Shoals Road over Hoyle Creek in Gaston County on Monday and is expected to last through Friday, Nov.7.

Feds to bring indoor plumbing to Alaska village
A remote Alaska Native village where only half the homes have indoor plumbing is among rural communities nationwide that will receive upgrades to water and wastewater systems with $352 million in grants and loans from the...

Truck gets stuck on track, hit by train in Fort Mill
The crash happened on Watson Street at Highway 21 around 7:30 a.m.

Three charged in Charlotte hotel drug operation
Justin Cooke, 29, Hakeem Grant, 23, and 24-year-old Naqueesha Carr, were arrested after a drug bust on the 7900 block of Nations Ford Road. The investigation got underway after police say they noticed an increase in drug sales, prostitution and crime in area hotels. 

Police ID man fatally shot in bedroom of Salisbury apartment
Officials responded to a call for a shooting early Thursday morning.

Police: Men shoot into wrong home after drug deal, three children inside
Two people were arrested after police say they shot into the wrong home after a drug deal, missing three children inside. Thorian Austin Franks, 20 and 22-year-old Andrew Yates Smith, both of Indian Trail, were arrested and charged

Teen arrested after bomb threat hoax at McDowell Co school
Alaina Marie Hudgins of Marion was charged with felony making a false bomb report late Wednesday afternoon.

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3 states deny gay unions despite appellate rulings
The writing is on the wall for gay marriage bans in Kansas, Montana and South Carolina after federal appeals courts that oversee those states have made clear that keeping gay and lesbian couples from marrying is...

Victims identified in Kings Mountain Highway fatal crash
A teen and a woman died when their Honda sedan collided with a truck. Authorities say glare from the sun may have been a factor in the crash. 

Man apprehended after jumping White House fence
A person has been apprehended at the White House after jumping the fence.

Mexico: Mayor linked to deadly attack on students
Officials said Wednesday that a drug gang implicated in the disappearance of 43 students in a southern city essentially ran the town, paying the mayor hundreds of thousands of dollars a month out of its profits from making...

Royals beat Giants 7-2 in Game 2 of World Series
By HOWIE RUMBERG AP Sports Writer Greg Holland strikes out three in a one-hit ninth to close out the Royals' 7-2 victory that evens the bets-of-seven World Series 1-1.

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Mecklenburg social worker pleads guilty to selling clients’ information
Ieshia Hicks Watkins, 33, of Charlotte, pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud conspiracy and one count of receiving illegal kickbacks.Click to Continue »

FBI investigating embezzlement claims at SouthLake Christian Academy in Hunte...
The FBI is now investigating embezzlement claims at a Huntersville private school, the agency’s Charlotte office said Wednesday.Click to Continue »

UNC investigation: Bogus classes were pushed by academic counselors
The new report from Kenneth Wainstein describes a group of academic and athletic officials who knew about athletes getting better grades in classes that only required papers, yet taking little…Click to Continue »

Brazilian firms bump up Chiquita offer to $14.50 a share
The day before Chiquita shareholders are set to vote in Charlotte on a proposed merger with Irish produce company Fyffes, two Brazilian firms trying to break up the deal and…Click to Continue »

Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy’s attorney preparing for Nov. 17 trial start
The Charlotte attorney for Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is preparing for Hardy?s jury trial on domestic violence charges to begin as scheduled next month during the Panthers? bye…Click to Continue »

Early voting begins for N.C.
Early voting starts Thursday across North Carolina in an election headlined by one of the nation?s most-watched U.S. Senate races. Voters can cast early ballots through Nov. 1.Click to Continue »

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter eases into new role
In the seven months since Dan Clodfelter was appointed Charlotte?s mayor, the former state senator has taken a light approach at the Government Center.Click to Continue »

1 killed in Salisbury shooting
The shooting was reported about 3:45 a.m. at the Colonial Apartments in southwest Salisbury.Click to Continue »

Some Bank of America customers double-charged for Apple Pay purchases
Some Bank of America customers have been double-billed for purchases made using Apple Pay, the new mobile payments system that debuted this week, the Charlotte bank said Wednesday.Click to Continue »

Shareholders set to vote on Chiquita’s future Friday in Charlotte
Less than three years after Chiquita Brands International announced with much fanfare that it would move to Charlotte, the banana giant’s future is set to be decided Friday as shareholders…Click to Continue »


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Experts hatching ideas for North Tryon
In a world of iPhones and Androids, people still like to see other people make stuff. That's my technical description of some of the ideas being floated to overhaul Charlotte's North Tryon Street. Among the experts and consultants gathered this week to work on the latest vision plan: Carrie Mota...

Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend selects Dockery Clark as executive director
Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend has named Dockery Clark as its executive director. She will manage the operations, marketing and execution of the Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend for the next two years, according to the organization's Facebook page. The next event will take place in spring 2016. Cl...

Duke Energy linemen take second place in international rodeo
A team of Duke Energy journeyman line workers from North Carolina finished second in the world and second overall for investor-owned utilities in the International Lineman's Rodeo last week in Bonner Springs, Kan. Teams from Duke's six-state franchise took home 11 team and individual awards from...

Charlotte ranks 7th in Urban Land Institute real estate report
The Charlotte market has been ranked No. 7 on a list of markets to watch in 2015, up from 16th place last year, according to the 2015 Emerging Trends in Real Estate report, released by the Urban Land Institute and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. The rankings of markets to watch is based on how responde...

American Airlines reports record $942M Q3 profit
American Airlines Group says it made a record $942 million profit in the third quarter. That is up from a profit of $289 million in the same quarter a year ago for predecessor AMR Corp. prior to its merger with US Airways Group. American (NASDAQ:AAL) said that when comparing year-over-year re...

Here are the 50 fastest-growing private companies in the Charlotte region
The Charlotte Business Journal has determined the annual Fast 50 Award-winning companies. They are the fastest-growing private companies in our region, based on revenue growth for the past three years. The CliftonLarsonAllen accounting firm reviewed the books of the nominated companies to come u...

Nucor beats earnings expectations for third quarter
Nucor Corp. (NYSE:NUE) reported third-quarter net income of $245.4 million, or 76 cents per diluted share, beating analysts' average estimate of 73 cents. Earnings were stronger than the $147 million, or 46 cents per diluted share, the Charlotte-based steel manufacturer reported for the same qua...

Cutrale-Safra boosts offer for Chiquita; stock price up
Cutrale Group and Safra Group have increased their offer to acquire Chiquita Brands International Inc. to $742 million, boosting their bid to $14.50 per share. That's up from the Brazilian companies' previous offer of $14 per share. And they had initially proposed a $13-per-share deal. The newl...

As N.C. early voting begins, visits from Ryan, Clinton mark campaign crunch time
In case you haven't noticed, there's a big election looming in North Carolina. And political heavyweights from both major parties are paying visits to the state to stump for their respective candidates. U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the 2012 GOP candidate for vice president, was in the Charlotte area on ...

The Morning Rundown: Invest like Warren Buffett? Only if you want to lose mon...
In the world of investing, there are worse people you could follow than Warren Buffett. It seems that all it takes is one mention of Buffett's interest in a stock, and things go crazy. Sure, you might not have the Oracle's billions, but, a portfolio matching that of Berkshire Hathaway can't be al...