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Adoptive parents of Erica Parsons arrested, face 76 charges
US Marshals picked up the Parsons around 6 a.m. and drove them to a federal courthouse in Winston-Salem where they will face fraud charges.

Russia counts cost of new economic sanctions
Russia blasted the West's new economic sanctions on Wednesday, accusing the U.S. of being "prosecutorial" in its drive to impose penalties on the country's key energy and finance sectors.

Shelling of UN school kills 15 as Gaza war rages
Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school sheltering Gazans displaced by fighting on Wednesday, killing 15 and wounding 90 after tearing through the walls of two classrooms, a spokesman for a U.N. aid agency...

2 Cumberland deputies injured in shooting near Fayetteville
Two Cumberland County Sheriff?s Deputies were injured in an officer-involved shooting just outside of Fayetteville Wednesday morning.

Officials: 'Fire challenge' fad dangerous for teens
WBTV was alerted to the issue after a viewer sent in a video of a man who says he lives in Charlotte. In the video, the man laughs, jokes, and douses himself in rubbing alcohol.

GOP-led House ready to OK lawsuit against Obama
Republicans are ready to muscle legislation through the House authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law.

Ukraine official: Rebels lay mines near crash site
International observers turned back Wednesday after making another attempt to reach the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down in eastern Ukraine, and a government official said the area near the zone had been...

Jail escapees from Avery County caught in GA
According to the Gordon County Sheriff's Office, Calvin and Phillip Metcalf are being held as fugitives in Georgia.


Two men charged after officer dragged while investigating assault
According to police, the assault happened along W. Sugar Creek and Reagan Drive on Tuesday afternoon.

Witness: Masked man shot man at east Charlotte motel
Officers say the man then ran to a home across the street and got a ride to the hospital. A homeowner called police after he witnessed "suspicious activity" outside.


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Small cars fare poorly in crash tests
The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests.

Steamy love letters from Warren G. Harding to mistress released by Library of...
After 50 years under lock and key, the steamy love letters of President Warren G. Harding and his mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips, were released on Tuesday. 

Accidents rise but city puts off asking for safety changes
Otis Coffey has a name for his car.

"Like a horn, 'Toot Toot'," said Coffey.

Afterall it's been in the family a long time, about 30 years.


Crossing the border without an adult
New federal numbers show nearly 1,200 children who crossed the border this year have been sent to stay with relatives in NC and another 350 sent to relatives or sponsors in SC.

Residents concerned about traffic ahead of new Charlotte outlets
Tuesday evening, neighbors in the Berewick community are holding a meeting to discuss traffic issues and solutions.

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Charlotte woman charged in wreck that killed man
Lola Porter, 22, was arrested Tuesday afternoon, after she was released from Carolinas Medical Center, police said.Click to Continue »

AT&T unveils plan to bring high-speed fiber optic broadband to Charlotte
AT&T will expand its super-fast GigaPower broadband network to Charlotte, the company announced Wednesday.Click to Continue »

2 men charged with attempted murder in injury of CMPD officer
Two Charlotte men face attempted murder and other charges after they allegedly dragged a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who had tried to stop them Tuesday afternoon.Click to Continue »

N.C. sales tax holiday gone, but S.C. has one this weekend
For the first time in 12 years, back-to-school shoppers in North Carolina won?t get a sales tax holiday. But South Carolina holds its sales tax holiday this weekend.Click to Continue »

GOP leaders tout budget deal with 7 percent teacher raise
North Carolina teachers would get a 7 percent pay raise and teacher assistants would keep their jobs under a budget outlined Tuesday by Republican legislative leaders.Click to Continue »

Contest: 'How I Shot My Summer Vacation'
Enter our our 'How I Shot My Summer Vacation' contest for a chance to win a $25 gift card, T-shirt and more. Plus fame when your photo is featured in…Click to Continue »

As donations dip, ASC cuts field trips for Charlotte-area students
The Arts & Science Council said that for the first time in five years it was not cutting operating grants to major organizations such as the symphony, opera, ballet and…Click to Continue »

ACLU plans to move quickly in NC to invalidate same-sex marriage ban
Civil rights attorneys from the ACLU said they plan to return to court in North Carolina within the next week to push ahead with legal challenges to a ban on…Click to Continue »

Rowan sheriff: New leads still coming in Erica Parsons case
A year after Rowan County teen Erica Parsons was reported missing, investigators say they are continuing to get new leads and are making progress toward solving the case.Click to Continue »

Car break-in at Charlotte hotel steals SC family’s Mexico vacation
Instead of a family trip to Mexico, the Schemm familys vacation was derailed when someone broke into their car and stole their passports minutes before they were to head to…Click to Continue »


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Horizon Lines posts second-quarter loss
Horizon Lines Inc. posted a net loss of $1.6 million for its second fiscal quarter, down from a net loss of $1.5 million for the corresponding period last year. The loss for both quarters was 4 cents on a per-share basis. The Charlotte-based shipping company (OTCQB:HRZL) had operating revenue of...

Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly fuel Panthers' popularity
Young star players Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly plus a division title have helped the Carolina Panthers sell more jerseys and other souvenirs. The NFL team just started training camp and a team executive tells me sales jumped during the six-month off-season. ?That?s a concrete example of our mome...

AT&T leapfrogs Google, says it will bring super-fast GigaPower Internet to Cha...
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) says it has decided to build its GigaPower ultra-high-speed Internet network in Charlotte, bringing the Queen City download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which equal to 125 megabytes per second. The announcement comes as Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has been rallying supp...

N.C. charity pulls volunteers as Ebola virus spreads
Samaritan?s Purse, a faith-based charity with its roots in western North Carolina, is calling home about two dozen missionaries as an outbreak of the deadly and highly contagious Ebola virus continues to spread in west Africa, according to WCNC-TV. Essential personnel such as doctors and nurses...

The Morning Rundown: Windstream's novel spinoff could save billions, inspire ...
Windstream Holdings (NASDAQ:WIN) has received clearance from the Internal Revenue Service to execute an unusual spinoff that could save the company billions of dollars in taxes. The company plans to categorize copper and fiber-optic lines as real estate, then spin off those properties as part o...

Report reveals how much debt North Carolinians, Charlotteans are carrying
Eighty percent of Americans owe someone money ? whether it?s via car loan, student debt, a home mortgage or credit cards. And the Urban Institute does a deep dive into the numbers with its newly released study, entitled "Debt in America." Nationally, 70 percent of that debt is attributed to mor...

No special glasses needed: Amazon launches 3-D products store
Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has launched a special 3-D products store where customers can buy bobbleheads in their own image, as well as some 200 other products. Amazon said the new 3-D store takes customization to a new level. ?The introduction of our 3-D Printed Products store suggests the ...

Room with The Vue: A look at the uptown Charlotte penthouse designed for movi...
Have you ever wondered what Hollywood's A-listers would want in a home, if they were looking for the perfect uptown Charlotte abode? That's precisely what a local short-term housing provider tried to figure out for Mickey Rourke, who recently spent time here while filming a movie. Stay Furnishe...

Icahn dumps 35% of Family Dollar shares after Dollar Tree's acquisition bid
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has sold 35 percent of his shares of Family Dollar Stores Inc. (NYSE:FDO), according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The move comes after Dollar Tree Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR) announced Monday that it intends to acquire the Matthews-based discount r...

Analysts: Dollar Tree-Family Dollar acquisition unexpected
It wasn?t a deal many were expecting. On Monday, Dollar Tree Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR) swooped in and announced its plans to acquire Family Dollar Stores Inc. (NYSE:FDO) for roughly $8.5 billion. The cash and stock agreement is valued at $74.50 per share. That deal is slated to close in early 2015. ...