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Residents of Wyoming town allowed to return home
Residents were allowed to return home Thursday, nearly 22 hours after an explosion at a natural-gas processing plant forced the evacuation of their small southwestern Wyoming town.

FDA eases into regulating e-cigarettes
The federal government's move to regulate e-cigarettes is a leap into the unknown.

Ukraine moves against insurgents in the east
Russia began new military exercises near its border with Ukraine, the defense minister announced Thursday, after Ukrainian forces launched an operation to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the...

Your Week in Pop Culture: Amazon Prime makes power push with HBO deal
Amazon and HBO make a huge TV streaming power play, bunnies make a news anchor uncomfortable and Brian Williams is hip hop's greatest ambassador this week in pop culture.

City officials: Police chief accused in 'use of force' incident
According to City Manager Charles Helms, city officials were notified about "an arrest incident that involved use of force by York Police Department personnel." Helms says that this incident involved the police chief, Andy Robinson.

City crews out working to see just how bad Charlotte's cankerworm problem is
In case you haven't noticed, cankerworms are invading parts of Charlotte.


Cabarrus County business owner charged with state tax offenses
A Cabarrus County business owner was arrested Wednesday on felony tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue, the agency reported.

Families of ferry's lost confront SKorea officials
Angry relatives of some of the more than 120 people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol surrounded the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief Thursday, preventing them from leaving the area where...

Woman's body exhumed 21 years after she was murdered in hopes of finding new ...
A woman's body was exhumed in Cleveland County on Thursday morning, 21 years after she died, in an effort to spur along the investigation into her death.

FCC to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards
The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes, but enhance...

City of Salisbury reports progress in number of fire code violations at Livin...
Fire inspectors from the city of Salisbury returned to Livingstone College on Thursday for a follow-up check into what steps the college has been taking to reduce the number of fire code violations at the school.

Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors
An Afghan government security guard opened fire Thursday on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said.

People choosing to live 'la vida locavore'
Getting food from local sources ensures fresher goods for customers and provides a boost to area farmers and the economy.

Sheriff: One dead in Lancaster Co. officer involved shooting
One person was killed Thursday morning in Lancaster County in what Sheriff Barry Faile is calling an officer involved shooting.

Five arrested in prostitution sting at two Rock Hill motels, police say
Five people were arrested at two Rock Hill motels on Wednesday in what investigators are calling a prostitution sting operation.

Obama to Russia: More sanctions are 'teed up'
Accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Thursday that the United States has another round of economic sanctions "teed up" - even as he acknowledged those penalties...

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Rowan teen arrested again; pregnant girlfriend also charged
Brandon Lee Rumple, who has a history of arrests in recent years and was free on $1 million bond, was arrested again Wednesday on drug charges.Click to Continue »

State official: Disclose charter salaries or face penalty
North Carolina?s top charter official warned schools Thursday that they could lose their charters, which authorize them to get public money, if they refuse to comply with public records requests…Click to Continue »

American Airlines swings to $480M 1Q profit
American Airlines is making money again and beating expectations after its merger with US Airways.Click to Continue »

Harris Teeter lowering prices after Kroger acquisition
Harris Teeter said Wednesday that it is lowering prices on thousands of items in its Charlotte-area and Asheville stores, following its recent acquisition by the Kroger Co.Click to Continue »

Charlotte Medal of Honor recipient ‘a voice’ for fallen comrades
Charlotte resident and Army radio operator Kyle White will receive the Medal of Honor for courageous acts he performed while ambushed in Afghanistan in 2007.Click to Continue »

Judge halts new state-mandated teacher contracts in Durham, Guilford counties
A Superior Court judge on Wednesday put a halt to school boards giving raises to teachers who give up tenure, issuing a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit brought by Guilford…Click to Continue »

Cleveland County investigators want to interview suspect in shootings near Ka...
Cleveland County authorities want to question Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. ? a white supremacist charged with killing three people near Kansas City earlier this month ? about any role he…Click to Continue »

Gaston police: Barbecue restaurant was center of drug operation
Those arrested include Donnie Allen Wooten, owner of Smokey’s BBQ Restaurant in Dallas, police said.Click to Continue »

Linda Moneta remembered for her style, love of theater
Charlotte?s Linda Moneta owned a plus-size boutique for women and loved the theater. She regularly worked the box office at Theatre Charlotte.Click to Continue »

Early voting starts Thursday
Voting for the May 6 primary starts Thursday. Here are some things to remember.Click to Continue »


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New tenants sign leases at The Park-Huntersville
Several new tenants have signed leases at The Park-Huntersville, a business development off Gilead Road, near Interstate 77. Momentive Performance Materials Inc., a manufacturer of silicones and products derived from quartz and specialty ceramics, recently leased 8,674 square feet at the park, a...

No prison time, fines for former Bank of America exec in bond-rigging probe
A former executive for Bank of America Corp. (NYSE:BAC) will receive no prison time, fines or other punishment after cooperating as a witness in a federal bond-rigging investigation,  Reuters reported this week. Douglas Campbell, who worked as a senior vice president for BofA in New York, pleade...

Longtime WFAE President Roger Sarow to retire
Roger Sarow, the top executive at Charlotte public radio station WFAE-FM for the past 26 years, will retire next year. The station announced the move today, saying Sarow will step down as WFAE?s president and general manager in early 2015. ?All good assignments must eventually come to an end,? ...

Campaign aims to raise awareness about retail's role in NC economy
The N.C. Retail Merchants Association wants to raise awareness about the retail industry?s effect on the state?s economy. It has teamed up with the National Retail Federation on a new initiative, called This Is Retail?NC. The campaign aims to enhance the perception of the retail industry in the...

Yadkin Financial's profit declines on merger costs in Q1
Yadkin Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:YDKN) on Thursday  reported net income available to common shareholders of $3.3 million, or 23 cents per diluted share, for the first quarter. That's down from $4.2 million, or 30 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier. Excluding expenses related to it...

Park Sterling's profit rises in Q1 as bank looks to grow
Park Sterling Corp. (NASDAQ:PSTB) on Thursday posted net income available to common shareholders of $3.6 million, or 8 cents per share, for the first quarter. That's up from $3.2 million, or 7 cents per share, in the same period of last year, but down from fourth-quarter income for shareholders ...

Harris Teeter leads grocers with new USDA-certified beef offering
Harris Teeter is the first in the country to offer U.S. Department Agriculture-certified Very Tender beef. The Matthews-based grocer started labeling its Harris Teeter Reserve Angus beef brand with that certification this week. It will apply to cuts such as rib-eye, strip-loin, short loin, tende...

UC Synergetic moving HQ, 130 jobs to Fort Mill
Technical services firm UC Synergetic will invest $2.2 million to move its headquarters and engineering operations to Fort Mill from Charlotte, bringing 130 jobs to South Carolina. UC Synergetic will occupy a former Springs Industries Inc. office building at 123 N. White St. The company is reloc...

Sources: Atlanta real estate firm agrees to buy 400 South Tryon
Atlanta real estate firm Carter has agreed to purchase the 400 South Tryon office building in uptown Charlotte, according to real estate sources. Carter, a real estate investment, development and advisory firm, is expected to purchase the 33-story property with an equity partner, sources say, bu...

Park Sterling Bank unveils new mobile app with 'photo bill pay'
Hoping to snag an advantage over its competition, Charlotte-based Park Sterling Bank (NASDAQ:PSTB) has become the first Charlotte-area bank to offer account holders the ability to pay bills with just a smartphone photo. The service, known as Picture Pay, allows customers to snap a photo of a bil...