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Ukraine: 3 killed after Black Sea base attack
Three pro-Russian militants have been killed and 13 wounded after Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol, Ukraine's interior minister said Thursday.

Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking
Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search Thursday for 287 passengers, many thought to be high school students, still missing more than a day after their ferry flipped onto its side...

Former Army Sgt. from Charlotte to get Medal of Honor
President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to former Army Sergeant Kyle J. White, who put his own life at risk in an hours-long effort to save fellow service members during a 2007 ambush in Afghanistan.

Tree falls on man, kills him in Union Co.
According to sources, the tree fell on the man along Elstead Circle in Weddington before 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

National Boating Safety Week kicks off this May in Lake Wylie
Officials will also offer vessel safety checks, and answer questions from boaters at the ramp and at several marinas on Lake Wylie.

Chicken truck slams into Monroe Rite Aid
The truck, which had a trailer with what appear to be chicken cages, went straight through the front of the store, knocking down the entire wall surrounding the doors.

uFly fires flight simulator who appeared on CNN
A Canadian flight simulator business fired an instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he showed up late to his regular job and "shamed Canadians" by dressing...

NC Highway Patrol looking for more than a few men and women
One boot camp for new recruits begins in a matter of weeks but won't provide enough to fill all the slots that are opening up.

Who is "Snoopy" and what does he want with your WiFi?
"Good-Guy" hackers create drone that can pull personal information from your phone simply by fooling your WiFi connection.

Medic: One injured after train strikes truck in west Charlotte
WBTV's Sky 3 was over the scene as Medic transported at least one person to an area hospital.

Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling
In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.

Sam Parker takes the stand in his on defense in corruption trial
Former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker appeared calm as he took the stand in his own defense, Wednesday.

Pro-Russian gunmen make inroads in eastern Ukraine
The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a...

NAACP: Cabarrus Co inmates in jail too long without trial
McClorey showed reporters the daily custody report he got from the Cabarrus County jail in March that shows the inmate wait time for trial isn't a race issue.

Cantor blasts Obama for immigration attack on GOP
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is criticizing President Barack Obama for attacking the same lawmakers he's supposed to be working with on immigration.

Dog rescued from shelter attacks 3, fatally shot by deputy
A dog that was rescued from euthanization two weeks was shot and killed Sunday afternoon by a Sheriff's Deputy after the dog attacked three people, including its owner and the officer.

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Alma Adams has edge in race for Mel Watt’s seat
With strong backing from women?s groups, state Rep. Alma Adams of Greensboro out-raised her Democratic rivals and holds a wide financial edge in the race to replace Mel Watt in…Click to Continue »

US Senate candidate Mark Harris became leader in church, North Carolina marri...
Many were surprised to learn of the decision by Mark Harris, pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, to run for U.S. Senate. But Harris has never been one to…Click to Continue »

Gov. McCrory wants broader authority over ash
Gov. Pat McCrory will ask legislators for broader authority over coal ash disposal, but his plan does not envision eliminating all 33 of Duke Energy?s ash ponds.Click to Continue »

Kansas shooting suspect had been in witness protection, records suggest
The federal government appears to have shielded murder suspect F. Glenn Miller Jr. in the early 1990s as part of its witness protection program, potentially providing money for his family…Click to Continue »

‘Crying girl’ phone scam costs one Lincoln resident $5,000
It was the second such case in recent months, according to the sheriff’s office.Click to Continue »

Middle school teacher accused of sending obscene videos, pictures to students
A Cleveland County middle school science teacher has been arrested after authorities say she sent obscene videos and pictures of herself to at least two students.Click to Continue »

New movie tells story of Shelby native who became notorious bank robber
When Shelby native Eddie Dodson died 11 years ago, his Hollywood hipster days had ended, but the FBI still ranked him as the most prolific bank robber of all time.Click to Continue »

Teacher pay hike unlikely, NC political leaders say
A month before the legislative session reconvenes, the likelihood that all North Carolina teachers will see a pay raise this year appears to be fading.Click to Continue »

Grant brings military mentality to Senate campaign
Heather Grant says the military taught her to be a problem-solver, and that it’s a trait the public should expect from its elected representatives.Click to Continue »

Attorney General Roy Cooper asks judge to delay new same-sex marriage case
Attorney General Roy Cooper, the target of several challenges to North Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban, has asked a judge to delay the most recent lawsuit pending an upcoming marriage ruling…Click to Continue »

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CEOs bank 108 times what the average NC worker earns
Chief executives in North Carolina receive an average compensation of $4.2 million,  or 108 times the $38,894 earned by the average worker in this state, according to the 2014 AFL-CIO salary survey. Based on those figures, one CEO makes in a year what it would take roughly 277 full-time minimum-...

McCrory proposes coal ash legislation with more inspectors, broader powers
N.C. environmental officials have proposed legislation to add 19 employees to deal with coal ash issues and give state regulators the authority to order utilities to bury the ash in lined landfills. The plan announced by Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday also would require Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) to ...

Masters champ Bubba Watson is skipping Wells Fargo Championship
Bubba Watson won't be adding a navy blue jacket to his collection this year.  Watson, who won his second green jacket at The Masters in Augusta, Ga. on Sunday, says he will not be playing in the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte later this month. (Winners in Charlotte are awarded a navy blue...

5 reasons Bank of America's earnings aren't THAT bad
So this wasn't the best quarter Brian Moynihan & Co. has ever had. Not at all.  On Wednesday, Charlotte-based Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) reported a first-quarter net loss for common shareholders of $514 million, or 5 cents per share. That's down from a net profit of $1.1 billion in the same quar...

American Airlines trims international flight schedule for CLT
Charlotte Douglas International Airport will soon gain service to four new destinations in Europe, but the schedule for those flights won't be as hefty as initially planned because bookings have been weaker than expected. American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ:AAL) confirms that  the seasonal, non...

FLS Energy plans solar growth spurt, closing $100M in project financing next ...
FLS Energy is slated to close on about $100 million in tax equity and debt financing for 38 megawatts of solar construction by May 31 and is already at work on a second $100 million round of financing in late summer. The second $100 million will also be for 30-plus megawatts of construction. The...

CaroMont adds new technology for breast-cancer screening
CaroMont Regional Medical Center has adopted new technology in the battle against breast cancer. The Gastonia-based health-care system says it is  the first hospital in the Carolinas to offer automated breast ultrasound. That screening technology, called ABUS, was developed to find help doctors...

PNC 'in pretty good shape,' CEO Demchak says; bank considers special dividend
PNC Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE:PNC) marked its fourth consecutive quarter of profits of at least $1 billion, but President and CEO William Demchak and CFO Robert Reilly were again cautious during a conference call with analysts Wednesday. ?I think we?re in pretty good shape to deliver f...

UNC report reveals new immigration trends in North Carolina
Two UNC Chapel Hill professors recently conducted a study to evaluate the impact immigrants to North Carolina have on the state budget, the findings of which were presented Tuesday at a conference hosted by the N.C. Bankers Association. James Johnson Jr. and Stephen Appold, professors at UNC's K...

Charlotte to star in new movie by 'Remember the Titans' director Boaz Yakin
Boaz Yakin, a writer, director and producer  known for his work on Remember the Titans, Now You See Me and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, among other films, is reported to be heading to Charlotte for his next project. Fifteen-year-old Josh Wiggins will have a lead role in the film, Max, bi...