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Japan studying latest message in Mideast hostage crisis
Japan was studying the latest message purportedly from the Islamic State group, which extends the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi prisoner, while officials worked feverishly Thursday to try to free a Japanese...

Kobe Bryant has surgery, expected to be out for 9 months
Kobe Bryant is officially done for the season after having surgery to repair his torn right rotator cuff Wednesday.

Internet wants to know #WhoShoveledTheFinishLine during Boston blizzard
Boston Police asked for the public's help identifying the man, captured on a photo that circulated around the internet.

Altercation between customers leads to shooting, one killed in convenience store
The incident happened at the Citgo gas station near the intersection of S Tryon Street and Arrowood Road just after 8 p.m.

Google Fiber plans frustrate residents outside Charlotte
Asked about expansion outside the city limits on Tuesday, Google Fiber expansion director Jill Szuchmacher said: ?Right now we're focused on the city of Charlotte.?

Elevation Church buying Matthews shopping center for $10.2 million
The multi-campus church closed the purchase of the Matthews Plaza Shopping Center, located at 11416 E. Independence Blvd., on Wednesday, according to Mecklenburg County real estate records. A church representative couldn't be reached for comment.

Islamic State releases new audio message by Japanese hostage
The Islamic State group released a message late Wednesday purportedly extending the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaida.

Taylor Swift sends package to Cleveland Co. teen fan
Destiny, is a 16-year-old in Cleveland County. Like millions of teenage girls around the world, Destiny follows Swift on Tumblr.

Fuller: Mecklenburg economy strong, so keep tax rate steady
Delivering his second State of the County address, Fuller said unemployment in Mecklenburg had dropped 2 percentage points to 5.4 percent since he gave last year's address. That figure is the lowest in more than five years, he said.

Levine getting ready to start construction on uptown apartments
The 10th Street Apartments will be located on Brevard Street, at the intersection with an extension of 10th Street. The six-story apartment building will wrap a 1,400-space parking deck, Levine said.

Seattle Seahawks guard J.R. Sweezy?s drive led to successful transition
The former N.C. State defensive lineman is a key cog in the NFL's top-ranked rushing attack and will start his second consecutive Super Bowl on Sunday against the New England Patriots.

NASCAR driver Joey Logano looks to take championship step with teammate Brad ...
Keselowski (six) and Logano (five) combined for 11 victories and both qualified for the Chase. Logano was among the four drivers in contention for the title at the season's last race in Homestead, Fla., finishing 16th as Kevin Harvick won the championship.

Boston bounces back from 2 feet of snow after blizzard
Boston bounced back quickly Wednesday from the Blizzard of 2015, with subways, buses and trains up and running again the morning after the storm buried a swath of New England in 2 to 3 feet of snow.

'I Dare Me' author and former WBTV reporter take pit crew challenge
She stressed that a dare doesn't have to be physical, like changing a tire on pit row. It can be planting an herb garden or baking a cake from scratch. She says doing new things can change your perspective on life.

Nobel laureate Charles Townes, laser co-creator, dies at 99
Charles H. Townes, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who helped create the laser that would revolutionize everything from medicine to manufacturing, has died. He was 99.

Man wanted in multiple states arrested in Gaston County
Justin Upton was wanted in several states including North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Troopers say he jumped bond in Texas and is wanted for larceny in Tennessee.

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Anti-Underage Drinking Task Force
The North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (ABC) held a regional launch for a multimedia campaign called ?Talk It Out.? The campaign is designed to raise awareness to the issue and give parents tips needed to talk to their children about the problem.

Local Barbers and Cops Team Up to Help African American Youth
An effort to bridge the relationship between our youth and cops is underway thanks to a partnership with CMPD and the North Carolina Barbershop Association.

Google Fiber is coming to Charlotte
Could Google Fiber Internet finally be coming to Charlotte? Google scheduled 1 p.m. mystery announcement.

CMPD: Man turns himself in after pepper-spraying a dog
51-year-old Robert Cloud turned himself in early Wednesday evening after pepper-spraying a dog.

CMPD: 1 Dead after shooting at Citgo on South Tryon
A conversation turned deadly at a Citgo in Southwest Charlotte Wednesday, January 28 around 8:30 p.m. An eyewitness to the event said one man went to confront another when a gun was pulled.

Friendship 9: Freedom at Last!
On January 28th, 2015 elation filled the Rock Hill, South Carolina municipal courtroom as the 8 living members of the Friendship 9 stood up one by one. Convictions vacated for the friendship 9 - black men, college students in the throes of civil rights in the early 1960's.

Mecklenburg County to Add Community Offices for County Services
As it stands right now, if you need food stamps, apply for Medicaid, or get any other county service, the Billingsley Road location in Charlotte is the place to go.

Cat survives four-hour house fire inside a wall
A family cat survived four hours inside of a wall during a house fire.

Lincoln Co: Woman charged with embezzlement
45-year-old Crystal Franklin Burgess Wilson has been charged with taking almost $200,000 from a Denver business over 7 years.

'Friendship 9' convictions overturned
LIVE STREAM: Judge throws out Civil Rights-era charges for 'Friendship 9' at 10a.

Charlotte woman charged with child abuse
36-year-old Chermicka Smith turned herself in Tuesday, January 27 in connection with a child abuse case.

Closings and Delays
Latest closings and delays for the Charlotte-area from the Fox 46 newsroom.

Ann Clark Voted Superintendent of CMS
CMS has named Ann Clark interim superintendent until July 2016.

Giant Trees Damage Dilworth Home
Two massive trees crushed a family's house in Dilworth Tuesday morning. The family tells FOX46 they're thankful no one was hurt when the incident took place.

Longer Ride Times for Students, More Students on Buses Because of Budget Cuts
State cuts to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' transportation budget are forcing students to have to spend more time on the school bus and forcing more kids to be assigned to individual routes.

Sex Trafficking Survivor to Open Safe House in Mecklenburg County
Over the next several days, Congress is voting on 12 separate bills to combat human trafficking. On Tuesday, all 12 bills have passed the U.S. House of Representatives and are now heading to the U.S. Senate.A Charlotte woman who was trafficked for more than 10 years plans to start a safe house in Mecklenburg County this Fall.

News From WSOC-TV

Ludacris wins full custody of daughter
Almost one year after Ludacris was in court wrangling over child support payments, he’s been granted full custody of his 13-month-old daughter, Cai, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Ludac...

Officials: Road worker struck by vehicle in Huntersville
A road worker was struck by a vehicle Wednesday night at the Sam Furr Road exit on Interstate 77 northbound in Huntersville, officials said. The victim was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with l...

Bill Gates wishes he knew French, Arabic or Chinese
Retired Microsoft CEO Bill Gates may be worth nearly $80 billion, but he’s not totally satisfied. In a Redditt chat Wednesday,  when asked if he regretted not doing something, Gates said he wished...

Man charged with arson after Ballantyne-area fires, police say
Police arrested a man they said intentionally set several fires across the Charlotte area. Zackery McGaha was charged with arson after setting three fires and smashing a car window, investigators ...

CMPD: 1 shot dead inside southwest Charlotte Citgo
Police investigated a deadly shooting Wednesday night that happened inside the Citgo at South Tryon Street and Arrowood Road, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. The victim w...

CMPD, barbers? organization unite to strengthen communities
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the North Carolina Local Barbershop Association has partnered to improve race relations within the community.

The NCLBA is comprised of 75 local bar...

Troopers: Man driving on heroin hits 18-wheeler head-on
A man driving high on heroin hit a tractor-trailer head-on in Union County Wednesday night near N.C. Highway 200 and Huey Road, troopers said.

The big rig was northbound on N.C. 200 when the Chevr...

School bus window shattered in north Charlotte
Police are investigating after the window on a school bus shattered while driving in north Charlotte.

There were seven children on board and a driver from Alexander Graham Middle School. IMAGES: ...

Missed deadline raises questions on I-77 toll project
A missed deadline left lingering questions about plans to put toll lanes on Interstate 77.

Channel 9 is still asking why Cintra couldn't get financing in place by last week's deadline and has requ...

Publishers Clearing House imposters con man out of $13K
Scam artists convinced an 82-year-old man to send them $13,000 after they told him he won more than $1 million from Publisher’s Clearing House.
They told the man, who does not want to be identifi...

Mecklenburg Co. officials: Revenues up, no property tax hike
Mecklenburg County leaders laid out major goals for 2015, from bringing services closer to neighborhoods to how it takes in money.  

There is good news for taxpayers coming out of the State of th...

Pilot relives moments leading up to Hickory plane crash
For the first time, the pilot involved in a crash near the Hickory Regional Airport is talking about the ordeal.  

"I heard the ka-pow and then the engine just quit,” said Jay Jarvis.

Jarvis has ...

Action 9: Unused utility poles removed after 1 year
A utility company left unused utility poles in place next to a new one installed on a Mount Holly man’s property. Both sets sat there for more than a year until he turned to Action 9’s Jason Stoog...

Felony traffic stop prompts Belmont day care lockdown
It was a striking image after a minivan full of children in pajamas and diapers was surrounded by Highway Patrol and police cars all playing out in front of a day care in Belmont Wednesday afternoo...

CMS Superintendent Clark reveals top priority for district
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Ann Clark revealed her top priority today for the district while she is the leader.

The school board elected her Tuesday to replace Heath Morrison, who...