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Attack in West Bank kills Palestinian child, homes torched
Suspected Jewish assailants attacked a Palestinian village in the West Bank early Friday and torched two homes, hurling fire bombs inside and setting off a blaze that killed a toddler and critically wounded his 4-year-old...

Turkey: 5 killed in clashes between authorities and PKK
Kurdish rebels raided a Turkish police station and fired on railway workers in two separate attacks that left five dead, officials said Friday, amid renewed conflict between the security forces and insurgents that has...

Tensing released from jail
Bond was set at $1 million Thursday for cop turned murder suspect Ray Tensing.

Greek bailout talks to shift gear
Lead negotiators from the European Union and International Monetary Fund began an intensive round of talks with Greece on Friday to hammer out details of a third international bailout worth some 85 billion euros ($93...

Officials hope to give Flight 370 families some answers soon
After 16 agonizing months without answers, loved ones of those on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will likely have to wait at least another day for confirmation that it crashed into the sea, as investigators work to...

Dismembered body found in Union Co. woods ID'd, man arrested
A man has been arrested after a body was found dismembered in a wooded area near Stallings Road in Union County last week, officials say. 

Lawsuit accuses CVS of overcharging for generic drugs
The suit says inflated prices led to higher co-pays for customers that exceeded what they would have paid for the drugs if they had no insurance and participated in a CVS discount program.

Fallout over CMS employee John Floyd going back to work
Floyd was given a district office position dealing with professional development and analyzing data after a video surfaced of him allegedly threatening a teacher. 

Congress heading on vacation, putting off messy decisions
Congress is heading out for a five-week summer recess in anything but a cheerful vacation mood, leaving behind a pile of unfinished business that all but guarantees a painful fall.

10 Things to Know for Friday
By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

NCDOT: Think of a doughnut or stop watch when using I-485
In most cases, those who use the recently finished loop have positive things to say. However, confused viewers have reached out to WBTV, so we took those concerns to Jordan Ashley Walker with the North Carolina Department Of Transportation (NCDOT).

Details about the lion hunt that caused outrage across globe
The U.S Fish & Wildlife Service said Thursday it's trying to reach the Minnesota dentist who killed a protected lion while on a guided hunt in Zimbabwe. The agency asked Walter Palmer to "contact us immediately."

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B.J.'s Membership Club underway in Midtown
B.J.’s Membership Club is under construction in Midtown Charlotte.

Dallas man arrested for stealing human ashes from cemetery
A Dallas man was arrested Thursday for the theft of a cemetery plaque and granite slab containing human ashes.

Drought hurting local farmers
The drought and intense heat is taking a toll on local farmers. 

Couple Shares Their Story of Identity Theft to Warn Others
Who is stealing from children and senior citizens? The North Carolina Attorney General says they are often the victims in the latest identity theft scams happening around the state.

CHARLOTTE NAACP: Lack of diversity in Kerrick jury selection
The jury in the Kerrick trial is raising concerns for some people. 

Monroe man Charged after Dismembered Body found
A suspect in the death of a Monroe man was arrested Thursday by the North Carolina special agents with the State Bureau of Investigation.

Police: Man arrested for giving tattoos to minors without license
An Iredell County man was arrested on Wednesday for giving two 12-year-old girls tattoos without a license, according to Iredell County Sheriff's Office.

Man rescued from hole in Charlotte
The man was rescued from the hole and hospitalized with possibly life threatening injuries.

Missing Rowan County man not seen since Easter
James Michael Beam is described as a drifter.

Carolina Panthers' Stephen Hill cited for drug possession
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Stephen Hill has been cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a Concord Police Department report obtained by Fox 46 News.

Photo: Baby thanks Charlotte officer after ending dispute
A baby took an uncanny interest in a Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer after the officer ended a neighborly dispute, according to the department.

One dead in Interstate 77 crash near state-line
One person has died after a car collided with a tree near Interstate 77 Thursday morning.

Matthews mayor pro tem resigns after assault charges
The mayor pro tem of Matthews resigned Wednesday after facing charges for physical assault.

Fire Captain found dead in Albemarle
Captain Alan "Truck" Hicks was found dead by fellow firefighters Monday morning at firehouse, according to Carolinas fire page.

Police: Rock Hill mom buried baby in yard
A York County mother accused of burying newborn in yard after the child did not survive.

Charlotte Water asks customers to conserve water
Charlotte Water releases voluntary water conservation recommendations after Drought Stage 1 issued.

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Kilah Davenport Protection Act report in Congress
The U.S. Department of Justice issued the Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act report to Congress.
The report details child abuse penalties in all states.
Kilah's case drew national attention in 2012 when police said her stepfather severely beat the 3-year-old girl. She died nearly two years later.
Her case changed the law in North Carolina,leading to tougher punishments for serious child abuse cases.
The Federal Child Protection Act requires a report from the U.S. Attorney General’s Office every three years. PAST COVERAGE:

Crews battle barn fire in Iredell County
A three-alarm barn fire on Caleb Lane in Iredell County started shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday, officials said. No injuries have been reported. Watch Eyewitness News at 10 & 11 for updates. To see more local news stories, click here.  

Heartwarming photo shows you don?t need limbs for hugs
An inspiring photo of RE Pranke, 3-year-old girl who was born without arms, and Jessica Cox, the first armless pilot, is proving to the world you don’t need upper limbs to go in for a hug.

“It was amazing,” mom Karlyn Pranke told ABC News. "I'm just grateful that we had the opportunity to show everyone that it doesn't matter if you have arms or not, that you can do the same things as everyone else -- you just may have to do it a little differently.”

Pranke said she wanted her daughter to meet Cox since finding out during her pregnancy that RE, short for Ruth Evelyn, would be born without arms as well.

"I started Googling stuff and coming across Jessica," Pranke said. "Ever since, it's been very inspirational to me that she has come as far as she has to overcome her disability -- and my daughter has always said, especially lately, 'I want arms, I want arms.'"

After a few exchanges on Facebook, Pranke took a six-hour drive with RE to attend a July premiere about a documentary about Cox’s journey as a public speaker, pilot, third-degree black belt and advocate for people with disabilities.

During their meet, Cox spent time with RE and her mother, and honored the toddler’s only request.

“From the time she saw me, she asked 'Where's the airplane you fly?’” Cox said. Cox called it “a wild moment” when she showed RE the plane.

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Charlotte looks at health care option that could save money
Charlotte city leaders are taking a big step that could save millions in taxpayer dollars. They plan to set Charlotte city leaders are taking a big step that could save millions in taxpayer dollars. The idea is to make health care more accessible to the city's 7,000 employees by putting clinics near where they live and work.
City leaders believe if they are maintaining good health, then health care costs are lower and tax dollars can be spent on services citizens need.
"They've experienced success in other cities, and we are trying to see if it would work here," Councilman Greg Phipps said.
On Monday night, Charlotte City Council approved negotiating a contract with the Indianapolis-based company OurHealth to set up five health clinics across the city for the city employees to use. Visits would require nothing out of pocket for them.
The hope is that inexpensive, better access to health care will mean lower bills, Phipps said.
"We think we have a good shot at reducing some costs and increasing health care maintenance by employees by making the service more convenient," Phipps said.
It will cost $3.3 million annually to run the clinics.
Current health care costs will be redirected to pay for it, and city officials anticipate there will be savings in expensive medical treatments like emergency room visits if employees are using a more accessible option for routine health care.
In the first year city leaders plan to break even, but they said the city could save between $1 million to $2 million on the following two years.
Employees don't have to use the clinics and they can still see a primary care physician.
Other cities like Gastonia and Concord have adopted this model of health care for employees.
The first clinic will open its doors in January.  To see more local news stories, click here.

Former school bus driver pleads guilty to reckless driving
A former Gaston County school bus driver pleaded guilty to reckless driving Tuesday after being accused of a crash in January that hurt more than 20 middle-school students, according to our news partners at the Gaston Gazette.
Annette Phillips ran off Chapel Grove Road when the bus flipped.
There were 45 students from Southwest Middle School on the bus. Read our past coverage:

CMPD: Shots fired, assault at east Charlotte apartments
Shots were fired and reports of an assault happened Tuesday afternoon at an east Charlotte apartment complex and police are looking for more information on the incident. No one was shot on Rose Terrace Court but whoever fired the gun, fled the scene in a vehicle, police said. The assault victim had non-life threatening injuries, police said. To see more local news stories, click here.