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Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock
The work of Pope Francis to foster a thaw between the U.S. and Cuba has caused some fractures among Catholics in Miami.

Jets players speak out on slain NYPD officers
Sheldon Richardson was stunned when he heard the news Saturday that two New York City police officers were killed in the line of duty.

US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list
President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not...

Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England
Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership.

Second crash involving Charlotte fire truck
A massive hole was left in a shed after a fire truck overturned. 

US Rep. Robert Pittenger carves global niche in Congress
U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger has carved out a niche in his first term that's taken him around the globe and brought dozens of foreign diplomats to Washington.

Satanic Temple puts up display at Michigan Capitol
Christians and Satanists put up competing displays Sunday on the Michigan Capitol grounds as Christmas week got underway.

Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children
A judge on Monday rejected a plea by lawyers for an Australia woman charged with killing eight children to have the next hearing held in a mental health court.

QB Jameis Winston cleared in conduct hearing
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared Sunday of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago.

City looks to expand protection for gay, transgender residents
The proposed changes would give lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents some recourse when they feel discriminated against, but it would not give them protection in employment issues.

Carolina Panthers will play unexpectedly meaningful football in Week 17
 Carolina's 17-13 victory over Cleveland combined with Atlanta's 30-14 whipping of New Orleans to set up a ?win and you're in? playoff scenario in the final weekend of the NFL season. 

Charlotte family has 3 jobs and still struggles with bills
They joined 5,300 other struggling families who registered to get free toys from the Salvation Army's Christmas program.

Killer of 2 NYC officers had long criminal history
The gunman who fatally ambushed two police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang...

Charlotte Fire Dept. truck crashes in south Charlotte yard, driver injured
The crash happened on Community House Drive near Johnston Road in Charlotte.

North Korea claims US is behind satirical movie, promises retribution
In a dispatch on state media, the totalitarian regime warns the United States that U.S. "citadels" will be attacked, dwarfing the hacking attack on Sony that led to the cancellation of The Interview.

Killings of 2 New York officers trigger backlash
Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of...

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Curling Comes to Charlotte
 Charlotte welcomes the first curling facility to the Carolinas.

It's A Wonderful Christmas Celebration
For the 17th year, local families received holiday help from the It's a Wonderful Christmas Celebration. More than 300 families got a free meal. The celebration was sponsored by the Wardsworth House, OC Foundation, Resourceful Solutions II and Charlotte Invasion Partner.

Fire Truck Overturns in South Charlotte
Early Sunday morning, Charlotte Fire Department Ladder 32, was involved in a single vehicle accident.

CMPD Spreads Christmas Cheer Ahead of the Holiday
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department gave Santa a helping hand ahead of Christmas, providing presents and meals to hundreds of families in need. It's the 40th anniversary of the Explorer Christmas Project, but the first year the department teamed up with the Salvation Army for the effort.

The True Meaning of Hanukkah
Charlotte has the largest Jewish population in the Carolinas. This week, many Jewish families here are celebrating Hanukkah. A beloved local Rabbi from Temple Israel, Rabbi Noam Raucher invited us to his home for the celebration. We joined Rabbi Raucher, his wife and two young boys. What an education it was! Hanukkah is a tradition rooted in ancient history - 164 BCE in Jerusalem - after the Maccabees' victory over the Greeks.

Burn Victim Speaks Out to Warn Others About Kitchen Safety
It's been nearly a year since a 6th grader from Druid Hills Elementary suffered severe burns to her back and leg.

Tamiflu Shortage Putting Certain Groups at Risk
Health officials say the flu season is now in full swing, but we don't have everything we need to fight the virus.

Newton Likely to Start Sunday Against the Browns
As this Sunday's game approaches, Panthers fans want to know if Derek Anderson will start again. Both him and Newton got first-team reps at practice this week, but head coach Ron Rivera says Newton is on track to play.

Attempted Abduction Keeps Parents On Alert
An attempted child abduction is keeping parents on their toes during the holidays.

Charlotte Lights Display Dazzles
It takes Ron Fallatt more than 60,000 lights to put on a dazzling light show.For the past three years, Fallatt has synchronized music to his house on 3801 Maple Court Rd in Charlotte.

Fundraiser for Beloved Bus Driver in Union County
A beloved bus driver who was killed in a crash earlier this month is being remembered in his Union County community. Tim McManus died after his school bus was struck by a garbage truck on December 8. Parents, students and staff members at New Town Elementary held a fundraiser for him.

A Change in Relations between Cuba and America Impacts Cigar Industry
As a result of President Obama's announcement Wednesday, relations between Cuba and America will change for the first time in more than 50 years. One of immediate changes is the import of Cuban goods to America, which includes cigars.

Family of Break-In Suspect in Court
A Charlotte family is remembering an 18-year old who was shot and killed Tuesday by a 14-year old. Police say the 18-year old and his brother broke into a Southeast Charlotte home. While the viewing is Thursday night, the court appearance for the older brother - Carlos Delcid ? was earlier Thursday. Six family members were in court - the mother and father, and siblings.

Mecklenburg County Social Worker Charged in Medicaid Fraud Scheme
The U.S. Attorneys office says Ryce Hatchett Jr., a Senior Social Worker with Mecklenburg County DSS is facing charges for receiving money as part of a scheme that included filing fake Medicaid reimbursement claims.

Charlotte-Douglas Airport Prepares for Holiday Travel
Holiday travel season is here and Charlotte Douglas International Airport is expecting large crowds in the next few days with almost every flight reaching near capacity.

911 Calls Released from Home Invasion
A homeowner on Rolling Fields Rd shot and killed an intruder Tuesday night.

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Girl severely burned last Christmas visits fire station
Shawntasia McGill, like many other children, was excited about what Christmas Day could bring.

She spent Christmas 2013 at the Burn Center in Winston-Salem for treatment of burn injuries. Shawntasia...

Officers capture inmate on the run for nearly a week
Officers from the Department of Public Safety captured inmate Christopher Church, who had been on the run since last Monday afternoon.

Church walked off from a work assignment at a Department of Tra...

Police across Carolinas mourn loss of NYPD officers
As hundreds gathered for a candlelight vigil in New York City honoring two officers who were killed Saturday, law enforcement across the Carolinas is joining them in mourning the loss.

"That is ter...

Family baking cookies when house caught fire
The Rockingham Fire Department responded to a house fire on Tanner Street off Richmond Road Saturday night.

A family was baking cookies in the kitchen when a fire started in the living room.

Family m...

Yankees charity to pay for education of slain officer?s children
According to ABC News, the New York Yankees’ Silver Shield Foundation is offering to pay for any and all education expenses for the children of Rafael Ramos, one of the two NYPD officers killed Sat...

4 taken to the hospital after vehicle overturns near JCSU
Four people were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a vehicle overturned Sunday night.

The accident happened near Beatties Ford Road and Dixon Street by Johnson C. Smith ...

Hugging it out could help you ward off a cold
Who doesn't love a good hug? Hugs can make a bad day better, a happy day happier, and ... prevents illness? Well, sort of. Carnegie Mellon researchers found frequent hugs really might protect peo...

Could cheap oil help fix U.S. roads?
Americans have seen a boost in their spending power this winter and it's thanks in part to the free fall in oil prices, which have plunged to a five-year low. (Video via Euronews) And similar to i...

Police identify officer killed in Florida shooting
Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that the shooting occurred at around 3 a.m. in...

How Staples' credit breach compares to a year of hacks
Staples finally confirmed Friday it suffered a months-long security breach earlier this year, which could have compromised more than a million consumer credit and debit cards. Security researcher ...

Why posting 'The Interview' online isn't so simple
After maybe the single most devastating cyberattack in American corporate history, Sony Pictures Entertainment pulled “The Interview." But Sony CEO Michael Lynton said he wasn't giving up, hinting...

Will Cuba give up Assata Shakur, FBI's most wanted woman?
The U.S. and Cuba are pressing reset on diplomatic relations. And here's one of the many questions coming out of this story: Will Assata Shakur be extradited and face life in prison back in the U.S...

Here's why gas prices in the U.S. are so low
Consider it an early Christmas present. This week, gas prices are their lowest since 2009. The average gas price in the U.S. dipped down to $2.43 and there are stations in 24 states selling gas fo...

Two fire trucks from same station overturn within months of each other
A fire truck rushing to a call crashed in a South Charlotte neighborhood and flipped over into a woman's backyard.

Four firefighters were in the truck when it flipped over. All of them are OK. IMA...

Police: Gunman who killed 2 NYPD officers had active warrants in Atlanta
A man who killed two New York City police officers in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn Saturday afternoon was believed to have last lived in Georgia, NYPD Commissioner William Bratto...