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Two hospitalized in Matthews head-on collision
It appears that a white truck and a silver sedan collided on Pleasant Plains Road near Callonwood Drive Saturday afternoon.

Presidential candidates campaign in July Fourth parades
Alongside the patriotic music and waving flags Saturday in parades across Iowa and New Hampshire were clear reminders of a presidential race coming up next year: Red balloons promoting "Jeb! 2016," a tractor draped in a...

Panama too drops out of Trump's Miss Universe pageant
Panama is joining several other Latin American nations in dropping out of the Miss Universe pageant in protest over Donald Trump's comments about immigrants.

America celebrates July 4 with parades, hot dogs, cold beer
By The Associated Press The United States marks 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday as it celebrates the Fourth of July with parades, fireworks, naturalization ceremonies, eating contests and...

Matt Stonie tops Joey Chestnut in hot dog eating contest
Matt Stonie shocked the competitive eating world Saturday by upsetting Joey "Jaws" Chestnut at the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut's bid for a ninth...

Rainbow Facebook photos: Armchair activism or shifting tide?
You may have noticed your Facebook friends getting considerably more colorful.

Blog: ALLYSON's JOURNEY: Installment 7... Getting real about my fake ones
 A 39-year-old Charlotte mom is battling aggressive breast cancer. Allyson Gahan has no family history. She’s young. Vibrant. Her world was rocked when the diagnosis came late last year.

Syrian troops and Hezbollah besiege border mountain resort
Syrian elite forces backed by Hezbollah fighters besieged a rebel-held mountain resort near the border with Lebanon on Saturday under the cover of intense airstrikes by Syria's air forces, activists and official media...

Salisbury man faces meth charges in Connecticut
Connecticut State Police say they arrested a man from Salisbury, and a teenage girl, after discovering what appeared to be a mobile meth lab.

66 riders safely evacuated after 400-foot Ferris wheel stops
A technical crew with The Orlando Eye safely evacuated all 66 stranded riders from the largest Ferris wheel on East Coast, an incident that shut down the attraction that towers 400 feet over central Florida, authorities said.

One injured in Denny's carjacking, shooting
The shooting happened around 5 a.m. at a Denny's on Sunset Road.According to police, someone stole a Camaro Saturday morning, then shot a person in the parking lot of a Denny's Restaurant.

Your Week in Viral Videos: Homeless man rocks the piano
Donald Gould is a homeless man and a former Marine who was a drum major in high school and can play the clarinet and "every instrument from piccolo all the way down to the tuba." But it's his prowess on the piano that got him noticed.

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Therapy horses killed in lighting storm
Three horses were killed when lightning moving through Salisbury hit a tree in the back pasture at Chandelle Farms. Two of the horses were part of the farms Saving Grace Therapeutic Program, dedicated to helping people of all ages who may be facing life challenges.

Highway Patrol doubles-up on troopers for Fourth of July
The N.C. Highway Patrol says it will increase its amount of troopers in Mecklenburg County for Fourth of July Weekend.Highway Patrol says it will double the amount of troopers on duty, from roughly 15 troopers to 30.There will be a number of D.U.I. checkpoints across the region and additional speed traps.

Holiday weekend storms possible
The Fourth of July holiday weekend forecast in Charlotte is not a complete washout but could be stormy.

SkyShow Fireworks Could Be Postponed Saturday
Hopefully rain and lightning won't hold up Saturdays fireworks show in uptown. However, emergency crews are warning and preparing for something else that could potentially keep things from going off without a hitch.Its a minor threat that could keep the SkyShow fireworks from starting on time - or even going down - at the BB&T ballpark.

Medic: One shot in University City
CMPD is investigating after a person was shot at a University City Hotel. 

NAACP meets after church fires labeled arson
The Charlotte Mecklenburg chapter of the NAACP held a community conversation about church fires and race relations on Thursday.

Waxhaw animal kennel receives cease and desist order from state
A Waxhaw animal kennel is being told to cease and desist operations by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.The Heavensown Rescue kennel is operating as an animal shelter without registration according to the state.

Fourth of July Charlotte SkyShow events
The SkyShow 2015 Street Festival will kick off at BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Saturday, July 4, at 2 p.m. 

York Co. Detectives looking for owners of stolen boat property
York County Detectives are looking for the owners of stolen boat property.

Woman receives citation after dragging dog behind car
A woman who dragged her dog behind her car has received a citation for misdemeanor animal cruelty, according to police.

Restrictions on Fireworks in NC Bring Business to SC
South Carolina is a popular spot for people from North Carolina to buy fireworks.

Human Remains Identified in Hickory
The human remains discovered earlier this week in Hickory have been identified. They belong to a 32-year-old man whos been missing since last September. We spoke with his family, who are still searching for answers.

SC investigators find that weather caused church fire
GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Law enforcement officials say weather caused the fire that destroyed a predominantly black church in South Carolina.

Man wanted for Shelby homicide turns himself in
A man wanted for a deadly shooting turned himself in Wednesday afternoon, according to Shelby Police.

Randall Kerrick Lawyers ask for Change of Venue Again
Kerrick's lawyers also asked a judge for a gag order that would stop many city officials from talking about the trial and case.

Woodland fire on Bakers Mountain fully contained
The woodland fire on Bakers Mountain is fully contained as of Thursday afternoon. 

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South Carolina conference highlights Boeing's rising profile in the South
Boeing (NYSE:BA) will sponsor South Carolina?s second annual aerospace conference next month, double the size of last year's, reflecting the company?s central presence in the state?s growing aerospace industry. S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley will deliver the opening remarks, and those are sure to focus on her hopes for growth at Boeing?s North Charleston site. ?We are very excited to have Gov. Haley and Boeing engaged in the second annual aerospace conference,? South Carolina Commerce Secretary?

Report: Private-equity firm lining up bid for Charlotte-based Belk
New York private-equity firm Sycamore Partners is finalizing the financing for the potential acquisition of Charlotte-based Belk Inc. in a deal that could total up to $3.5 billion, Reuters is reporting. It would by Sycamore?s largest deal to date, the report says. Through a spokeswoman, Belk declined to comment Friday. Belk confirmed in April that it had hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to evaluate its options for the future. At the time, Belk issued a statement saying it has an obligation to?

Family Dollar-Dollar Tree merger wins FTC approval; closing expected Monday
Dollar Tree Inc.?s acquisition of Family Dollar Stores Inc. has gained the green light from the Federal Trade Commission. The companies anticipate the transaction will close on Monday, subject to satisfaction of remaining closing conditions, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing Thursday. It?s been nearly a year since the Dollar Tree announced its plans to acquire Matthews-based Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO) in an $8.5 billion merger. Since then, the value of the deal has?

Will shark attacks hurt coastal Carolina businesses?
Just as the biggest summer holiday for beach destinations is getting underway, the recent rise in shark attacks off the coast of North Carolina may be growing more difficult to ignore. Another incident occurred Wednesday, marking seven victims bitten in the waters off N.C. beaches in less than a month. And that's not counting at least two more that occurred during the same period in South Carolina. By comparison, four shark attacks were reported in North Carolina for the entire previous year. But?

Energy investment firm has raised $18.3M for N.C. solar funds
Double Time Capital, whose website describes its business as creating ?opportunities to participate in and shape the emergence of cleaner, profitable energy,? has finished raising $5.1 million in its N.C. Solar Fund III, according to a regulatory filing. The filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, dated June 18, was an update of filing in late October that said $3 million had been raised for the fund. The group has raised at least $13.2 million in two previous funds, according to?

NASCAR tracks to fans: Leave Confederate flags at home
In what NASCAR is calling an "unprecedented collaboration" among the tracks that host its races, fans are being asked to stop flying Confederate flags at those facilities and at sanctioned events. ?We are committed to providing a welcoming atmosphere free of offensive symbols," reads a joint statement dated July 2 and posted on NACAR Media Group's website. It is signed by Charlotte-based Speedway Motorsports Inc. (NYSE:TRK), which operates the local speedway and seven others, and Daytona, Fla.-based?