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Former wrestler, assistant coach testify in Gary Goins sex abuse trial
On Monday, jurors heard new testimony from a former wrestler and assistant coach in the alleged sexual abuse trial centered around an ex- Gaston County High School wrestling coach.

Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says
Signaling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a "prolonged" war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave...

Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers
A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Slain family of 5 was murder-suicide, police say
A maintenance worker with financial problems killed his wife and three children with a shotgun, then committed suicide, over the weekend in what state police called one of the worst cases of domestic violence in Maine...

Man's obituary: 'Please don't email me, I'm dead'
When a Pennsylvania man died, he left behind a now-viral reminder of his life and his quirky sense of humor. 

Catawba River "no-wake zone" to be voted on
If the law passes, boaters will be required to coast through the channel that spans the length of Saddler Island or face a fine.

Dollar Tree buying Charlotte-based Family Dollar for $8.5 billion
The boards of both companies have unanimously approved the deal, which is expected to close by early next year.

Clarification: Fast Food Workers-Convention story
In a story July 26, The Associated Press reported that Latoya Caldwell, a mother of four from Kansas City, Missouri, who earns $7.50 an hour at a Wendy's restaurant, said she works six days a week to get 40 hours and...

FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M
The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.

Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B
A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department...

Medicare's own health looking better, report says
Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement.

Deputies: Duo arrested on drug charges after trying to run from traffic stop
Mathew Walter Robertson, 28, and Brandon Keith Moody, 32, were arrested on Friday on the 300 block of Pop Stirewalt Road.

Neighbors: Police at Maggie Daniels' apartment complex over the weekend
Neighbors say they saw several officers going in and out of a unit at the complex for several hours. The unit is in a different building from Maggie Daniels' apartment.

Dollar Tree steps up fight, buys Family Dollar
The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying.

Eco-friendly green funerals growing in popularity
If you?re interested in America?s hottest new burial trend, you should start planning now. Even if you?re not, you should plan ahead, said a spokesman for the National Funeral Directors Association. Green burials, which the burial site is as natural as possible and limit pollution, now constitute about 2 percent of funerals in the U.S.

VA gives a shout out to the ground crew
They work constantly to provide a pleasant environment for veterans who come for care at the Salisbury VA hospital, and today the VA wanted to give a little nod to the ground crew. WBTV received the following

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Court ruling could open door to same-sex marriage in the Carolinas
The state of North Carolina will stop defending its same-sex marriage ban after a federal court ruled Virginia?s ban unconstitutional and cracked the door to gay marriage in the Carolinas.Click to Continue »

Charlotte missionary with Ebola remains in serious condition
Nancy Writebol, the Charlotte missionary infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia, remained stable Monday, though her condition was described as ?very serious.?Click to Continue »

Defense begins in sex abuse case against Gaston coach
Defense witnesses in the trial of Gary Scott Goins said the former East Gaston High School wrestling coach was authoritative and passionate about the team he led but not someone…Click to Continue »

Police turn up heat on violent crime in summer initiative
Police say a 10-week summer initiative to bring down violent crime across Charlotte-Mecklenburg is beginning to show results. Across the city, police have seen 21 percent fewer gun crimes in…Click to Continue »

Charlotte missionary contracts Ebola in Liberia
A missionary from Charlotte and a Texas doctor working for Boone-based Samaritan’s Purse are among the first Americans who have been infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in…Click to Continue »

Outlet mall’s opening a sign of shifting retail landscape in Charlotte region
Charlotte Premium Outlets, the city’s first new mall in almost a decade, is set to open Thursday – a sign of a changing retail landscape that favors bargain-hunting and putting…Click to Continue »

Charlotte rallies draw hundreds who support Israel, Palestine
As Israel and Hamas argued over proposals for a lull in the fighting in Gaza on Sunday, hundreds of people rallied across Charlotte to show support for the two sides.Click to Continue »

Hugh McColl’s secret campaign raised millions for Charlotte’s arts
Hugh McColl’s idea to save the Charlotte Symphony has broadened into a $45 million lifeline for Charlotte’s cultural groups.Click to Continue »

Police: 2 charged after armed robbery spree
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police charged two men with multiple counts of armed robbery for a series of incidents Thursday night in the city.Click to Continue »

Rock Hill’s ‘Zebra Girl’ pleads guilty in gunrunning case
Kendall Danielle Jones, 23, dubbed “Zebra Girl” by undercover police, is the first Rock Hill defendant to be found guilty in the largest seizure of guns in New York City…Click to Continue »


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Poll: Reaction to Duke Energy ash spill hurts Tillis politically
A new poll commissioned by an environmental group says state voters largely pan the N.C. House bill on coal-ash regulation and that dissatisfaction appears to be hurting House Speaker Thom Tillis politically. According to the N.C. League of Conservation Voters? poll, 76 percent of voters think s...

Session drags on as pols debate 'Carolina Comeback'
Last week, during one of two celebratory jobs announcements at the Charlotte Chamber, Gov. Pat McCrory proclaimed, once again, the fruits of what he calls a ?Carolina Comeback.? McCrory?s Republican administration touted a week of press conference pep rallies headlined by nearly 1,700 new jobs, m...

Family Dollar to keep Matthews HQ for ?foreseeable future?
Family Dollar Stores Inc. (NYSE:FDO) will continue to operate its Matthews headquarters for the foreseeable future. The Matthews-based discount retailer will be acquired by Dollar Tree Inc., based in Chesapeake, Va., in a deal valued at $8.5 billion. Family Dollar released a memo to employees o...

Kicking off a big football week in Charlotte
Here comes the first local test of whether interest in the World Cup this summer translates to buying tickets from watching matches on TV. On Saturday at Bank of America Stadium, an international exhibition match ? a friendly, in soccer parlance ? takes center stage uptown as Liverpool faces AC ...

Report: Finance and accounting employee confidence drops
Finance and accounting employee confidence fell in the second quarter after reaching a near seven-year high in the first quarter, according to The Randstad Professionals? Finance & Accounting Employee Confidence Index. The index dropped to 58 in the second quarter, down 6.3 points from the first...

Zipstream fast Internet coming to Rock Hill business parks, homes
Comporium is extending its super-fast broadband to five Rock Hill-area business parks and some homes by late summer. Businesses get the company?s Zipstream service for $299 a month and homes for $99 a month, the Rock Hill company says in news releases. The service rolls out in five York County ...

Federal court throws out lawsuits in Chiquita Colombia payments case
Chiquita Brands International Inc. may have just been saved billions of dollars in legal claims. A federal appeals court tossed out lawsuits that accused the Charlotte-based company of assisting in killings in Colombia by paying paramilitary groups to protect its banana farm workers. Chiquita s...

Is Family Dollar still in play?
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is pleased that Dollar Tree Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR) wants to buy Family Dollar Stores Inc. ? but he?s still holding out hope that another buyer may surface. Dollar Tree announced Monday that it would purchase the Matthews-based discount retailer(NYSE:FDO) for $8.5 bil...

Bank of America takes more space uptown, vacating building in Ballantyne
Bank of America Corp. (NYSE:BAC) is taking additional office space in uptown Charlotte as it plans to vacate a six-story building in Ballantyne Corporate Park in south Charlotte. The bank recently took nearly 100,000 square feet of space off the market at its headquarters building, Bank of Ameri...

Bank of America extends Hendrick Motorsports deal, will be presenting sponsor...
Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) has signed an extension of its associate sponsorship of Hendrick Motorsports that will see the company become the first presenting sponsor of the team?s website. In addition to the presenting sponsorship, the bank will be able to feature Hendrick Motorsports? four driv...