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Transcript shows ferry captain delayed evacuation
Fresh questions arose about whether quicker action by the captain of a doomed ferry could have saved lives, even as rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of passengers still missing Friday and feared dead.

Avalanche sweeps Everest; 6 killed, 9 missing
A Nepalese tourism official says six local guides have been killed and nine more are missing after an avalanche swept a route used to ascend the world's highest peak.

Obama: 8 million signed up for health care
Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and...

Texas town honors 15 killed in year-ago explosion
Rev. Terry McElrath heard the deafening boom. The pastor spun around and saw a column of smoke billowing into the sky above his small Texas town. He immediately thought, "Somebody has died tonight."

Judge: Charlotte city leaders did not violate open meeting laws
Judge Nathaniel Poovey ruled in favor of the city. 

Sub scours ocean for missing Malaysian jet
A robotic submarine headed back down into the depths of the Indian Ocean on Friday to scour the seafloor for any trace of the missing Malaysian jet one month after the search began off Australia's west coast, as data...

Thefts from vacant homes a "concern" for CMPD
If you have a rental house that is currently unoccupied or a house for sale - keep an eye on your property. Police say thieves are targeting vacant homes.

Push for more solar energy efforts in Charlotte
Locally, the push has come from both public and private enterprise, the scale both big and small.

Freeze causes serious damage to apples and peaches
The apple trees were in full bloom when the freeze hit, their most vulnerable time of the spring. Peach trees were past that and small peaches were already forming.

County withholds CW Williams health center?s payment
The 2010 tax report shows the center was more than half a million in the red. The county manager said C.W. Williams didn't submit financials for 2013.

New federal grant designed to keep Charlotte safer
Places like Sandy Hook come to mind when law enforcement uses the term "active shooter," and now local first responders are developing new strategies in the Carolinas.

Restroom robbery
Two young crooks spot a golden opportunity to rob a man while he's using a restroom. It happened at the Bojangles on The Plaza. Surveillance video shows people at 7:30 p.m. getting

Former Chesterfield Co sheriff found guilty on corruption charges
Officials say Parker gave special treatment to inmates, took property intended for the sheriff's office and used it for himself, and gave uniforms, badges and weapons to civilians

Sam Parker takes the stand in his on defense in corruption trial
Former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker appeared calm as he took the stand in his own defense, Wednesday.

Former Cannon aide speaks out after connected to FBI investigation
A former campaign aide for former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon is speaking out after reports that she was connected to the federal corruption scandal that forced Cannon to resign.

Ukrainian unity on display with peaceful rallies
Thousands gathered for peaceful demonstrations Thursday in at least four eastern cities to denounce Russia for its perceived meddling in Ukrainian affairs, a day after the most lethal clash so far killed three pro-Russian...

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FBI talks to city, county officials in Patrick Cannon case
Federal agents have been talking to Charlotte and Mecklenburg officials as investigators follow up on public corruption charges facing former Mayor Patrick Cannon.Click to Continue »

Faith carries a mother through her baby’s fatal cancer
Meg McElwain has blogged on the Observer’s website about her son Mitchell’s lifetime fight with leukemia. Diagnosed at 3 months old, and suffering a relapse in February at age…Click to Continue »

Cleveland County to end use of gas to kill shelter animals
Cleveland County?s animal shelter will remove the gas chamber it uses to euthanize unwanted animals by the end of June, county commissioners board Chairman Jason Falls said this week. The…Click to Continue »

BB&T shares slump after earnings report
BB&T said Thursday that it earned $501million in the first quarter, up 139 percent from the same period a year ago.Click to Continue »

FBI offers reward for suspect in kidnap case
The FBI said it is looking for Jakym Camel Tibbs, 21. Five people were arrested earlier in the case.Click to Continue »

NC Medicaid keeps shortfall at $120-$140 million
The agency running Medicaid in North Carolina is sticking to its previous shortfall projection as unpaid claims and application backlogs remain.Click to Continue »

Alma Adams has edge in race for Mel Watt’s seat
With strong backing from women?s groups, state Rep. Alma Adams of Greensboro out-raised her Democratic rivals and holds a wide financial edge in the race to replace Mel Watt in…Click to Continue »

Former Patrick Cannon aide confirms her role in FBI affidavit
A woman named in an FBI search warrant last week confirmed on Thursday that she is the unnamed campaign aide referenced in an affidavit outlining charges against former Charlotte Mayor…Click to Continue »

US Senate candidate Mark Harris became leader in church, North Carolina marri...
Many were surprised to learn of the decision by Mark Harris, pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, to run for U.S. Senate. But Harris has never been one to…Click to Continue »

Gov. McCrory wants broader authority over ash
Gov. Pat McCrory will ask legislators for broader authority over coal ash disposal, but his plan does not envision eliminating all 33 of Duke Energy?s ash ponds.Click to Continue »

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New CertusBank CEO: 'We have to be judicious in how we spend money'
New CEO John Poelker says fixing CertusBank will require cleaning up its troubled loan portfolio, bringing expenses and revenue into equilibrium and reminding employees and clients that the lender is financially stable ? despite recent allegations of improper spending by its former management tea...

Harris Teeter adds $99 annual option for online shopping
Harris Teeter has added a yearly payment option for its growing base of online shoppers. The Matthews-based grocery chain will offer its Express Lane online shopping option for a flat fee of $99.95. That will allow shoppers to place orders throughout the year without incurring additional charges...

Proposed coal ash law could undermine NC court ruling on groundwater leaks
N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory?s proposed legislation to tighten coal ash regulation could blunt or even gut a recent court order that requires Duke Energy to immediately stop groundwater contamination from its ash ponds. The law sets out a series of studies, reports, deadlines and rulings back and forth...

The Beer Growler to open in Charlotte's South End
Fans of craft beer in Charlotte will soon have a new means to get their fix. The Beer Growler, an Atlanta-based chain that serves as a filling station for growlers of beer, sodas and other beverages, has a new location on tap. Located in the former Elder Gallery space at the Dilworth Station sho...

Wingate takes ownership of weekly newspaper 'The Home News'
Wingate University is the new owner of The Home News, a weekly newspaper serving the Wingate-Marshville area. Home News Publisher John Edmondson has donated the newspaper to the private university in a deal that was finalized this week. ?Today begins a new era in the long, rich history of this ...

Bravo! restaurant to open next week in Blakeney
Bravo! Cucina Italiana will open its new Blakeney location at 11 a.m. next Thursday. That 6,200-square-foot Italian eatery at 9824 Rea Road will be open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. It opens daily at 11 a.m. In addition to the April 24 opening, a ribbon cutting is pla...

Tickets for Greater Hickory Kia Classic now on sale
Tickets to the 2014 Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn are now for sale, along with a package that includes golf at the course. It?s the 12th year for the Champions Tour event, which will be held Oct. 13-19 at Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover. Last year, Michael Allen won the tournament aft...

Bigger wind turbines could propel NC energy sector
Taller wind turbines and larger blades could lead the Southeast, and North Carolina, to grow its wind-energy sector. In 2000, wind turbines reached 80 meters with blades rotating, and by 2012, rotating blades reached heights of 130 meters. Allowing the height to grow beyond 180 meters could be a...

These two factors caused Fifth Third's Q1 earnings to fall short of analysts'...
Fifth Third Bancorp?s first-quarter profits fell significantly short of analysts? estimates. Cincinnati-based Fifth Third (NASDAQ:FITB), which ranks as the Charlotte market's fourth-largest bank, based on local deposits, earned $309 million applicable to common shareholders, or 36 cents per shar...

'Like' Cheerios? You just signed away your right to sue General Mills
Any of you who are thinking about suing General Mills Inc. in the near future: You might want to rethink that breakfast of Wheaties or Lucky Charms. Eating them could be legally binding. (Even reading this story could be dangerous.) That's because the Minnesota-based company, which has been pepp...