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British royal couple's second child due in April
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed that their second baby is due in April - the first time they've offered a month for the royal birth.

Ray Rice could possibly play in NFL again this season
Ray Rice, the former Baltimore Ravens running back shown in a controversial video striking his then-fiancee, could possibly be reinstated to the NFL within the next four weeks.

Pastor now signing marriage licenses after legalization of same sex unions
A Charlotte pastor is once again performing a task that usually comes with the job , signing a marriage license, legally joining couples in matrimony.      

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Homeowners find back porch on fire early Monday
Fire officials say the fire destroyed the back porch and moved into the kitchen before they were able to control the flames.

US airdrops arms to Kurds in Syrian town of Kobani
The U.S. military says it has airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants.

Ebola fear, monitoring eases for some in Dallas
Ebola fears began to ease for some Monday as a monitoring period passed for those who had close contact with a victim of the disease and after a cruise ship scare ended with the boat returning to port and a lab worker on...

Ana downgraded to tropical storm; Hawaii relaxes
Hawaii residents started to relax Sunday after days of keeping a cautious eye on Hurricane Ana, which was downgraded by late afternoon into a tropical storm.

Effort to help war veteran who survived horse and buggy crash
The accident happened in the northbound lanes around 10:30 a.m. near the Landsford Road intersection.

Several vehicles involved in I-77 crash in Charlotte
A crash involving several vehicles shutdown lanes of I-77 south bound in Charlotte Sunday night.

Davidson College football player arrested
A quarterback for the Davidson College football team is facing charges for assault with a deadly weapon.

Manning breaks Favre's mark with 509th TD pass
Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre's NFL record for touchdown passes with No. 509. He didn't stop there, either.

Spaniard with Ebola beats the disease, test shows
A Spanish nursing assistant infected with Ebola after treating missionary priests with the disease repatriated from West Africa has managed to beat it after nearly two weeks of treatment in Madrid.

At rallies, Obama casts 2014 as key for his legacy
Marching onto the campaign trail for the first time this year, President Barack Obama cast Democrats' success in this year's midterm elections as a chance to further the policies he's fought for in the White...

Students clean up after mayhem near pumpkin fest
Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend on Sunday after violent parties near the city's annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries.

Tug towing disabled Russian container ship to port
A disabled Russian cargo ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel was in route to port in British Columbia for repairs and the rescue operation was declared officially over Sunday, but a debate brewed over oil tanker safety.

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NC Research Campus seeks faster growth after slow start
Research has been slow to get off the ground, campus officials acknowledge. The recession hampered growth and dashed plans by some big corporations such as PepsiCo to open labs.Click to Continue »

Sen. Kay Hagan defends call for travel ban from countries affected by Ebola
Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan on Sunday defended her call for a ban on travel from countries affected by the Ebola epidemic and denied that it represented a change of position.Click to Continue »

Charlotte’s Section 8 housing wait list triples to all-time high
Fulton Meachem, CEO of the housing authority, admits even he was surprised at the flood of 32,128 applicants, who were allowed to file online Sept. 22-26.Click to Continue »

Charlotte police investigators secretly track cellphones
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police use a secretive surveillance system that collects information from cellphones and wireless devices to locate crime suspects but also gathers data from innocent people.Click to Continue »

Susan Smith: 20 years later, drowning of 2 children is still a shocker
Investigators were so determined 20 years ago to get a confession from South Carolina’s Susan Smith that they were willing to use anything, including deception, to get her to admit…Click to Continue »

Charlotte ER case shows challenges of patient satisfaction
Anatomy of a complaint inside a Charlotte ER: Why achieving patient satisfaction may be far more difficult than doctors and patients realize.Click to Continue »

How a Charlotte boy and a librarian rescued a lost parrot
This story about a parrot, two boys and a librarian is filled with heart, luck and kindness. And it begins one recent school day at Billingsville Elementary during recess.Click to Continue »

Lead exposure at nation's gun ranges poses 'a serious problem'
A hidden risk lies within almost all of America's estimated 10,000 gun ranges: firing lead-based ammunition spreads vapor and dust filled with lead, an insidious toxin.Click to Continue »

CDC to revise Ebola protocol, services ready team
Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear "with no skin showing," a top federal health official said, and the Pentagon announced it was…Click to Continue »

Mecklenburg issued most same sex-marriage licenses in NC
Mecklenburg County issued a record number of marriage licenses last week as gay and lesbian couples flocked to the register of deeds office during the first full week of legalized…Click to Continue »


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Piedmont Natural Gas proposes cutting residential rates 7 percent
Piedmont Natural Gas Co. Inc. plans to cut rates for residential customers about 7 percent starting next month if its request is approved by the N.C. Utilities Commission. Piedmont spokesman David Trusty says the company has not calculated the impact of the change on customer bills. But the rat...

Ned Curran to lead Charlotte Chamber in 2016
Real estate developer Ned Curran will become Charlotte Chamber chairman in 2016, filling the void left by Laura Schulte. Schulte, a senior executive at Wells Fargo & Co., announced Thursday she would retire this year. She was slated to become chamber chair in 2016. Chamber officials have announ...

SunTrust profit jumps in Q3
SunTrust Banks Inc. (NYSE:STI) on Friday reported net income available to its common shareholders of $563 million, or $1.06 per diluted share, for the third quarter. That's up dramatically from the Atlanta-based bank's earnings of $179 million, or 33 cents per share, in the same period last year...

Publix recalls snack mix because of unlisted peanuts
Publix Super Markets Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for its Publix Asian Mix because the product contains peanuts that are not listed on the packaging. The snack mix was sold at all Publix retail locations in the Carolinas, Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. It is packaged in 14-ounce...

Nerd alert: Check out Microsoft's geeked-out new store at SouthPark (PHOTOS)
Touchscreeners, gamers ? yes, even loyal Nokia-phytes ? Microsoft is here for you. The Redmond, Wash.-based technology giant is opening its first retail store in Charlotte tomorrow at SouthPark mall. The Microsoft Retail Store will open its doors with a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m. The first 1,5...

Morningstar Properties expands holdings in Texas
Morningstar Properties of Charlotte has acquired six properties in Texas, adding 430,000 square feet and roughly 3,000 units to its portfolio of storage facilities. Those facilities are in the Austin and San Antonio markets. The company has existing properties in Houston, so with this purchase, ...

Reports of BB&T job cuts exaggerated, spokeswoman says
A newspaper report that BB&T Corp. (NYSE:BBT) is slashing 800 jobs isn't entirely accurate, says a spokeswoman for the bank. The latest on the cuts, posted on Thursday by the Winston-Salem Journal, references layoffs that already happened across the work force ? cuts we reported in August. While...

Fried food fun: The N.C. State Fair begins (PHOTOS)
The North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh began Thursday, aiming to please with its usual array of fried food, fireworks, a folk festival and free entertainment. The fair is notorious for experiments in deep-frying, and this year, that tradition continues. How about deep-fried BBQ on a stick? Or ...

DiMaggio, underwear and accents: Hugh McColl's World Series
The man who went on to become one of the most powerful bankers in the world stashed his money in his underwear the first time he visited the financial capital of New York. And all because of Joe DiMaggio. This bit of trivia from retired Charlotte banking executive Hugh McColl Jr. is entertaining...

Reid?s, Young Plantations to open holiday gift shop at SouthPark mall
Reid's Fine Foods has teamed up with Florence, S.C.-based Young Plantations to expand its gourmet gifting business this holiday season. Charlotte-based Reid's and Young Plantations will operate a location at the SouthPark mall from Nov. 7 through Dec. 31. A similar operation is planned at Haywo...