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France strikes Islamic State group's depot in Iraq
Joining U.S. forces acting in Iraqi skies, French fighter jets struck Friday against the militant Islamic State group, destroying a logistics depot, Iraqi and French officials said.

Clemson suspends mandatory student sex survey
The university said in a news release Thursday the training course will not be reinstated until officials can review and revise the content.

UK remains united after Scotland referendum
The United Kingdom will stay united. Voters in Scotland resoundingly rejected independence in a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.

Rivera: Panthers may blitz more with Hardy out
The Panthers don't typically call many blitzes, preferring to apply pressure on the quarterback by using their talented four-man base front.

Forest promotes NC 'I Support Teachers' plate
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest says the public can help boost North Carolina public school teacher compensation in the long run by requesting a specialty license plate authorized by the General Assembly this year. Forest

Carolinas set to release August unemployment number
Friday, both states will release their data on the state unemployment rate for the month of August.

I-40 shut down after deadly crash kills construction worker, injures two
According to medical personnel on scene, three construction workers were hit around 2:23 a.m. near exit 105.All three workers were transported to Grace Hospital in Morganton.

3 ways Charlotte Radiology is raising awareness in October
Throughout October, Charlotte Radiology will raise funds and awareness through three public events.

Plane from 'Memphis Belle' movie to be in Sanford
The Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress will be at the Raleigh Executive Jetport on Friday and Saturday. Free ground tours will be available from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown
Thousands of health workers began knocking on doors across Sierra Leone on Friday in search of hidden Ebola cases as the entire West African nation was locked down in their homes in an unprecedented effort to combat the...

Wisconsin pastor to become new Bob Jones president
Pettit is coming to Bob Jones University after heading the Steve Pettit Evangelistic Association and serves as the national director for Cross Impact Ministries, a Brookfield, Wisconsin, group which helps local churches reach out to college students

Procter & Gamble pulls out of cancer initiative due to NFL off-field issues
?Procter Gamble, on behalf of its Crest toothpaste brand, had worked with NFL approval to launch a significant, league-wide initiative for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which it decided to cancel Thursday after taking into account recent domestic issues in the league.

Search for ambush suspect centers on dense woods
Pennsylvania State Police paused to pay tribute to their fallen comrade, then got back to work hunting for the man suspected as his killer - a self-taught survivalist they are trying to flush out of dense, swampy...

Bond at half million dollars for man accused of sex crimes
Joshua Michael Evans, 37, originally from Ohio, was charged with first degree sexual offense involving a child under the age of 13.

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Convicted Florida felon kills his 6 grandchildren
A man who spent time in prison a decade ago for the shooting death of his young son killed six of his grandchildren, including an infant, his adult daughter and himself in a rampage at a home where authorities in the small...

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Census Bureau now categorizes same-sex married couples as ‘families’
The agency previously counted such groups as “unmarried partners,” even if they were legally married…Click to Continue »

Lake Norman swimming beach on target for summer 2016
County official blames the recession for how long it?s taking to open first swimming area at a county-run park since the 1970s…Click to Continue »

Brazilian firms: There’s no ‘pot of gold’ for Chiquita in Ireland
Brazilian companies accused Dublin-based Fyffes of trying to ?persuade Chiquita shareholders to believe in (a) mythical pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.?Click to Continue »

New beginnings as Jews usher in the High Holy Days
Next week Rosh Hashana marks the start of these 10 Days of Awe, a period of repentance and introspection that culminates on Oct. 4 with Yom Kippur, the Day of…Click to Continue »

Boom! Oil-exploring seismic blasts could soon disrupt whale territory
As early as next spring, the boom of seismic cannons will sound under the Atlantic Ocean as the first oil and gas exploration allowed off the East Coast in three…Click to Continue »

Scotland natives in the Charlotte area debate country’s independence vote
John and Netta Turnbull were born and bred in Scotland but have called America home for many decades.Click to Continue »

Concrete Roses STEM Academy suddenly shutting down
Concrete Roses STEM Academy informed parents Thursday morning that the school will shut down at the end of the week, less than four weeks into the school year.Click to Continue »

Rape report that roiled Appalachian State was a hoax, police say
A violent rape reported last week by a student at Appalachian State University was a hoax, authorities said Thursday.Click to Continue »

Leaders hope First Ward Park will draw development, people
The long-delayed park will be built on 4 acres of former surface parking lots between Seventh Street at the ImaginOn museum and Ninth Street at UNC Charlotte?s Center City Building.Click to Continue »

Carolina Panthers Greg Hardy takes paid leave of absence
Carolina Panthers embattled defensive end Greg Hardy has agreed to take a paid leave of absence rather than face a possible suspension from the NFL, a move that leaves the…Click to Continue »


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AvidXchange growth could yield ?Super Bowl? payoff for Triad investment network
More than a decade ago, Piedmont Angel Network invested $250,000 in a startup Charlotte software company that employed about 20 workers. It was the first time PAN had invested outside the Triad, and the $250,000 was the smallest investment in PAN?s first committed fund. That small Charlotte soft...

HCL: Here's what the 1,237 jobs in Cary will entail
New jobs created at HCL's Global Development Center will be across the spectrum, HCL executives say. And that spectrum will include a call center. While the company did not provide a job breakdown, Rajiv Sodhi, senior corporate vice president and chief productivity and competitive officer for t...

Staffing businesses dominate women-owned companies list
This week?s Charlotte Business Journal lists the area?s largest women-owned business, ranked by number of full-time local employees. The Greene Group, a staffing company, tops the list this year with 1,858 full-time employees, including permanent placements. Staffing and executive search compan...

Home Depot: Breach cost $62M, exposed 56M cards
The Home Depot Inc.?s Sept. 2 data breach will cost the company $62 million and is estimated to have put payment card information at risk for 56 million payment debt/credit cards. The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer (NYSE:HD) on Thursday confirmed the malware used in its recent breach ha...

Top of The List: Health Insurance Companies
This week?s Charlotte Business Journal lists the area?s largest health insurance companies, ranked by Mecklenburg County enrollment. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of N.C. tops the list, with 84,655 people enrolled in its full-service PPOs. The company also has the highest enrollment in the state. Ae...

Gentiva Health Services tops list of area home-health and hospice agencies
This week?s Charlotte Business Journal lists the area?s largest home-health agencies and hospices, ranked by number of patients served in 2013. Gentiva Health Services tops the list this year, with 14,635 individual patients served. Healthy@Home CMC is second on the list, with 10,834 individual p...

Mortgage rates jump
Long-term borrowing costs have been hovering near the lowest levels of the year in recent weeks, but rates jumped noticeably this week. Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 4.23 percent in the week ending Sept. 18, up from 4.12 percent last week. Thirty-year rat...

Oracle founder Larry Ellison hands off CEO title to Hurd and Catz, takes exec...
Larry Ellison, the billionaire founder of Oracle Corp., is relinquishing his title as CEO of the business-computing company and is taking on the roles of executive chairman and chief technology officer, the company said in a statement. Ellison, 70, gave Safra Catz and Mark Hurd the CEO title to ...

The Morning Rundown: Investors approve of JetBlue CEO change (Video)
JetBlue said CEO Dave Barger will end his tenure running the airliner in February and will be replaced by the company's president, Robin Hayes. The leadership change signals JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) may become more like other airlines in that, as one analyst cited by Bloomberg said, it will probably...

Food Lion latest sponsor on Hornets' plate (PHOTOS)
The Charlotte Hornets have bagged their first grocery-store sponsorship in five years. This week, the team signed Salisbury-based Food Lion to a three-year partnership worth an estimated $300,000 to $500,000 annually. Neither the team nor the company would disclose or discuss financial terms. Es...