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Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies
Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger.

Pakistan: 77 militants killed after school massacre
Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people - most of them children - in a...

Officials: At least one killed in Chester Co car crash
Officials say the wreck happened around 5:47 a.m. on West End Road, near Stone Road.

Drivers to enjoy south Charlotte's six-lane interstate ahead of schedule

The North Carolina Department of Transportation hopes the new lanes will provide relief to "one of North Carolina's most congested roadways," which they say serves more than 115,000 vehicles a day.

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8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia
Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.

Manhunt for convicted felon in Catawba Co suspended
Thursday afternoon, authorities said Jeffery Tucker took off when U.S. Marshals attempted to serve a warrant for possession of a firearm. WBTV is told Tucker is a convicted felon.

Poll: Americans skeptical of commercial drones
Americans are skeptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft for dangerous jobs or in remote areas,...

US agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade
U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel...

Will artists skip studio support after Sony scandal?
Sony's decision to cancel "The Interview" in the face of terrorist threats is already affecting the way Hollywood does business. It has outraged artists, killing their faith in studios to release edgy content. But...

East Charlotte neighbors upset about house with sex offenders
The house on McAlpine Lane in east Charlotte has been in the neighborhood for years -the homeowner used to live there. Then recently and suddenly, neighbors noticed a changed."I see a lot of men coming in and out" next door neighbor Ana Ramirez said.Neighbors said the word got out that the house is part of a program for sex offenders."We found about it online," Greg Meadow told WBTV. "And word spread around very very quickly."

Birdsong expands, purchases new building on North Davidson
The building was sold for more than $1.3 million, with John Vickers of KW Commercial representing Birdsong and Pete Kidwell representing seller Beacon Partners.

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Google delays announcement on fiber networks for Charlotte, other cities
Technology giant Google said Thursday it won?t update Charlotte and other cities until next year on its plans to potentially install high-speed broadband networks in their areas.Click to Continue »

CMS considers policy change that could rethink role of homework
It?s long been a rite of high school students: staying up late to finish reading and other homework assignments for the next day?s class.Click to Continue »

A Toyland at risk of running out
Toys for 1-year-olds and children 9 to 12 are running low for the charity program, as it faces a second year of declines in donors adopting kids.Click to Continue »

Firing of Charlotte investigator over Facebook post fuels free speech debate
A city of Charlotte fire investigator is out of a job because of a Facebook post in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Mo., riots.Click to Continue »

Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the…Click to Continue »

Lawmakers consider easing requirements for NC mortgage lenders
N.C. House members expect to vote Friday on whether to recommend easing requirements for mortgage lenders ? a move that proponents say would cut costs for the industry but critics…Click to Continue »

Grandfather: Teen who shot break-in suspect was protecting his grandmother
Police said Wednesday morning that Carlos Delcid, 20, was taken into custody late Tuesday night. He has been charged with first-degree burglary, police said.Click to Continue »

Report: Mercedes-Benz USA mulling headquarters move to North Carolina or Georgia
Mercedes-Benz USA is considering moving its New Jersey headquarters to Georgia or North Carolina, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people briefed on the matter.Click to Continue »

McCrory launches assault on Associated Press
The day after a wire service reported that NC Gov. Pat McCrory received a six-figure stock payout from an online mortgage broker that is regulated by the state, the governor?s…Click to Continue »

Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SC
More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls, a judge threw out the conviction, saying…Click to Continue »

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Owners of AT&T Plaza listing building for sale with CBRE
The owners of the AT&T Plaza building in uptown Charlotte will list the building for sale with CBRE. This week, the Charlotte Business Journal reported that AT&T will vacate the approximately 350,000-square-foot building next year and relocate its employees to the suburbs, creating a large block o...

Piedmont expands natural gas fueling stations to convenience stores
Piedmont Natural Gas plans to lease space at a Spinx convenience store in Anderson, S.C., to set up a compressed natural gas fueling station that will be open to the public. It is Piedmont's first fueling station at a convenience store, says company spokesman David Trusty. He says Charlotte-bas...

Duke Energy, green group agree on cleaning up ash at S.C. coal plant
Duke Energy will excavate all 3.2 million tons of ash at the soon-to-be-closed W.S. Lee Steam Station in Upstate South Carolina and bury it in a lined landfill. The decision was announced after engineering reviews of the site and months of discussions with the Southern Environmental Law Center a...

Top Stories of 2014: Knights? move uptown a big hit
With the first pitch on April 11, the Charlotte Knights began a season that took the team from worst to first in attendance in the 14-team International League. By the time the season ended in September, the Knights had attracted 687,715 fans to their new, $54 million uptown stadium, BB&T BallPar...

Penguin Drive-In's Ch. 11 case dismissed, eatery barred from refiling
The Penguin Drive-In's bankruptcy filing was dismissed with prejudice on Thursday after manager Lisa Ballentine failed to appear in court. U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court Judge J. Craig Whitley said the case had come to a standstill, despite lawyers' efforts to hammer out an agreement surrounding ...

SPX appoints executives as company officers in advance of split
SPX Corp. (NYSE:SPW) has appointed four executives as company officers as it positions itself to spin off its dominant flow technology business into a standalone company late next year. The four are not taking new positions. But they have been appointed officers of the company by SPX's board of ...

Biesse America expanding its Charlotte headquarters with $3M addition
A Italian-owned company plans to expand its U.S. headquarters in Charlotte by 75 percent. In September, Biesse America Inc. announced at a trade show in Atlanta that it would add 28,800 square feet to its current 38,000-square-foot facility in LakePointe Business Park. Biesse will spend about $...

Gov. McCrory: Money needed to fight media
N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory continued his campaign Thursday to discredit an Associated Press story that raised questions about the governor's financial disclosures for his tenure as a board member at McCrory, a first-term Republican governor and former longtime mayor of Charlotte, spoke with...

Birdsong Brewing buys North Davidson Street building for $1.3 million
Birdsong Brewing Co. has purchased a 17,000-square-foot industrial building on Charlotte's North Davidson Street for its previously announced relocation and expansion. The local brewery bought the building at 1016 N. Davidson for $1.34 million from an affiliate of Beacon Partners. Birdsong, fou...

N.C. solar construction ramped up in third quarter, industry group says
North Carolina ranked No. 3 nationwide in new solar capacity built in the third quarter, according to figures released by the Solar Energy Industries Association. SEIA says the state added about 80 megawatts of solar capacity in the quarter and is on a pace to add about 380 megawatts this year. ...