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Police: Blasts at mosque in Nigeria kill 35 people
Multiple explosions tore through the central mosque in Nigeria's second-largest city on Friday, killing 35 people, police said.

Ferguson protest closes 2 St. Louis-area malls
Demonstrators temporarily shut down two large malls in suburban St. Louis on one of the busiest shopping days of the year Friday, as rallies were held nationwide to protest a grand jury's recent decision not to indict...

Police in Austin, TX seek motive after shooter killed
Police shot and killed a male gunman who was targeting buildings in downtown Austin early Friday.  

2014 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade continues Charlotte tradition
If you didn't make it out to watch the parade live, you can catch it on WBTV and WBTV.com/live from 4-6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.



Ray Rice wins appeal, free to sign with any NFL team
The three-time Pro Bowl back is now free to sign with any team after the NFL lifted his indefinite suspension on Friday.

One in critical condition after north Charlotte shooting
The shooting happened in the 4300 block of Sunset Road just after 12:30 p.m.

Homemade turkey fryer sparks house fire, displaces family
Officials say the fire broke out just before 5 a.m. in the 1500 block of Brookdale Avenue, near South Boulevard and Arrowood Road. 

Candle to blame for injuring two in east Charlotte house fire
Fire officials say a candle in the bedroom caught the curtains on fire before spreading to the mattress in a home in the 8000 block of Lawyers Road just before 11 p.m.

Cops: Beau who ate holiday meal early gets stabbed
Police say a Pennsylvania woman chased her boyfriend around a dining room and stabbed him in the chest because he started eating Thanksgiving dinner while she slept off a bender.

Pope urges more Muslim opposition to IS in Turkey
Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbaric violence" being committed in Islam's name against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in neighboring Turkey Friday for a delicate visit aimed...

Rebels push forward in southern Syria
Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet south of the capital Damascus, capturing a string of towns from government forces and aiming to carve out a swath of territory leading to the...

Man found shot to death in Union apartment
Police were called to the apartment shortly after noon on Thanksgiving Day. 

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One shot on Sunset Road in Charlotte
Medic transported one person with a gunshot wound to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Friday.Click to Continue »

New landmark to emerge on Interstate 77 at Lake Norman
Cornelius is paying to erect steel cables that will rise 42 feet to resemble two sails soaring over I-77 at Exit 28.Click to Continue »

Black Friday gets a little less frenzied
Black Friday seemed a little less crazy this year.Click to Continue »

New NC film grant program comes with strings attached
Film production companies hoping to get a piece of North Carolina?s new grant program will face a long list of requirements and recommendations, according to new guidelines.Click to Continue »

Teach for America makes push for diversity in Charlotte
Teach for America is trying to make its corps of new educators look more like the students they serve.Click to Continue »

Bargain hunters line up for Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving
Turkey was still cooling after Thanksgiving meals around Charlotte and Black Friday was technically hours away, but shoppers flocked to area malls and stores Thursday evening for an early start…Click to Continue »

NC Board of Education to hear AP US History controversy
The State Board of Education will hold a meeting Monday to hear from both a supporter and a critic of the redesigned AP US History course that opponents charge is…Click to Continue »

Hickory man shot in face over land dispute
A Hickory man has been charged with attempted first degree murder after Catawba County officials said he shot another man in the face over an ongoing land dispute.Click to Continue »

Carlee: Any new garbage fee would come with ‘offsets’
Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee said any new garbage fee that could be imposed by the city under a ?pay as you throw? system would come with financial ?offsets? for…Click to Continue »

Former CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison’s travel and expense reports show fe...
Heath Morrison said Wednesday that he kept proper records of his travel and expenses as superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, despite allegations to the contrary made by a former colleague.Click to Continue »


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Carolinas Medical Center tops list of Charlotte-area hospitals
This week's Charlotte Business Journal lists the Charlotte area's hospitals, ranked by number of licensed beds. Carolinas Medical Center tops the list again this year with 893 beds, followed by Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center with 622. This week's edition also includes a list of North ...

'Pig pickin' cake' and other most-Googled Thanksgiving recipes in N.C.
You might recall a recent news item identifying sweet potato cornbread as North Carolina's signature Thanksgiving dish. That may be true, but there's more than one way to look at the question. In a sense, pig pickin' cake might be more deserving of the title. The original report was based on th...

Virginia company proposes $200 million solar project in Concord
N.C. regulators have approved a Bristol, Va., company's application for an 80-megawatt solar project near Concord to be built at a cost of $180 million to $200 million. The proposed solar farm would start operating by the end of 2015, according to McBride Energy Services' application for a certi...

Hornets, Knights help Charlotte families with Thanksgiving dinner (PHOTOS)
Charlotte's pro sports teams and other local employers have spent the week making sure many of the area's less-fortunate residents will have turkey and all the fixin's on Thanksgiving Day. The Charlotte Knights, along with mascot Homer the Dragon, loaded up a caravan on Tuesday and delivered bir...

Talking turkey: North Carolina's role in the Thanksgiving meal
Wherever you sit down to dinner on Thursday, chances are you'll have a bit of North Carolina with you, as the Tar Heel State is a top producer of both turkeys and sweet potatoes. Here's a by-the-numbers look, courtesy of the Carolina Population Center at UNC Chapel Hill: North Carolina is proje...

Bottom Dollar sale by Delhaize means loss of 65 jobs in Rowan County
Delhaize America, the parent of Salisbury-based Food Lion, will cut 65 jobs in Rowan County as part of its sale of Bottom Dollar Food Stores. The layoffs were disclosed in a federally required Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice filed with the state of North Carolina. The layoffs are effecti...

Charlotte-region counties keep their N.C. tier rankings for 2015
It's status quo for the region's counties in the N.C. tier-ranking system that determines how much state economic-development support they will receive in 2015. None of the dozen counties in the Charlotte region changes ranking in the N.C. tier for next year. The rankings were released this morn...

Bankers, beer and marriage proposals: A reporter pauses to give thanks
The other day I told a friend about the next big story I was working on: All the changes happening at Sonic Automotive and my scheduled interview with Sonic President Scott Smith. I expected him to reply with an email outlining his thoughts on the car dealer's new strategy. Instead, he wrote thi...

North Carolina continues to investigate Home Depot data breach
A data breach at The Home Depot (NYSE:HD) that exposed customers' credit-card data as well as email addresses is still causing executive headaches. The company disclosed that the breach had led to "at least" 44 civil lawsuits filed in the United States and Canada. That's more than double the laws...

Charlotte shopping centers, retailers ready to go
If it's November, reporters must talk about holiday shopping, Black Friday and all things retail. Count me among the guilty. In the Nov. 28 print edition of the CBJ, our cover package highlights the major shopping centers, the expanded presence of discount retail (hello, Charlotte Premium Outlet...