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Ukraine official: city hall cleared of protesters
Police have cleared the city hall in a southeastern Ukrainian city of pro-Russian protesters who had been occupying it for over a week, Interior Minister Avakov said Thursday, but local police officials and protesters...

Wyoming gas explosion prompts evacuation of town
Residents and emergency crews were waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming.

FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes
The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.

MH370: Object found on coast not related to lost plane
The object, found Wednesday, was described as a torn and misshapen piece of sheet metal with rivets, coated with fiberglass.

Neighbors feud over makeshift memorial
Would you want a makeshift memorial in the planting strip in front of your house? That's the question a Charlotte woman is asking, and the reason she said she removed a memorial.

Charlotte surveying cankerworm damage; some residents looking for help
The city of Charlotte is checking trees to see how much damage the dreaded cankerworms are causing.

Investigators to exhume body of woman killed in 1993
According to the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office, deputies will work with the State Bureau of Investigations to exhume the body of Judith McMurry. McMurry was killed in 1993.

Cannon attorney: Former Charlotte mayor living 'day to day' after arrest, res...
James Ferguson, Cannon's attorney, spoke with WBTV on Thursday about the investigation into the former mayor, saying Cannon is holding up despite the harsh accusations.

SKorea ferry toll hits 159 as relatives wait
Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll neared 160 and relatives of the more than 140 still missing pressed the government to finish the...

Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers
Mike McCarthy promises there won't be any bad memories plaguing his Green Bay Packers when they open the NFL season on Sept. 4 at Super Bowl champion Seattle.

Waffle House waitress gets needed help to fund funeral for regular customer
Mike Pardalis sometimes didn't talk at all. He might have been quiet, but his impact on Mandi Gardner was huge.

Material on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet
Australian officials said Thursday that after examining detailed photographs of unidentified material that washed ashore in the southwestern part of the country they are satisfied it is not a clue in the search for the...

Medal of Honor recipient says ambush is 'hard to think about'
Sgt. Kyle White put his own life at risk in an hours-long effort to save fellow service members during the ambush.

Police: Woman accused of killing husband had killed before
Donna Thomas Harris, 54, was sent to prison in 2004 for the shooting death of a man believed to be her boyfriend at the time.

Myers Park Girl's Basketball Team Honored
After winning their first ever state championship in basketball, the Myers Park Lady Mustangs picked a very prestigious national honor.

Boy says he sang gospel song, abductor freed him
A 9-year-old Atlanta boy who police say was abducted for a short time from his driveway is being praised by community leaders for his calm as he sang the gospel song "Every Praise" until the man released him.

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Charlotte Medal of Honor recipient ‘a voice’ for fallen comrades
Charlotte resident and Army radio operator Kyle White will receive the Medal of Honor for courageous acts he performed while ambushed in Afghanistan in 2007.Click to Continue »

Cleveland County investigators want to interview suspect in shootings near Ka...
Cleveland County authorities want to question Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. ? a white supremacist charged with killing three people near Kansas City earlier this month ? about any role he…Click to Continue »

Harris Teeter lowering prices after Kroger acquisition
Harris Teeter said Wednesday that it is lowering prices on thousands of items in its Charlotte-area and Asheville stores, following its recent acquisition by the Kroger Co.Click to Continue »

Gaston police: Barbecue restaurant was center of drug operation
Those arrested include Donnie Allen Wooten, owner of Smokey’s BBQ Restaurant in Dallas, police said.Click to Continue »

Linda Moneta remembered for her style, love of theater
Charlotte?s Linda Moneta owned a plus-size boutique for women and loved the theater. She regularly worked the box office at Theatre Charlotte.Click to Continue »

Early voting starts Thursday
Voting for the May 6 primary starts Thursday. Here are some things to remember.Click to Continue »

Greg Brannon targets Thom Tillis in the first GOP Senate debate
Greg Brannon repeatedly challenged House Speaker Thom Tillis’ conservative credentials while Tillis saved his punches for Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in the first GOP debate.Click to Continue »

Removing coal ash from all 14 Duke Energy sites could cost $10 billion
Excavating coal ash from all 14 Duke Energy sites in North Carolina could cost $10 billion. Critics want the Charlotte electric utility to pay the bill for moving 102 million…Click to Continue »

Patrick Cannon corruption investigation spreads to Mecklenburg County records
The U.S. Attorney?s Office Tuesday issued a subpoena to Mecklenburg County?s government, seeking records related to former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, County Attorney Marvin Bethune said.Click to Continue »

Major new mixed-use development planned for site at Monroe and Idlewild roads
Goode Properties plans to turn a 20-acre site on Monroe Road at Idlewild Road into hundreds of new apartments as well as retail, restaurants and offices.Click to Continue »

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Former CertusBank execs sue over firing, claim plot of 'lies and half-truths'
The fired former executives of CertusBank believe they are the victims of an intentional plot by at least one shareholder to spread ?lies and half-truths? that ultimately led to their dismissal, according to a legal complaint filed in federal court. CertusBank co-founders Executive Chairman Milt...

Sprint will unlock its phones by 2015
In a move that will allow customers to use their phones on different carriers, Sprint Corp. (NYSE:S) will make all its devices ?unlockable? by Feb. 11, 2015. Featured on the ?frequently asked questions? section of the wireless carrier?s website, the company addresses what appears to have been a ...

Harris Teeter cuts prices on thousands of items in select markets
Harris Teeter has cut prices on thousands of products across its stores in Charlotte, Asheville and Hendersonville. The cuts are part of what the Matthews-based grocery chain is calling its  ?New Lower Price? campaign. That initiative has lowered prices on thousands of grocery, organic and peris...

Charlotte software firm aims to help breweries operate efficiently
Enterprise software company Ekos is introducing a product designed to help breweries organize, manage and integrate information,  the Charlotte company said Wednesday. "Up until now, too many breweries were corralled into using overpriced and overly-complicated brewery software packages ? or wor...

VantageSouth CEO: Merger with Yadkin Financial is 'proceeding smoothly'
In its first quarterly results since announcing a merger with Yadkin Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:YDKN), Raleigh-based VantageSouth Bank (NYSE:VSB) saw $7.1 million in pre-tax operating earnings. The figure excludes merger and conversion costs and restructuring charges. CEO Scott Custer told investor...

Carolinas HealthCare invests $1.8M in cardiac care at Monroe hospital
Carolinas HealthCare System has invested $1.8 million at its Monroe hospital to bring cardiac care closer to area residents. The Charlotte health-care system has renovated its 2,500-square-foot cardiovascular center at CMC-Union, adding an upgraded interventional radiology and vascular suite. T...

AT&T N.C. president: Gigabit Internet could arrive next year
While there are still many details to be worked out, including price and geography specifics, AT&T North Carolina President Venessa Harrison says high-speed fiber Internet is ?definitely? coming to North Carolina customers. Earlier this week, AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) announced its intent to expand its f...

Feds subpoena Mecklenburg records for Patrick Cannon investigation
The federal investigation of former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon continues, with Mecklenburg County officials becoming the latest to receive a subpoena from the U.S. attorney's office, according to local news reports. WBTV reports that Mecklenburg County Attorney Marvin Bethune has  confirmed ...

Worrisome poll numbers as Kay Hagan duets with Carole King
Thirteen days before voters go to the polls to choose among eight Republicans in the U.S. Senate primary, the candidates are doing battle this week in a  series of debates that began last night at Davidson College. As for incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan, she?s humming ?You?ve Got a Friend? while wai...

Former Carolina Panthers staffer tackles three meals a day
Not a bad way to launch a neighborhood restaurant. On Monday, ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, who has 430,000 followers on twitter,  sent out this message: ?If ur in Charlotte today...go to one bldg..2 eateries @TheMAYOBIRD 4 Brkfst/lunch.. & @TheSummitRoom 4 dinner. #OpeningDay @d2mills place!? With ...