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Female suicide bomber injures 18 in Russian region
A female suicide bomber blew herself up in the southern Russian region of Dagestan on Saturday, injuring at least 18, including two children and five police officers, authorities said. The attacker was later identified as a...
Thousands of bridges at risk of freak collapse
Thousands of bridges around the United States may be one freak accident or mistake away from collapse, even if the spans are deemed structurally sound.
Russian police detain activists, foes at gay rally
Gay-rights campaigners and their opponents clashed at an unsanctioned rally in the Russian capital on Saturday, but a heavy police presence in Ukraine kept the two sides apart at that country's first-ever gay pride march.
Wedding Saturday: Flowers Plus
Joel Houston from Flowers Plus joined us Saturday morning in our studio.
Product Test: Ruggies.... the non-slip grip for rugs
Our Saturday morning product testing was "Ruggies," the grip for rugs not to slip.
Chile's Indians take on world's largest gold miner
The Diaguita Indians live in the foothills of the Andes, just downstream from the world's highest gold mine, where for as long as anyone can remember they've drunk straight from the glacier-fed river that irrigates...
Forecasters predict busy, active 2013 hurricane season
An active six months is predicted for the 2013 North Atlantic hurricane season.
Suicide bomber dies in blast in Afghan capital
A would-be suicide bomber died when his explosives-rigged vest went off prematurely in Afghanistan's capital on Saturday morning, police said. The apparent failed attack came a day after a major Taliban assault on an...
Gas cylinder blast on Pakistan school bus kills 17
At least 17 children were burned to death in eastern Pakistan on Saturday when a faulty gas cylinder exploded on the bus taking them to school, police said.
Toronto mayor denies he smokes crack cocaine
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford denied that he smokes crack cocaine and said he is not an addict, breaking a week of silence over reports of a video purportedly showing him using the drug. Critics were not appeased, with one city...
Official: 2 dead after Angel Flight crashes in NY
A small airplane operating as a volunteer Angel Flight crashed in upstate New York on Friday evening, killing at least two people, authorities said.
Trucker bumps I-5 bridge, sees horror behind him
The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him....
Police Release Possible Motive in Belmont Neighborhood Shooting
Police in Charlotte say three men have been shot in an apparent drive-by shooting in the Belmont neighborhood in east Charlotte.
Security, both seen and unseen, work to provide safety at Food Lion Speed Street
There is a big police presence working through the weekend on Food Lion Speed Street.
Meet the woman who confronted a cleaver-wielding terrorist
A British woman voluntarily put herself face-to-face with an alleged terrorist and may have saved lives.
Teen charged with DUI after younger brother killed in crash
A teenager was killed and a second was arrested on DUI charges in an overnight accident, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
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Group formed after uptown melee expands vision
Two years after its founding, a group of successful black professionals returns to Food Lion Speed Street on Saturday to set an example for thousands of teens drawn to the…Click to Continue »
Electrolux gives refrigerators, vacuums to struggling Charlotte families
Dashana Teloma tried not to cry Friday as she hugged a new stainless steel Electrolux refrigerator at Crisis Assistance Ministry?s furniture bank.Click to Continue »
Pedestrian death rate jump worries city
In the past five years, the accident rate involving pedestrians and vehicles in Charlotte has remained stable, according to a city study released Friday.Click to Continue »
McColl: Smaller banks need more access to talent
Hugh McColl Jr. is supporting a proposed banking concentration at Queens University of Charlotte?s McColl School of Business ? and he wants the banking industry to help.Click to Continue »
Former Charlotte POW leads hymn at Nixon library
He?d scribbled the lyrics and music of a hymn on rough toilet paper, using a fish bone whittled to a fine point and red ink concocted from medicine in a…Click to Continue »
Changing fan habits a challenge for NASCAR
As NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway continue to deal with falling ticket revenue, they are happy for fans like Butch Berkebile. But as they prepare for the Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600…Click to Continue »
Man charged in ex-girlfriend's slaying
Authorities said Tony Lamont Luther, 40, turned himself in to the Magistrate's Office before the body of his ex-girlfriend was found in her Salisbury apartment.Click to Continue »
Lawmakers give green light to I-77 tolls
A leading Republican lawmaker ? and a senior transportation department official ? said Thursday that work on new Interstate 77 toll lanes could start next year.Click to Continue »
Report: Cerberus or Bain Capital might buy Harris Teeter
Cerberus Capital Management and Bain Capital are possibly interested in buying Matthews-based Harris Teeter, as the grocer continues to explore a sale, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.Click to Continue »
Watch it live: All American Homecoming Banquet - POW Reunion
On May 24, 1973, the eve of Memorial Day weekend, President Richard Nixon brought nearly 600 POWs to the White House for a star-studded dinner. The president gave one request:Click to Continue »
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Photos: NC legislators get up-close look at a Tesla S P85
This week, North Carolina lawmakers got a chance to check out a Tesla S P85 -- and so did a reporter from our Raleigh-based sister publication, the Triangle Business Journal.
The high-end electric car from Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) was on display near the Raleigh legislative building, wher...
Ark Ventures to renovate West Morehead building
Ark Ventures Inc. is preparing to renovate an approximately 18,000-square-foot building on West Morehead Street for creative office space and perhaps a restaurant.
The building, 1213 West Morehead, is across from the southbound I-77 exit ramp onto Morehead. It went into foreclosure in 2012. Ark ...
McColl Center for Visual Art wins $400,000 grant for Brightwalk installations
The Brightwalk at Historic Double Oaks neighborhood redevelopment in Charlotte will benefit from a $400,000 grant recently awarded to the McColl Center for Visual Art.
The center won the funding from ArtPlace America for its plans to use Brightwalk for a grant program that mixes the arts, sustai...
Economist: NC could save $18.7B by adopting single-payer model for health care
North Carolina could save as much as $18.7 billion next year on health-care costs if it changed the way it finances health care.
The catch? That change would require a switch to a single-payer system in which one entity collects all health-care fees and pay related costs, says Gerald Friedman, a...
Sonic Automotive buys BMW, Mercedez-Benz dealerships in Denver
Sonic Automotive Inc. (NYSE:SAH) has agreed to purchase two Colorado franchises from Murray Motor Imports Co. of Denver, according to a statement from the Charlotte-based company.
Joining Sonic?s portfolio of dealerships are Murray BMW of Denver and Mercedes-Benz of Denver. The franchises are ex...
Duke Energy ranks No. 2 in capital spending among U.S. utilities
Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) spent almost $5.9 billion on capital projects in the 12 months through the end of the first quarter, placing it second on SNL Energy?s latest list of capital expenditures by publicly traded utilities.
That was up the $4.4 billion Duke spent in the 12 months ending with the...
Why you should use Twitter's enhanced security measures
I'm not a super geek. I didn't know what two-factor authentication was before I wrote a story about how security company executives approach their online security. But after I interviewed those folks for that story, I sure did two-factor authenticate my gmail account.
It was fear, mostly.
Cato invests in future growth
The Cato Corp. says it will continue to make infrastructure investments this year to support its future growth.
At its annual shareholders meeting on Thursday, the Charlotte-based retailer announced plans to invest in stores, expand its office space and explore expansion of its distribution netw...
Arrow Home to close Gaston plant, cut 103 jobs
Arrow Home Fashions plans to close its Gastonia plant this summer, eliminating 103 jobs from the Gaston County economy.
Donny Hicks, executive director of Gaston County Economic Development Commission, met with managers at least twice in attempts to save the operation. But those efforts have app...
Uptown Charlotte's largest blocks of space in 3-D
So this is pretty cool: On Thursday, we posted a slideshow about the largest blocks of available office space in uptown Charlotte, and then Canadian technology firm Cube Cities created a 3-D visualization of the space in concert with the slideshow. I?ve embedded the video below.
Cube Cities is a...