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The Latest: Zimbabwe ruling party branches want Mugabe out


The Latest on Zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local): 7 p.m. A UK-based official with Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party says all 10 of the party's provincial branches are calling for … Click to Continue »

New sculpture placed where Confederate statue once stood in downtown Durham

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As the sun came up Friday morning, it shined down on a sculpture sitting where a Confederate soldier once stood in downtown Durham. Long arms with fists sat on the … Click to Continue »

Trump’s penchant for deception is infecting his team


“There are three kinds of lies,” Mark Twain once wrote: “lies, damned lies and statistics." The Trump administration has employed them all. From the exaggerated estimates of his inaugural crowd … Click to Continue »

Neighbors help during massive senior living center fire


Dozens of neighbors rushed to the scene of a massive fire that injured at least 20 people at a Pennsylvania senior living community late, wrapping elderly people in blankets and … Click to Continue »

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Mugabe makes 1st public appearance amid pressure to exit


Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe made his first public appearance since the military put him under house arrest this week, even as the military announced progress on talks for his departure … Click to Continue »


Notorious Mafia 'boss of bosses' Toto Riina dead at 87


Mafia 'boss of bosses' Salvatore 'Toto' Riina, who was serving 26 life sentences as the mastermind of a bloody strategy to assassinate both rivals and Italian prosecutors and law enforcement … Click to Continue »


Iraqi forces retake the country's last IS-held town


Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led coalition retook on Friday the last town in the country that was held by the Islamic State group, more than three years after the … Click to Continue »


He took a sip of his water at Waffle House and saw a dead frog floating in it


It’s unclear who leaped first, the couple or the frog. When Claire Sheats and her husband sat down for a meal at a local Waffle House in Tallahassee last week, … Click to Continue »

Escaped hospital patient aimed to show he could be outside


A Hawaii psychiatric patient who acknowledges killing a woman nearly four decades ago said Thursday he escaped from his hospital and flew to California to prove he could live responsibly … Click to Continue »


Humans have dumped tons of plastic into oceans. Now it’s reached the deepest depths, study finds


The crustaceans crawling through the deepest, darkest depths of the ocean are almost like aliens: We know little about them, they’re otherworldly-looking — almost shrimp-like — and they exist in … Click to Continue »


Rival US and Russian resolutions defeated on Syria weapons


Rival U.S. and Russian resolutions to extend the mandate of experts trying to determine who was responsible for chemical attacks in Syria were defeated Thursday at a heated Security Council … Click to Continue »

Fact check: Former Trump aide says Iran ‘declares war’ on America every Friday


Google “Sebastian Gorka” and “Iran” and you’ll quickly see that Gorka isn’t a fan of the country. Gorka, a former aide to President Donald Trump, has defended Trump in speeches … Click to Continue »

He’s ‘the celebrity professor’ at Duke and Harvard. His academic field? Hip-hop.

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One day this past spring, Duke University’s “History of Hip-Hop” class turned to current events. Grammy winning rapper Kendrick Lamar’s latest album had just been released and was about to … Click to Continue »


New Jersey senator's bribery trial ends in a hung jury


The federal bribery trial of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez ended Thursday with the jury hopelessly deadlocked on all charges, a partial victory for him that could nevertheless leave the case … Click to Continue »


She posed as her sister in court – but she didn’t know about the arrest warrant, police say

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A Wilson woman’s apparent attempt at helping her younger sister ended up getting both of them in trouble Tuesday at the Johnston County courthouse. Anna Alston, 18, had a court … Click to Continue »

Yes, the Raleigh Christmas Parade actually comes before Thanksgiving. Here’s why.

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There are a lot of things parade-goers love about the Raleigh Christmas Parade, but the parade’s pre-Thanksgiving spot on the calendar isn’t one of them. The complaints about the timing … Click to Continue »


Regional summit expected to formalize terms of Mugabe exit

In the first round of negotiations over how President Robert Mugabe will leave power, the Zimbabwean leader met Thursday with the army commander who put him under house arrest and … Click to Continue »


Can a school’s name change the reputation of a community? Wake leaders hope so.


Wake County school leaders hope to change the conversation about Southeast Raleigh, which they worry is seen as an area plagued by crime and poverty, by naming a new elementary … Click to Continue »

Atlantic Coast Pipeline set to seize private property for 600-mile project


The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is set to start seizing private property in North Carolina early next year to build its proposed 600-mile natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North … Click to Continue »


UNC evaluating changes to Kenan Stadium seating, which would reduce capacity

North Carolina athletic department officials are evaluating a plan to replace bleacher seating at Kenan Stadium with 34,000 seats with chair backs, a move that would reduce the stadium’s capacity … Click to Continue »

Thursday, Nov 16

Trump EPA nominee opposed by GOP senators from NC

North Carolina's two Republican senators say they oppose President Donald Trump's pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency, putting Michael L. Dourson's nomination at serious risk. Senators … Click to Continue…

James Howard Dostert


James Howard Dostert, age 75, died of heart failure on November 4, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Jim was born on February 14, 1942 in Spokane, Washington to the … Click to Continue »

How UNC discovered Sterling Manley, and what it might have found in him

Before his senior season at Pickerton Central High in Ohio, Sterling Manley's basketball coach asked him where he wanted to play in college. Manley at the time wasn't a highly-sought … Click to Continue »

Leonardo da Vinci's Christ painting sells for record $450M


A painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci sold for a record $450 million (380 million euros) at auction on Wednesday, smashing previous records for artworks sold … Click to Continue »

Wednesday, Nov 15

4 North Carolina Republicans disciplined for ‘disloyalty’ to party

Four North Carolina members of the GOP have been effectively excommunicated by their party over accusations of disloyalty. Four Haywood County GOP members were accused of working against Republican candidates … Click to Continue »

She’s fought gerrymandering and voter ID. Now she wants a NC Supreme Court seat.

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Anita Earls, a lawyer who has played a major role in lawsuits challenging North Carolina's redistricting plans, voter ID law and other voting restrictions, wants to be a state Supreme … Click to Continue »

California gunman who killed wife, 4 others in rampage grew up in Triangle

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The gunman who fatally shot four people and wounded 10 others Tuesday in Northern California grew up in the Triangle, according to family members. The Associated Press spoke with the … Click to Continue »

Two earthquakes recorded in North Carolina on Monday night and Tuesday morning

Two earthquakes were recorded in North Carolina Monday night and early Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A 2.2-magnitude earthquake was recorded at 10:43 p.m. Monday about 14 … Click to Continue »

Tuesday, Nov 14

A 911 caller sees a man in a ditch, alive. Caller dials back 5 hours later: ‘He’s dead.’

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A man found dead in a roadside ditch near Garner on Nov. 8 was alive when a caller reported seeing him there five hours earlier, according to 911 calls released … Click to Continue »

Stanford professor draws maps to correct NC gerrymanders. Now he wants feedback.

The Stanford University law professor tapped to draw maps for federal judges considering the constitutionality of election lines adopted in August by North Carolina lawmakers has released a draft plan. … Click to Continue »

Quake kills 430 in Iranian border region rebuilt after war

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Rescuers dug with their bare hands Monday through the debris of buildings felled by an earthquake that killed more than 430 people in the border region of Iran and Iraq, … Click to Continue »

Raleigh teen sued NC once over climate change. Undeterred, she’s back.


Hallie Turner was 13 years old when she stood outside a Wake County courtroom telling media crews with cameras trained on her that she planned to continue to fight for … Click to Continue »

Monday, Nov 13

Jeff Capel Jr., former college hoops coach and father of Duke associate coach, dies

In a state with basketball in its soul, Jeff Capel, Jr. was the patriarch of one of its most accomplished hoops families. He coached at the high school, college and … Click to Continue »

Parade organizer and WRAL’s lawyer trade letters as broadcast dispute continues

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The bad blood between the organizer of the Raleigh Christmas Parade and its former longtime sponsor is continuing as Saturday’s event nears, with accusations of unethical motives and a threat … Click to Continue »

The Latest: Iran's death toll from earthquake rises to 445


The latest on an earthquake along the Iran-Iraq border (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that 445 people were killed and 7,370 injured in … Click to Continue »

Raleigh woman’s #MeAt14 campaign starts a social wave in response to Roy Moore reports

After multiple women accused Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate seat from Alabama, of sexual misconduct with them when they were teens and he was in his … Click to Continue »

Sunday, Nov 12

Driver found dead after car falls off I-495

The Raleigh Police Department responded to a single vehicle wreck on I-495 near I-440 early Sunday morning where the driver was found dead. Darlene Bullock Branch, 42, of Raleigh, was … Click to Continue »

Prison staff shortage crisis deepens

The Charlotte Observer has updated its dismaying reports on the staff shortages in North Carolina’s state prisons. Staff shortages were cited by officials as contributing to the deaths of five … Click to Continue »

Shy a Husky-Mix female canine.


Shy, who was a devoted pet companion and member of our family for over seventeen years went to sleep in the arms of her mother- Lee for the last time … Click to Continue »

An artilleryman in WWII, 93-year-old fulfilled his paratrooper dreams on Veterans Day

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Doug Gross planned to become a paratrooper in 1942 when he answered the nation’s call during World War II, but the U.S. Army had other plans for him. Gross would … Click to Continue »