One of North Carolina's top tourist attractions is reopening after being closed for a week by winter's snow and ice.
Officials at the North Carolina Zoo say Patches, its 26-year-old female polar bear, has died after several weeks of declining health.
General curator Ken Reininger and senior veterinarian Dr. J.B. Minter said a necropsy, which is an animal autopsy, showed Patches had an extensive lung mass suggestive of lung cancer.
The NC Zoo has selected the names for its four new lion cubs after going through nearly 2,000 names submitted for a contest.
An Asheboro couple is facing charges stemming from the accidental shooting of a 3-year-old girl.
The Randolph County Sheriff's Office charged 27-year-old William Monroe Simmons and 26-year-old Melisa Ann Mumpower with failing to store a firearm to protect a minor and felony child abuse in connection with the shooting.
A 2-year-old boy is recovering after Randolph County deputies say he found a handgun inside his home, put it in his mouth, and the weapon fired.
Republican Pat McCrory is signing his first bill as North Carolina governor.