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Pet Pals: Making sure Christmas with pets is merry

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videoAmid the hustle and bustle of the holidays, don't forget about your four-legged friends. Whether you're looking to adopt an animal to give as a gift, or already have one of your own, you can follow some quick and easy steps to keep everyone's spirits bright. Full story...
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Aquarium tracks young turtles to learn more about them

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videoA new program at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is keeping tabs on some young sea turtles. The staff has tagged the reptiles with trackers for the very first time. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Dead whale washes back onto Bald Head Island

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video The Bald Head Island Conservancy says the beached whale that was pushed back into the ocean yesterday, washed back on shore dead this morning. Full story...
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House fire kills family's dog

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video A fire in Wilmington last night killed a family pet and caused significant damage to the home. The Wilmington Fire Department says crews responded to the home at 725 Ivey Circle around 11:30 p.m. Full story...
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Tagged Great White tracking toward our coast

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videoMary Lee is a 16-foot, two-ton Great White shark. She was first satellite tagged by scientists in Cape Cod in September. In just three months, she has made it all the way down the eastern seaboard and is making her way back north. Full story...
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Lejeune Marine charged crimes against nature

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video A Camp Lejeune Marine is behind bars after being accused of crimes against animals. After receiving a tip from a concerned citizen and Onslow County DSS, Mark David Harpel was arrested for crimes against nature. Full story...
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UPDATE: Former Navassa cop says town is wrongfully withholding pay

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video A day after a Brunswick County judge ordered he can keep his K9, former Navassa police officer Kevin Smith says the town is withholding compensation owed to him out of retaliation. Full story...
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Former Navassa cop keeps his K9

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video A former Navassa police officer was in court this morning fighting to keep the police dog he says is more like a member of his family. Full story...
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NC judge rules against New Year's Eve possum drop

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There will be no possum drop in Brasstown this New Year's Eve if a decision by an administrative law judge stands. In a ruling issued Tuesday, Judge Fred Morrison said North Carolina law prohibits citizens from using wild animals for pets or amusement. Full story...
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Shark washes up on Bald Head Island

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Folks on Bald Head Island got quite a surprise on the beach today: a dead, six-foot long shark. The Village of Bald Head Island posted a photo of the big fish on its Facebook page. Full story...
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Brunswick County horse tests positive for EEE

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A one-year-old Quarter horse colt that died in Brunswick County was confirmed as the 19th Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) positive horse in North Carolina for 2012 according to county health officials. North Carolina has experienced an active West Nile virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) activity this year. Full story...
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Sea turtles rescued in wake of Hurricane Sandy

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video As Hurricane Sandy washed away the Topsail Island beach head, it swept some young sea turtles back ashore. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: City says autistic boy's chickens must go

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video Dealing with autism can be tough, but some unique perspectives have allowed growth that otherwise may be impossible. Now one family says the City of Wilmington has decided that their approach to help their autistic son is illegal. Full story...
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20th case of rabies reported in New Hanover County

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New Hanover County Animal Services says the 20th case of rabies this year has been confirmed in the county. Yesterday, Animal Services was called to pick up a fox that was killed by a family dog. Full story...
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E. coli at NC county fair like 2011 State Fair bug

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State health officials say the strain of E. coli bacteria that caused a fatal outbreak at the Cleveland County Fair is similar to the bug that sickened two dozen visitors to last year's state fair. Full story...
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