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N.C.

'Miracle babies' to return home as tornado cleanup begins

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A North Carolina family says three children were ripped from their beds by a tornado, throwing one about 100 feet away along a fence lining a highway. All have been released from hospitals and are back with relatives. Full story...
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Judge takes no action on new NC billboard rules

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A judge says it's too early to step into a dispute over new rules allowing billboard companies to cut down more trees around their North Carolina signs. Full story...
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Man shoved in front of car during fight

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Authorities say a man was killed outside a Charlotte bar after he was shoved into the path of a car during a fight. Full story...
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Man accused of drowning puppies

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Police have arrested a Jacksonville man after they say he drowned two puppies, then threw them away in a trash bin near his home. Full story...
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Severe storm injures at least 5 in NC

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At least five people are injured, and officials are surveying damage as the National Weather Service confirmed that tornadoes struck Mecklenburg and Cherokee counties. Full story...
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National groups begin NC "values" bus tour

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National conservative groups sponsoring a bus tour across North Carolina to highlight fiscal matters also will give a platform for supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment on the May ballot that would limit marriage to one man and one woman. Full story...
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Etheridge at home to begin NC governor campaign

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One of the leading Democratic candidates for North Carolina governor is staying home to begin his campaign in earnest. Full story...
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Obama to address economy in politically important NC

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President Barack Obama will travel to Charlotte Wednesday to speak about the economy. The trip keeps up Obama's weekly visits to politically important states, drawing attention to the economic recovery and steps aimed at sustaining it. Full story...
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Former top MLB pick Taylor faces drug charges

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Brien Taylor was once paid more than $1 million by the New York Yankees, but it was the cash that cops paid him that landed him behind bars. Full story...
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North Carolina attorneys offer free legal advice today

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Anything free in today's struggling economy is a good thing, especially free legal advice. Full story...
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NC school board OKs fall open for 9 new charters

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Nine new charter schools are headed for August openings, the first since North Carolina lawmakers removed a 100-school statewide limit last year. Full story...
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NC early-ed panel pulls back on recommendations

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A North Carolina legislative committee has scaled back recommendations for changing the state's prekindergarten program, but not before the debate shifted to the scope of poverty in the state. Full story...
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Judge sets April trial date in John Edwards case

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The federal trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards is now scheduled to begin in April. Full story...
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Charlotte police identify man shot at complex

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Charlotte police have identified a man who was shot and killed at an apartment complex earlier this week. Full story...
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Billy Graham association laying off nearly 50

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The Charlotte-based Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is laying off nearly 50 workers, or about 10 percent of its staff, as it shifts focus to its online ministry and other initiatives. Full story...
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