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Bank of America taking $400M litigation charge

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Bank of America says it is taking a $400 million charge to cover additional litigation costs and cut its results for the third quarter. The Charlotte, North Carolina, company says it is in talks with U.S. banking regulators about its foreign exchange business. Citigroup cut its third-quarter earnings by $600 million on Oct. 30 for similar reasons. Full story...
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NC orders Duke to redo coal ash monitoring plans

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videoNorth Carolina regulators have ordered Duke Energy to resubmit its proposal for assessing the extent of groundwater contamination leaking from 33 coal ash dumps across the state after deeming the company's current plans "inadequate." Full story...
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Former Charlotte mayor gets house arrest for illegal vote

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A federal judge is placing the former mayor of North Carolina's largest city under house arrest until he begins serving a nearly four year sentence for taking bribes. Full story...
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Court official defends directive to NC magistrates

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The chief administrator of North Carolina's courts says magistrates are duty-bound to marry gay couples and says he finds no federal law or rulings that would exempt them based on religious beliefs opposing same-sex marriage. Full story...
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US schools head sees college prep in rural areas

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US Education Secretary Arne Duncan is in North Carolina to hear about an experiment that strives to prepare rural students for college. Full story...
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Chester City councilman killed in shooting

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The Chester County Sheriff says a city councilman has died after a drive-by shooting. Sheriff Alex Underwood told local media outlets that Chester City Councilman Odell Williams was shot Tuesday night. Underwood says no arrests have been made. He says detectives are working to locate some suspects, whom he would not identify Wednesday. Full story...
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NC panel eyes unannounced fracking inspections

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Hearing officers who studied public comments on fracking in North Carolina are recommending that rules be revised to allow unannounced inspections of hydraulic fracturing operations. The report was prepared by three members of the state Mining and Energy Commission for the full board to consider at meetings starting Thursday. Full story...
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NCDOT recommends sponsoring highway clean-up

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A study by the N.C. Board of Transportation is suggesting sponsorship for highway litter removal and rest areas, as well as increasing certain fees as a means of easing the burden on taxpayer funds for services it provides. The recommendations were released on Wednesday after the NCDOT study which was directed by the N.C. General Assembly. Full story...
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Family plans to mark Billy Graham's 96th birthday

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Forget about another big birthday blowout for the Rev. Billy Graham. Graham plans to celebrate his 96th birthday Friday with family and friends. Last year, 900 people attended a two-hour party for the North Carolina-born evangelist at an Asheville hotel. Full story...
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Tillis sensed victory over Hagan about 2 weeks ago

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North Carolina Sen.-elect Thom Tillis says his victory over incumbent Kay Hagan came as no surprise because projections taken about two weeks ago suggested he would win. Full story...
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