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Possum Drop's future again uncertain in NC

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The use of a wild opossum during an annual New Year's Eve celebration in the North Carolina mountains again is uncertain after a Wake County judge agreed to block a General Assembly law approved this year. Superior Court Judge Bryan Collins granted a preliminary injunction Friday related to the Possum Drop in Brasstown. WRAL-TV reports Collins found People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and other groups were likely to win their lawsuit, so he granted their motion. Full story...
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Protesters block Durham road in Ferguson rally

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Those protesting the decision against indicting a white police officer in the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting of a black teen briefly blocked a road in Durham. Hundreds of people attended various rallies in the Raleigh-Durham area Tuesday evening. Full story...
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NC lawmakers examine rules for Uber, Lyft, Airbnb

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North Carolina lawmakers have heard presentations on digital services that allow people to sell car rides through a smart phone app or rent out rooms to travelers. Car services such as Uber and Lyft and short-term rental sites including Airbnb represent a new business model that legislators are studying ahead of the session that begins in January. Full story...
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NC State Fair presents new fried food offerings

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The vendors at this year's N.C. State Fair have found something new to drop in a fryer. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the Ragin' Cajun booth will be selling deep-fried bananas Foster, the classic New Orleans dessert where bananas are sauteed in rum and brown sugar and served with vanilla ice cream. Full story...
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Drug companies announce NC expansions, new jobs

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Two pharmaceutical companies already in North Carolina say adding several hundred jobs in the state through the rest of the decade. Gov. Pat McCrory announced Friday a business unit of DPx Holdings will create 488 more jobs at its Greenville location by the end of 2019 as part of a $159 million capital investment. The subsidiary is called Patheon and provides contract development and manufacturing assistance to the pharmaceutical industry. Full story...
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NC high school player dies after collapse

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A high school football player in North Carolina has died after he collapsed before a game last weekend. Wake County Schools announced Monday that Isaiah Langston of Rolesville High School died after collapsing on the field before Friday night's game with Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School. Full story...
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Vanishing Marine will be tried on desertion charge

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A U.S. Marine who vanished in Iraq and later wound up in Lebanon will be on trial in military court on desertion and other charges. A news release Friday says a Marine general has referred 34-year-old Cpl. Wassef Hassoun for a general court-martial. No date has been set. Full story...
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Cary man pleads guilty in wife's death in 2008

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A man awaiting a new trial in the death of his wife six years ago has pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Multiple media outlets reported that 40-year-old Brad Cooper pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Monday in Raleigh. Full story...
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Captured fugitive returns to NC after 1973 escape

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Investigators arrested Carnes in Waterloo, Iowa, in April after facial recognition technology suggested that he applied for Iowa driver's licenses under two identities. They soon learned Carnes was wanted for escaping from prison in Huntersville, North Carolina, in August 1973, when he was serving time for the 1970 armed robbery of a convenience store. Full story...
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Panel considers parole for NC officer's killer

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A North Carolina panel is considering whether to grant parole to a man convicted of killing a Clayton police officer 32 years ago. WRAL-TV reported the North Carolina Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission heard from witnesses on Tuesday about the possibility of releasing 64-year-old Bobby Earl Smith. Full story...
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