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GREAT ECONOMIC NEWS: Unemployment down; Spending and incomes up

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The Labor Department says that weekly unemployment claims dropped by 34,000 to a seasonally adjusted 407,000 in the week ending Nov. 20. Wall Street analysts expected a much smaller drop. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Couple spots whale off of Wrightsville Beach

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Local Realtor Bobby Brandon posted this video on YouTube Monday of a whale spotted just off Wrightsville Beach...He's scheduled to join us today on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 5:30 to talk about his adventure. Full story...
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EASLEY INVESTIGATION: Former governor enters felony plea agreement

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video Former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley has entered a plea agreement over a false campaign finance report, consenting to a $1,000 fine after state and federal prosecutors spent more than a year combing through his life. UPDATED WITH COMMENTS FROM THE SBI AND JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. Full story...
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Therapists say Facebook affecting users' emotions

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video "Facebook me" and "Tweet me" are phrases that have become part of everyday life. But is social media controlling the way we feel? Full story...
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Castle Hayne takes steps to incorporate town

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video Members of the Castle Hayne Incorporation Committee went to Raleigh today to drop of a petition supporting incorporation. Full story...
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Wilmington wishlist faces challenge from Republican legislature

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video Christmas is right around the corner, and many folks are getting their wishlists in order. Wilmington City Council is no different. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: USS Gravely has close call with sailboat

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Viewer Mark Todd shot this video of the Gravely as it headed down the Cape Fear River. As it neared Snow's Cut, a sailboat got a little too close. Full story...
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Easley's hometown reacts to plea deal

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video Though Mike Easley is considered a hometown boy in Southport, many residents feel they got no hometown support from him. Easley has been under state and federal investigation for two years, but many in Southport say they have known there was something a little fishy about him for a long time. Full story...
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Man in wheelchair struck on Wooster Street

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A man in a motorized wheelchair was seriously injured when he drove into the path of a car at about 10:50 Tuesday morning. The man was crossing Wooster Street near 9th Street (not in the crosswalk) when he was struck by a silver Honda Civic. Full story...
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Official: Charlotte teen possibly fell from plane

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An airport official says investigators are looking into the possibility that a Charlotte teenager whose mutilated body was found on a suburban Boston street may have fallen from a plane. Full story...
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