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Americans load up on candy, trick or treat – or not

Americans may not know if trick or treating will happen this year because of the pandemic, but they’re buying a lot of Halloween candy while they wait to find out. U.S. sales of Halloween candy were up 13% over last year in the month ending Sept. 6, according to data from market research firm IRI and the National Confectioners Association. That enthusiasm is good news for candy companies, which rely on the 10-week Halloween period for around 14% of their annual $36 billion in U.S. sales. But it's not clear if demand will fall in late October, when there's usually a rush to buy candy for trick or treaters.

Elderly man critically injured in NC home explosion

A man is in critical condition following a fiery explosion in Duplin County, according to officials.

Gale Sayers, Bears Hall of Fame running back, dies at 77

Chicago Bears Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers has died.

Carole Baskin of ‘Tiger King’ fame sued for defamation

Carole Baskin of “Tiger King” fame is being sued for defamation by a former assistant.

1 officer indicted in Breonna Taylor case; not for her death

A grand jury has indicted one officer on criminal charges six months after Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police in Kentucky.

South Carolina teachers stay home to advocate for pay, safety

Some South Carolina teachers are taking a personal day to fight for safer classrooms amid the pandemic as well as an annual small raise that was frozen after the economy crashed because of the virus.

Bus-size asteroid to zoom by Earth, ducking below satellites

An asteroid the size of a school bus is headed our way, but NASA says the space rock will zoom safely past Earth on Thursday.

4th grader sent home from school after sneezing

A father in Massachusetts says his nine-year-old son – a 4th-grader – was sent home from school this week because he was sneezing, CBS Boston reports.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose at Supreme Court

The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is lying in repose Wednesday and Thursday at the U.S. Supreme Court, where Americans can pay their respects to a woman who spent her career fighting for equality and justice.

Woman charged in connection with Cannon Hinnant’s murder

A 21-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony accessory after the fact in connection with the murder of 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant in Wilson.

Pregnant woman pulls husband to safety after shark attack

Officials say a pregnant woman jumped into the water to save her 30-year-old husband when a shark latched onto his shoulder as he was snorkeling in the Florida Keys.

Mars drops Uncle Ben’s, reveals new name for rice brand

The Uncle Ben’s rice brand is changing its name to Ben's Original. Parent company Mars Inc. is the latest company to drop a logo criticized as a racial stereotype.

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New Hanover County health expert gives guidance on Halloween celebrations

On Tuesday the CDC released guidance on Halloween during COVID-19, discouraging families from trick-or-treating. Now a local health expert is weighing in.

Mother thankful for man who saved her 6-year-old son at Kure Beach

A day trip to Kure Beach nearly turned into a tragedy for one North Carolina family, but thanks to the quick actions of a good samaritan that wasn't the case. 

National Hispanic Heritage month and the Coronavirus

Every September 15-October 15, Americans celebrate Hispanic Heritage month, a time set aside to commemorate the histories, cultures, and contributions of the Latinx people. But this year, the Latinx community has had to adapt.

Judge hears lawsuit attempting to delay NHRMC sale

A judge is hearing the Save Our Hospital's request for a restraining order to delay the sale/partnership of NHRMC.