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Former Word of Faith Fellowship church member Rachael Bryant poses for a photo with her tax records at her home in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. She and 10 other members of the evangelical North Carolina-based church say their leader, Jane Whaley, coerced congregants into filing false unemployment claims after the faltering economy threatened weekly tithes from church-affiliated companies. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
September 25, 2017 - 12:04 am
SPINDALE, North Carolina (AP) — When Randy Fields' construction company faced potential ruin because of the cratering economy, he pleaded with his pastor at Word of Faith Fellowship church to reduce the amount of money he was required to tithe every week. To his shock, Fields said church founder...
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September 25, 2017 - 12:01 am
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Pilar is moving northward in the Pacific just off Mexico's western shore, raking coastal areas with rain and high winds after passing close to the resort city of Puerto Vallarta. Pilar had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) Sunday night and its center was...
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September 24, 2017 - 7:14 pm
MIAMI (AP) — A tropical storm watch has been issued for the North Carolina coast from Surf City northward to the state's Virginia border including the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. The National Hurricane Center said Sunday evening that the tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch...
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In this Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 photo provided by the Virginia Task Force 1, crew members ultilize a hot stick to assess electrical lines in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in eastern Puerto Rico. Days after Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, flooding towns, crushing homes, millions on the island face the dispiriting prospect of weeks and perhaps months without electricity. (Virginia Task Force 1 via AP)
September 24, 2017 - 4:57 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The latest on Hurricane Maria and its devastation of Puerto Rico (all times local): 4:55 p.m. The U.S. Department of Energy says initial damage assessments and power restoration efforts have begun on Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The agency said Sunday that it is...
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September 24, 2017 - 2:43 pm
GARNER, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man has been accused of stealing a street sweeper and using it to drive doughnuts around a shopping mall. Garner police told local media outlets that 39-year-old Jason Lee Robinson of Raleigh was arrested Sunday and charged with larceny, driving while impaired...
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FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2010, file photo, Joe Chan, chief chef of Sun Tung Lok Chinese Cuisine in Hong Kong prepares shark fin for cooking. Shark fins are most often used in a soup considered a delicacy in Asia. Environmentalists and animal advocates have long blamed the soup for the decline of some shark species. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
September 24, 2017 - 10:50 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — As lawmakers propose banning the sale of shark fins in the U.S., a pair of scientists is pushing back, saying the effort might actually harm attempts to conserve the marine predators. Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey introduced a bill this year designed to prevent...
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FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2010, file photo, Joe Chan, chief chef of Sun Tung Lok Chinese Cuisine in Hong Kong prepares shark fin for cooking. Shark fins are most often used in a soup considered a delicacy in Asia. Environmentalists and animal advocates have long blamed the soup for the decline of some shark species. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
September 24, 2017 - 10:50 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — As lawmakers propose banning the sale of shark fins in the U.S., a pair of scientists is pushing back, saying the effort might actually harm attempts to conserve the marine predators. Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey introduced a bill this year designed to prevent...
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National Guard personnel evacuate Toa Ville resident Luis Alberto Martinez after the passing of Hurricane Maria, in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, Friday, September 22, 2017. Because of the heavy rains brought by Maria, thousands of people were evacuated from Toa Baja after the municipal government opened the gates of the Rio La Plata Dam. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
September 23, 2017 - 5:00 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Latest on Maria (all times local): 4:55 p.m. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says people along the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic coasts should watch the progress of Maria. The storm is about 285 miles (460 kilometers) east of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas...
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September 23, 2017 - 11:27 am
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say a driver is facing charges after hitting and killing a pedestrian. A police news release says that Greensboro officers responded to the crash around 7:20 p.m. Friday. Police say the driver struck a guard rail and the woman. The woman, whose name...
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September 23, 2017 - 11:19 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As Deborah Jones was researching her own genealogy, she stumbled onto some North Carolina history with which she wasn't familiar — the muster of a troop of black union soldiers as the Civil War was wrapping up. Now Jones, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, is part of a...
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