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Longtime football official ready to retire stripes

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — When watching a sporting event in person, Larry Honeycutt tries his best to remain anonymous.

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Friday 11/28/2014
Evangelicals with gay children challenging church
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

Rob and Linda Robertson did what they believed was expected of them as good Christians.

Thursday 11/27/2014
Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Evening' game
Posted: November 27, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the North Carolina Lottery's "Pick 4 Evening" game were:

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Evening' game
Posted: November 27, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the North Carolina Lottery's "Pick 3 Evening" game were:

Mexico president announces anti-crime crackdown
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's president announced a nationwide anti-crime plan Thursday that would allow Congress to dissolve local governments infiltrated by drug gangs and give state authorities control over often-corrupt municipal police.

Visitors crowd Vegas buffets for a day of feasting
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas visitors lined up early Thursday at the city's mega-buffets to pile their plates high for an unconventional holiday meal on the Strip.

Ferguson gives thanks after a quiet night
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Protesters in Ferguson pressed pause Thursday as the city welcomed Thanksgiving, decorating boarded-up storefronts with some Dr. Seuss inspiration and gathering for church services — a stark contrast to previous days of outrage over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case.

Authorities: Man had stun guns, machete in luggage
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Safety officials say they've found two stun guns, a machete and other weapons in a man's checked baggage at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Justice sent home after heart stent implanted
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital Thursday after having a heart stent implanted to clear a blocked artery, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said.

No. 5 NORTH CAROLINA 78, No. 22 UCLA 56
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

NORTH CAROLINA (4-1)

Japan inflation eases, other data mixed in October
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's inflation rate edged lower in October, highlighting the difficulty Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces in his campaign to overcome deflation in the world's third-largest economy.

Full holiday menu for Obamas, plus 6 pies
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama spent a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House where the belly-stuffing menu featured all the holiday's basics. He also continued a tradition of telephoning members of the armed forces to thank them for their service.

Early-bird shoppers turn out on Thanksgiving
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Early-bird shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving in what's becoming a new holiday tradition.

2 NY children rescued from snowbank
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Two boys who had gone out to build a snow fort were inadvertently trapped for several hours in a Newburgh, New York, snow bank when a plow operator clearing a parking lot pushed snow over them, not realizing they were there, officials said.

US celebrates Thanksgiving with parades, turkey
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of Americans across the country marked Thanksgiving Day with lots of turkey, football, parades and early shopping, while many overcame nasty weather, power outages and even being buried in the snow. At the White House, President Barack Obama spent a quiet holiday with a traditional meal.

California sees record-breaking Thanksgiving heat
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

SAN DIEGO (AP) — While the East and Midwest shivered, Thanksgiving was hotter than a roasting turkey in California as a high-pressure ridge caused record-breaking highs in several cities.

Argentina charges HSBC with aiding tax evasion
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's tax agency charged HSBC bank Thursday with helping more than 4,000 Argentines evade taxes by placing their money in secret Swiss accounts.

Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Evening' game
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the North Carolina Lottery's "All or Nothing Evening" game were:

Alaska pot backer ordered to comply with subpoena
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A campaign-finance investigation is moving forward against an Alaska television reporter who quit her job on-air and vowed to work toward legalizing marijuana.

Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Evening' game
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

ATLANTA (AP) — The winning numbers in Thursday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "All or Nothing Evening" game were:

Against odds, Chicago school aims for championship
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

CHICAGO (AP) — Unlike some resource-rich powerhouses that typically vie for Illinois' high school football championships, the Phillips Academy Wildcats must lug their helmets and pads nearly a mile to a South Side Chicago city park to practice. They have no field of their own.

Hackers force message on websites via US firm
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A U.S. firm that helps connect more than 700 companies with customers through social media says a Syrian group hacked the company's web address to upload a message to other websites.

No. 22 Syracuse women defeat East Carolina 69-58
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island (AP) — Alexis Peterson scored 19 points, matching her career high, as No. 22 Syracuse women beat East Carolina 69-58 and advanced to Friday's championship in the Lucaya Division of the Junkanoo Jam.

A Black Friday alternative: Small Business Saturday an opportunity to shop locally
Posted: November 27, 2014

Malls and big-box stores are packed today – Black Friday – but there is an also an opportunity to find unique gifts a few hours later.

Glenwood's holiday celebration set for Saturday
Posted: November 27, 2014

This Saturday, the Glenwood community will again celebrate the Christmas season with its popular parade, children’s activities and fireworks.

Two charged with harboring escapees
Posted: November 27, 2014

Two McDowell residents have been charged in connection with helping two escaped inmates who were captured last weekend in Nebo.

Sex offender faces more charges
Posted: November 27, 2014

A registered sex offender was indicted by the grand jury for allegedly inviting teenagers into his home and offering them alcohol.

Deputies would like to chat with Brenda Hipps
Posted: November 27, 2014

Editor's note: The following is a feature provided by The McDowell News in conjunction with McDowell County Crimestoppers. On a rotating basis, members of local law enforcement agencies will submit unsolved crimes for publication. Investigators hope citizens can provide the missing pieces that will solve these offenses and/or help apprehend those responsible. The Crimestoppers Spotlight feature will run each week in The McDowell News.

1-year-old unharmed in New Orleans carjacking
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As a 30-year-old woman pumped gas at a station in a New Orleans neighborhood, a man jumped in the car and sped away with her 1-year-old daughter inside.

Diplomats make trade deal to cut red tape, poverty
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

GENEVA (AP) — After many years of talking, the World Trade Organization pulled off a major deal Thursday that the body said could boost global commerce by $1 trillion annually.

Flight 93 chapel closed after being struck by car
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A car has crashed into a Pennsylvania chapel honoring the Sept. 11 victims of United Airlines Flight 93, temporarily closing it.

Expectant mom struck by car dies; baby born alive
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A pregnant woman sitting outside a drugstore died when an elderly driver trying to park jumped the curb and pinned her against the wall, police said.

For some, location of Brown's hands irrelevant
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The word spread within minutes of Michael Brown's death — a young black man with his hands raised in surrender had just been shot by a white cop.

Central Florida family rescued from state forest
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida father and four kids are thankful they didn't have to spend a cold night in a state forest after getting lost while biking.

LAPD: Arrested protesters to be released by dinner
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demonstrators who can't make bail after being arrested during Los Angeles protests linked to the Ferguson police shooting will be released in time for Thanksgiving dinner, police said Thursday.

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Day' game
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The winning numbers in Thursday afternoon's drawing of the North Carolina Lottery's "Pick 3 Day" game were:

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Day' game
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The winning numbers in Thursday afternoon's drawing of the North Carolina Lottery's "Pick 4 Day" game were:

OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

VIENNA (AP) — Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided Thursday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result.

21 authors write about how NC influenced them
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Writer and editor Marianne Gingher gave 21 authors a wide-open assignment: write about any subject they chose as long as North Carolina was at the core of the story.

US cathedral may become museum to the slave trade
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A plan to open what would be the nation's only museum centered on the trans-Atlantic slave trade would focus on the Episcopal Church's role in its history and the sometimes-buried legacy of slavery in northern states like Rhode Island.

Hawaii road re-opens amid stalled lava flow
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii County's civil defense director is asking motorists not to stop on a newly reopened road in a rural town to get a look at lava that has stalled less than 500 feet away.

Death penalty sought for Nigerian child bride
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — The father of a 14-year-old child bride accused of murdering her husband said Thursday he was appealing to a Nigerian court to spare his daughter the death sentence.

Taliban attack rocks upscale Kabul district
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban fighters staged an attack Thursday evening in an upscale district in the Afghan capital Kabul. Witnesses described multiple explosions and bursts of gunfire in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, which contains numerous foreign embassies and compounds housing international agencies and companies — as well as the homes of some senior Afghan government officials.

A glance at Ferguson: Then, now and the future
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thanksgiving started quietly in Ferguson, following protests Wednesday night that drew the smallest crowd since a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old.

For 600 migrants, harrowing sail ends in Greece
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

IERAPETRA, Greece (AP) — Hour after hour, the coast guard boats shuttled from the crippled freighter to a concrete pier, discharging a steady flow of humanity: Families with small children, black-clad elderly women, battered-looking youths with backpacks.

Egypt braces for new Islamist protest
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians are bracing for potential violence ahead of a planned major protest Friday by Islamists calling for the toppling of the government and the defense of their religion, with security forces vowing to confront any unrest with "lethal force."

Peres criticizes Israel's 'Jewish state' bill
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's former president has come out against a bill floated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that would define Israel as "the Jewish state."

Panthers' Benjamin says rookie wall won't stop him
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin says he has no plans on slowing down after needing just 11 games to establish new franchise rookie records for receptions, yards receiving and touchdowns in a season.

Families asked to host visitors for pope's US trip
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Residents of the Philadelphia area are being asked to show some brotherly love to those traveling to the city to see Pope Francis next year.

Longevity, icon status get toys into hall of fame
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 12:15 am

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Before the holiday wish lists and mad buying rush each year comes a dose of nostalgia with the National Toy Hall of Fame's annual picks for enshrinement.