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14 charged in meningitis outbreak that killed 64

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors charged 14 people in a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people nationwide in what authorities called the largest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine.

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Thursday 12/18/2014
Inmates: State's lethal injection unconstitutional
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lawyers for 21 death row inmates say Oklahoma's bungled execution in April is evidence they likely will experience pain and suffering from the state's lethal injection protocol.

Fed rate wording boosts Asian stock markets
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

Asian stock markets powered higher Thursday, sweeping aside worries about a flagging global economy after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would remain "patient" in its approach to raising interest rates.

Year after W.Va. river spill, execs face charges
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When state inspectors arrived at Freedom Industries asking about a licorice smell enveloping West Virginia's capital city, the point person at the tank farm, Dennis P. Farrell, told them he knew nothing about a chemical leak.

NC Lottery
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — These North Carolina lotteries were drawn Wednesday:

Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 5' game
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the North Carolina Lottery's "Cash 5" game were:

Australian leader: Siege may have been preventable
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Thursday that a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critics demanding to know why the gunman was out on bail despite facing a string of violent charges grew louder.

Poll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

MOSCOW (AP) — From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah.

Thomas, Dragic lead Suns over Hornets, 111-106
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Goran Dragic said he hates to miss any game.

Things to know about Montana exchange student killing
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Markus Kaarma, a 30-year-old Montana man, was convicted of deliberate homicide for shooting Diren Dede, a 17-year-old German exchange student caught trespassing in his garage. Kaarma's attorneys unsuccessfully argued his actions were justified by a state law allowing the use of deadly force if a person reasonably fears for his or her safety or their property. Some key legal issues raised by the case:

Canada man finds woman for free trip around world
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

TORONTO (AP) — A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms. Right.

Q&A: Drones might help show how tornados form
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

DENVER (AP) — Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning how tornados form.

Furniture supply firm marks 90 years in business
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — Someone recently asked Mike Oliver how his High Point furniture supply business has managed to stay around for 90 years.

Why the Fed thinks US economy still needs its help
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you didn't know about the lingering damage from the Great Recession, the U.S. economy would appear remarkably strong.

Wednesday 12/17/2014
Missouri school takes cane from blind student, 8
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri school district has apologized to the family of a blind student whose cane was replaced with a swimming pool noodle after he allegedly misbehaved on the bus.

Amid scrutiny, Uber vows bigger focus on safety
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions.

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Evening' game
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

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

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Evening' game
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

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

Nightlife king faces queries from gaming regulator
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Los Angeles nightlife entrepreneur who revamped Las Vegas' Sahara Hotel and Casino into a hipper, sleeker destination is getting ready to defend his past again so he can obtain a Nevada gambling license after admitting recent cocaine use and explaining his curious business dealings with felons.

N Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. official says North Korea has been linked to the unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks that ultimately drove the studio to cancel all release plans for the film at the heart of the hack, "The Interview."

California gets more rain, 1 big mudslide
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The latest in a string of storms noisily marched across Southern California on Wednesday, hurling lightning bolts, coating mountains with snow and unleashing downpours that triggered a freeway-blocking mudslide before mostly moving on.

Massachusetts ride-share driver accused of rape
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts Uber driver is accused of sexually assaulting a woman who had summoned the ride-sharing service.

Fed rate wording boosts Asian stock markets
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

Asian stock markets powered higher Thursday, sweeping aside worries about a flagging global economy after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would to remain "patient" in its approach to raising interest rates.

North Carolina Central slams Barber-Scotia 108-52
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Jordan Parks landed a double-double, scoring 33 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to lead North Carolina Central to a 108-52 win over USCAA Barber-Scotia in an exhibition game on Wednesday night.

Jacksonville rallies to beat Gardner-Webb 68-65
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — J.R. Holder scored 16 points and Jacksonville rallied in the second half, scoring the last four points of the game, to defeat Gardner-Webb 68-65 on Wednesday.

Central Texas TV meteorologist shot; gunman sought
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

BRUCEVILLE-EDDY, Texas (AP) — Authorities from multiple law enforcement agencies are combing the area around a remote Central Texas television studio where a morning meteorologist was shot in a parking lot after an argument.

AP-BKC--SIU-Edwardsville-Campbell Box
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

SIU-EDWARDSVILLE (1-7)

McCarter leads Campbell past SIU-Edwardsville 70-65
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

BUIES CREEK, N.C. (AP) — Reco McCarter had 16 points, 11 rebounds and six assists to lead Campbell to a 70-65 victory over SIU-Edwardsville on Wednesday night.

AP-BKC--Ferrum-High Point Box
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

FERRUM (4-6)

Video of Albuquerque police shooting released
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police have released video showing what happened when an Albuquerque police officer accidentally shot a man during a burglary investigation.

Sony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview."

Timeline of NC Gov McCrory's payouts from Tree.com
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

Timeline of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's payouts from Tree.com:

$10 million in stolen Los Angeles art recovered
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have recovered $10 million worth of art — including paintings by Chagall and Diego Rivera — that were stolen in one of Los Angeles' largest art heists.

14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

BOSTON (AP) — Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers' gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn't properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected.

Tucson police to stop some immigration checks
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson police said Wednesday they will no longer fully enforce the state's landmark immigration law that requires local police to check the immigration status of people they encounter while enforcing other laws.

Avon Products settles bribery charges for $135M
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

NEW YORK (AP) — The world's largest direct seller of cosmetics, Avon Products Inc., will pay $135 million to settle criminal and civil charges after its China unit pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing officials there.

Stolen emails reveal lapses in Sony security practices
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren't paying attention, even as hackers targeted executives to trick them into revealing their online credentials.

Palestinians set deadline for Israeli occupation
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday, while the Palestinians at the United Nations set a deadline for an Israeli withdrawal from lands captured nearly 50 years ago by the end of 2017.

Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Evening' game
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

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

Ax, machete, pill bottles near rampage suspect
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Marines who served with a man believed to have killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives said he fought constantly with her, although a Veterans Administration psychiatrist deemed him free of any suicidal or homicidal thoughts a week before the deadly rampage.

Guilty verdict in German exchange student's death
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who shot and killed a German exchange student caught trespassing in his garage was convicted of deliberate homicide Wednesday despite arguing that a state "castle doctrine" law allowed him to use deadly force to protect his home and family.

AP EXPLAINS: Montana's 'stand your ground law'
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

The murder trial of a Montana man who shot and killed 17-year-old German exchange student Diren Dede in his garage tested a state law that gives a person the right to use force or threaten to use force to protect his or her own home from unlawful entry or attack, particularly a provision known as "stand your ground." Markus Kaarma unsuccessfully invoked the law in his defense, saying he was protecting his family and property. He was convicted of deliberate homicide Wednesday. Here's a brief explanation of the law and controversy surrounding it.

Tillis displeased with US-Cuba announcement
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Sen.-elect Thom Tillis said Wednesday that President Barack Obama's decision to make sweeping changes to American and Cuban relations now is a bad idea and should have come only after more Cuban government and human rights reforms.

Man charged with killing wife stuffed in fridge
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police have charged a 38-year-old man with murder in the stabbing death of his estranged wife, whose body was found rotting in a disabled refrigerator.

Doctor says Oklahoma inmate suffered in execution
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A doctor who examined the body of an Oklahoma inmate who died during a botched execution told a federal judge Wednesday that he is convinced the man suffered after being declared unconscious.

Teen admits killing 2 at Oregon hunting cabin
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A 15-year-old who shot and killed his foster father and another man at a remote Oregon cabin in 2012 never meant to kill anyone and never should have been around loaded guns due to his lack of maturity after years of abuse and other problems, a defense lawyer says.

Fed to be 'patient' about a rate hike; stocks soar
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. economy. But it will be "patient" in deciding when to do so.

Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relations
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:16 am

HAVANA (AP) — Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility.

Washington governor proposes carbon pollution cap
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state's largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release.

Analysts question McCrory's payout disclosure
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:15 am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Political analysts from both parties said they had concerns Wednesday about whether North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory had been forthcoming about payments of more than $185,000 in cash and stock that he accepted from a Charlotte mortgage broker after he took office last year.