AP State News

Saturday 02/06/2016
18-year-old teen already named top firefighter in Cramerton
Posted: February 06, 2016 - 12:02 am

CRAMERTON, N.C. (AP) — Luke Karagias literally ran from his high school graduation last May — not because he was happy to be finished with school but because he had to catch another class.

Friday 02/05/2016
Judges strike down 2 North Carolina congressional districts
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 10:15 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal judges struck down late Friday two majority black congressional districts in North Carolina, saying race was the predominant factor in drawing those lines but state legislators lacked justification in using that practice.

The Latest: State lawmakers to appeal ruling on districts
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 9:01 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a panel of federal judges striking two congressional districts in North Carolina (all times local):

Props rule the day for Super Bowl at Vegas sports books
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 7:45 pm

Jay Kornegay still finds it painful to talk about the last time the Denver Broncos were in the Super Bowl and the first snap of the game went over Peyton Manning's head for a Seattle safety.

Harold Varner III dons Panthers jersey, dabs way down 16th
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 7:30 pm

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Harold Varner III drew the ire of the rowdy fans on the 16th hole Friday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open when he put on a Carolina Panthers jersey and dabbed his way to the green.

Judge: Ex-Salvadoran colonel can face charges in Spain
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 4:02 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge cleared the way Friday for a former Salvadoran colonel to face charges in Spain that he helped plan the 1989 slayings of six Jesuit priests during El Salvador's civil war — a notorious crime that prompted international outrage.

McCrory's 1st re-election campaign ad linked to Super Bowl
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 5:11 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory's first television commercial of his re-election campaign seeks to connect the Carolina Panthers' Super Bowl run with the Republican's time in office.

Police: BMX rider Dave Mirra dies at 41 of apparent suicide
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 7:03 am

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police say veteran X Games biker Dave Mirra has died in North Carolina. He was 41.

Navy corpsman being awarded Silver Star at Camp Lejeune
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 8:01 am

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A Navy corpsman is being awarded the Silver Star at Camp Lejeune on the North Carolina coast.

Thursday 02/04/2016
Cable scores 25, No. 3 Notre Dame defeats NC State 82-46
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 11:00 pm

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Madison Cable put North Carolina State on the ropes by scoring 13 of Notre Dame's first 19 points and Brianna Turner knocked the Wolfpack out by scoring 10 points in the third quarter, including four straight baskets.

Prosecutor: Girl texted with college man before stabbing
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 8:00 pm

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia Tech students carefully planned the kidnapping and killing of a 13-year-old girl, arranging a pre-dawn rendezvous online after buying cleaning supplies and a shovel at separate Wal-Mart stores, a prosecutor alleged Thursday.

North Carolina elections take shape with fundraising numbers
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 6:45 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's March 15 primary and the November general election are taking shape as candidates and party committees disclosed financial reports over the past week as state and federal filing deadlines came and went.

Monahan powers Flames to 4-1 win over Hurricanes
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 2:15 am

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Sean Monahan had a goal and three assists to lead the Calgary Flames to a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night.

Wednesday 02/03/2016
Coach K back at work 1 day after missing Duke-Ga Tech game
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 10:15 pm

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was back at work one day after missing his first game in more than 20 years.

Montgomery inks 1st recruiting class as Pirates' new coach
Posted: February 03, 2016 - 8:06 pm

East Carolina coach Scottie Montgomery barely had time to put together his staff before it was time to hold onto commitments from recruits and seek out new ones.

The Latest: Mourners remember slain teen at visitation
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 8:30 pm

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a 13-year-old Virginia girl who was killed and the two Virginia Tech students charged in her death (all times local):

Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Evening' game
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 8:15 pm

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

Hornets G Walker sits out game vs Cavs with sore knee
Posted: February 03, 2016 - 5:56 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker will miss Wednesday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers with a sore left knee.

Report: Food fish in Northeast at risk to climate change
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 6:30 pm

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal government report says the list of Northeastern sea life species that are most vulnerable to climate change includes numerous economically important fish and shellfish that humans rely on for food.

Charter school report rejected as too negative gets revamp
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 6:15 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's statewide school board will review changes to an annual status report on public charter schools a month after Lt. Gov. Dan Forest complained the update wasn't sufficiently upbeat.

Slain 13-year-old was caught between childhood, adulthood
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 4:45 pm

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Nicole Madison Lovell was, by all accounts, at that awkward stage of growing up that all kids go through: clinging to childhood ways while beginning to venture into the adult world.

Review reveals problems protecting workers from pesticides
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 2:30 pm

BELLE GLADE, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of farmworkers looked up at the little yellow plane buzzing over the Florida radish field, a mist of pesticide falling from its wings.

Las Vegas fans scramble as cable fight threatens Super Bowl
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 1:00 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — From the taco bar to the chicken wings, Me Ray Shook has long had the potluck planned for her annual Super Bowl party. It's how to watch the big game that she hasn't figured out.

Lowe's makes another run for Canada's Rona in $2.3B deal
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 8:15 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Lowe's is expanding its footprint in Canada with a $2.3 billion acquisition of the home improvement retailer Rona.

Tuesday 02/02/2016
Neighbor: Slain Virginia girl talked of online 'boyfriend'
Updated: February 02, 2016 - 9:45 pm

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A 13-year-old girl who vanished from her bedroom was stabbed to death by a Virginia Tech student, and another freshman already charged with hiding the body was more deeply involved, authorities said Tuesday. A neighbor said the seventh-grader told friends she would sneak out to meet her "boyfriend" David, an 18-year-old she met online through the Kik messaging app.

Vernon Davis hopes to play a role in Super Bowl with Broncos
Updated: February 02, 2016 - 7:24 pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Vernon Davis got to sleep at home for a night in the Bay Area, stay in the same hotel where he lived during 49ers training camp last summer, and the equipment staff even promised him his old locker at Levi's Stadium this weekend.

Chip off the ol' Bum: Wade Phillips gets best from Denver D
Updated: February 02, 2016 - 7:24 pm

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — A few weeks ago, Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips went to great pains to describe glowingly a certain coach with the initials "B.B." — a coach he would go on to out-scheme and beat a few days later to punch his ticket to the Super Bowl.

Federal, state, local officials beef up Super Bowl security
Updated: February 02, 2016 - 6:30 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — From ticket scalpers to terrorism, football's biggest game always presents challenges large and small for law enforcement officials.

The Latest: Mother speaks about slain 13-year-old daughter
Updated: February 02, 2016 - 7:24 pm

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the death of a 13-year-old Virginia girl and the two college students charged (all times local):

Miller's the loose leader of the Denver Broncos
Updated: February 02, 2016 - 9:01 pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — When the NFL turned its anvil into a carrot, giving Von Miller a way out of its drug program, Denver's star linebacker was free to be himself this season — and was he ever.

Panthers, Broncos meet reporters at Super Bowl media circus
Updated: February 02, 2016 - 12:45 am

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — What happens when you put Peyton Manning, Miss Universe, an orange-and-blue leprechaun and 200 TV cameras into the same room?

Monday 02/01/2016
4 ex-Blackwater contractors appeal convictions in shootings
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 9:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four former Blackwater security contractors found guilty in a deadly Baghdad shooting appealed their convictions on Monday, saying a key witness against them had changed his testimony after the trial and that prosecutors lacked jurisdiction to even bring the case.

The Latest: Principals talk about students charged in death
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 7:01 pm

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the alleged abduction and slaying of a 13-year-old Virginia girl (all times local):

Duke men, women unranked at same time for 1st time since '86
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 6:15 pm

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — For the first time in almost 30 years, both Duke basketball teams — men and women — are unranked at the same time.

Terror suspect indicted in murder of John Bailey Clark
Posted: February 01, 2016 - 2:28 pm

Justin Nojan Sullivan, the Morganton teen who was charged by the federal government on June 19, 2015, with helping the terrorist organization ISIL, was indicted by a Burke County grand jury Monday afternoon in the murder of 74-year-old John Bailey Clark.

Federal trial in Voter ID lawsuits expected to wrap up
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 10:15 am

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Closing arguments are expected in the federal trial on North Carolina's requirement that voters provide a picture ID to cast a ballot

Sunday 01/31/2016
Broncos, Panthers arrive in Bay Area for Super Bowl
Updated: January 31, 2016 - 9:30 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — They're here.

Virginia Tech student charged in death of 13-year-old girl
Updated: January 31, 2016 - 5:45 pm

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia Tech engineering students have been arrested in connection with the death of a 13-year-old girl whose disappearance last week from her Virginia home set off a frantic, four-day search.

Property owner fighting to get to own land
Posted: January 31, 2016 - 12:05 am

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — John W. Jeffries has had a ringside seat for some pivotal moments in black history.

Saturday 01/30/2016
NC Lottery
Updated: January 31, 2016 - 1:30 am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ These North Carolina lotteries were drawn Saturday:

Over 1 million face loss of food aid over work requirements
Updated: January 30, 2016 - 8:15 pm

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — More than 1 million low-income residents in 21 states could soon lose their government food stamps if they fail to meet work requirements that began kicking in this month.

Ward, Stewart vow to return from injuries for Super Bowl
Updated: January 30, 2016 - 10:03 am

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — T.J. Ward's Super Bowl guarantee doesn't exactly possess the same sort of sizzle as Joe Namath once promising — and delivering — a win.

Local teen spearheading relief effort in Nepal
Posted: January 30, 2016 - 12:05 am

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — As Kristian Gaylord's gap year continues to unfold in unforeseen ways, his sense of mission is increasing.

Friday 01/29/2016
Democratic candidates for governor spar over voting law
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 10:30 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Attorney General Roy Cooper's rival for the Democratic nomination for North Carolina governor said Friday night it's wrong for Cooper to defend in court a wide-ranging election overhaul law approved by Republicans that lawsuits claim discriminate against minority voters.

Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Day' game
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 1:15 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday afternoon's drawing of the North Carolina Lottery's "All or Nothing Day" game were:

Thursday 01/28/2016
Weekend blizzard ranks 4th worst among Northeast snowstorms
Updated: January 28, 2016 - 5:15 pm

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Last weekend's crippling blizzard was the fourth most powerful snowstorm to hit the Northeast in at least 66 years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday.

Wednesday 01/27/2016
Liberty holds off Gardner-Webb 69-55
Posted: January 27, 2016 - 10:21 pm

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) — John Dawson had 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting, Ryan Kemrite added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Liberty beat Gardner-Webb 69-55 on Wednesday night.

Sorority activities at Duke suspended after hospitalization
Updated: January 27, 2016 - 7:16 pm

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Sorority activities at Duke University have been halted after a new member's alcohol-related hospitalization.

Authorities: Woman fatally shot, man wounded in front of son
Updated: January 27, 2016 - 6:45 pm

KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) — The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office has charged a man with murder after a woman was fatally shot and her husband wounded as their son watched.

Blakeman to referee 1st Super Bowl
Posted: January 27, 2016 - 5:11 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Eighth-year referee Clete Blakeman will work his first Super Bowl on Feb. 7 when the Carolina Panthers play the Denver Broncos at Santa Clara, California.