News archive from 2 December 2014

Congress tries to find path through 'must-pass' bills

Congress tries to find path through 'must-pass' bills

WASHINGTON — Lingering fallout from the midterm elections and President Obama's recent executive actions on immigration are complicating congressional efforts to wrap up necessary legislative business and adjourn this session of Congress. "We...

 

Duke Energy, DENR critique EPA carbon plan

The Obama administration's plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants would “fundamentally alter how electricity is generated, delivered and consumed in the country,” Duke Energy says. The plan aims to curb...

 
Backgrounder: Trial of former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell

Backgrounder: Trial of former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell

Profile Prosecutors are accusing former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, of accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from wealthy businessman Jonnie Williams. The then-chief executive of Virginia-based public company Star...

 

Charlotte-area high school basketball games of the week

No. 1 West Charlotte at No. 15 Harding, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: The first of two big tests for the Lions this week. Harding is one of the toughest places to play in Mecklenburg County, and West Charlotte will play No. 12 Berry at home Friday. West...

 
Scarlett Johansson, Romain Dauriac secretly wed

Scarlett Johansson, Romain Dauriac secretly wed

Congratulations are in order for Scarlett Johansson and French journalist Romain Dauriac, who secretly married months ago in Montana. The New York Post and People are reporting they confirmed that Johansson and Dauriac wed in Philipsburg, Montana, on...

 

Colombian general captured by rebels resigns

BOGOTA, Colombia An army general whose shock capture by leftist rebels nearly led to the collapse of peace talks has tendered his resignation. Gen. Ruben Alzate, holding back tears in his first remarks since being freed Sunday, said he dishonored the...

 

Bond for pilot detained with cash in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico A judge ordered the release on bond of a pilot and CEO who was arrested in Puerto Rico after authorities found more than $600,000 in undeclared cash inside his plane, his lawyer said Monday. The federal court judge approved bond...

 
Dear SCOTUS: Violent artistic words no defense in cyber-threat case

Dear SCOTUS: Violent "artistic" words no defense in cyber-threat case

SAN FRANCISCO — In a rare instance, I find myself rooting for the U.S. Supreme Court to take a conservative view of artistic freedom. As is usual of late, the Internet is involved. USA TODAY From rap to Facebook, court wrestles with 'true threats'...

 
MLB exemptions for Adderall dip slightly in 2014

MLB exemptions for Adderall dip slightly in 2014

For the first time in three years, Major League Baseball did not eclipse its previous mark for exemptions to use Adderall, according to figures released by MLB late Monday afternoon. MLB granted 112 therapeutic use exemptions for players with...

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Bell: Applaud, don't condemn Rams' players for taking a stand

Bell: Applaud, don't condemn Rams' players for taking a stand

Hands up. Don't Shoot! It's a rallying cry now, with an accompanying gesture serving as a powerful symbol. That five St. Louis Rams players had the audacity to emerge from the tunnel at the Edward Jones Dome during pregame introductions on Sunday and...

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Coroner: Exam will look at brain of Ohio State player

Coroner: Exam will look at brain of Ohio State player

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A county coroner says a special examination will look for signs of traumatic brain injury in an Ohio State athlete found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Anahi Ortiz of Franklin County says the examination by an...

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Charlotte Latin boys return to Observer Sweet 16

North Mecklenburg's girls and Charlotte Latin's boys move into the Observer's Sweet 16 basketball rankings this week. Latin, ranked in the preseason, returned to the boys poll. North Meck (4-0) hasn't been ranked in the girls poll this season, but...

 
Duke trio leads area all-ACC honorees

Duke trio leads area all-ACC honorees

Three Duke seniors earned top honors on the first-team all-ACC teams announced by the league Monday. Guard Laken Tomlinson, receiver and specialist Jamison Crowder, and linebacker David Helton were all picked for the first team by the Atlantic Coast...

 

Challenge road success elusive for Pack

It has been been 15 years, almost to the day, since N.C. State won its only road game in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Justin Gainey's 3-pointer from the top of the key with 15 seconds left was the winner in a 61-59 victory over 19th-ranked Purdue at...

 
McAdenville lights up for Christmas Town USA

McAdenville lights up for Christmas Town USA

The lights turned on in McAdenville on Monday for the 59th Christmas Town USA event, which expects to draw 600,000 visitors. The event runs until Dec. 26 and is open 5:30-9:30 p.m. weekdays; 5:30-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Details:...

 

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