News archive from 18 November 2014

Merger and acquisitions stay on torrid pace

Merger and acquisitions stay on torrid pace

Two mega-mergers worth a combined $100 billion Monday scorched the hottest year for mergers and acquisitions since before the 2008 financial crisis, and the pace and scope of M&A could be even stronger in 2015. Nearly 30 large-scale oil and gas...

 

Study: Terror attacks soar in 2013, kill 18,000

LONDON A new global study says there were nearly 10,000 terrorist attacks in 2013, 44 percent more than the year before. The London-based Institute for Economics and Peace says those attacks in 2013 resulted in nearly 18,000 deaths. Its Global...

 

Amnesty: UAE in unprecedented clampdown on dissent

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates Leading human rights group Amnesty International says the United Arab Emirates has quietly mounted an unprecedented clampdown on dissent since 2011, with more than 100 activists jailed or prosecuted for calling for...

 

One year later, Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones make good on their pledge

DURHAM It was one year ago when the foundation for the 2014-15 Duke team came together. On the eve of the Blue Devils' Champions Classic game against Kansas, Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor made up their collective mind about where to go to school. The...

 

Report: 51 killed in Congo police sweep vs. gangs

KINSHASA, Congo Human Rights Watch says in a new report that police in Congo's capital conducted dozens of extrajudicial killings in a three-month crackdown against organized crime gangs. The rights group says "Operation Likofi" launched...

 
Fraud charges thwart Cornelius payroll operators

Fraud charges thwart Cornelius payroll operators

The operators of Piedmont Fiberglass realized something was amiss when state and federal authorities informed them they owed thousands of dollars in payroll taxes they thought they had already paid. The Internal Revenue Service and North Carolina...

 

Charlotte high school swimmers to watch

Girls Nora McCullagh, Charlotte Catholic, Sr.: Two-time All-Observer Swimmer of the Year, two-time state championship meet MVP. Looks to break her own records before swimming for Texas in college. Emily Allen, Hough, Sr.: Tennessee recruit is back to...

 

Kerry: US 'not intimidated' by Islamic militants

LONDON Secretary of State John Kerry issued a warning Monday to Islamic State militants that "we are not intimidated" after another American hostage was killed. Kerry said the brutality of the Islamic State group and its potential spread...

 

Charlotte Catholic swimmer Nora McCullagh out for more records

For most of Nora McCullagh's Charlotte Catholic swimming career, she has been racing to break her own records. Going into her senior season, McCullagh has been a part of nine individual or relay state titles. She is coming off back-to-back seasons as...

 

Burkina Faso diplomat chosen as interim leader

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso Burkina Faso's former ambassador to the United Nations is slated to be in charge of a civilian transitional government after the military briefly seized control of the country last month. Michel Kafando, 72, was named early...

 
Begich concedes after hard-fought Senate battle

Begich concedes after hard-fought Senate battle

After holding on to dwindling hope for days, Sen. Mark Begich on Monday conceded he had lost his U.S. Senate race to Republican Dan Sullivan. Sullivan, Alaska's former attorney general, led the Democratic incumbent by 7,718 votes as of late Friday....

 

Charlotte-area high school football games of the week

No. 3 Butler (10-2) at No. 2 Mallard Creek (11-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Two teams that have been among state championship favorites all year will meet in the second round of the playoffs. Butler beat Mallard Creek by a point this season. No. 7 Hough...

 

Observer's Sweet 16 football poll 11.17.14

Independence remains No. 1 in the Observer's Sweet 16 poll, and the Patriots are one of several ranked teams that have playoffs games this week against other ranked teams. No. 3 Butler is at No. 2 Mallard Creek in a rematch of a regular-season game....

 

Victory Christian's Allen drives run to state final

In early October, Vance's Donnovan Spencer ran for 405 yards in a 48-35 win against A.L. Brown. He broke the four-year-old Mecklenburg County record of 378 yards set by Providence Day's Josh Covington. Spencer's record didn't last long. Friday night,...

 

Prosperity Church apartments OKd by city

The Charlotte City Council unanimously approved Monday a controversial rezoning of nearly 34 acres west of Prosperity Church Road across from Ridge Road, clearing the way for a larger apartment complex that is currently allowed. The proposal, by Boca...

 

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