News archive from 19 December 2014

CMS considers policy change that could rethink role of homework

CMS considers policy change that could rethink role of homework

It's long been a rite of high school students: staying up late to finish reading and other homework assignments for the next day's class. But Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and experts now question how valuable it is to just pile on out-of-school...

 

Cuba, Major League Baseball a step closer to working relationship

WASHINGTON At a dinner in one of Fidel Castro's palaces in 1999, Castro and several of Major League Baseball's senior executives discussed one of the few bonds between Cuba and the United States: baseball. The executives, including baseball's...

 

Hickory loses Champions Tour stop

Lagging sponsorship sales have cost the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn its spot on the 2015 PGA Champions Tour schedule. The tournament, which has been played at Conover's Rock Barn Golf & Spa since 2003, has been replaced on the schedule by...

 
Retrial underway in murder of Monroe student Phylicia Barnes

Retrial underway in murder of Monroe student Phylicia Barnes

BALTIMORE A second trial of the man accused of killing 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes, an honor-roll student from Monroe is underway, but prosecutors say they won't call a jailhouse informant whose involvement in the first trial got the guilty verdict...

 

Area College Basketball Games for 12.19.14

Clemson (6-3) at South Carolina (5-3) 7 p.m., Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C. (SEC) While not as heated as in football, the Tigers and Gamecocks still enjoy a rivalry in basketball, with Friday's game the 165th between the two schools....

 

North Carolina juries bring three death row sentences in 2014

RALEIGH In a year in which three botched executions added renewed fervor to the national debate over capital punishment, the number of convicted murderers sentenced to death across the United States was the lowest in 20 years. The number of executions...

 

Queens reaches .500 in men's basketball with rout

Queens coach Bart Lundy said he might have taken the wrong approach to the Royals' morning practice before Thursday afternoon's men's basketball game with College of Faith-Charlotte. “I told them we're probably going to win this game, so...

 
Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford: ‘Our problem is we don't guard'

Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford: ‘Our problem is we don't guard'

The Charlotte Hornets are 6-19 nearly a third of the way into their season, and their coach says this team lacks an identity. That's bad news. In remarks after Wednesday's home loss to the Phoenix Suns and again after practice Thursday, coach Steve...

 

Lawmakers consider easing requirements for NC mortgage lenders

N.C. House members expect to vote Friday on whether to recommend easing requirements for mortgage lenders – a move that proponents say would cut costs for the industry but critics say would dilute protections for borrowers. Rep. John Bell,...

 
Tough testing keeps some pot off Washington shelves

Tough testing keeps some pot off Washington shelves

More than 13% of the marijuana and related products readied for sale in Washington state failed mandatory contaminant testing because they contained yeast mold, salmonella and e. coli bacteria. Washington's legal marijuana system requires pot, edibles...

 
Colorado sued by neighboring states over legal pot

Colorado sued by neighboring states over legal pot

The attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma sued Colorado in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, arguing state-legalized marijuana from Colorado is improperly spilling across state lines. The suit invokes the federal government's right to regulate...

 
2014 quiz: Were you paying attention this year?

2014 quiz: Were you paying attention this year?

Whew, it's been quite the year. From accidental marijuana brownie overdoses to Charlie Sheen's ice bucket challenge with cold, hard cash, 2014 offered up its fair share of the outrageous. Before you look ahead to 2015, let's take one last trip down...

 
Man replaces girlfriend, embarks on epic trip

Man replaces girlfriend, embarks on epic trip

Jordan Axani hasn't even started his round-the-world trip yet, but it's been quite a ride. The 28-year-old Canadian's story went viral when he posted a plea on Reddit in November for someone — anyone — named Elizabeth Gallagher to take plane tickets...

 
U.S. airstrikes kill three Islamic State leaders

U.S. airstrikes kill three Islamic State leaders

WASHINGTON — Airstrikes have killed several senior and mid-level Islamic State leaders since mid-November, according to the Pentagon. In recent days bombing runs have killed Haji Mutazz, Abd al Basit and Radsin Talib. Their deaths are expected to...

 
Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

HAVANA The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States unleashed expectations Thursday of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings. On the first...

 

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