News archive from 21 June 2014

Change likely at Family Dollar, but sale far from certain

A day after Family Dollar's largest shareholder demanded the company put itself up for sale, analysts agreed that change is almost inevitable. But they cautioned the Matthews-based retailer might not end up being sold, because the stock has risen over...

 
Scott Langley leads Travelers Championship

Scott Langley leads Travelers Championship

CROMWELL, Conn. -- Scott Langley took the second-round lead in the Travelers Championship on Friday, following his opening 64 with a 65 to reach 11 under 129. Winless in two seasons on the PGA Tour, the 25-year-old Langley had eight birdies, a double...

 
Swiss defense cracks under French strikes

Swiss defense cracks under French strikes

SALVADOR, Brazil -- The referee's final whistle came mercifully for Switzerland, having been completely out-classed and thrashed by France 5-2 at the World Cup. It could have been even worse if Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers did not blow his whistle a...

 

2-state child abuse probe reaches Union County

A child sexual abuse investigation involving a Charlotte-area man now stretches from New York to Union County, with six victims identified and others possible. Bill Bates-Congdon of Waxhaw was indicted last week in Oswego County, N.Y., on almost two...

 
New Jersey Gov. Christie supports Walker in probe

New Jersey Gov. Christie supports Walker in probe

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is supporting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker amid charges that Walker was at the center of an illegal scheme to coordinate fundraising with conservative groups. During a visit Friday to New Hampshire,...

 

US rig count rose 4 to 1,858

HOUSTON -- Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by four this week to 1,858. The Houston firm said in its weekly report Friday that 1,545 rigs were exploring for oil and...

 

California unemployment scheme totaled $14 million

YUBA CITY, Calif. -- An unemployment scheme carried out in Northern California since the early 1990s has led to more than $14 million in fraudulent claims, federal authorities said Friday. U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wager said two recent arrests mean 28...

 
Former Senate candidate Rhoden endorses Rounds

Former Senate candidate Rhoden endorses Rounds

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- In a surprise move, former U.S. Senate candidate Larry Rhoden endorsed Mike Rounds, his former and victorious primary rival, at the South Dakota Republican Party's convention Friday in Rapid City. In a news release from the party,...

 

Gov. Rick Scott signs bills on vouchers, guns and sports stadiums

TALLAHASSEE -- From pro sports to Pop-Tarts, Gov. Rick Scott signed dozens of new laws Friday, including two NRA-supported gun bills and an expansion of school vouchers. The voucher program, part of a 140-page education bill (SB 850), expands the use...

 
Honduras breaks drought, level 1-1 at halftime

Honduras breaks drought, level 1-1 at halftime

CURITIBA, Brazil -- Honduras ended a 32-year wait for a World Cup goal with Carlo Costly scoring in the 31st minute before Enner Valencia equalized for Ecuador to make it 1-1 at halftime in their Group E match on Friday. Costly latched on to a long...

 

Man who escaped Michigan court surrenders

ADRIAN, MICH. - A man who escaped a holding cell at a southeastern Michigan courthouse has surrendered after 10 days. The Lenawee County sheriff's department says Scott Henning of Swanton, Ohio, tuned himself in Friday. He ran away on June 10 after...

 
Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar inventor, dies at 90

Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar inventor, dies at 90

DOVER, Del. Police Lt. David Spicer took four .45-caliber slugs to the chest and arms at point-blank range and lived to tell about it. Like thousands of other police officers and soldiers shot in the line of duty, he owes his life to a woman in...

 
Selena Gomez stalker sentenced to treatment

Selena Gomez stalker sentenced to treatment

LOS ANGELES -- A homeless man has been ordered to undergo psychological treatment after pleading no contest to stalking Selena Gomez. Los Angeles County prosecutors say Che Thomas Cruz entered the plea Friday and was told to spend six months in a...

 

Firefly festival expected to draw 80K music fans

DOVER, Del. -- Organizers of the Firefly Music Festival are expecting 80,000 people to attend this year's event, more than double the attendance at the inaugural festival three years ago. This year's event kicked off Thursday, and most fans were in...

 

GOLF: Tiger Woods to return to competition next week

Feeling rusty but ready to play again, Tiger Woods said Friday he would return to competition next week at Congressional in the Quicken Loans National. Woods last played on March 9 at Doral, where he dealt with pain in his lower back and closed with a...

 

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