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Candidates similar on issues in NC Senate debate Video included

The four leading candidates for North Carolina's Republican U.S. Senate primary did little to differentiate themselves on the issues in their second televised debate. More>>

Legislative panel wants Common Core stopped in NC

Legislators want to replace new public school academic standards used by North Carolina and more than 40 other states after hearing parents and other groups complain that the Common Core program is controlling curriculum... More>>

South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit

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When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States. More>>

Obama to Russia: More sanctions are 'teed up'

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Accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Thursday that the United States has another round of economic sanctions "teed up" - even as he acknowledged those penalties... More>>

Campaign 2016: Texas Gov. Perry says he needs prep

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he'll need more preparation if he runs for president again in 2016. More>>

Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

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Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they're... More>>

Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned Video included

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Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet. More>>

Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

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An Army private convicted of providing classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday toward living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. More>>

Boogeymen and shady deals define spin for Senate

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The fight for the Senate majority boils down to boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian - if party operatives' spin is to be believed. More>>

Aereo CEO speaks on company, Supreme Court case

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Television broadcasters face off at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday with Aereo, a company that offers live TV over the Internet. The case hinges on whether the service constitutes a public performance in violation of... More>>

Report on CIA interrogations shadows Gitmo trials

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The planned release of portions of the Senate report on the CIA's use of harsh interrogation techniques could add to the legal complications facing the long-delayed U.S. military tribunals of terrorist suspects at the... More>>

California bill reignites affirmative action fight

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Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the... More>>

Afghan election commission delays vote results

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Afghanistan's election commission delayed a planned release of full results from the April 5 presidential election to allow for recounts and audits, officials said Wednesday, a development that adds to the confusion... More>>

Ukraine orders new military operation in the east

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Ukraine's acting president ordered security forces to resume operations in the country's east on Tuesday after the bodies of two people allegedly abducted by pro-Russia insurgents were found and a military aircraft... More>>

May 6th Primary polling places by county

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Looking for where to go cast your vote in the East. More>>

Beaufort County candidates taking part in bipartisan debate Video included

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Several candidates in Beaufort County are taking part in a bipartisan debate. More>>

4 NC GOP Senate hopefuls meet on stage for debate

Four of the eight Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina are meeting on the same stage for a live debate two weeks before the May 6 primary. More>>

US weighs curbing deportations

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Tens of thousands of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally but don't have serious criminal records could be shielded from deportation under a policy change being weighed by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. More>>

Push for a human relations council gets another delay Video included

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Pitt County Commissioners decide to delay a vote on approving a new human relations council until they have more research. More>>

As Army shrinks, young officers being pushed out

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After the 9/11 attacks, tens of thousands of young men and women joined the military, heading for the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and dusty deserts of Iraq. More>>

McCrory coal ash announcement miffs GOP lawmakers Video included

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Some North Carolina lawmakers say they were surprised and miffed by fellow Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's announcement that he's seeking legislation to beef up government oversight of coal ash dumps.
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Obama: Easter a time to reflect on hope, renewal

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President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to draw strength and inspiration from the Easter and Passover holidays. More>>

Some countries get Obama, but want his wife, too

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When President Barack Obama travels abroad, sometimes it's not enough for just the leader of the free world to show up. People in other countries want the first lady, too. More>>

From Clinton to Obama, many parallels

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Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same. More>>

Cooper, other lawyers resolve NC defamation case

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North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has settled a longstanding case with a family of Raleigh lawyers who sued him for defamation in a television commercial he aired in his campaign for the job 14 years ago.
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Obama: 8 million signed up for health care Video included

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Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and... More>>

Obama voices skepticism on Russia in Ukraine Video included

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President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't... More>>

Chelsea Clinton expecting first child this fall

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For the Clintons, 2014 is the year of the baby. More>>

Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum

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Even though Chicago is where Barack Obama got his start in politics, first lady Michelle Obama grew up and the Obamas still call their hometown, state and local officials aren't taking for granted that the Windy City... More>>

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions _ for now Video included

In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by... More>>

President defending health law good for some Dems Video included

President Barack Obama's full-throated defense of his health care overhaul seems perfectly timed for Democrats who want their party to embrace the law more enthusiastically. More>>

Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies

As political campaigns begin to heat up, the Supreme Court is deciding whether false accusations and mudslinging made during an election can be punished as a crime. More>>

India struggles with rebel threats during election

Indians cast ballots Thursday on the biggest day of voting in the country's weekslong general election, streaming into polling stations even in areas where leftist rebels threatened violence over the plight of... More>>

Little government response to bombing a year later

A year after homemade bombs ripped through the Boston Marathon, state and federal officials have enacted virtually no policy changes in response to the attack, a dramatic departure from previous acts of terrorism that... More>>

Medical pot measure could boost Fla. Democrats

Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nation's largest swing state see medical marijuana as a potential antidote to political malaise in this year's midterm elections. More>>

Bloomberg plans $50M gun control network

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year on a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling 1 million gun-control supporters to the polls, he... More>>

Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

Some low-paid workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law. More>>

Energy state Dems in Senate races split from Obama

Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that's sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular President... More>>

End of NYPD Muslim surveillance program applauded

Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terrorism... More>>

More NC Senate candidates release money totals

Two more Republicans running for U.S. Senate in North Carolina have announced how much they've raised heading into the final weeks before the May 6 primary. More>>

Obama seeks inmates worthy of commutation power

President Barack Obama is looking for convicts worthy of his rarely used power to commute sentences. More>>

Congress is giving states the transportation blues

On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects... More>>

Colleges seek to improve remedial programs

The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels' remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College. More>>

Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances

With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas... More>>

Mitchell pulls out of 12th District race

Former Charlotte City Councilman James Mitchell has dropped out of the race to fill the 12th Congressional District seat vacated when Mel Watt became head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. More>>

McCrory, tax overhaul opponents talk on filing day

Conservatives are using the April 15 deadline to celebrate tax changes that North Carolina lawmakers argue will keep more money in family wallets and encourage job creation. More>>

People with old Social Security debts get reprieve

People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve - for now. More>>

Feds charge woman in Hillary Clinton shoe-throw

Federal authorities have lodged two criminal charges against a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton while she gave a convention speech at a Las Vegas Strip resort. More>>

Mrs. Obama, 'first dogs' visits military families

Michelle Obama said Monday she is shining a light on military families who are her heroes and a medical facility that treats them as she gives thanks during an early Easter celebration. More>>

Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance efforts in stories based on thousands of secret documents handed over by... More>>

April 15 not much of a deadline for most taxpayers

The calendar shows April 15, and you haven't even started on your federal tax return? Chances are, you don't need to fret. More>>

Native Americans say US violated human rights

A Native American group is asking the international community to charge the United States with human rights violations in hopes of getting help with a land claim. More>>

Rand Paul: US 'can't invite the whole world'

Sen. Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an "act of love." More>>

US ambassador: Talks with Iran continuing

The United States' ambassador to the United Nations says talks about Iran's nuclear program are continuing undisturbed by Washington's decision to block Tehran's ambassador to the diplomatic body. More>>

Finance ministers: Economy stronger but fragile

The world's top financial officials say they believe the global economy is strengthening but that growth remains fragile and open to risks of new geopolitical strife, as in Ukraine. More>>

Cruz says he's optimistic about turning US around

Ted Cruz says he's optimistic about the country's future. More>>

'Obamacare' under attack as conservatives eye 2016

Republicans eyeing the 2016 White House race battered President Barack Obama's health care law and nicked each other Saturday, auditioning before a high-profile gathering of conservatives that some political veterans... More>>

Rand Paul says conservatives need a bold message

Potential presidential contender Rand Paul says conservatives need a bold message to "hit those who haven't been listening" and to keep their political movement growing. More>>

Peru state a violent 'mini-dictatorship'

One by one, the senior officials from the capital took the microphone and apologized to an auditorium packed with angry people who had long been living in fear. The officials admitted they had failed to prevent a political... More>>

Feds: Safety concerns led to Nevada cow release

By MARTIN GRIFFITH Associated Press Federal land managers say "escalating tensions" led them to release all 400 or so head of cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada from a rancher who has... More>>

Friday is deadline to register for May NC primary Video included

A new law means North Carolina residents are no longer allowed to register to vote during early voting. So they're just about out of time if they want to cast ballots for the May 6 primary. More>>

Greenville City Council overturns the 4 unrelated rule Video included

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On Thursday night the Greenville City Council voted to overturn the 4 unrelated rule. More>>

House candidate addresses criminal past

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A state house candidate is asking voters to look past his criminal history. More>>

Greenville City Council passes new taxes for sweepstakes machines Video included

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The city council in Greenville passed a new ordinance on Monday to tax sweepstakes parlors.The new taxes will go into effect on July 1st. More>>

Documents: FBI seized cash from mayor's home

Search warrants show that the day former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested on public corruption charges, FBI agents seized dozens of items from his home and offices, including cash, computers and financial records. More>>

Gay marriage's win streak tested in higher court

The gay rights movement's winning streak in same-sex marriage lawsuits faces its biggest test yet in Denver where a federal appeals court will weigh whether to give an important victory to gay couples' right to... More>>

Clodfelter sworn in as Charlotte's new mayor Video included

Dan Clodfelter has been sworn in as the fourth mayor of Charlotte since last spring. More>>

Stay issued on subpoenas in NC election law case

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A federal magistrate judge has delayed enforcement of her ruling directing North Carolina legislators to hand over some emails and other documents about last year's election overhaul law to groups who've sued to overturn portions of the law. The stay issued by Judge Joi Peake late last week comes after lawyers for the state and Gov. Pat McCrory formally objected to her decision two weeks ago that legislators couldn't ignore subpoenas demanding the records. State attorneys insist lawmakers a... More>>

NC Republicans hold more top effectiveness spots

North Carolina Republicans expanded their majorities at the General Assembly at 2012. A survey assembled every two years by a nonpartisan research group finds they are wielding more influence in the legislative process, too. More>>

NC Senate hopefuls announce 1st quarter totals

Leading North Carolina U.S. Senate candidates are announcing their fundraising totals so far this year before they're required to tell election regulators next week. More>>

Tillis gets anti-abortion group backing in NC

House Speaker Thom Tillis has received the endorsement of an influential national anti-abortion group in the race for U.S. Senate in North Carolina. More>>

Preliminary cost for canine-control ordinance surfaces Video included

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The cost of a canine control ordinance surfaced at Monday’s Pitt County Commissioners meeting and it's a significant increase.  More>>

2 NC Senate debates scheduled before early voting

Two televised debates and possibly a third will air later this month so North Carolina voters can learn more about some of the eight Republican U.S. Senate candidates. More>>

NC Libertarian convention meeting this weekend

North Carolina's Libertarian Party will have an unusual gathering this weekend because it will host a forum for its primary candidates for U.S. Senate. More>>

Attorney: NC photo ID wouldn't stop 2-state voting

Critics of North Carolina's elections overhaul law say information about potential voter fraud does not justify such wide-ranging and restrictive changes approved by Republicans last year. More>>

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