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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A former University of North Carolina men's basketball player has been charged with second-degree rape.

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Federal judge overturns Arkansas' marriage ban
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:15 pm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge struck down Arkansas' voter-approved gay marriage ban Tuesday but stopped any rush to the altar by putting her order on hold so the state can consider an appeal.

5 children killed in South Texas house fire
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:15 pm

HOUSTON (AP) — Five children were killed after their South Texas mobile home caught on fire and its roof partially collapsed, making rescue attempts impossible, officials said Tuesday.

Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson 'tussle'
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:15 pm

FERGUSON, Missouri (AP) — Some witnesses called it a tussle. Others described it as a tug-of-war. Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson testified that they were fighting over his handgun.

Ferguson protesters rally across US for second day
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:15 pm

People protesting the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day Tuesday, showing the racially charged case has inflamed tensions even hundreds of miles from the predominantly black St. Louis suburb.

Cleveland crowd protests over boy shot by police
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:15 pm

CLEVELAND (AP) — Several hundred people marched down an exit ramp and temporarily blocked rush-hour traffic on a busy freeway on Tuesday while protesting a police officer's fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy who had brandished a pellet gun.

Ferguson officer: 'I know I did my job right'
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:15 pm

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson says he couldn't have done anything differently in his confrontation with Michael Brown to have prevented the 18-year-old's shooting death.

Georgia St. pulls away from Western Carolina 85-70
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:15 pm

ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — R.J. Hunter scored 27 points and Ryan Harrow added 21 and Georgia State pulled away for an 85-70 win over Western Carolina at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic on Tuesday.

AP-BKC--W. Carolina-Georgia St. Box
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:15 pm

W. CAROLINA (2-3)

France suspends delivery of warship to Russia
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:15 pm

PARIS (AP) — France suspended the delivery of a warship to Russia on Tuesday, after months of speculation about what would be the biggest arms sale ever by a NATO country to the Kremlin.

HP earnings show continued struggle
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:15 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co.'s latest earnings report shows that despite three years of efforts to turn its business around, the venerable tech giant still has a lot more work ahead.

Obama: No excuse for violent, destructive protest
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:15 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama sharply rebuked protesters Tuesday night for racially charged violence in Missouri, saying there was no excuse for burning buildings, torching cars and destroying other property after a grand jury declined to indict the white police officer who shot a black teenager.

Longtime AP reporter Juan Carlos Llorca dies at 40
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:15 pm

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Juan Carlos Llorca, a veteran Associated Press journalist who covered immigration and the drug war along the U.S.-Mexico border, and whose reporting on illegal international adoptions helped prompt national reforms in Guatemala, has died at age 40.

Gunmen seize jewels and hostage in Paris heist
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:15 pm

PARIS (AP) — Two gunmen robbed a Cartier jewelry boutique in a tony and tourist-filled Paris neighborhood Tuesday, fled police in a chase across the Seine River, took a hostage — and then surrendered, authorities said.

AP sources: Top candidate for defense job bows out
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michele Flournoy, a top contender to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has taken herself out of consideration for the Pentagon's top job, people familiar with the process said Tuesday.

UNC-CH: Employee gone on day of grade fraud report
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:15 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's flagship public university on Tuesday for the first time identified one of the employees disciplined after an investigation into a long-running scheme involving fake classes and inflated grades that helped athletes stay eligible to compete.

Tsarnaev lawyers lose bid for info in '11 slayings
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:15 pm

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a request from lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to order prosecutors to turn over evidence about his older brother's possible participation in a 2011 triple killing.

Tough to make a case against police in shootings
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a policeman for the killing of Michael Brown illustrates the difficulty of making a case against officers in fatal shootings and points to the likelihood of a similar outcome for a federal civil rights probe of the case.

Judge: FEC improperly narrowed disclosure rules
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Election Commission impermissibly narrowed disclosure requirements for corporations and labor organizations that finance electioneering communications, the political ads that run close to an election, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Sizing up what Apple's $700B market cap could buy
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:15 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's market value surpassed $700 billion in Tuesday trading, an unprecedented milestone among U.S. companies.

Holder: 'Disappointed' by violence in Ferguson
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday he was "disappointed" by the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, that followed a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown.

Police: Students ran high school prostitution ring
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

VENICE, Fla. (AP) — Students at a Southwest Florida high school told administrators that two teens tried to recruit them into a "prostitution ring" and that one 15-year-old boy had been "pimping out girls," according to an arrest affidavit.

North Carolina NAACP headed to Ferguson protest
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A delegation from the NAACP is headed to Missouri to join protests against the decision not to file criminal charges against a police officer in the shooting death on an unarmed teenager, the group's president said Tuesday.

White House vows to kill deal to extend tax breaks
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is working feverishly to quickly scuttle a congressional effort to permanently renew generous tax breaks for businesses and individuals, saying a plan brewing on Capitol Hill favored corporations over the working class.

Lawmaker: Marijuana needs debate in New Mexico
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The conversation about whether New Mexico should join other Western states in legalizing marijuana is cranking up as state lawmakers prepare for the 2015 legislative session.

NC attorney general fights quicker water rate hike
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Attorney General Roy Cooper is asking North Carolina's highest court to block the state's largest private water utility from raising customer rates more quickly and with less public pushback, Cooper's office said Tuesday.

No homicide charge against NY mom in girl's death
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Prosecutors said Tuesday they can no longer support a homicide charge against a special-education teacher who had been accused of killing her severely disabled daughter by neglecting her.

Sony to offer partial refunds for gaming console
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people who bought the handheld gaming console PlayStation Vita are in line for a partial refund from Sony because of questionable claims in its advertising.

State jobless-pay rules differ in FairPoint strike
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — FairPoint worker Jeff Dorn has already told his kids Christmas is going to be more about family than presents this year.

La. teacher pleads not guilty in group sex case
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

HAHNVILLE, La. (AP) — A 32-year-old teacher accused of participating in group sex with a 16-year-old student and another faculty member has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of having carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

Window washer fights for life after 11-story fall
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A 58-year-old window washer who fell 11 stories from a building onto a moving car is "fighting for his life" and opens his eyes when relatives speak to him, his family said.

US stocks dip as oil pushes energy sector lower
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A slump in energy prices pushed the stock market back from record levels on Tuesday.

Anger at Ferguson case based on emotion, evidence
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Anger and despair swept through many parts of America after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown.

Russian envoy: Ferguson shows US racial problems
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

MOSCOW (AP) — The violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, reflect simmering U.S. tensions over racial discrimination that could undermine the country's stability, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday.

NC officials vote to certify election results
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina election officials gave formal approval Tuesday to the results of an election that included Republicans preserving veto-proof majorities in both chambers of the state Legislature.

Protesters block highways, bridge in St. Louis
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hundreds of protesters angry about the Ferguson grand jury decision have disrupted traffic for several hours in downtown St. Louis by blocking major intersections, an interstate highway and a Mississippi River bridge connecting the city to Illinois.

Schumer to Dems: Make government help workers
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Democrats' top message man is urging the party leftward in the wake of crushing midterm election losses, saying working Americans want a robust government that will promote education access, labor bargaining rights, progressive taxes and more.

Drug 101 aims to educate McDowell community
Posted: November 25, 2014

The McDowell County Health Coalition’s Substance Abuse Workgroup is starting to present its Drug 101 series to local agencies and people in the community.

U.Va. looks at alcohol as factor in sex assaults
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A University of Virginia board on Tuesday honed in on alcohol as a contributing factor in sexual assaults on campus, with one member calling for more aggressively enforcing the law banning underage drinking.

Rain, snow could mess up Thanksgiving travel
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Thanksgiving travelers scrambled to change their plans and beat a storm expected to bring snow, slush and rain to the crowded Washington-to-Boston corridor Wednesday on one of the busiest, most stressful days of the year.

Official: Afghan president orders military review
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Ashraf Ghani has ordered a top-to-bottom review of the operations of Afghanistan's defense forces, including discussing the resumption of controversial night raids banned by his predecessor.

Ohio attorney suspended over hypnosis allegations
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:15 pm

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland-area attorney accused of hypnotizing women for his sexual pleasure has been immediately suspended by the state Supreme Court.

Judge OKs Hernandez trial delay in 2012 killings
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

BOSTON (AP) — A judge on Tuesday agreed to delay the trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in the 2012 slaying of two Boston men after his lawyer said Hernandez's defense team is busy trying to prepare for his trial in a 2013 killing.

Ebola isolation at US base 'pretty much vacation'
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — With plenty of flat screen TVs, game nights and even an outdoor fire pit, life in isolation for members of the U.S. military who have returned from the Ebola mission in West Africa can look a lot like summer camp.

Missouri governor: More National Guard in Ferguson
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says more than 2,200 National Guardsmen will be in place in the region near Ferguson on Tuesday night in the event of more violence.

Ebola isolation at US base 'pretty much vacation'
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — With flat screen TVs, game nights and plentiful Wi-Fi, life in isolation for military members returning from the mission in West Africa against Ebola can look a lot like summer camp.

Mother guilty of abuse in meth case
Posted: November 25, 2014

A Marion woman whose child tested positive for meth was sentenced in Superior Court during the November session.

Project Christmas trees are up and ready
Posted: November 25, 2014

Project Christmas trees are currently being stocked with angels waiting to be adopted for the holidays.

Missouri governor: More than 2,200 National Guardsmen will be available in Ferguson tonight
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri governor: More than 2,200 National Guardsmen will be available in Ferguson tonight.

Stock gains fizzle; Indexes still near records
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 8:16 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is ending the day pretty much it started, leaving indexes near record highs.