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    Holiday treat sickening dozens across US, including North Carolinians

    A sweet treat popular around the holidays has put dozens of people at risk in multiple states including North Carolina. At least four people have died — in a fifth case tests are pending — after eating caramel apples that may have been infected with Listeria monocytogenes. Some 28 people have become infected with the deadly bacterium in 10 different states according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the people who have gotten sick, nine were pregnant. […]

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    UPDATE: Friday morning’s I-40 multiple-vehicle crash injures 3

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — A multiple-vehicle crash Friday morning on Interstate 40 westbound shut down all five lanes and injured three people. The accident, which occurred at Gallimore Dairy Road, happened when a vehicle unexpectedly lost power while traveling westbound on I-40, causing two separate collisions. The PT Cruiser was in the center of seven lanes approaching exit 211 a few minutes before 8 a.m. when it became disabled. The driver was unable to get the stalled vehicle out of the roadway. […]

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    1,176 grams of meth found at Surry County home, 3 arrested

    DOBSON, N.C. — The Surry County Sheriff’s Office found a methamphetamine lab in a home in the Copeland community. When officers entered the home  located at 139 Coachlight Lane, they found three people cooking a batch of methamphetamine. Brian Regn, 59, the homeowner, Jack Jackson Jr., 35, of Mount Airy, and Megan Barrier, 20, of Cana, Va., were arrested  while officers searched the home. Officers found 1,176 grams of methamphetamine, chemicals used to produce the drug, plastic containers used for the cooking process, […]

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    Creepy surprise inside $225 couch on Craigslist costs family $3,000

    WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. — A family says a couch they bought last month left them with a creepy surprise in their home. Katie Johns bought the couch on Craigslist and it has now infested her home with bed bugs. Johns says the $225 couch has cost her $3,000. Over the past month, her West Columbia home has been torn apart trying to deal with the bed bugs. “Turned on the flashlight and got right down beside my bed and saw […]

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    NC homeowners have another reason to celebrate this holiday season

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Homeowners in North Carolina have another reason to celebrate this holiday season. Insurance commissioner Wayne Goodwin ordered a zero percent overall, statewide change in homeowner’s insurance rates beginning June 1, 2015. The rates will vary based on location and type of insurance. Here’s a list of the expected changes: Homeowners insurance rates: decrease by 0.3 percent on average Renter’s insurance rates: increase by  11.2 percent Condo owner’s rates: increase by 8.1 percent Goodwin’s order comes after a hearing to examine insurance companies’ […]

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    Ashe County father charged with shooting, killing son

    ASHE COUNTY, N.C. — A father in Ashe County is accused of fatally shooting his son Thursday night. Ashe County Sheriff James Williams said Benjamin Tirado, 57, is charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, GoBlueRidge.net is reporting. Daniel Tirado, 20, died at the hospital after being shot in the shoulder area, the sheriff said. Read more: WSOC

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    Watch the most incredible Jenga move — ever

    RICHMOND, Va. — Some good physics in this YouTube video that shows a woman successfully completing — quite possibly — the most incredible Jenga move ever.

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    ‘The Colbert Report’ finale: Stephen Colbert signs off with a song

    For his final show, Stephen Colbert went out with a bang and a song. The Comedy Central host aired his last episode of “The Colbert Report” on Thursday as he prepares to take over David Letterman’s “The Late Show” in 2015. “If this is your first time tuning in to ‘The Colbert Report,’ I have some terrible news,” Colbert announced during the finale. “This in fact is your last time tuning in to ‘The Colbert Report.’ Until 10 years from […]

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    2nd victim reports child luring incident at NC store

    BOONE, N.C. — Boone police said a second incident of luring has been reported at another store involving William Grubb. Police said the second incident reported Thursday to police involved Grubb and another young female child. “Because of this new information, our detectives have begun a new investigation to determine if additional charges are appropriate.  We will be working with our District Attorney’s Office to make proper determination,” said Boone Police Department Lt. Chris Hatton. The first incident occurred at Michael’s […]

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    34 Greensboro mailboxes vandalized in 3 weeks

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Thirty-four mailboxes in Greensboro have been pulled out of the ground since Dec. 3. The first 12 mailboxes were uprooted during the overnight hours of Dec. 3 and Dec 4. Five boxes were vandalized in 5000 block of Ainsworth Drive; five in the 5000 block of Broadmoor Place; and two in the 1000 block of Hayfield Lane. An additional 16 mailboxes were pulled out of the ground between Dec. 4 and Dec 5: six on King George […]

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    74-year-old NC man found buried in yard

    BURKE COUNTY, N.C. — Deputies in Burke County are investigating the death of an elderly man just south of Morganton early Friday morning. Investigators said the 74-year-old man was found buried in his yard on Jenkins Road. Family members became concerned when the man’s lights weren’t on. They found blood inside the home, deputies said. The man’s name has not been released and officials have not said how he died. No arrests have been made.

  • Healthy Holidays 101: Spreading Holiday Cheer, Not Germs!

    Gift shopping is in full gear this time of year, and so is cold and flu season. With that in mind, it is of utmost importance to remember to wash your hands thoroughly throughout your trips to the malls and shopping centers to prevent the spread of germs. And if you are sick—have a fever, cough or other symptoms of a cold or flu—please stay at home. See if a friend or family member can pick up the gifts you […]


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