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    NC woman shot to death on 84th birthday

    PENDER COUNTY, N.C. — An 84-year-old woman was shot to death in her home, on her birthday Monday. According to WECT, preliminary autopsy results show that Annie Mills Anderson died from gunshot wounds on her birthday inside her home in Kelly. The woman was found by a family member who found the front door damaged upon arrival. It […]

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    Stylist gives free haircuts to the homeless

    NEW YORK — When stylist Mark Bustos isn’t cutting the hair of fashion designers and real estate moguls, he’s traveling around giving free haircuts to the homeless. Bustos works at Three Squares Studio in the New York City neighborhood of Chelsea, where prices for his services start at $150 and can run as high as […]

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    Ferguson streets were calm until bottles flew

    FERGUSON, Mo. — There were high hopes that the nightly protests in Ferguson would end peacefully for a change Tuesday. That promise held out for most of the evening — until a water bottle flew at police. By that time, most protesters had cleared out. Journalists outnumbered those who remained. Officers put on helmets and shields, […]

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    Woman ‘thinks her way to thin’ through hypnosis gastric bypass

    A dream vacation to most sounded like a nightmare to Julie Evans. In 2006, Evans’ husband won an all-expense-paid trip to Hawaii, and scuba diving was one of the included activities. She wanted to go, but not enough to put on a bathing suit. “It was at that moment that I realized that my weight […]

  • Armored vehicles and law enforcement officers in riot gear with military style rifles returned to the streets of Ferguson early Saturday, while looters robbed a number of stores.

    Michael Brown rushed officer, radio caller says

    FERGUSON, Missouri — The Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who killed Michael Brown says the teenager rushed at him full speed in the moments before the shooting, according to an account phoned in to a St. Louis radio station and confirmed as accurate by a source with detailed knowledge of the investigation. According to the account […]

  • The state’s jobless rose for the first time in a year during July, although at a minimal increase, the N.C. Commerce Department reported today. (Image: The Winston-Salem Journal)

    NC’s jobless rate in July rises for first time in year

    RALEIGH, N.C. — The state’s jobless rose for the first time in a year during July, although at a minimal increase, the N.C. Commerce Department reported today, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The rate inched up 0.1 percentage point to 6.5 percent. It is down from 8.1 percent in July 2013. The increase may signal […]

  • On a 2006 Hawaiian vacation with her husband Brian, Julie Evans dreaded wearing a bathing suit. It was then that she realized her weight was holding her back.

    Woman says hypnosis helped her lose 140 pounds

    MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A dream vacation to most sounded like a nightmare to Julie Evans. In 2006, Evans’ husband won an all-expense-paid trip to Hawaii, and scuba diving was one of the included activities. She wanted to go, but not enough to put on a bathing suit. “It was at that moment that I […]

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    Autopsy results enough to charge officer in shooting death of teen, Brown family attorney says

    FERGUSON, Mo. — An independent autopsy into the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, provides “ample” evidence to support the arrest of the police officer who shot him, family attorney Daryl Parks said Monday at a news conference. Parks was particularly concerned about gunshots that medical examiners hired by the family indicate came from behind […]

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    Missouri governor sends National Guard to Ferguson

    FERGUSON, Missouri — The chaos in Ferguson has gotten so unruly that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order deploying National Guard troops to the St. Louis suburb. “Given these deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent attacks on lives and property in Ferguson, I am directing the highly capable men and women of the Missouri […]

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    Preliminary autopsy shows Michael Brown was shot at least 6 times

    The preliminary results of an autopsy that Michael Brown’s family requested are unlikely to settle the dueling narratives that have defined the case from the beginning. Brown was shot at least six times — all to the front of his body, according to the preliminary results. Family attorney Anthony Gray said the independent autopsy, conducted […]

  • Darryl Hunt, who was wrongly convicted of murder in 1984, poses for a portrait on Monday, July 28, 2014 in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Winston-Salem man reflects on serving 19 years in prison for crime he didn’t commit

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Darryl Hunt has been a free man for a little more than 10 years now, but he remains guarded, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. He still pauses sometimes before unlocking the door to his house because part of him expects the door to open automatically, like the doors to his cell when […]

  • CDC reports detail lapses in deadly flu cross-contamination By Jacque Wilson  CNN  (CNN) -- A lab mix-up involving a deadly flu virus strain added to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's public relations nightmare this summer.  On Friday, the public health agency released the results of its internal investigation into the incident, along with a series of reports on actions being taken to ensure lab safety protocols are being properly followed.  In May, CDC lab workers unintentionally mixed a low pathogenic, or non-dangerous, avian influenza virus sample with a potentially deadly virus called H5N1, then shipped the sample to an external lab run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The H5N1 strain has killed millions of birds and infected more than 600 people over the last decade. But no one appears to have been at-risk of being infected during the incident since the sample was stored and shipped properly, according to the CDC reports.  "The contamination most likely happened due to the failure of a laboratory scientist to adhere to established best practices and the absence of an approved laboratory team-specific protocol for the work being done," the reports concluded.  Dr. Tom Frieden, the CDC's director, found out about the H5N1 incident nearly six weeks after it happened, something he called at the time "most distressing." This delay in reporting the cross-contamination was due to "a lack of awareness and understanding about reporting requirements for Select Agents," according to the reports.  Around the same time he heard about the flu incident, Frieden was dealing with the possible exposure of up to 86 of his workers to anthrax.  Michael Farrell, who headed the Bioterrorism Rapid Response and Advanced Technology Laboratory involved, submitted his resignation in July. He had been reassigned from his post in June after the anthrax incident was made public.  The CDC says the potential anthrax exposure happened between June 6 and 13. The bioterrorism lab had been preparing anthrax samples for use in two other labs on the CDC's Atlanta campus and failed to deactivate the samples adequately.  According to another CDC investigation report, the exposure happened because the lab didn't use an approved sterilization technique. It didn't have a written plan reviewed by senior staff to make sure all safety protocols were followed, and there was a limited knowledge of peer-reviewed literature about the process that would make it less dangerous. The lab also did not have a standard operating procedure that would make sure the transfer of the material would be safe.  Bottom line: "The scientists failed to follow a scientifically derived and reviewed protocol that would have assured the anthrax was deactivated," Frieden said last month. It "should have happened, and it didn't."  As a result of these problems, the CDC has stopped transferring materials in and out of its highest-level labs. "The moratorium will remain in place pending lab-by-lab review of policies and procedures for laboratory safety and security," the CDC says.  Frieden plans to appoint a CDC director of laboratory safety, and establish a working group to review safety protocols.  "The work of safety is never complete," Dr. Michael Bell, interim director of laboratory safety, said in a statement. "We will continue to take all necessary steps to maintain safety and advance CDC's critical laboratory science work, so that CDC labs are the most scientifically rigorous and the safest in the world."

    How Centers for Disease Control lab mixed up deadly flu virus

    A lab mix-up involving a deadly flu virus strain added to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s public relations nightmare this summer. On Friday, the public health agency released the results of its internal investigation into the incident, along with a series of reports on actions being taken to ensure lab safety protocols are […]