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Searchers comb river after 3 tubers die, 2 disappear at dam

Jun. 18, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

EDEN, N.C. (AP) — Searchers combed a North Carolina river Friday for two missing tubers after a family on a recreational float went over a dam, resulting in three deaths and the rescue of four people from the water. The group of nine, all believed to be part of the...

Museum loses contract over event deemed racially insensitive

Jun. 15, 2021 23:42 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina county cut ties on Tuesday with a historic museum that planned to put on a reenactment of a white slave owner being pursued by Union soldiers. According to WBTV, Mecklenburg County will let its contract...

Event on Juneteenth depicting fugitive slave owner canceled

Jun. 11, 2021 21:29 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Officials in North Carolina have denounced plans — now canceled — by a historic museum to put on a reenactment of a white slave owner being pursued by Union soldiers. The reenactment was scheduled for June 19 - the traditional...

Pressure mounts on UNC in Nikole Hannah-Jones tenure dispute

Jun. 04, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — The pressure on trustees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to grant tenure to investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones continued to mount Friday as a major funding partner joined the call to change her status and a sought-after chemistry...

Donor: Concerns over Hannah-Jones prompted emails to UNC

Jun. 02, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A major University of North Carolina donor said Wednesday that he sent emails to university officials questioning the hiring of Nikole Hannah-Jones after he became concerned about how much research went into the selection of the investigative journalist, whose...

Trustee: Nonacademic background halted Hannah-Jones tenure

May. 20, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones’ tenure application at the University of North Carolina was halted because she didn’t come from a “traditional academic-type background," and a trustee who vets the lifetime appointments wanted more time to...

Report: Tenure offer revoked from slavery project journalist

May. 19, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Faculty members of a North Carolina university want an explanation for the school's reported decision to back away from offering a tenured teaching position to journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, whose work on the country’s history of slavery has drawn the ire of...

Two Maryland sheriff's deputies shot trying to serve warrant

May. 17, 2021 21:58 PM EDT

Two Maryland sheriff’s deputies were shot and wounded Monday while trying to serve a warrant for a probation violation on an assault charge, a spokeswoman said. Charles County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson told The Associated Press that deputies...

Pipeline hack fuels gas crunch; US suspects Russian origins

May. 13, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

CLEMMONS, N.C. (AP) — Motorists found gas pumps shrouded in plastic bags at tapped-out service stations across more than a dozen U.S. states Thursday while the operator of the nation's largest gasoline pipeline reported making “substantial progress” in resolving the computer...

Colonial Pipeline restarts operations days after major hack

May. 12, 2021 21:41 PM EDT

CLEMMONS, N.C. (AP) — The nation's largest fuel pipeline restarted operations Wednesday, days after it was forced to shut down by a gang of hackers. The disruption of Colonial Pipeline caused long lines at gas stations in the Southeast due to distribution problems and...