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North Carolina schools chief: People want Common Core gone

Feb. 21, 2020 4:08 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — NorthCarolina's state schools superintendent says a survey he pitched parents and teachers to complete confirm that people want the K-12 education standards known as "Common Core" eliminated. Mark Johnson announced this week the results of online surveys taken by more than 71,000...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo provided by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, area officials monitor a potential dam/levee failure in the Springridge Place subdivision in Yazoo County, Miss. Heavy rains and recent flooding across the Southeastern U.S. have highlighted a potential public safety concern for some dams. An Associated Press review has identified hundreds of high hazard dams in the South that lack formal emergency action plans. (David Battaly/Mississippi Emergency Management Agency via AP, File)

Hundreds of dams lack emergency plans in rain-soaked South

Feb. 21, 2020 3:27 AM EST

When recent heavy rains swelled a private Mississippi lake and began eroding its earthen dam, Yazoo County Emergency Management Director Jack Willingham was scrambling for a plan. He had no contact information for any of the homeowners who might need to evacuate, so he drove to the scene and began knocking on...

Louisville forward Jordan Nwora (33) dunks the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Syracuse Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. Louisville won 90-66. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

ACC basketball title contenders face rough road this weekend

Feb. 21, 2020 3:08 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Here are some things to watch for in ACC play this weekend: GAMES OF THE WEEKEND ACC title contenders No. 8 Florida State and No. 11 Louisville may have more on their minds than just their upcoming games this weekend. Both will have quick turnarounds for a Monday night showdown that...

Coleman erupts for 30, High Point thumps Presbyterian

Feb. 20, 2020 10:16 PM EST

HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — Eric Coleman Jr. had a season-high 30 points as High Point defeated Presbyterian 82-70 on Thursday night. Coleman Jr. hit 12 of 14 from the free throw line. Caden Sanchez had 13 points for High Point (9-19, 6-9 Big South Conference). Bryant Randleman scored 11 and Jamal Wright 10....

A historical marker stands on the former campus of Wake Forest College in Wake Forest, N.C., on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. The campus is now home to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

Wake Forest apologizes for slavery in university's past

Feb. 20, 2020 9:51 PM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — The president of Wake Forest University issued a public apology Thursday for the institution's past involvement in slavery. President Nathan Hatch's apology, delivered in a speech during the school's Founders' Day ceremonies, comes after a series of events stirred up racial...

Snow falls on McCorkle Place on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill Thursday evening, Feb. 20, 2020, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Snow began falling in central North Carolina in the afternoon as temperatures dropped quickly. Accumulations of 2-3 inches are expected. (Julia Wall/The News & Observer via AP)

Snow falls across coastal North Carolina, Virginia

Feb. 20, 2020 9:39 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Snow was falling Thursday across North Carolina and Virginia, including in coastal areas that rarely see snow. Gov. Roy Cooper said parts of northeastern North Carolina will see the most precipitation in the state, with as much as 3-6 inches (7.5-15 centimeters). He issued a warning...

Ajayi leads South Alabama past Appalachian State 78-70

Feb. 20, 2020 9:26 PM EST

BOONE, N.C. (AP) — Josh Ajayi scored 19 points and South Alabama shot 70% from the floor on its way to a 78-70 victory over Appalachian State on Thursday night. Ajayi sank 7 of 10 shots from the floor and all five of his free throws for the Jaguars (17-11, 10-7 Sun Belt Conference). South Alabama made 30...

Good Samaritan survives 75-foot fall off highway bridge

Feb. 20, 2020 9:16 PM EST

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — A FedEx driver who stopped to help a stranded driver on a North Carolina highway fell 75 feet (23 meters) from a bridge and survived. Jeremiah Cribb, 24, was driving a FedEx truck early Wednesday morning on Interstate 85 in Rowan County when he saw a driver stranded in the fast lane,...

A soldier reunites with his daughter at Fort Bragg, N.C.  after returning from the Middle East. The 82nd Airborne Division's Immediate Response Force had been deployed since New Years Eve. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Nearly two months after a U.S. Army rapid-response force was activated amid tensions with Iran, deploying 3,000 soldiers to the Middle East, some are returning home. By the end of the weekend, nearly 800 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division’s Immediate Response Force are slated to have returned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. On Thursday morning, eager family members waited in the base’s iconic Green Ramp to greet their loved ones. (U.S. Army via AP)

NC soldiers return home from sudden Middle East deployment

Feb. 20, 2020 3:46 PM EST

Nearly two months after a U.S. Army rapid-response force was activated amid tensions with Iran, instantly deploying 3,000 soldiers to the Middle East, some are returning home. By the end of the weekend, nearly 800 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division’s Immediate Response Force are slated to have...

Washington Post wins 'Grand Slam' honors at APSE contest

Feb. 20, 2020 3:39 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Washington Post is the lone media group to earn Grand Slam honors in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors’ writing and sections contest that wrapped up this week in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Post, competing in the A Division (83,000 and over circulation), placed...