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Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association halts fall play

Jul. 10, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, a conference comprised of historically black colleges, is suspending all fall sports out of concern over the COVID-19 pandemic. A statement from the conference said several of its schools are located in states experiencing dramatic...

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020, file photo, Jimmie Johnson celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Clash auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has twice tested negative for the coronavirus and has been cleared to race Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Kentucky Speedway. Johnson missed the first race of his Cup career when he tested positive last Friday. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Jimmie Johnson confused, frustrated after virus scare

Jul. 10, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson is just as confused as everyone else about his plight with the coronavirus. A positive test caused the seven-time NASCAR champion to miss the first race of his career, and it was followed three days later by a negative test. He never suffered any symptoms and was...

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2018, file photo, Denny Hamlin (11), Chase Elliott (9) and Erik Jones (20) come around Turn 1 during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Watkins Glen, N.Y. NASCAR will move its August road course race from Watkins Glen in upstate New York because of state health restrictions, and the event will shift instead to the road course at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR'S August schedule revisions announced Wednesday, July 8, 2020, cover six Cup races at three tracks.  (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

NASCAR moving Watkins Glen race to Daytona road course

Jul. 8, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR will move its August road course race from Watkins Glen in upstate New York because of state health restrictions, and the event will shift instead to the road course at Daytona International Speedway. The move means the Cup Series will make its debut on Daytona's road course,...

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020, file photo, Jimmie Johnson celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Clash auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has twice tested negative for the coronavirus and has been cleared to race Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Kentucky Speedway. Johnson missed the first race of his Cup career when he tested positive last Friday. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

NASCAR's Johnson OK'd to race after 2 negative virus tests

Jul. 8, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has twice tested negative for the coronavirus and will race Sunday at Kentucky Speedway. Johnson missed the first race of his Cup career when he tested positive last Friday. He was tested after his wife received a positive result. Hendrick...

FILE - In this March 1, 2020, file photo, Jimmie Johnson is introduced to the crowd during activities as he carries his youngest daughter Lydia as his oldest daughter Genevieve and wife Chandra follow prior to a NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Fontana, Calif. This year has hardly been the farewell tour Jimmie Johnson envisioned when he said 2020 would be his final season of full-time NASCAR racing. The seven-time champion has had to say his goodbyes at empty race tracks absent of all fanfare and now his streak of 663 consecutive races has ended because Johnson tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Will Lester, File)

Column: Jimmie Johnson finds voice during last NASCAR season

Jul. 7, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson stood alone on the track at Pocono Raceway, empty grandstands in front of him, a ghost town of a garage behind him. He was posing for photos to commemorate his final start at the Pennsylvania track but seemed to be the only one at the party. This final full-time...

Relative: Parents, 2 children among 5 killed in car crashes

Jul. 4, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina couple and their two daughters were among five people killed in a chain of car crashes started by a speeding driver, according to police and a newspaper report. State Highway Patrol Trooper Ray Pierce told The Charlotte Observer that police would release...

5 killed, 3 injured in North Carolina highway crash

Jul. 3, 2020 9:18 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Five people were killed and at least three others seriously injured after a highway crash in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday evening. Emergency medical officials said the crash happened on Interstate 485 in north Charlotte, news outlets reported. Officials did not immediately...

FILE-In this Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 file photo, U.S. Army soldiers with their gear board an awaiting bus at Fort Bragg, N.C., as troops from the 82nd Airborne are deployed to the Middle East as reinforcements in the volatile aftermath of the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Members of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, which is based in D.C. and typically guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, were mobilized last month to respond to massive protests over the treatment of Black Americans and systemic issues of police brutality.(AP Photo/Chris Seward, File)

Military chief: Troops were issued bayonets in DC unrest

Jul. 2, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has confirmed a report by The Associated Press that some of the service members who were mobilized to Washington, D.C., last month in response to civil unrest over the killing of George Floyd were issued bayonets. Defense documents obtained...

Bishop: North Carolina priest kept on leave on abuse claims

Jul. 2, 2020 8:39 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Catholic priest in North Carolina will remain on administrative leave after allegations of sexual abuse against him were revealed last year, the Charlotte diocese's bishop said. Bishop Peter Jugis made the announcement to St. Matthew parishioners in a letter Wednesday, writing that...

Insurer Centene plans 3,200 jobs at new N.C. regional hub

Jul. 1, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Government health insurance provider Centene Corp. said on Wednesday it will build an East Coast campus in Charlotte, North Carolina, developing a $1 billion construction project that's expected to create more than 3,200 new jobs by 2032. Gov. Roy Cooper described the expansion as the...