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FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020, file photo, Ryan Newman stands on pit road after his run during NASCAR auto racing qualifying at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Ryan Newman is fully alert, walking around the hospital and joking with staff two days after his frightening crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500. Roush Fenway Racing said Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, the 42-year-old driver “continues to show great improvement.” (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

Ryan Newman released from hospital after Daytona 500 crash

Feb. 19, 2020 2:25 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Newman was released from a Florida hospital on Wednesday, two days after his frightening crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500. Roush Fenway Racing released a photo of Newman leaving a Daytona Beach hospital holding the hands of his two young daughters. The announcement...

Charlotte Hornets' Devonte' Graham, center, drives between Minnesota Timberwolves' Naz Reid, left, and another defender during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Hornets' Graham emerging as Most Improved Player candidate

Feb. 19, 2020 10:58 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Devonte Graham had mixed emotions when Kemba Walker left for the Boston Celtics. Walker had become his mentor on the court last year and a close friend off it, regularly inviting Graham over to his house for a meal cooked by his personal chef. Walker would let the rookie swim in his...

AP Source: Greg Olsen agrees to 1-year deal with Seahawks

Feb. 18, 2020 7:01 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen has agreed to a one-year, $7 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal has not been announced by the team....

Georgia, Clemson announce 2021 opening game in Charlotte

Feb. 18, 2020 3:45 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Georgia and Clemson will open the 2021 season by playing on a neutral site at the home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers. The game at Bank of America Stadium, scheduled for Sept. 4, 2021, was announced on Tuesday by the schools and the Charlotte Sports Foundation. Georgia and Clemson...

N Carolina trial starting against insurance magnate, others

Feb. 18, 2020 4:22 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's largest political donor in recent years and two associates are heading to trial on corruption-related charges nearly a year after a federal indictment was filed against them. Greg E. Lindberg, an insurance company magnate and investor, along with Lindberg consultant...

Belk restructures corporate office, cuts 80 positions

Feb. 18, 2020 3:18 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Business restructuring has eliminated 80 positions at a department store's corporate office in North Carolina. Charlotte-based Belk Inc. confirmed the layoffs Monday, The Charlotte Observer reported. The restructuring had been announced last week, the company said in a statement....

FILE - This undated photo provided by Robert Brown Public Relations shows Greg Lindberg. Lindberg, and two associates, accused of fraud conspiracy and bribery counts related to an alleged scheme of giving up to $2 million in campaign money to help Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey in exchange for Causey pushing aside a senior deputy, go on trial next week. (Robert Brown Public Relations/Greg Lindberg via AP, File)

Political corruption trial of big N Carolina donor to start

Feb. 15, 2020 10:26 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An insurance company magnate and two associates go on trial this week on charges they conspired to bribe an elected North Carolina regulator with up to $2 million in campaign money so scrutiny of his businesses would ease. U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn will preside over the case...

Trump holding North Carolina rally the night before primary

Feb. 14, 2020 5:39 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump is visiting North Carolina the night before next month's primary elections. Trump's campaign announced on Friday that the president would attend a rally the evening of March 2 at Charlotte's Bojangles Coliseum. Trump will be on the GOP presidential preference...

Sanders returns to North Carolina for campaign rallies

Feb. 14, 2020 4:45 AM EST

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is returning to North Carolina to build support in a Super Tuesday state. Sanders scheduled rallies on Friday morning at the Durham Convention Center and in the afternoon at Charlotte's Belk Theater. The self-declared socialist and...

In this Feb. 4, 2020, photo, Tony Rankins, center in red tie, receives a standing ovation during the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rankins, a formerly homeless, drug-addicted Army vet, got the standing ovation after President Donald Trump described how he turned his life around thanks to a construction job at a company using the administration’s “Opportunity Zone” tax breaks targeting poor neighborhoods. Rankins, a tradesman who has indeed moved out of his car and into an apartment since landing the job refurbishing a Nashville hotel two years ago, doesn’t work at a site using the tax breaks and never has. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump's story about veteran's comeback was not quite true

Feb. 13, 2020 9:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Rankins, a formerly homeless, drug-addicted Army veteran, got a standing ovation at the State of the Union after President Donald Trump described how he turned his life around thanks to a construction job at a company using the administration's “Opportunity Zone” tax...