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Appeals court upholds conviction in transgender assault

Apr. 20, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state appeals court has upheld the conviction of a North Carolina man charged with maiming the genitals of a transgender woman. In a ruling issued last week, the Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of Melvin Lamar Fields of Durham for assault inflicting seriously bodily injury. ...

Energy company employee faces uncertain future after blast

Apr. 17, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — An energy company employee who suffered critical injuries from last week's fatal gas explosion in North Carolina faces an uncertain future. The family of PSNC employee Jay Rambeaut told WRAL on Tuesday that he has 150 holes in his chest from debris. He also has a skull fracture and...

4 remain hospitalized after North Carolina gas explosion

Apr. 16, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Four people remain hospitalized after last week's fatal gas explosion in North Carolina. The blast in Durham killed one person and injured 25 others. The Raleigh News & Observer reported Monday that those who remain hospitalized include the chief executive officer of a fiber...

Zion Williamson entering NBA draft after 1 year at Duke

Apr. 15, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Zion Williamson is leaving Duke after one high-flying season to enter the NBA draft. Widely projected as the top overall pick in the June draft, the AP national player of the year announced his decision Monday. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson captivated all of college basketball with...

NC businesses reopen after evacuation because of gas leak

Apr. 13, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina authorities say businesses in a Fayetteville shopping center have reopened after they were evacuated because a construction crew struck a gas line. The gas leak at Cross Pointe Center came just days after a fatal explosion in Durham, located about 80 miles (130...

Worker calmly reveals gas leak in 911 call before blast

Apr. 12, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A worker calmly says, "We have hit a gas service" in an emergency call before the deadly gas explosion that leveled a North Carolina building, according to a recording released Friday. The 911 recording posted online by Durham officials offers more details about what led to the...

N. Carolina DA: No death penalty for 3 Muslim student deaths

Apr. 12, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina prosecutor is scrapping the death penalty in hopes of scheduling a trial in July for a man charged with killing three young Muslims four years ago. District Attorney Satana DeBerry plans to proceed with a potential life prison sentence to speed up the first-degree...

Gas explosion also damaged world-famous Porsche collection

Apr. 12, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The gas explosion that killed one person and injured 25 others in North Carolina also damaged a building that houses a rarely seen but world famous collection of Porsches. The Ingram Collection is housed next to the building in Durham that collapsed Wednesday. The structure that holds...

Duke's Cam Reddish turns pro, hires agent

Apr. 11, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Cam Reddish is the latest Duke freshman to leave school for the NBA draft. Reddish announced his decision on his verified Instagram page Thursday, one day after teammate RJ Barrett said he was entering the draft. School spokesman Mike DeGeorge says Reddish has hired an agent. Reddish...

Fire chief: Shop owner declined to evacuate before blast

Apr. 11, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The coffee shop owner killed in a North Carolina gas line explosion was last seen in the doorway of his business after firefighters evacuated his customers and told him to leave, the fire chief said Thursday, as city officials gave new details about fiber network construction that...