Associated Press

Police: Body Found in North Carolina is Kidnapped Teen Girl

Investigators believe a body found in North Carolina is a 13-year-old girl kidnapped from her home three weeks ago. Authorities said at a news conference Wednesday that preliminary tests show the body found a day earlier is that of Hania Aguilar. The body was found in a body of water in Robeson County about 10 miles south of the mobile home park where she was kidnapped on Nov. 5 after going outside to start a relative’s SUV before school. Police say a man forced the teenager into an SUV and drove off. The SUV was found several miles south...

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GOP Complains About N Carolina Elections Chairman’s Tweets

A local Republican activist wants the North Carolina state elections board chairman removed from the panel because of politically-focused comments he’s made online. Wake County GOP Chairman Charles Hellwig filed a complaint Wednesday against Democrat Andy Penry, a Raleigh attorney that Gov. Roy Cooper chose to lead the nine-member panel. Hellwig provided images of what appear as tweets this year from Penry’s account criticizing Donald Trump and efforts to create an even-numbered elections board. A constitutional amendment rejected by voters on November ballots would have created such a board. Hellwig cites state law prohibiting board members from making public comments supporting...

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Advance Auto Parts moving HQ from Virginia to North Carolina

Advance Auto Parts is moving its headquarters from the Virginia city that was its home for nearly 90 years to North Carolina’s tech-heavy capital city. North Carolina officials on Wednesday approved an $11 million incentives package to get the car-parts retailer to leave its Roanoke, Virginia, base for Raleigh. The company had split corporate and support operations between the cities for four years after buying Raleigh-based General Parts International Inc. The move adds about 435 jobs in Raleigh. Advance Auto Parts started as a variety-store chain in Roanoke in the 1930s and became a specialty auto parts chain in...

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Tyler Zeller Looking Forward to USA Basketball Debut

Tyler Zeller spent the last few weeks waiting for a team to call. His country came through. When USA Basketball resumes its quest to qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Zeller will be wearing the red, white and blue in an international game for the first time. The NBA veteran and current free agent is one of the 12 players on the squad for this two-game window of qualifying, which starts with a crucial matchup Thursday at Argentina. “Obviously, I just love to play,” said Zeller, who played for four NBA teams after leaving North Carolina in 2012....

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North Carolina Board Delays Finalizing Congressional Result

North Carolina’s elections board has delayed finalizing the results of a close U.S. House race. The board appears to be scrutinizing potential wrongdoing in the 9th Congressional District. Board members meeting Tuesday voted unanimously to certify the final tallies in scores of elections earlier this month but didn’t sign off on the 9th District. Republican Mark Harris leads Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes out of 283,000 cast in the district’s eight counties. The board met privately for nearly two hours before voting in public without a detailed explanation. Member Joshua Malcolm lives in the 9th District and made...

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Immigrant Who Lived in Church Loses Bid to Avoid Deportation

Two congressmen say a Mexican immigrant who had sought refuge in a North Carolina church has been rejected in a formal request to stay in the U.S. to support his family. U.S. Reps. G.K. Butterfield and David Price announced late Monday that Samuel Oliver-Bruno’s petition for deferred deportation was denied. It’s not clear when he may be removed from the U.S. Online records listed him as being in a Georgia detention center Tuesday morning. Federal immigration officials have said the 47-year-old has no legal basis to be in the U.S. Oliver-Bruno was at an immigration office last week to...

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With Amendment OK’d, Debate Resumes on N Carolina Voter ID

The latest proposal to require photo identification to vote in person in North Carolina is significant because the voters agreed earlier this month to put a photo ID mandate in the state constitution. A legislative committee Monday reviewed draft legislation to implement the voter ID constitutional amendment and heard from the public the day before the General Assembly reconvenes to debate the measure. House and Senate Republican leaders want to pass the implementing law before the end of the year, when they will no longer have enough votes to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes. Previous photo ID laws...

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Congressmen Decry Detention of Immigrant Who Left Church

Two North Carolina congressmen are slamming the Trump administration as “callous” and “cruel” after an immigrant who sought refuge from deportation in a church was arrested after arriving at an appointment with immigration officials. Democratic Reps. David Price and G.K. Butterfield said Mexican national Samuel Oliver-Bruno appeared to have been entrapped by federal officials when was detained Friday at a Raleigh-area immigration office. The advocacy group Alerta Migratoria NC said Oliver-Bruno went to have fingerprints taken so he could apply to stay in North Carolina with his wife and son. He spent 11 months in a Durham church to...

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