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Someone Is Hiding Razor Blades in Gas Pump Handles

North Carolina police warn people to be on the alert

(Newser) - Authorities in North Carolina have issued a scary warning: Watch out for razor blades when you reach for the pump at a gas station. The Forest City Police Department says in a press release that razor blades were found attached to the undersides of the handles of pumps in that...

Here Are the Worst States in America for Drivers

And the best, per WalletHub's ranking, which puts Hawaii in last place

(Newser) - Whether we get behind the wheel for leisurely cruising, for our daily commutes, or to take care of errands, American drivers have long contended with traffic, potholes, fluctuating gas prices, and the other annoyances. WalletHub wanted to see which states were better to drive in than others, and it looked...

NC Parents Waited Weeks to Report Girl's Disappearance

They failed to notify law enforcement that Madalina Cojocari was missing, cops say

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl from North Carolina has been missing for a month—though authorities say they only learned that a week ago. Police have charged the girl's mother and stepfather with failure to report the disappearance of a child to law enforcement. They say the couple only notified Madalina...

One Tree Hill Star Talks of 'Absolute Living Nightmare'

William Friend, husband of Bevin Prince, died after being struck by lightning in July

(Newser) - One Tree Hill alum Bevin Prince has spoken out for the first time since her husband's death after being struck by lightning in July, saying what started "like any other day that we’d done a million times" turned into an "absolute living nightmare." In a...

Someone Deliberately Took Out the Power in NC. Why?
What We Know About the
Power Station Sabotage in NC
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What We Know About the Power Station Sabotage in NC

The FBI has joined the case in the act of criminal vandalism at two substations

(Newser) - The power was still out Monday afternoon for tens of thousands of people in North Carolina after a rare case of sabotage at two power substations over the weekend. It could be days before electricity is back and even longer before authorities figure out what happened in Moore County. The...

After North Carolina Shootings, Power Could Be Out for Days

No motive has yet been determined

(Newser) - The Moore County sheriff confirmed Sunday that it was gunfire that damaged two North Carolina power substations Saturday, causing damage that could take days to repair. That means tens of thousands of residents could be without power for days, the AP reports. County schools are closed Monday, and a state...

Autopsy Finds Fatal Fall From Plane Was Accidental

Rear ramp had been opened for ventilation

(Newser) - A co-pilot who fell from a private plane in North Carolina in July died in an accident, an autopsy has determined. The report from the state's chief medical examiner said Charles Hew Crooks sustained multiple blunt force injuries. The toxicology report said tests found no alcohol or "common...

Extradition Process Underway After NC Woman Dies in Mexico

Shanquella Robinson died as a result of 'direct attack' involving friend, prosecutors say

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Mexico are working to extradite a female friend of a North Carolina woman who was found dead in a vacation rental property in Cabo San Lucas. Authorities say 25-year-old Shanquelle Robinson died as the result of a "direct attack" involving one of her friends last month and...

Meteorologist, Pilot Killed in News Helicopter Crash

Pilot did his best to make sure nobody else was hurt in North Carolina crash, police say

(Newser) - Charlotte, North Carolina news station WTVB is mourning a meteorologist and a pilot killed in a helicopter crash. The Federal Aviation Administration says the two men died when the Robinson R44 helicopter crashed near Interstate 77, NBC reports. No one else was on board. "The WBTV family is grieving...

Sheriff Who Quit Amid Scandal Weeks Ago Is Reelected

North Carolina's Jody Greene was recorded disparaging Black deputies

(Newser) - One of the most controversial election results of the week is out of North Carolina's Columbus County, where former Sheriff Jody Greene was elected once again. The reason for the controversy? Greene, who is white, resigned as sheriff only two weeks ago after he was heard disparaging Black deputies...

Alligator Study Finds 'Harbingers of Dangers to Human Health'

High levels of 'forever chemicals' found in Cape Fear River gators

(Newser) - Alligators in the Cape Fear River have "extremely high levels of PFAS compounds and markers of immune disease in their blood," according to a new study by researchers in North Carolina, per the Guardian. The so-called “forever chemicals” appear to have had noticeable health impacts on the...

Parents of Accused NC Mass Shooter Break Silence

They say they are 'overcome with grief' at what their son allegedly did

(Newser) - The parents of a 15-year-old boy accused of killing five people in a North Carolina shooting rampage released a statement Tuesday saying they are “overcome with grief” and saw no warning signs before the killings, the AP reports. Alan and Elise Thompson issued the statement through a lawyer that...

Cops: Alleged Raleigh Mass Shooter, 15, Killed His Brother

More details are coming out on the victims of last week's tragedy

(Newser) - The 16-year-old victim killed in Thursday's Raleigh, North Carolina, mass shooting was the older brother of the suspected gunman, police say. The 15-year-old alleged shooter has been identified as Austin Thompson, the Raleigh News & Observer reports; his family lives in the Hedingham neighborhood where five people were slaughtered...

Suspect in North Carolina Mass Shooting a Juvenile Male

5 people were killed, including a police officer

(Newser) - Five people were killed by a shooter who opened fire along a walking trail in North Carolina’s capital city on Thursday and eluded officers for hours before he was cornered in a home and arrested, police said. An off-duty police officer was among those killed by the suspect, who...

Family: GPS Led Man to Fatal 'Bridge to Nowhere'

Philip Paxson of North Carolina drove off abandoned span on private road

(Newser) - The family of a North Carolina father of two say he died after following his GPS at night onto a bridge that partially washed away almost a decade ago. The body of Philip Paxson, 47, was found in his overturned vehicle in a creek on Oct. 1, the morning after...

17-Year-Old Is Suspect in Killing of 2 NC Teens

'We are not resting until he is in our custody in Orange County,' sheriff says

(Newser) - A 17-year-old male suspect is being sought in connection with the fatal shooting of two teenagers, police in North Carolina say. The bodies of Lyric Woods, 14, and Devin Clark, 18, were found by ATV drivers Sunday. They had been reported missing by their families, who said they hadn't...

Missing Teens Found Dead in North Carolina

Police say Devin Clark, Lyric Woods were shot to death

(Newser) - Police in North Carolina say that while they're still awaiting confirmation from the medical examiner, they're confident that two people found shot to death Sunday are missing teenagers Lyric Woods and Devin Clark. The bodies were found near a trail in western Orange County by two men riding...

School Baptizes More Than 100 Kids Without Permission

NC school says the 'Spirit of the Lord moved'

(Newser) - A Christian school in North Carolina has apologized after it baptized more than 100 middle and high school students without their parents' knowledge. Renee McLamb, head of Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, told parents that only three students were supposed to be baptized in a ceremony Thursday, but "the...

Co-Pilot in Midair Mystery 'Apologized, Then Departed'

NTSB report says Charles Crooks was upset about incident that damaged landing gear

(Newser) - The co-pilot who apparently jumped to his death from a plane in North Carolina on July 29 was extremely upset about an incident that damaged the plane's landing gear, according to the National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report. The NTSB says the pilot of the CASA 212 turboprop...

Citing Uvalde Delay, Sheriff Puts an AR-15 in Every School
District Puts AR-15s in Schools

District Puts AR-15s in Schools

North Carolina sheriff cites Uvalde shooting delays for new policy

(Newser) - A North Carolina sheriff said he's taking a lesson from the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. "Those officers were in that building for so long , and that suspect was able to infiltrate that building and injure and kill so many kids," Madison County Sheriff Buddy Harwood said....

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