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Plane Carrying 8 People Crashes Off NC Coast

Coast Guard says debris field has been found

(Newser) - Crews are searching the ocean off North Carolina after finding a debris field where a small plane carrying eight people went down Sunday, the Coast Guard says. Watchstanders received a report of a possible downed aircraft about 4 miles east of Drum Inlet from a Marine Corps Air Station Cherry...

2 Inmates Dead After Tennessee Jailbreak

Johnny Shane Brown is still at large

(Newser) - Two inmates who escaped from a county jail in Tennessee on Friday are dead and a third is still at large, authorities say. The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office says Tobias Wayne Carr, 38, and Timothy Allen Sarver, 45, were "confirmed deceased" following a convenience store robbery and multi-county...

Man's Fortune Cookie Pays Off Bigger Than Anticipated

NC's Gabriel Fierro used numbers inside cookie to play Mega Millions, won $4M

(Newser) - Some fortune cookies predict good fortune. Others apparently directly deliver it. That was the case for North Carolina's Gabriel Fierro, who won a $4 million Mega Millions prize after playing the numbers he found inside a fortune cookie, WSLS reports. Per the North Carolina Education Lottery , Fierro—a 60-year-old...

Passengers in NC Plane Landing Got a Wild Ride

No injuries after Delta Air Lines flight skidded off runway in snow, rolled right into mud

(Newser) - States in the South have been hit with some extreme winter weather of late, and the snow coming down Friday evening in North Carolina led to a scary incident for one plane arriving at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Per NBC News , Delta Air Lines Flight 5501 had just safely touched down...

Man's 'Unusual Decision' in Storm Necessitates a Rescue

NC hiker who decided to go camping during severe winter weather is saved by team in snowshoes

(Newser) - As states in the South braced for severe winter weather over the weekend, one North Carolina man made what the News & Observer is charitably calling an "unusual decision": He packed up his camping gear and headed into Pisgah National Forest. Perhaps not surprisingly, the adventurous hiker ended up...

Southern States Brace for 'Crippling' Winter Storm

Virginia, Georgia, the Carolinas have all declared states of emergency on storm set for this weekend

(Newser) - A major winter storm is headed toward the South, leading four states so far to declare states of emergency. The storm system has already dumped several inches of snow on the central United States and is set to make its way toward the southeast Saturday into Sunday morning, leading to...

Tribute to Dead Mom Goes Viral: 'This Obit, My God'

Snarky memorial for 'gregarious grifter' appears on NC newspaper's site

(Newser) - Renay Mandel Corren may be gone, but her legacy lives on—and has gone viral, thanks to what the Guardian calls an "unusual" yet "loving" obituary penned by her son. The 1,000-word memorial to the 84-year-old, who died in El Paso, Texas, appeared on the website of...

Man Buys Identical Lottery Tickets and Wins Twice

2 tickets, 2 jackpots

(Newser) - A North Carolina man is feeling very lucky...for being so forgetful. Per CNN , 49-year-old Scotty Thomas bought one of the state's Lucky for Life tickets online for $2 but later couldn't recall whether he'd done so or not. “I was just laying in bed watching...

7 Hurt After Black Friday Mall Shootings in NC, Tacoma

And in Tennessee, 3 are dead, 4 wounded after mass shooting in Nashville apartment

(Newser) - A trio of shootings across the US left three dead and nearly a dozen injured on Black Friday. NBC News reports that the three fatalities happened at an apartment in Nashville, Tenn., in an incident that also left four injured. Per WKRN , police responded to the shooting that took place...

Police: Missing Girl's Hand Signal Saved Her

16-year-old got help from passing motorist, and police arrested her driver

(Newser) - A teenage girl used a hand signal popularized on TikTok to signal for help. The 16-year-old from North Carolina had been missing for days when she was rescued Thursday, USA Today reports. James Herbert Brick, 61, of Cherokee, North Carolina, was arrested in Laurel County, Kentucky, and charged with unlawful...

He Says He Was Fired for Being a White Guy. Now, $10M

Ex-hospital exec David Duvall wins wrongful termination suit against NC health care system

(Newser) - For nearly five years, David Duvall served as a top marketing executive for a North Carolina health care system—until he says he was abruptly fired in the summer of 2018, over what he claims was a move to diversify top staff. Duvall sued, and on Tuesday, a federal jury...

Woman Fired After Oxygen Request Wins Settlement

Jean S. Perry was terminated after she inquired about bringing tank to work to help her breathe

(Newser) - A woman who was fired after asking to bring an oxygen tank to work to help her breathe will get $25,000 in a federal settlement. TriMark Foodcraft also agreed to train its staff on what qualifies as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans With Disabilities Act as part of...

Cops Arrest Parents of Baby Found Dead in Trash in 1991

Infant boy suffered blunt force trauma, asphyxiation: authorities

(Newser) - North Carolina police say they've arrested the parents of an infant found dead in a trash can rack some 30 years ago. It was April 4, 1991, that the decomposed remains of an infant boy were discovered in Nags Head in North Carolina's Outer Banks. Authorities determined the...

Police: Bank Robbery Suspects Caught While Switching Cars

Accused robbers with clever getaway scheme crashed, were caught

(Newser) - It must have seemed like a good idea at the time. Three men police say are suspects in a bank robbery in Charlotte, North Carolina, stopped to switch to a different getaway car. Their planning fell through, however, and the police saw the switch take place, the Charlotte Observer reports....

NC Teacher Calls Black Students 'My Little Monkeys'

Charter school is under fire

(Newser) - A teacher has resigned from a North Carolina charter school after telling Black students in her class that if not for the Constitution, they would be her “field slaves,” a comment that one parent said brought attention to other racist incidents at the school, the AP reports. Winterville...

Bear Attacks Picnicking Couple in NC

Authorities are on the hunt for the animal

(Newser) - A couple picnicking with their dog in Asheville, NC, were attacked by a black bear last week. They were on a Blue Ridge Parkway hillside near the Folk Art Center when their unleashed dog started barking and ran toward the young bear, which became defensive and attacked, WXII reports. There...

Mick Jagger Goes Unnoticed at North Carolina Dive Bar

He dropped in for a beer at Charlotte's Thirsty Beaver

(Newser) - Mick Jagger walked into a bar in North Carolina Wednesday night—and nobody seemed to notice. On Thursday, the Rolling Stones frontman tweeted a photo of himself drinking a beer in front of the Thirsty Beaver, a beloved dive bar known for its eclectic mix of customers. "Out and...

At Viewing, They Found a Stranger's Body in Mom's Clothes

'We just couldn't understand how this could happen'

(Newser) - Two daughters of a North Carolina woman who died last month say they walked up to her casket and found another woman's body dressed in their mother's clothes. While such mix-ups happen surprisingly often, per Newsweek , Jennifer Taylor and Jennetta Archer say the Sept. 7 viewing at Hunter'...

1 Dead in North Carolina School Shooting

Suspect is in custody in Winston-Salem tragedy

(Newser) - A suspect was taken into custody Wednesday after one student was fatally shot at a North Carolina high school, officials said. Winston-Salem police Chief Catrina Thompson, fighting back tears, told a news conference that Mount Tabor High School went into immediate lockdown as emergency responders, sheriff's deputies, and police...

Body of Missing Woman Found Encased in Concrete

Her live-in caretaker has been arrested

(Newser) - A woman's body was found this month, entombed in concrete, in the basement of her Linville Falls, North Carolina, home—and police have charged her live-in caretaker with her murder. Lynn Gay Keene, 70, appeared to have suffered blunt force trauma as well as strangulation with a belt, authorities...

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