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By RACHEL ZOLL, Associated Press

MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday. He was 99.

Protesters in Durham Monday pulled down a statue of a Confederate soldier.
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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge trying protesters accused of toppling a Confederate statue has dismissed the criminal case against one of them.

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The FBI received a specific report in January that the suspect in the Florida school shooting could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate the tip, the agency said Friday.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Human error is likely the cause of a collision between an Amtrak train and a freight train in South Carolina that killed two people and injured dozens of others earlier this month, according to a preliminary report by federal investigators.

President Donald Trump is breaking his silence after defending former aide Rob Porter, who was accused by his ex-wives of domestic abuse. 

UPDATE: 4:26 p.m.

The Broward County Sherrif's office says there are at least 14 victims following a shooting at a South Florida high school.

The sherrif's department did not say how many of the victims had been killed or injured.

The victims are being taken to Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health North Hospital.

UPDATE: 4:10 p.m.

Authorities say the shooter at a South Florida high school is now in custody.

North Carolina Legislative building
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The North Carolina General Assembly is officially on hiatus for the next three months, as long as the courts or a veto by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper doesn't force them back.

North Carolina Legislative building
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Republican legislation to phase in North Carolina's upcoming class-size mandate has passed one General Assembly chamber. Democrats complained it is loaded with other provisions targeting Gov. Roy Cooper and the state elections board.

WIS-TV - Columbia, SC

Updated at 5:15 p.m.

The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into why a switch was turned to the wrong position, forcing an Amtrak train onto a side track, where it crashed into a parked freight train.

Train 91, traveling from New York to Miami, derailed in Cayce, S.C., about 2:45 a.m. after hitting the freight train, killing the conductor and engineer on the Amtrak train and injuring 116 passengers.

A three-judge panel has refused a request by North Carolina Republican lawmakers to block the use of new legislative district maps the judges approved for this year's elections.

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