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Huntersville, Cornelius, Matthews, and Mint Hill could operate their own charter schools under a bill that received tentative approval in the state Senate Thursday.

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NEW YORK  — Harvey Weinstein was indicted Wednesday on rape and criminal sex act charges, furthering the first criminal case to arise from a slate of sexual misconduct allegations against the former movie mogul.

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Authorities are calling off an evacuation notice in the North Carolina mountains, finding that a dam there is safe and not in danger of breaking. 

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.  — Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith believes the NFL "dropped the ball" with its new policy that forbids players from sitting or taking a knee on the field during the national anthem.

CHESTERFIELD, S.C. — A South Carolina sheriff says an 11-month-old girl whose disappearance prompted a brief Amber Alert has been found dead in a diaper box and the mother is in custody.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A tug-of-war between North Carolina's second-largest school system and small towns interested in operating their own charter schools could create a model for critics of other urban districts to decentralize public education without the trouble of breaking districts up.

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Lowe's, which named a new CEO this week, is reporting weak profit and revenue numbers for its first quarter in which harsh winter weather cut into the traditional spring sales season.

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COLUMBIA, S.C.  — A 47-year-old banking worker and military veteran with a spotless criminal record for more than 20 years was sentenced Tuesday to spend the rest of his life in prison for two ambushes on police officers in South Carolina that killed one deputy and wounded three others.

TRYON, N.C. — At least one resident of the North Carolina mountains is dead after heavy rains triggered mudslides and flooding.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina legislative leaders said Thursday they're committing to a big expansion of tax breaks to attract employers promising thousands of jobs, a move that comes as people familiar with recruitment efforts tell The Associated Press tech giant Apple is strongly considering the state for a new corporate campus.