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Cooper, other lawyers resolve NC defamation case

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North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has settled a longstanding case with a family of Raleigh lawyers who sued him for defamation in a television commercial he aired in his campaign for the job 14 years ago.
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Obama: 8 million signed up for health care Video included

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Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and... More>>

Obama voices skepticism on Russia in Ukraine Video included

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President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't... More>>

Chelsea Clinton expecting first child this fall

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For the Clintons, 2014 is the year of the baby. More>>

Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum

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Even though Chicago is where Barack Obama got his start in politics, first lady Michelle Obama grew up and the Obamas still call their hometown, state and local officials aren't taking for granted that the Windy City... More>>

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions _ for now Video included

In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by... More>>

President defending health law good for some Dems Video included

President Barack Obama's full-throated defense of his health care overhaul seems perfectly timed for Democrats who want their party to embrace the law more enthusiastically. More>>

Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies

As political campaigns begin to heat up, the Supreme Court is deciding whether false accusations and mudslinging made during an election can be punished as a crime. More>>

India struggles with rebel threats during election

Indians cast ballots Thursday on the biggest day of voting in the country's weekslong general election, streaming into polling stations even in areas where leftist rebels threatened violence over the plight of... More>>

Little government response to bombing a year later

A year after homemade bombs ripped through the Boston Marathon, state and federal officials have enacted virtually no policy changes in response to the attack, a dramatic departure from previous acts of terrorism that... More>>

Medical pot measure could boost Fla. Democrats

Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nation's largest swing state see medical marijuana as a potential antidote to political malaise in this year's midterm elections. More>>

Bloomberg plans $50M gun control network

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year on a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling 1 million gun-control supporters to the polls, he... More>>

Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

Some low-paid workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law. More>>

Energy state Dems in Senate races split from Obama

Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that's sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular President... More>>

End of NYPD Muslim surveillance program applauded

Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terrorism... More>>

More NC Senate candidates release money totals

Two more Republicans running for U.S. Senate in North Carolina have announced how much they've raised heading into the final weeks before the May 6 primary. More>>

Obama seeks inmates worthy of commutation power

President Barack Obama is looking for convicts worthy of his rarely used power to commute sentences. More>>

Congress is giving states the transportation blues

On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects... More>>

Colleges seek to improve remedial programs

The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels' remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College. More>>

Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances

With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas... More>>

Mitchell pulls out of 12th District race

Former Charlotte City Councilman James Mitchell has dropped out of the race to fill the 12th Congressional District seat vacated when Mel Watt became head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. More>>

McCrory, tax overhaul opponents talk on filing day

Conservatives are using the April 15 deadline to celebrate tax changes that North Carolina lawmakers argue will keep more money in family wallets and encourage job creation. More>>

People with old Social Security debts get reprieve

People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve - for now. More>>

Push for a human relations council Video included

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Activists are calling upon Pitt County Commissioners to ease tension in the community.  More>>

Feds charge woman in Hillary Clinton shoe-throw

Federal authorities have lodged two criminal charges against a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton while she gave a convention speech at a Las Vegas Strip resort. More>>

Mrs. Obama, 'first dogs' visits military families

Michelle Obama said Monday she is shining a light on military families who are her heroes and a medical facility that treats them as she gives thanks during an early Easter celebration. More>>

Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance efforts in stories based on thousands of secret documents handed over by... More>>

April 15 not much of a deadline for most taxpayers

The calendar shows April 15, and you haven't even started on your federal tax return? Chances are, you don't need to fret. More>>

Native Americans say US violated human rights

A Native American group is asking the international community to charge the United States with human rights violations in hopes of getting help with a land claim. More>>

Rand Paul: US 'can't invite the whole world'

Sen. Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an "act of love." More>>

US ambassador: Talks with Iran continuing

The United States' ambassador to the United Nations says talks about Iran's nuclear program are continuing undisturbed by Washington's decision to block Tehran's ambassador to the diplomatic body. More>>

Finance ministers: Economy stronger but fragile

The world's top financial officials say they believe the global economy is strengthening but that growth remains fragile and open to risks of new geopolitical strife, as in Ukraine. More>>

Cruz says he's optimistic about turning US around

Ted Cruz says he's optimistic about the country's future. More>>

'Obamacare' under attack as conservatives eye 2016

Republicans eyeing the 2016 White House race battered President Barack Obama's health care law and nicked each other Saturday, auditioning before a high-profile gathering of conservatives that some political veterans... More>>

Rand Paul says conservatives need a bold message

Potential presidential contender Rand Paul says conservatives need a bold message to "hit those who haven't been listening" and to keep their political movement growing. More>>

Peru state a violent 'mini-dictatorship'

One by one, the senior officials from the capital took the microphone and apologized to an auditorium packed with angry people who had long been living in fear. The officials admitted they had failed to prevent a political... More>>

Feds: Safety concerns led to Nevada cow release

By MARTIN GRIFFITH Associated Press Federal land managers say "escalating tensions" led them to release all 400 or so head of cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada from a rancher who has... More>>

Friday is deadline to register for May NC primary Video included

A new law means North Carolina residents are no longer allowed to register to vote during early voting. So they're just about out of time if they want to cast ballots for the May 6 primary. More>>

Greenville City Council overturns the 4 unrelated rule Video included

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On Thursday night the Greenville City Council voted to overturn the 4 unrelated rule. More>>

House candidate addresses criminal past

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A state house candidate is asking voters to look past his criminal history. More>>

Greenville City Council passes new taxes for sweepstakes machines Video included

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The city council in Greenville passed a new ordinance on Monday to tax sweepstakes parlors.The new taxes will go into effect on July 1st. More>>

Documents: FBI seized cash from mayor's home

Search warrants show that the day former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested on public corruption charges, FBI agents seized dozens of items from his home and offices, including cash, computers and financial records. More>>

Gay marriage's win streak tested in higher court

The gay rights movement's winning streak in same-sex marriage lawsuits faces its biggest test yet in Denver where a federal appeals court will weigh whether to give an important victory to gay couples' right to... More>>

Obama chides GOP for rejecting gender pay gap bill

Denouncing the current Congress as the least productive in modern history, President Barack Obama chided Republicans on Wednesday for blocking a Senate bill aimed at narrowing the gender pay gap - an issue Democrats are... More>>

Clodfelter sworn in as Charlotte's new mayor Video included

Dan Clodfelter has been sworn in as the fourth mayor of Charlotte since last spring. More>>

Obama offers solace to nation at Fort Hood

President Barack Obama returned to the grieving Army post Wednesday where he first took on the job as the nation's comforter five years ago, mourning at Fort Hood with families and uniformed comrades of those killed... More>>

Chief describes Boston Marathon lessons learned

It's been almost a year since police in the Boston suburb of Watertown were at the center of the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. More>>

Afghan official: Vote successful, not fraud free

An Afghan election official said Wednesday that national elections held last weekend were a success in terms of turnout and enthusiasm, but he cautioned that there may have been significant fraud. More>>

Stay issued on subpoenas in NC election law case

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A federal magistrate judge has delayed enforcement of her ruling directing North Carolina legislators to hand over some emails and other documents about last year's election overhaul law to groups who've sued to overturn portions of the law. The stay issued by Judge Joi Peake late last week comes after lawyers for the state and Gov. Pat McCrory formally objected to her decision two weeks ago that legislators couldn't ignore subpoenas demanding the records. State attorneys insist lawmakers a... More>>

NC Republicans hold more top effectiveness spots

North Carolina Republicans expanded their majorities at the General Assembly at 2012. A survey assembled every two years by a nonpartisan research group finds they are wielding more influence in the legislative process, too. More>>

NC Senate hopefuls announce 1st quarter totals

Leading North Carolina U.S. Senate candidates are announcing their fundraising totals so far this year before they're required to tell election regulators next week. More>>

Tillis gets anti-abortion group backing in NC

House Speaker Thom Tillis has received the endorsement of an influential national anti-abortion group in the race for U.S. Senate in North Carolina. More>>

Preliminary cost for canine-control ordinance surfaces Video included

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The cost of a canine control ordinance surfaced at Monday’s Pitt County Commissioners meeting and it's a significant increase.  More>>

2 NC Senate debates scheduled before early voting

Two televised debates and possibly a third will air later this month so North Carolina voters can learn more about some of the eight Republican U.S. Senate candidates. More>>

NC Libertarian convention meeting this weekend

North Carolina's Libertarian Party will have an unusual gathering this weekend because it will host a forum for its primary candidates for U.S. Senate. More>>

Attorney: NC photo ID wouldn't stop 2-state voting

Critics of North Carolina's elections overhaul law say information about potential voter fraud does not justify such wide-ranging and restrictive changes approved by Republicans last year. More>>

NC voter audit suggests widespread fraud

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The North Carolina Board of Elections is investigating hundreds of cases where voters appear to have cast 2012 ballots in two states. More>>

State rep investigated for campaign finance misconduct Video included

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The State Board of Elections is investigating a state rep who's running for re-election. More>>

NC council delays vote to select new mayor Video included

The Charlotte City Council will wait another week before choosing a mayor to replace Patrick Cannon, who resigned last week in a public corruption scandal. More>>

Sweepstakes: Legal or illegal? Video included

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Sweepstakes cafes---those small gambling houses drawing in hundreds to play Vegas-style games---law enforcement’s busted many in the East, yet others are still open.  More>>

Only on WNCT.com – Hagan speaks on abortion, immigration, and marijuana

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9 On Your Side was the only camera allowed into the closed event for the senator’s entire remarks and question and answer session. More>>

NC council meeting to appoint new mayor Video included

The Charlotte City Council is holding a special meeting to pick a new mayor to replace Patrick Cannon, who resigned last week in a public corruption scandal. More>>

DNC chairwoman attending NC political luncheon

The leader of the Democratic National Committee is slated to be in North Carolina to build support for dozens of female candidates in the state who support abortion rights. More>>

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