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Biden says getting vaccinated ‘gigantically important’

July 22, 2021

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE and AAMER MADHANI President Joe Biden expressed pointed frustration over the slowing COVID-19 vaccination rate in the U.S. and pleaded that it’s “gigantically important” for Americans to step up and get inoculated against the virus as it surges […]

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Jeff Bezos blasts into space on own rocket: ‘Best day ever!’

July 21, 2021

By MARCIA DUNN Jeff Bezos blasted into space Tuesday on his rocket company’s first flight with people on board, becoming the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft. The Amazon founder was accompanied by a […]

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US life expectancy in 2020 saw biggest drop since WWII

July 21, 2021

By MIKE STOBBE NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest one-year decline since World War II, public health officials said Wednesday. The decrease for both Black Americans and Hispanic […]

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Senate leader expects SC redistricting to finish by October

July 20, 2021

The process to draw new districts for South Carolina House and Senate seats as well as the U.S. House kicked off Tuesday with senators hopeful the whirlwind of map drawing, negotiations, public hearings and final vote will take less than […]

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NIL era brings cautious optimism to college-town businesses

July 19, 2021

By AARON BEARD CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Bret Oliverio says he wants college athletes to endorse his Sup Dogsrestaurant along the main Franklin Street drag steps from the University of North Carolina.  He is just being patient before jumping into […]

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Some North Carolina hospitals dangerously low on blood

July 17, 2021

Leaders of the agencies that provide blood to some North Carolina hospitals say the easing of the coronavirus pandemic has created potentially dangerous shortages.  As people get out and about more, injuries from car crashes and other traumas are increasing, […]

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That was fleeting: Twitter kills off ephemeral messages

July 15, 2021

By BARBARA ORTUTAY Twitter is disappearing its disappearing tweets, called fleets, after they didn’t catch on.  The company began testing tweets that vanish after 24 hours last March in Brazil. Fleets were designed to allay the concerns of new users who might […]

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Three arrested in nearly year-old North Carolina murder case

July 14, 2021

Three North Carolina men have been arrested in connection with a nearly year-old murder case, police in North Carolina said.  New Bern police, with help from the U.S. Marshals Carolinas Fugitive Task Force, arrested Jarvis Everett, Jamelle Everett and Tarvis […]

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Cuban leaders beef up police patrols after rare protests

July 13, 2021

By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ HAVANA (AP) — Cuban police are out in force on the country’s streets as the president is accusing Cuban Americans of using social media to spur a rare outpouring of weekend protests over high prices and food […]

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Black Lives Matter mural defaced in North Carolina town

July 12, 2021

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — A Black Lives Matter mural drawn in honor of a North Carolina man shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies was damaged one day after it was unveiled, and police are investigating the incident.  A video […]

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