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CDC Reverses Course on Masks, Again.

July 29, 2021

By DR. JOY MARTINEZ, Staff Writer In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced fully vaccinated people didn’t need to wear masks in most settings, whether indoors or outdoors. This week, the agency recommended that fully vaccinated […]

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Wu-Tang Clan album sale pays off Martin Shkreli’s court debt

July 27, 2021

By LARRY NEUMEISTER An unreleased Wu-Tang Clan album forfeited by Martin Shkreli after his securities fraud conviction was sold Tuesday for an undisclosed sum, though prosecutors say it was enough to fully satisfy the rest of what he owed on […]

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50-year war on drugs imprisoned millions of Black Americans

July 24, 2021

By AARON MORRISON Landscaping was hardly his lifelong dream. As a teenager, Alton Lucas believed basketball or music would pluck him out of North Carolina and take him around the world. In the late 1980s, he was the right-hand man […]

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Dealership apologizes for derogatory term for Black customer

July 24, 2021

LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina car dealership has apologized for a derogatory term posted to its social media to identify a Black woman who bought a car from the business. Lumberton Honda posted a picture Thursday on its […]

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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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