EPA flags new fears about nonstick coatings

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says long-term exposure to a compound currently used in nonstick coatings appears to be dangerous even in minute amounts. The fi...

Florence sweeps away motel and family's hard work, savings

SPRING LAKE, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence washed away half the rooms at the Starlite Motel in Spring Lake, North Carolina. What's left will probably have to be demolished. Co-owner...

Nearly stalled, Florence besieges Carolinas with floodwaters

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Florence already has proven deadly with its nearly nonstop rain, surging seawater and howling winds, and the threat is days from ending as remnants of the once major hurrican...

Mother, infant, among several killed by Hurricane Florence

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A mother and baby killed when a tree smashed into their house are among several deaths caused by Hurricane Florence. The monster storm felled trees all around...

Mother, infant, among several killed by Hurricane Florence

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A mother and baby killed when a tree smashed into their house are among four deaths caused by Hurricane Florence. The monster storm felled trees all around Wi...

Beyond hurricanes, rising seas menace barrier island homes

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. (AP) — Richard Barnett spent his week boarding up the windows of million-dollar homes perched precariously at the northern tip of Topsail Island, a narrow spit of North Carol...

Florence's onslaught could cue disaster in North Carolina

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and forecasters say conditions will only worsen as the hulki...

As hurricane blows, dive bar toasts 'Here's to Wilmington!'

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — As Hurricane Florence blew into Wilmington, about two dozen locals gathered behind the boarded-up windows of a bar that's survived its share of squalls and tempests. There they...

After Florence, barrier islands still doomed by rising sea

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. (AP) — Richard Barnett spent his week boarding up the windows of million-dollar homes perched precariously at the northern tip of Topsail Island, a narrow spit of North Carol...

"Monster" Hurricane Florence nears Carolina coast

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Coastal residents fleeing a potentially devastating blow from Hurricane Florence encountered empty gasoline pumps and depleted store shelves as the monster storm neared the Car...

Millions prepare for potentially catastrophic Florence

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Millions of Americans are preparing for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades. Hurricane Florence is c...

UNC head: Confederate doesn't belong at campus 'front door'

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The chancellor of North Carolina's flagship university is giving a strong indication that the school won't return a torn-down Confederate statue to where it used to stand. ...

Police: Genealogy helps ID rape suspect in decade-old cases

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Investigators compared online family tree data with crime-scene DNA evidence to identify and track down a suspect in a series of North Carolina rapes from a decade ago, police sai...

Slain Colorado mother painted rosy picture of married life

FREDERICK, Colo. (AP) — Shanann Watts' Facebook page painted a portrait of a happy married life — of a woman dedicated to her husband and their two young children. She called her husband "my ROCK!" an...

'Halloween every day:' Judge scolds military impersonator

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge demanded to know Tuesday why a North Carolina man repeatedly used an Army general's uniform to fool others, asking if "it was like Halloween every day," as he sentenced hi...