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BC-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 6 pm, 1st Ld-Writethru, MD


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in the Mid-Atlantic, covering North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to 919-510-8937, 202-641-9660, 410-837-8315, 804-643-6646 or metro@ap.org. AP-Mid-Atlantic News Editor Steve McMillan can be reached at 804-643-6646 or smcmillan@ap.org.

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RALEIGH, N.C. _ The candidates in the country’s last undecided congressional election are looking ahead to the possibility that North Carolina’s elections board finds the race tainted by ballot fraud, but the politically divided body can’t agree to order a new contest. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.


RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced that current Supreme Court Associate Justice Cheri Beasley will become the next chief justice, making her the first African-American woman to hold the job. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 550 words.



RALEIGH, N.C. _ A North Carolina substitute teacher has submitted her resignation after a student told his father that the teacher told his class that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was not assassinated but instead killed himself. SENT: 260 words.


_ HACKING INDICTMENT _ Federal prosecutors say two computer hackers have been charged with sending false shooting and bomb threats to hundreds of schools in the U.S. and Britain.

_ THREE WOMEN SHOT _ Authorities say a man who killed a woman and wounded two others in South Carolina has been arrested after a short police chase in North Carolina.

_ IPHONE SALE-SHOOTING _ Authorities have charged two North Carolina teenagers after a man was shot in the back of the head when he went to an apartment complex to sell an iPhone.

_ FORTNITE-DANCE LAWSUIT: The makers of “Fortnite” are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit from a rapper who says the video game is illegally using a dance he created.

_ SCHOOL CLOSURE-LESBIAN SPEAKER: A Catholic priest has defended his decision to cancel a Black History Month speech by a high school’s black lesbian alumna as well as his decision to cancel classes that day, saying he had to protect students from planned protests over the woman’s views on gay marriage.

_ LOTTERY DRAWING DELAY _ People hoping to find out if they struck it rich in the North Carolina Education Lottery had to wait a little longer because of a chemical spill at the lottery building.



SAN FRANCISCO _ A college professor who has accused Virginia’s lieutenant governor of sexual assault will appear Tuesday at a long-planned Stanford University academic symposium on that topic. By Paul Elias. SENT: 360 words.


RICHMOND, Va. — All three of Virginia’s top elected officials remain in office despite varying calls for their ouster amid scandals involving blackface costumes and sexual-assault allegations. But each has taken a slightly different path forward. By Alan Suderman and Jonathan Drew. SENT: 690 words, photos.


UNDATED _ Mark Acosta remembers so many of the details. He was in fourth grade in a predominantly Hispanic mining town in Arizona and his teachers painted his face black for a play where he portrayed comedian Flip Wilson and his character Geraldine. By Jeffrey Collins and Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 810 words, AP Photos.


UNDATED _ Virginia’s lieutenant governor has denied newly publicized allegations that he sexually assaulted two women years ago and has vowed to continue serving in office. It’s a scenario that already has played out in several other states, with differing conclusions. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 720 words, AP Photos.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Retaliatory tariffs caused a sharp downturn in American whiskey exports in the last half of 2018 as distillers started feeling the pain from global trade disputes, an industry trade group said Tuesday. By Bruce Schreiner. SENT: 820 words, photo.


RICHMOND, Va. _ The saying goes “a dog is man’s best friend” _ and that’s exactly what Sen. Lionell Spruill said he wanted when he was a boy. When he couldn’t have a pet, he began to notice how some dogs in his neighborhood were mistreated _ left out overnight and in extreme weather. By Mario Sequeira Quesada, Capital News Service. SENT: 610 words.


_ DOMINION-METHANE EMISSIONS _ Dominion Energy says it plans to cut methane emissions from its natural gas infrastructure by 50 percent over the next decade based on 2010 levels.

_ SCHOOL BUS AIDE CHARGED: A Virginia school bus aid is accused of choking a 12-year-old student during a bus ride from a private school for students with behavioral health and intellectual disabilities.

_ ODD-HALLOWEEN-TEENS-JAIL: A Virginia city’s penalty of jail time for teenage trick-or-treaters has scared up some ridicule and a possible policy change.

_ TRANSPORTATION SAFETY AWARDS: The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Highway Safety Office is accepting nominations for awards given to people and organizations for efforts aimed at changing behaviors that lead to crashes, injuries and fatalities.



BALTIMORE _ A disgraced Baltimore police detective who led a double life as a drug gang collaborator has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his role on an out-of-control unit of city officers who resold looted narcotics, conducted brazen robberies, and falsified evidence. By David McFadden. SENT: 650 words.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ The Maryland Senate voted to enable local school boards to decide whether school begins before or after Labor Day. By Brian Witte. SENT: 560 words.


BALTIMORE— Under Armour Inc. (UAA) on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $4.2 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. SENT: 200 words, photo.


DENVER — Following Donald Trump’s 2016 victory over an opponent who won 3 million more votes, Colorado’s Democrat-controlled Legislature is fast-tracking legislation to join other states in picking the president based on the national popular vote. By James Anderson. SENT: 630 words, photos.


_ HARASSMENT SURVEY-MARYLAND: The Maryland General Assembly will conduct a workplace climate survey as part of ongoing efforts to stop sexual harassment.

_POLICE CHIEF-MACHINE GUNS: A former Maryland police chief has pleaded guilty to the illegal transfer and possession of two machine guns.

_ SCHOOL-SLUR PASSES: Students at a high school in a Washington suburb of Maryland have been caught distributing passes that gave the bearer permission to use a racial slur for black people.

_ FLU DEATHS: Delaware state health officials say the flu has killed 11 residents so far this season and hundreds of more have been hospitalized.

_ PRISON DISTURBANCE-DELAWARE: A prosecutor called on jurors in the second in a series of trials for inmates charged in a deadly Delaware prison riot to find the four men on trial guilty of murder.

_ OFFICER-RAPE CHARGE: Police in Delaware say an officer exposed himself to a woman and told her he’d let her go despite an active arrest warrant if she “performed a sexual act on him.”



CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Buzz Peterson knew Michael Jordan as well as anyone when they were in college. But Peterson never saw this coming: His roommate becoming an NBA owner and hosting the league’s All-Star game in his home state of North Carolina. By Steve Reed. SENT: 900 words, photos


CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Michael Jordan is impressed by the streaks that James Harden and Russell Westbrook are on. But when asked which one is harder to accomplish _ Harden’s 30 consecutive games with at least 30 points or Westbrook’s 10 straight triple-doubles _ the Charlotte Hornets owner said with a wide grin: “Six championships by all means.” By Steve Reed. SENT: 250 words, photos


OTTAWA _ The Carolina Hurricanes wrap up their five-game road trip when they visit the Ottawa Senators. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos from 7:30 p.m. start.


SARASOTA, Fla. _ When pitchers and catchers reported to the Baltimore Orioles camp on Tuesday, they met a new administration. By Rich Dubroff. SENT: 560 words, AP Photo.


BUIES CREEK, N.C. _ Campbell’s Chris Clemons is leading the country in scoring and moving up the Division I career scoring list to headline a crop of big-time undersized scorers in college basketball. The list includes No. 10 Marquette’s Markus Howard and No. 15 Purdue’s Carsen Edwards. The 5-foot-9 Clemons is averaging 29 points for the little-known Fighting Camels as a senior and is on pace to become the highest-scoring player shorter than 6 feet in Division I history. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 950 words, photos


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. _ The Southeastern and Big Ten conferences have a series of matchups with ranked teams that will have a big impact atop the league standings. Those games include No. 1 Tennessee’s trip to No. 5 Kentucky as the headliner on the week’s AP Top 25 schedule as well as No. 11 Michigan State’s visit to No. 20 Wisconsin. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 675 words, photos


LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ No. 2 Duke visits No. 16 Louisville, looking to maintain first place in the ACC. The host Cardinals aim to rebound from their overtime loss at Florida State. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 600 words and photos. Game starts at 9 p.m. ET.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ No. 12 Purdue brings an eight-game winning streak into a matchup with 24th-ranked Maryland, which is unbeaten at home in Big Ten play. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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