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D.H. Conley’s Caleb Dudley was on of five finalists announced on Wednesday for the National Football Foundation’s Bill Dooley Scholar-Athlete Award.

Recently we learned that our own Bobby Burns, along with Gov. Roy Cooper and Dr. Fauci tested positive for COVID-19. I was so sorry to hear the news but relieved they reported being fully vaccinated and weren’t hospitalized.

The Supreme Court set off political fireworks this year with divided opinions on gun rights, abortion, religious liberty and more. So it’s worth highlighting the Court’s unanimous June decision that reinforces a core tenet of the U.S. legal system (Ruan v. U.S.).

BYH to the radical left protesting the Supreme Court decision on abortion. Why they are so upset is very simple. With the issue being up to the states, the left now has to depend on the voters to pass their agenda, which will be a real problem.

A salad that calls itself a substantial meal is not a floppy affair. Greens are certainly welcome but a main-course salad is more than lettuce. The key to a satisfying salad is to add ingredients that contribute heft and texture — to create a dish that is filling, yet light, and that won’t l…

Comedians frequently take shots at taboo targets, but that wasn’t what Norm Macdonald was doing when he addressed Down syndrome while recording what became the new “Nothing Special” stand-up special on Netflix.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order shielding out-of-state abortion patients from extradition and prohibiting state agencies under his control from assisting other states’ prosecutions of abortion patients who travel for the procedure. Cooper joined a growing number of Democratic governors seeking to offer sanctuary in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning abortion protections. In announcing the executive order, Cooper said he would use his authority over extradition warrants to shield abortion providers and their patients from states with more restrictive polices that could seek to punish residents who cross state lines for the procedure.

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Tropical Storm Colin has brought rain and winds to parts of North and South Carolina, though the storm has weakened and conditions are expected to improve by Monday's July Fourth celebrations. Separately, the center of Tropical Storm Bonnie rolled into the Pacific on Saturday after a rapid march across Central America, where it caused flooding, downed trees and forced thousands of people to evacuate in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Forecasters say Bonnie is likely to become a hurricane by Monday off the southern coast of Mexico, but it is unlikely to make a direct hit on land.

North Carolina's Democratic attorney general has not yet indicated whether he will ask a court to lift the injunction on a state law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Attorney General Josh Stein told Republican lawmakers on Friday that his department’s attorneys are reviewing the litigation that led a federal court to strike down the 20-week ban. His letter responds to GOP demands that he take immediate action in the wake of last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned abortion protections. Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore warned last week Stein's inaction would lead them to get involved.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a case that could dramatically change the way elections for Congress and the presidency are conducted by handing more power to state legislatures and blocking state courts from reviewing challenges to the procedures and results.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out the 2020 conspiracy and bribery convictions of a major political donor in North Carolina and his associate, declaring that the trial judge erred in his jury instructions.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican legislative leaders on Tuesday unveiled state budget adjustments for the coming year, proposing to spend or set aside billions in expected extra tax collections to raise worker pay, recruit companies, build more infrastructure and combat inflation.

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Foreign analysts say Russia may be temporarily easing its offensive in Ukraine as it attempts to reconstitute its forces for a renewed assault. A Washington-based think tank said Russian forces made no claimed or assessed territorial gains in Ukraine “for the first time in 133 days of war.” The Institute for the Study of War suggested Moscow might be taking an “operational pause” that does not entail “the complete cessation of active hostilities.” Ukrainian officials say shelling continues in Ukraine’s east, where at least nine civilians were killed in 24 hours. Most of the civilian deaths occurred in Donetsk province, which Russian troops and separatist fighters are trying to capture.

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Boris Johnson was the mayor who basked in the glory of hosting the 2012 London Olympics, and the man who led the Conservatives to election victory on the back of his promise to “get Brexit done.” But Johnson’s time as prime minister was marred by his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and a stream of ethics allegations. That ranged from “Partygate,” the illegal government parties held in violation of COVID-19 restrictions, to how he handled  a sexual misconduct scandal involving a senior party lawmaker.

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Jailed American basketball star Brittney Griner is returning to a Russian court as calls increase for Washington to do more to secure her release. Griner was detained in February at a Moscow airport after vape canisters with cannabis oil allegedly were found in her luggage. She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of large-scale transportation of drugs. The trial of the Phoenix Mercury star and two-time Olympic gold medalist began last week but the second session was adjourned because two scheduled witnesses did not appear. President Joe Biden assured Griner's wife in a phone call on Wednesday that he's doing everything he can to try to obtain the athlete's release.

Artisanal fisheries on Kenya’s coast say climate change, overfishing by large foreign vessels and a lack of other job opportunities for coastal communities is draining the Indian Ocean of its yellowfin tuna stocks. The removal of subsidies for large fisheries and stricter fishing catch limits have been discussed by major international regulatory bodies for over a decade, but conservation groups have criticized their lack of action. A study commissioned by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission at their last session in May hopes to inform future regulations for tuna fisheries and inform adaptation and mitigation measures. But for those on Kenya’s coastline already facing severely depleted stocks, it’s feared it may be too late.

Boris Johnson wanted to be like his hero Winston Churchill: a larger-than-life character who led Britain through a time of crisis. He was felled by crises of his own making, as a trickle of ethics allegations became a flood that engulfed his government and turned his Conservative Party against him. Johnson agreed to resign Thursday after the chorus of disapproval became too much. It lowers the curtain on the career of one of the most divisive politicians Britain has ever known. Biographer Andrew Gimson called Johnson “the man who takes on the Establishment and wins.” But for Rory Stewart, a critic and former member of parliament, he was “probably the best liar we’ve ever had as prime minister.”

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has agreed to resign, ending an unprecedented political crisis over his future. Johnson had rebuffed calls by his Cabinet to step down in the wake of ethics scandals. He gave in after more than 50 ministers quit his government and told him to go and one of his closest allies, Treasury Chief Nadhim Zahawi, told the prime minister to resign for the good of the country. It was not immediately clear Thursday whether Johnson will stay in office while the Conservative Party chooses a new leader, who will replace him as prime minister.

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The first bull run at Pamplona’s San Fermín festival in three years has taken place after previous events were canceled due to the pandemic. No one was gored but several runners endured knocks and hard falls. The six bulls, guided by six tame oxen, charged through Pamplona’s streets in around 2 minutes, 35 seconds. The Pamplona hospital said that six people needed treatment including one American man with a broken arm. The bulls that run each morning are killed in bullfights in the afternoon by professional bullfighters. The incredibly popular festivities that draw tens of thousands of visitors from around the world were canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

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A staggering 71 million more people around the world are experiencing poverty as a result of soaring food and energy prices that climbed in the weeks following Russia’s war in Ukraine. The United Nations Development Program's report released Thursday estimates that 51.6 million more people fell into poverty in the first three months after Russia invaded Ukraine, living off $1.90 a day or less. An additional 20 million people slipped to the poverty line of $3.20 a day. The UNDP recommends that rather than spending billions on blanket energy subsidies, governments instead target expenditure to reach the most impacted and affected people through targeted cash transfers.