After a long year in which COVID-19 restrictions often kept people apart, communities and organizations are making plans to come together for the holiday season. Here's a list of what's happening

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On Nov. 21, longtime safe streets advocate Steven Hardy-Braz of Farmville was struck by a car while riding his bicycle on a road in Belhaven. The distracted driver did not see Steven and drove directly into the back of Steven’s bicycle, seriously injuring him. Steven remains in recovery today.

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Two tiresome realities about being president of the United States: First, everybody blames you for things over which you have little or no control, such as the worldwide price of oil and international shipping schedules. Should there be too few electronic geegaws on store shelves to pacify A…

The 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign was essentially a bidding war in which each candidate pledged to spend trillions of dollars beyond what is needed to run the country, ostensibly to rebuild the nation after the coronavirus pandemic. Candidate Joe Biden won the contest and has…

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed on Thursday legislation that would bar officials from counting mail-in absentee ballots received after Election Day, even if their envelopes were postmarked on or before that date.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson announced on Wednesday that she won't seek reelection next year, citing mandatory age limits that would significantly curtail her service if she won.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Dr. Mandy Cohen, the head of North Carolina's health department and face of regular updates on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state for two years, is stepping down from her post, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday.

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MOSCOW (AP) — Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin will speak in a video call Tuesday, the White House and Kremlin said, as tensions between the United States and Russia escalate over a Russian troop buildup on the Ukrainian border that's seen as a sign of a potential invasion.

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NEW YORK (AP) — CNN fired anchor Chris Cuomo on Saturday less than a week after new information emerged about how he assisted his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as the politician faced sexual harassment allegations earlier this year.

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PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A judge imposed a combined $1 million bond Saturday for the parents of the Michigan teen charged with killing four students at Oxford High School, hours after police said they were caught hiding in a Detroit commercial building.

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PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A third party will investigate events at Oxford High School that occurred before a school shooting that left four students dead and six other students and a teacher wounded, the Michigan district's superintendent said Saturday.

LUMAJANG, Indonesia (AP) — The highest volcano on Indonesia’s most densely populated island of Java spewed thick columns of ash, searing gas and lava down its slopes in a sudden eruption triggered by heavy rains on Saturday. At least one villager died from burns and dozens were hospitalized.

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