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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ended the nation's constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years in a decision by its conservative majority to overturn Roe v. Wade. Friday's outcome is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states.

Friday’s decision by the Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade with a 5-3 decision, eliminating the U.S. constitutional right to an abortion prompted the following reaction from state and local elected officials and candidates:

Two of Pitt County Schools’ top graduates speaking at their school commencement ceremonies this month told audiences of thousands that the price they paid to be No. 1 may have been too high.

An interfaith service featuring a Raleigh pastor profiled on ABC’s Our America is among several events celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month this weekend.

Ham Radio weekend: The Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club will hold its ham radio field event from 2 p.m. Saturday to noon on Sunday at the Oakwood School, 4000 MacGregor Downs Road. The event is open to the public for those who want to learn more about amateur radio as operators talk to others around the world.


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Truist's Carter York (19) beats Ross Orthodontic shortstop Caleb Jackson (13) to the second base bag as second baseman Graham Albritton (12) looks on during the second inning Friday.

Washington’s Robert Bergevin captured first place in the North Carolina Junior qualifier held recently at Duplin Country Club in Kenansville. Bergevin shot a 72 to earn a spot in the finals of the tournament, now under way at Highland Country Club in Fayetteville.

Remember when rapid automation was going to render large swaths of the workforce unemployed? Politicians and other professional worrywarts warned that robots would displace production workers, that self-driving vehicles and drones would displace truckers and delivery personnel, and the algor…

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday made a decision of rare importance, concerning not a pandemic illness but the country’s leading cause of preventable death: smoking. It is crucial the White House stick up for what would be the FDA’s most assertive antismoking policy ever — one tha…

J. Michael Luttig is an orthodox conservative and loyal Republican, appointed to the federal bench by President Bush 41 and often mentioned as a possible Supreme Court nominee. So when he appeared before the Congressional committee investigating the insurrection of Jan. 6, 2021, his words of…

As far as I’m concerned, Joe Biden is a national hero: the savior of our democracy, and as decent a man as has ever occupied the Oval Office. They ought to put up his statue on courthouse squares across America.

Q I am an introverted woman who is dating a socialite. Surprisingly, we complement each other well. We hardly ever argue, and it seems we have an endless number of things in common. The only issue that I’m having is adjusting to his extroverted lifestyle. I get anxious being around large gro…

Visiting the Finger Lakes region of New York recently — which included a day trip to Niagara Falls — I realized two things: Water is not the only falling matter for which they give you a free poncho, and I should have done this family vacation decades ago. (Sorry, Dad.)

Before the Southern Baptist Convention’s strong vote to approve what supporters called “bare minimum” sexual abuse reforms — with victims in the crowd weeping with relief — there was a strategic amendment to the recommendations.

Summer is all about grilling, which means everyone should have a go-to marinade up their sleeve for soaking and basting their favorite grillables. This no-fail marinade is tangy and sweet, with a kick of garlicky Sriracha for heat. It’s also amenable to almost anything you would like to gril…

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ended the nation's constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years in a decision by its conservative majority to overturn Roe v. Wade. Friday's outcome is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states.

Friday’s decision by the Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade with a 5-3 decision, eliminating the U.S. constitutional right to an abortion prompted the following reaction from state and local elected officials and candidates:

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HOPEWELL, Va. (AP) — All four inmates who escaped a minimum-security prison satellite camp in Virginia over the weekend are now back in custody, the U.S. Marshals Service and Federal Bureau of Prisons announced Wednesday.

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GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Researchers from the University of Colorado are studying the Great Smoky Mountains' synchronous fireflies to determine whether understanding the way they communicate could help with developing robot communication.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies.

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Abortion bans that were put on the books in some states in the event Roe v. Wade was overturned started automatically taking effect Friday, while clinics elsewhere — including Alabama, Texas and West Virginia — stopped performing abortions for fear of prosecution, sending women away in tears.

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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — After weeks of ferocious fighting, Ukrainian forces have begun retreating from a besieged city in the country's east to move to stronger positions, a regional official said Friday, the four-month mark in Russia's invasion.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Democratic leaders across the nation vowed Friday to help women who travel to seek abortions and to shield patients and medical professionals from being pursued by authorities in states where the procedure becomes outlawed after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

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Religious Americans are deeply divided in their views on abortion, and reactions from faith leaders ranged from elation to anger after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that made abortion legal nationwide.

DALLAS (AP) — The largest pilots union has approved a contract that would boost the pay of pilots at United Airlines by more than 14% over the next 18 months, potentially clearing the way for similar wage hikes throughout the industry.