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As Pitt County high schools prepare to begin fall sports practices on Monday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has issued a new executive order urging those in indoor spaces – vaccinated and unvaccinated – to wear face coverings.

Josh James finished his senior season at South Central High School and then went right into playing American Legion baseball earlier this summer. Post 39 reached the Area 1 East Tournament finals before having its season end with a loss to Wayne County. James is headed to Chowan University t…

Over the years, presidents have leaned on their predecessors for help in the White House. Lyndon Johnson, for example, asked Harry Truman for assistance to win approval of Medicare. More often, however, they have kept their distance.

BYH to the young policeman who paid for my oil change after I realized I didn’t have my credit card with me. Nice to know there are still good people around. He made my day!

Nearly a decade ago, when I couldn’t find a card for my mom that felt authentic to our relationship, I designed my own — and have kept at it ever since. I graduated with a BFA in graphic design from ECU but decided to stay home full-time after my first child was born. I wasn’t looking to tur…

Ben & Jerry’s, noted for its ice cream made from “contented cows,” has produced not such contented consumers in many circles following its announcement to stop selling its ice cream in Israel’s West Bank and in East Jerusalem.

Sometimes I hate it when I’m right. My April fool’s column predicted that our return to life as we knew it before COVID would likely be determined by those who refused to take the shot. We who have been vaccinated are paying a price for those anti-vaxxers who selfishly choose not to protect …

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“Stillwater” is the title of the new Matt Damon crime drama about a father who tries to help his estranged daughter who is in prison in Marseilles, accused of a murder she claims she didn’t commit.

This past weekend I went kayaking — again. I was driving along the backroads toward our beautiful Edisto River here in South Carolina, there in northern Colleton County, when I spied a wonderful habitat. A “loading deck.”

Every day of the week in my opinion is a great day to eat Mexican. Most of us can’t wait for Taco Tuesdays so we can affordably indulge in delicious chicken, beef or steak tacos and mounds of crispy chips and salsa. It’s the perfect meal to enjoy with friends and to help you unwind after a l…

Reduce your and your child’s risk of getting COVID-19 when playing close-contact or indoor sports. Be vaccinated if 12 years or older. Play outdoors. Wear a mask when indoors and stay 6 feet apart when possible. Wash your hands often and eat healthy.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after President Joe Biden's administration extended the date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only tool k…

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday decided to reverse course from guidance he issued last week and will now urge all K-12 public school students and staff to be masked, even if they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's health department will require workers, volunteers and others at 14 state-run health care facilities to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Sept. 30 unless they qualify for a medical or religious exemption, according to a memo.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has offered some of the victims' families nearly $33 million to settle their lawsuit over how the company marketed the firearm to the public.

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Spurred by skyrocketing consumer demand during the pandemic, restaurant delivery companies like DoorDash and Uber Eats are rapidly expanding their services to grocers, convenience stores, pharmacies, pet stores and even department stores.

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In another dispiriting setback for the nation’s efforts to stamp out the coronavirus, scientists who studied a big COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts concluded that vaccinated people who got so-called breakthrough infections carried about the same amount of the coronavirus as those who did n…

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis barred school districts Friday from forcing students to wear masks when classes resume next month even as the state’s coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to skyrocket toward levels not seen since before vaccines became widely available.

FAIRMONT, Minn. (AP) — An auto racing announcer in southern Minnesota is out for the rest of the season following a racist rant he made during a side gig in Iowa last month — and the Minnesota track promoter who supported him is now apologizing.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A video recording of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men allegedly engaging in massage parlor sex will be returned to prosecutors for destruction, a Florida judge ruled Friday, ending a two-year saga that tarnished the reputation of one of footb…

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NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Christina Darling finally replaced her 2006 Chevrolet Equinox after it broke down several times while picking her children up from day care. But the 31-year-old mother of two was struggling to keep up with the car payments.