WASHINGTON — Lloyd J. Austin, a West Point graduate who rose to the Army’s elite ranks and marched through racial barriers in a 41-year career, won Senate confirmation Friday to become the nation’s first black secretary of defense.

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As East Carolina basketball fill-in head coach Steve Roccaforte was describing Sunday how the Pirates navigated the last few weeks amid COVID-19 protocols, postponed games and a lack of practices, Roccaforte naturally thought back to the 2020 American Athletic Conference tournament that was …

PINEHURST — The Country Club of North Carolina announced last week a new partnership with PGA Tour pro and East Carolina alum Harold Varner III as a CCNC Ambassador.


East Carolina coach Cliff Godwin worked, virtually of course, with infielder Ryder Giles on Giles’ batting swing early in the offseason after the 2020 college baseball season ended abruptly last March.


Down to eight scholarship players available to play and without head coach Joe Dooley, East Carolina's basketball team was not able to hang with talented Memphis on Sunday in Minges Coliseum in an 80-53 loss to the Tigers.

I opened Suddenlink account with cable and Internet about 20 years ago and have always received excellent service. I live just off Fire Tower. I have family living in other cities and states who get very bad service from some competitors. Think before you complain.

Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday brought a visceral as well as an intellectual sense of relief. I felt hopeful and happy, as if a great weight had been lifted; a cancer cut out; a deadly disease defeated; or any number of metaphors one could come up with for the replacement of something…

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Now that Democrats control the White House and both chambers of Congress (however narrowly), they will probably approve a new round of federal borrowing to bail out state and local governments with shaky finances.

The Jensen Project, an Ohio-based nonprofit organization working to halt sexual violence, shared the following column in support of local efforts to observe January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month and in response to the recent death of 16-year-old Greenville girl who had been the victim…

Commendations to the health providers, law enforcement, military and helpers for such an orchestrated procedure for vaccines for COVID prevention at the Pitt County clinic on Friday. I was very impressed.

The late year 2020 was a face-off year. 2021 begins likewise. We turned off our faces, tucking them away behind paper and fabric. We have steadily grown grim about the mouth and hide our scowls behind masks. It is, as Herman Melville put it, time to quietly take to the ship. Come, sail away …

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy, North Carolina officials and a conservation group announced Monday an agreement on how the utility pays to get rid of coal ash stored in the state. The proposed settlement would shift an estimated $1.1 billion in expenses away from customers over the next de…

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials are shifting the state's COVID-19 vaccination distribution strategy toward mass clinics in an effort to turn the corner on a slow rollout. But it's leading to frustration for some hospital systems that have had their anticipated vaccine allocatio…

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NEW DELHI (AP) — Tens of thousands of farmers massed on tractors outside the Indian capital as the nation celebrated Republic Day on Tuesday in the backdrop of agricultural protests that have grown into a rebellion and rattled the government.

SYDNEY (AP) — Government leaders marked a socially distanced Australia Day with calming words Tuesday as protesters denounced celebrations of a day some dub “Invasion Day” because of historical wrongs committed against Indigenous people.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Sarah Sanders, Donald Trump's former chief spokeswoman, announced she's running for Arkansas governor at a time other Republicans are distancing themselves from the former president facing an impeachment charge that he incited the deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol.