Carolina Hurricanes give hip-hop artist a bad rap, sue over promo song used during games

A bad rap? Hurricanes sue hip-hop artist over song

RALEIGH, N.C. —The Carolina Hurricanes have sued a Raleigh hip-hop artist who produced a song promoting the franchise, saying the man has violated team trademarks.

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Ex- mistress of former White House candidate John Edwards at NC courthouse amid campaign probe

Ex-Edwards mistress at court amid campaign probe

RALEIGH, N.C. — The ex-mistress of John Edwards spent much of Thursday in a federal courthouse in Raleigh where a grand jury was meeting, at a time when federal investigators are examining the two-time presidential candidate’s finances.

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With rattling gunfire echoing in courtroom, feds play audio tapes at tense NC terror hearing

Feds play audio tapes at tense NC terror hearing

RALEIGH, N.C. — Seven terrorist suspects smiled and waved to supporters who packed a North Carolina courtroom, greeting them with a simple and significant phrase: “May peace be upon you,” said in Arabic.

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Lawsuit claims government exposed Marines to toxic drinking water in past at NC military base

Suit filed over contaminated water at NC base

RALEIGH, N.C. — A woman whose husband was stationed at a North Carolina military base has filed a lawsuit claiming the government knowingly exposed hundreds of thousands of Marines to contaminated drinking water.

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Smithfield Packing, union agree on contract at huge NC plant, schedule vote next week

Smithfield Packing, union agree on NC contract

RALEIGH, N.C. — Smithfield Packing Co. and the union that worked for years to organize one of the world’s largest pork slaughterhouses said Friday they had reached a tentative agreement on their first contract for the plant just four months after starting talks.

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Novelist’s descent: Beset by drug arrest, Kaye Gibbons’ demons catch up with her

Novelist Kaye Gibbons faces yet another hurdle

RALEIGH, N.C. — On a spring day in 2006, as the sun set on the Duke University campus, novelist Kaye Gibbons strode across the lawn. She had just finished speaking at the Festival of the Book, and two of her three daughters trailed behind her.

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North Carolina, Wisconsin lawmakers pass smoking bans; Mississippi boosts cigarette tax

NC, Wisconsin lawmakers pass smoking bans

RALEIGH, N.C. — Beer and cigarettes go together like cows and hay in hard-partying Wisconsin. North Carolina is the country’s top tobacco-growing state.

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NC lawmakers OK smoking ban in country’s top tobacco-growing state; gov. says she’ll sign

Smoking ban in top tobacco-growing NC almost law

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina legislators have approved a ban on smoking in restaurants and bars in the country’s top tobacco-growing state.

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Informants say contractor was trying to smuggle Blackwater weapons after Iraq shooting

Informants allege proposed Blackwater weapons dump

RALEIGH, N.C. — A defense contractor charged with trying to smuggle firearms out of Iraq claimed Blackwater guards asked him to help get rid of weapons after a deadly 2007 shooting in Baghdad, two government informants say in court documents.

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Man who took 19 people hostage at NC newspaper in 1988, then killed a man, dies in prison

Man known for 1988 hostage-taking at NC paper dies

RALEIGH, N.C. — A man who took 19 hostages at a small-town North Carolina newspaper more than two decades ago in a supposed bid to call attention to government corruption died Friday in prison.

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