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PHILADELPHIA — As most Democrats rally around Hillary Clinton, the lingering “Bernie or Bust” movement is stirring frustration at the party’s convention among delegates of color, who say they’re upset at the refusal of the Vermont senator’s most fervent backers to fall in line. “I am so exhausted by it,” said Danielle Adams, a black Clinton delegate from North Carolina. “I think there are undercuts of privilege that concern me.” By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 840 words, AP Photo WX107.


RALEIGH — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the basketball league made a business decision that North Carolina’s law limiting anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people makes holding its 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte untenable. “The NBA recognizes that it cannot choose the law in every country, state, and city in which it does business. We can, however, make business judgments as to where we will be able to conduct our events successfully,” Silver said in a letter to U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 410 words, AP Photos NY156, NY155.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A Connecticut judge has asked lawyers for Remington Arms and families of some Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims to meet privately to resolve disagreements over whether some company documents sought by the families should be sealed from public view. The families of nine victims killed and a teacher who survived the 2012 shooting in Newtown are suing Remington Arms, saying the Madison, North Carolina, company should not have sold the AR-15-style rifle used in the shooting to the general public because it’s too dangerous. Twenty first-graders and six educators were killed. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 p.m.


GREENSBORO — Authorities say a man wanted for the 1977 killing of a former immigration official in Florida has been arrested in North Carolina. The FBI in Jacksonville, Florida, said in a news release Thursday that agents had recently developed information that 67-year-old William Claybourne Taylor was living in Reidsville under a false name. The release says he was taken into custody Thursday without incident and is being held in a detention center in Guilford County. SENT: 110 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 7 p.m.


FORT BRAGG — Fort Bragg soldiers deploying to the Middle East will be tasked with helping deliver a fatal blow against the Islamic State group, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said. Carter visited Fort Bragg on Wednesday and spoke to about 75 soldiers from the 18th Airborne Corps set to deploy soon. SENT: 240 words.


— LGBT RIGHTS-DUELING LAWSUITS, from RALEIGH — North Carolina Republican legislative leaders have agreed to streamline dueling lawsuits over a state law that limits protections for LGBT people. SENT: 120 words.

— FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER-GATEHOUSE, from FAYETTEVILLE — The Fayetteville Publishing Company is selling The Fayetteville Observer to GateHouse Media. SENT: 130 words.

— HEADMASTER EMBEZZLEMENT, from CHARLOTTE — The former headmaster at a private school in suburban Charlotte has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $9 million and will have to repay the money he used for a million-dollar lake house, seats at Carolina Panthers games and luxury vehicles. SENT: 120 words.

— DEM 2016-KAINE PIN MISTAKEN, from RALEIGH — The North Carolina Republican Party has apologized to the Democratic vice presidential nominee for mocking him for wearing what it thought was a lapel pin of the Honduran flag. SENT: 130 words.

— FATAL SHOOTING-GUILTY PLEA, from KENANSVILLE — A Beulaville man has pleaded guilty to the shooting death to a man who prosecutors say was having an affair with his wife. SENT: 110 words.

— CORRECTIONAL OFFICER-CONTRABAND CHARGE, from SWAN QUARTER — Law enforcement officials in Hyde County say a correctional officer is facing a host of charges after an inmate was found with marijuana and a cellphone. SENT: 120 words.

— CATERPILLAR PLANT, from WINSTON-SALEM — Caterpillar Inc. wants to renegotiate a deal to avoid refunding local tax breaks after failing to create a minimum number of jobs. SENT: 130 words.

— HOMICIDE SUSPECT-BARRICADE, from PHOENIX — Authorities say a man accused of killing his wife in their North Carolina home has been found dead of an apparent gunshot wound after barricading himself in a Phoenix apartment. SENT: 120 words.

— SHARK FIN REMOVAL, from OLD LYME, Conn. — Interstate fishing regulators will vote on changes to rules that govern removal of fins from some coastal sharks by fishermen. SENT: 120 words. Please note N.C. interest.

— NEW CAMPUS PRESIDENT, from GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — A new president has been selected for Central Community College’s Grand Island campus. SENT: 90 words.

— DEM 2016-KAINE PIN MISTAKEN, from RALEIGH — Republicans from North Carolina have apologized to Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine for mistakenly critiquing him for wearing a foreign flag during his acceptance speech. SENT: 130 words, AP Photos DNC185, DNC676.

— EARNS-TREECOM, from CHARLOTTE — LendingTree Inc. (TREE) on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $7.9 million. Lendingtree Inc. SENT: 150 words.

— PROSECUTORS CONFERENCE-BOULDER, from BOULDER, Colo. — Prosecutors from across the country are meeting in Colorado rather than North Carolina because of that state’s law transgender bathroom law. SENT: 100 words.

— EARNS-SEALED AIR, from CHARLOTTE — Sealed Air Corp. (SEE) on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $49.6 million. SENT: 150 words.

— EARNS-OLD DOMINION FREIGHT LINE — Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. (ODFL) on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $81.4 million. SENT: 120 words.

— COAST GUARD-BUFFALO COMMANDER, from BUFFALO, N.Y. — The U.S. Coast Guard station in Buffalo is getting a new commander as the current one heads into retirement. SENT: 120 words. Please note N.C. angle.

— MISSING SWIMMER, from WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a swimmer missing off Wrightsville Beach near Wilmington. SENT: 90 words.

— ROAD RAGE DEATH, from ASHEVILLE — Law officers say a motorist is dead after fleeing from officers investigating a reported road rage incident in Asheville. SENT: 130 words.

— POLICE FORUM, from WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Police Department hosted a public forum to let citizens know what their rights are when confronted by authorities. SENT: 130 words.



UNDATED — East Carolina’s athletic department social media hashtag is “ECUndaunted.” The Pirates, for sure, are undaunted when it comes to their approach to pursuing membership in the Big 12. You can throw in unabashed and uncanny, too. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 550 words.


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