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RALEIGH — Accountability, communication and trust between police and citizens are the ingredients to reduce the chances for police shootings that escalate into community violence, North Carolina law enforcement officials said Tuesday. Speaking at a meeting about police training practices, two police chiefs, a sheriff and a training program director described challenges and successes around building healthy relationships with those they are called to protect. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 500 words.


UNDATED — Aetna will abandon Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges next year in more than two-thirds of the counties where it now sells the coverage, the latest in a string of defections by big insurers that will limit customer choice in many markets. Dwindling insurer participation is becoming a concern, especially for rural markets, in part because competition is supposed to help control insurance price hikes, and many carriers have already announced plans to seek increases of around 10 percent or more for 2017. By Health Writer Tom Murphy. SENT: 740 words, AP Photo NY108.


— HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL-NORTH CAROLINA, from RALEIGH — North Carolina consumers buying broadly subsidized health insurance policies on the online marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act will have fewer options after a major insurer pulls out. SENT: 130 words.


PORTLAND, Maine — Environmental regulators studying the harvesting of horseshoe crabs that are drained of some of their blood for biomedical use say they need to get a firmer handle on how many die as part of the process. The crabs, which have been on earth for hundreds of millions of years and are older than dinosaurs, are harvested because their blood contains coagulogen, a chemical used to make sure medical products aren’t contaminated by bacteria. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, an interstate authority, voted this month to propose taking into account the death toll associated with medical harvesting when determining the number of horseshoe crabs that can be harvested from the Delaware Bay. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 510 words. Please note N.C. interest.


— CAMPAIGN 2016-COUNCIL OF STATE, from RALEIGH — Candidates for some down-ballot North Carolina Council of State positions will get statewide audiences this fall thanks to televised debates in which they’ve agreed to participate. SENT: 120 words.

— ABDUCTIONS-MAN CHARGED, from DURHAM — Police say a Durham man has been arrested in connection with the abduction of two teenage girls and an 11-year-old girl. SENT: 120 words.

— VOTER ID-NORTH CAROLINA, from RALEIGH — Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts wants to hear from those who sued to overturn North Carolina’s voter identification law about the state’s request to restore the photo ID mandate for the November election. SENT: 120 words.

— WALMART SHOOTING, from LENOIR — Police in Lenoir say one man was shot and killed and two people are in custody after a shooting at a Walmart. SENT: 120 words.

— MISSING GIRL-NORTH CAROLINA, from GASTONIA — Gaston County police say they have found the remains thought to be those of a missing 3-year-old girl, and that the boyfriend of the girl’s mother is charged in her death. SENT: 130 words.

— SECURITIES SETTLEMENT-MISSISSIPPI, from JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi secretary of state says investment firm Morgan Stanley will pay up to $4.2 million to partially reimburse customers who suffered “inordinate losses” because a portfolio manager allegedly used high-risk investments for people who hadn’t agreed to them. SENT: 130 words.

— THEATER-FUN HOME-TOUR, from NEW YORK — A national tour of the groundbreaking Broadway musical “Fun Home” will be led by some theater veterans and one who is also a former beauty queen. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 150 words, AP Photo NYET117. Please note N.C. angle.

— HUMAN TRAFFICKING-INDICTMENT, from BALTIMORE — Three people have been indicted in a human trafficking case in Maryland. SENT: 120 words. Please note N.C. angle.

— COTAP-WRONG ANSWER, from RALEIGH — A North Carolina appeals court says a police officer can go to court to fight his blocked advancement after pointing out that the promotion test was marred by wrong answers. SENT: 120 words.

— MECKLENBURG VOTING, from CHARLOTTE — The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections has voted to cut down the number of hours and locations for early voting this year. SENT: 120 words.



SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott says he’ll miss having All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman roaming the secondary this season. But McDermott also has growing faith that the NFC champions will be just fine with three rookie cornerbacks that teammates have dubbed the “Three Amigos.” By Sports Writer Steve Reed. SENT: 610 words, AP Photo NY180.


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