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DURHAM — A North Carolina man was wrongly convicted of killing a woman and her daughter two decades ago in part because jurors didn’t know about DNA evidence that implicated another man, defense attorneys said Monday. Lawyers for Darryl Howard, who has been in prison for 21 years, told a judge that he deserves a new trial because of new DNA evidence and misconduct by police and prosecutors, including ex-district attorney Mike Nifong, who was disbarred and jailed for his handling of the Duke University lacrosse case. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 610 words.


DURHAM — A teenager who spent months in federal custody under threat of deportation is scheduled to speak in Durham about his experience behind bars and his plans for the future. Wildin Acosta plans to hold a news conference Monday evening, the first time he’s spoken publicly since he was released earlier this month from a detention center in rural Georgia. The 19-year-old Acosta was a senior at Riverside High in Durham and on his way to school when federal immigration agents arrested him in January. His deportation was temporarily halted in March. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words from 5:45 p.m. news conference.


RALEIGH — Participants in an exercise to redraw North Carolina’s congressional boundaries without involving politics hope it will increase interest in taking partisan considerations out of redistricting and help the state avoid extensive litigation on future maps. Five former state Supreme Court chief justices and five other judges drew districts for North Carolina’s 13 seats in the U.S. House using demographic and other specific guidelines. They unveiled their results Monday in Raleigh. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.


RODANTHE — Business owners, beachgoers, and boat captains on North Carolina’s Outer Banks were warily watching tropical weather Monday that could rain out one of the last busy weeks of the summer. The first system was expected to become a tropical storm before brushing the North Carolina coast Tuesday, bringing heavy rain and high winds to barrier islands popular for serene beaches. Another tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico could hit northern Florida as a tropical storm later in the week and then move up the Atlantic coast toward North Carolina, though its exact path was uncertain days in advance. By Ben Finley And Jonathan Drew. SENT: 720 words, AP Photo NY4C.

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RALEIGH — Advocacy groups said Monday they will ask an appeals court to expand a favorable ruling on transgender restroom access to cover people across North Carolina. They filed their notice of appeal after a federal judge’s preliminary ruling said two transgender students and an employee must be allowed to use restrooms matching their gender identity at University of North Carolina campuses. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 340 words.


— POLICE OFFICER-SHOTS FIRED, from RALEIGH — Police in Raleigh, North Carolina, say a man is dead and a police officer has been wounded after shots were fired at the end of a foot-chase by officers responding to a call of a man with a gun. SENT: 120 words as The Latest.

— FACEBOOK CONFESSION, from FAYETTEVILLE — A Fayetteville man wanted on a murder charge in the shooting death of his daughter’s grandfather has apparently confessed to the slaying on Facebook while on the run from police. SENT: 100 words.

— DOUBLE HOMICIDE-FAYETTEVILLE, from FAYETTEVILLE — Fayetteville police are investigating after two people were shot and killed over the weekend outside an apartment complex in the city. SENT: 50 words.

— PLANT EVACUATION, from TAR HEEL — Authorities in North Carolina say seven workers were treated at a hospital for minor injuries and several nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution after cleaning chemicals interacted at a meat packing plant in the community of Tar Heel south of Fayetteville. SENT: 100 words.

— DOUBLE HOMICIDE-ONSLOW COUNTY, from JACKSONVILLE — Authorities say autopsies will be conducted to determine the cause of death of two people found in an Onslow County home after a weekend fire. SENT: 80 words.

— NAACP-VOTER REGISTRATION, from RALEIGH — The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP is concluding its series of actions commemorating the 1963 March on Washington with an event to mark the start of a voter drive. SENT: 130 words.

— ALL-GIRL CHARTER SCHOOL, from WILMINGTON — North Carolina’s first charter school educating only children of a single gender is opening its doors. SENT: 130 words.

— QUARRY DROWNING, from SALISBURY — Officials have recovered the body of a 16-year-old boy who they say drowned in a Rowan County quarry. SENT: 130 words.

— BURGLARY SUSPECT-CEILING, from BURLINGTON — Authorities say they caught a suspected burglar hiding inside the ceiling of a Burlington convenience store. SENT: 130 words.

— CONGRESS-REDISTRICTING, from RALEIGH — Some former judges and justices working for months creating a map of North Carolina’s congressional districts they say leaves politics on the table are ready to release their results. SENT: 130 words.



CHARLOTTE — The Panthers were No. 1 in the league in scoring last year, but even Cam Newton admitted the team’s poor performance on Friday against New England was “eye opening” and shows the team must get better before their season opener against Denver. By Sports Writer Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 600 words by 5 p.m.


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