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Florence death toll jumps to 31 as flooding wreaks havoc

Sep 18, 2018 - 12:16 PM

'This is an epic storm that is still continuing. This is a monumental disaster for our state,' says North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper

FLORENCE. A church is surrounded by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence on September 17, 2018, in Conway, South Carolina. Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

Hurricane Florence smashes into US east coast, rescuers scramble

Sep 14, 2018 - 8:19 PM

(UPDATED) Hurricane Florence makes landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at 7:15 am (1115 GMT) on Friday, September 14

HURRICANE FLORENCE. Storm clouds are seen over the 2nd ave pier as the force of Hurricane Florence is beginning to be felt on September 14, 2018 in Myrtle Beach, United States. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. coast battered by wind, rain as Hurricane Florence closes in

Sep 14, 2018 - 8:54 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Reports say coastal streets in North Carolina are flooded and winds have bent trees to the ground as the storm prepares to make landfall at some point on Friday, September 14

FLORENCE. Rain begins to fall as the outer bands of Hurricane Florence make landfall in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on September 13, 2018. Photo by Alex Edelman/AFP

Hurricane Florence closes in on U.S. east coast

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:48 PM

(UPDATED) Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but the National Hurricane Center stresses it remains 'a life-threatening situation' due to the risks of storm surge around coastal areas

BOARDED UP. A sign is seen on a boarded up vacation rentals office near Wrightsville beach, North Carolina on September 12, 2018. Photo by Andrew Caballeron Reynolds/AFP

Residents told to 'get out now' as Florence takes aim at Carolinas

Sep 12, 2018 - 9:11 AM

(UPDATED) 'This is not a storm that people need to ride out. This is a storm that is historic, maybe once in a lifetime,' says North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper

HURRICANE FLORENCE. A mandatory evacuation is in effect in preparation of the approaching Hurricane Florence, on September 11, 2018 in Topsail Beach, North Carolina. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

North Carolina beats Gonzaga for NCAA collegiate crown

Apr 04, 2017 - 1:35 PM

UPDATED The Tar Heels win their sixth national title with the triumph at the University of Phoenix Stadium

CHAMPS. The North Carolina Tar Heels celebrate after defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game on April 3, 2017. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

International players set to shine at NCAA Final Four

Mar 31, 2017 - 1:37 PM

International players have been pivotal for 3 of the 4 teams that have made it to the US college basketball semifinals

INTERNATIONAL GAME. Gonzaga freshman Rui Hachimura is believed to be the first Japan native to play in the Final Four. Photo from Wikipedia

Lawmakers vote on deal to repeal North Carolina 'bathroom bill'

Mar 30, 2017 - 4:57 PM

UPDATED The so called bathroom bill which has drawn intense controversy since it was debated in 2015 and narrowly passed by the state last March is slated Thursday March 30 for a series of repeal votes in the state legislature

U.S. teen accused of beheading own mother

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:24 AM

Authorities found Oliver Funes 18 on March 6 in the front yard of his house in a small town in North Carolina as he held his 35 year old mother s severed head in one hand and the knife in the other

Political calculation: The math behind the US election

Nov 01, 2016 - 3:25 PM

UPDATED The victor must get to the magic number of 270 electoral college votes – but just trying to anticipate the result is a complicated exercise in adding subtracting and combining

FBI chief dragged center stage in US election showdown

Oct 30, 2016 - 8:50 AM

Both Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival Donald Trump piled pressure on James Comey to put his cards on the table and end speculation about the investigation before America goes to the polls on November 8

In this file photo, F.B.I. Director James Comey testifies before the House Judiciary Committee September 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Trump digs deep to defy Clinton momentum

Oct 27, 2016 - 7:32 AM

With less than two weeks before polling day and with early voting underway in several states the Democratic nominee remains comfortably on course to become America s first female president

WORKING THE CROWD. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton greets supporters at a rally at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa, Florida, on October 26, 2016. Robyn Beck/AFP

Trump, Clinton blitz battleground Florida

Oct 26, 2016 - 8:05 AM

With two weeks to go before the November 8 election polls showed Democrat Clinton dominating nationally and looking for a resounding mandate to govern the bitterly divided country

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at an early vote rally at Broward College in Coconut Creek, Florida, October 25, 2016. Robyn Beck/AFP

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#USVote: Trump, Clinton zero in on battleground states in final sprint

Oct 25, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Donald Trump who faces an increasingly narrow path to victory continues to assure his supporters that the polls are unfairly tilted towards Hillary Clinton and that he would prevail

'WINNING' Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addresses supporters during a campaign stop in Tampa, Florida on October 24, 2016. Gregg Newton/AFP

Clinton looks to consolidate lead over Trump

Oct 24, 2016 - 12:40 AM

UPDATED With just over two weeks to go before Americans vote for a new president Hillary Clinton is stepping up her efforts in key battleground states to consolidate her lead

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine arrive for a rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 22, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / DOMINICK REUTER

Charlotte lifts curfew after protests over fatal shooting

Sep 26, 2016 - 1:07 PM

Charlotte authorities lift a curfew that had been set following sometimes violent protests over a fatal police shooting of a black man in the southern US city

Police surround demonstrators outside of Bank of America Stadium before an NFL football game between the Charlotte Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings September 25, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

NCAA withdraws tournaments from North Carolina over anti-gay law

Sep 13, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Among the events to be moved from the state are two early rounds of the Division I men s college basketball tournament and the women s Division I college soccer finals

PULL OUT. NCAA pulls out several tournaments from North Carolina due to its anti-gay law, among them are two early rounds of Division I men's basketball. This photo shows a general view of the Villanova Wildcats celebrating defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels to win the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game. File Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Clinton kicks off fall campaign, with press in tow

Sep 05, 2016 - 11:06 AM

Hillary Clinton brings traveling press aboard her plane for the first time as she seeks to regain momentum against her White House rival Donald Trump

This file photo taken on August 25, 2016 shows Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greeting a crowd after a campaign event in Reno, Nevada. Josh Edelson/AFP

Maroon 5 cancels N Carolina show over anti-trans law

May 21, 2016 - 12:07 PM

In March North Carolina passed a law that requires transgender people to use the bathroom corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates

CANCELED SHOW. Maroon 5 cancels their North Carolina show because of a law that says transgender people should use the bathroom that corresponds to the sex on their birth certificate. File photo shows frontman Adam Levine at Meo Arena in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 17, 2015. Photo by Jose Sena Goulao/EPA

NCAA National Championship game ends in dramatic fashion

Apr 05, 2016 - 12:14 PM

The ball in your hands The clock winding down A shot at history

Villanova reaches NCAA title game after record rout of Oklahoma

Apr 03, 2016 - 11:52 AM

Villanova wins by the biggest margin of victory in the history of the national tournament s Final Four

FINALS-BOUND. The Villanova Wildcats reach the NCAA Finals after routing the Oklahoma Sooners. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Clinton, Trump move closer to White House nominations

Mar 16, 2016 - 7:03 AM

5th UPDATE Hillary Clinton takes a monumental step toward clinching the Democratic party s White House nomination while Donald Trump s seemingly unstoppable rush to victory hits a bump in Ohio

FRONTRUNNERS. Leading candidates Hillary Clinton of the Democratic Party (L) and Donald Trump of the Republican Party (R). Clinton photo by Jim Lo Scalzo, Trump photo by Cristobal Herrera / EPA

No charges against Trump after protester sucker-punched

Mar 15, 2016 - 11:31 PM

Critics say the billionaire businessman s inflammatory rhetoric and barely veiled threats directed at protesters have been fueling an increasingly toxic atmosphere surrounding his rallies

TRUMP. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a town hall at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida, USA, March 14, 2016. Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

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White House hopefuls in last push before 'Super Tuesday 2'

Mar 15, 2016 - 1:26 PM

The latest major date in the run up to November s presidential election will see Democratic and Republican primary contests in the states of Florida Illinois Missouri North Carolina and Ohio

LAST ONES STANDING. (L-R) Donald Trump; Ted Cruz; Marco Rubio; John Kasich; Hillary Clinton; and Bernie Sanders.

Tuesday's US primaries shaping up as referendum on Trump

Mar 14, 2016 - 1:30 AM

The stakes could not be higher for the Republicans as billionaire Donald Trump seeks a huge lead

epa05206239 US businessman and Republican presidential hopeful Donald J. Trump speaks as retired Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson (not pictured) announces his endorsement of Trump during a press conference at the Mar-A-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, USA, 11 March 2016. Carson had abandoned his presidental campaign on 05 March and announces on 11 March he is endorsing Trump. The Florida Presidential Preference Primary Election will be on 15 March 2016. EPA/CRISTOBAL HERRERA

Washington DC digs out after monster blizzard

Jan 26, 2016 - 8:12 AM

For many the thrill of a weekend spent playing in the snow or in warm homes watching a stunning display of nature s power gave way to the realization that in Washington DC at least the cleanup will be long and messy

BREAK TIME. Joel Clement, 50, left, and Brad Farster, 35, right, both U.S. government employees, take a break in front of the U.S. Capitol building after a day of cross country skiing on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. USA, January 25, 2016. Allison Shelley/EPA

Storm-hit US digs out as death toll rises to 25

Jan 25, 2016 - 8:38 AM

UPDATED The eastern United States emerge wearily from a massive blizzard that dumped huge amounts of snow and killed at least 25 people

AFTER 'SNOWZILLA' People take photographs in the snow with the New York City skyline in the background in Central Park in New York, New York, USA, January 24, 2016. Peter Foley/EPA

'Snowzilla': Massive blizzard paralyzes eastern US

Jan 24, 2016 - 10:55 AM

UPDATED 16 die in Arkansas Kentucky New York North Carolina Maryland and Virginia while more than 200 000 people are left without power and 2 200 National Guard personnel are drafted in

FROZEN. People walk across the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, New York, USA, January 23, 2016. John Taggart/EPA

One dead, one hurt in US university shooting

Nov 01, 2015 - 9:48 PM

The Winston Salem State University is placed on a lockdown that lasted for more than 3 hours

CAMPUS SHOOTING. The shooting at Winston-Salem State University is the latest in a series of recent shootings on US campuses. Photo from the university website

US-based Nobel chemistry laureates stunned by honor

Oct 08, 2015 - 2:16 AM

With this map we can now say to a fellow scientist Tell us the gene you re interested in or any spot on the genome and we ll tell you how it is repaired

Record-setting rains submerge parts of US Southeast

Oct 05, 2015 - 9:33 AM

The states of North and South Carolina have been particularly hard hit by heavy flooding but the driving rain in recent days has spared almost none of the US East Coast

SUBMERGED. A boy pushes his bicycle as a driver seals his stranded car on a flooded street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina on October 4, 2015. Mladen Antonov/AFP

Suspect sought after North Carolina college shooting

Apr 13, 2015 - 10:06 PM

Lock Down This is not a drill The entire campus is under lockdown says a notice on the homepage of the Wayne Community College website

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US prosecutors seek death in Muslim college student murders

Apr 07, 2015 - 8:38 AM

Judge Orlando Hudson approved a motion by government attorneys allowing them to pursue a capital murder case against suspect Craig Hicks

The victims of the shootings in Chapel Hill, NC: Deah Barakat; his wife, Yusor Mohammad; and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. Image from Deah Barakat's Facebook profile

Suspect indicted in North Carolina triple murder

Feb 18, 2015 - 8:24 AM

A grand jury indicts a North Carolina man on charges of first degree murder in the shooting deaths of three Muslim students in the college town of Chapel Hill

The victims of the shootings in Chapel Hill, NC: Deah Barakat; his wife, Yusor Mohammad; and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. Image from Deah Barakat's Facebook profile

Thousands gather for slain US Muslim students

Feb 13, 2015 - 12:15 AM

The murders are being investigated by Chapel Hill police as a hate crime

Hate crime probed in murder of US Muslim students

Feb 12, 2015 - 2:01 AM

UPDATED The cautious wording of the police statement contrast sharply with the anguished reaction amongst many Muslims

The victims of the shootings in Chapel Hill, NC: Deah Barakat; his wife, Yusor Mohammad; and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. Image from Deah Barakat's Facebook profile

Jordan's game-worn shoes fetch $33,000

Dec 19, 2014 - 8:10 PM

The Converse shoes worn by Michael Jordan during his rookie year at the University of North Carolina was sold for 33 387

JORDAN KICKS. Michael Jordan's game-worn shoes sells for over $33,000. Photo from espn.go.com

Where Obama could lose it all: Senate races to watch

Sep 07, 2014 - 4:23 PM

Republicans must gain six seats to take over the US Senate and many analysts say that goal is within reach

The U.S. Capitol is shown on the morning of June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Weakened Hurricane Arthur heads up US East Coast

Jul 05, 2014 - 4:26 PM

Officials from the National Hurricane Center in Miami say the storm was likely to weaken further as it chugged northward on its mission to ruin Independence Day celebrations in the New England region of the US northeast

ARTHUR. A handout satellite image released by the US National Oceanic and Atmispheric Administration (NOAA) on July 4, 2014 shows hurricane Arthur, closing on the coast of North Carolina, USA. NOAA/EPA

Hurricane Arthur makes landfall on US East Coast

Jul 04, 2014 - 9:15 AM

2nd UPDATE Emergency preparations in North Carolina which is expected to bear the brunt of the storm s fury has been complicated by the arrival of thousands of tourists

Tropical Storm Arthur upgraded to hurricane off US

Jul 03, 2014 - 6:11 PM

It is set to approach the Outer Banks resort region of North Carolina on Thursday night disrupting vacation plans for Americans celebrating the holiday

NOW A HURRICANE. A satellite image provided July 2, 2014 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Tropical Storm Arthur, which is now a hurricane. Image by NOAA/EPA

Rappler's Bracketologist breaks down March Madness

Mar 20, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Rappler s bracketologist Naveen Ganglani breaks down the NCAA men s basketball picture as the teams rev up to vie for college basketball supremacy

LET THE MADNESS BEGIN. Rappler's bracketologist breaks down the NCAA Men's Basketball picture

New forms of racism arise in science research

Feb 15, 2014 - 12:35 PM

A professor warns science could be misused to propagate the belief that people inherently have different abilities based on skin color or ethnic background

NEORACISM. New forms of discrimination take hold in scientific research

NBA: Dante Exum decides to enter NBA draft

Jan 29, 2014 - 11:42 AM

Australian basketball phenom Dante Exum has decided to enter the 2014 National Basketball Association entry draft ESPN reported on Monday

HIGH SCHOOL TO HIGH LIFE. Australian phenom Dante Exum has declared he will forego college for the professionals. Photo courtesy Exum's Facebook

INFOGRAPHIC: 2012 U.S. Electoral Map

Nov 11, 2012 - 2:07 PM

UPDATED Here is the 2012 US Election Map showing the distribution of the electoral votes as of Saturday November 10

#USvote: Electoral College tally

Nov 11, 2012 - 9:02 AM

UPDATED Nov 11 Here is the Electoral College tally for the 2012 US presidential election based on projections from the major US networks ABC NBC CBS CNN FOX and the New York Times

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Nov 07, 2012 - 8:19 AM

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Voters in full force for U.S. poll finale

Nov 07, 2012 - 6:44 AM

Freezing temperatures in the northeast light drizzle in Chicago and a threat of thunderstorms in Florida did little to deter citizens from lining up at polling stations