String of Cary robberies connected to Florida gang
Two women arrested in connection to Cary robberiesA string of Cary vehicle robberies may be the work of a Florida gang, according to a search warrant released last week.

Temperatures plummet overnight to normal February range
Temperatures, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017This month is on pace to become the warmest February on record at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, but Triangle residents will get a brief return to normal weather over the weekend.

Trump says he won't attend correspondents dinner this spring
Trump_Conservatives_12031President Donald Trump, who has been criticizing the news media and is famously thin-skinned, says he won't be attending the White House Correspondents' Association dinner — sparing himself the dubious honor of being an in-the-house target of jokes.

NC Wanted: Driveway hit-and-run kills Raleigh man
William RossBefore he died, the victim told investigators the vehicle was white with the words "The Perfect Store" printed on the side.

Juvenile shot in Durham
WRAL NewsA juvenile was shot at an apartment complex on East Weaver Street in Durham, according to the Durham Watch Commander. The person suffered non-life threatening injuries and is being treated at Duke Hospital.


Draft GOP health care bill revamps Obama's health care law
Affordable Care Act generic A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners.

Poll: GOP should keep money for Medicaid expansion
Medicaid_Poll_60444Add Medicaid expansion to the list of Obama-era health care provisions that Americans want to keep. A new poll finds that 8 in 10 say lawmakers should preserve federal funding that has allowed states to add coverage for some 11 million low-income people.

Adding friendly bacteria to skin lotion wards off bad germs
Skin_Bactreria_63627Bacteria live on everyone's skin, and new research shows some friendly germs produce natural antibiotics that ward off their disease-causing cousins. Now scientists are mixing the good bugs into lotions in hopes of spreading protection.

Montana landowners say government botched arsenic cleanup
Montana_Superfund_Cleanup_46143George Niland wonders whether he should wear a respirator when he mows his lawn. Serge Myers laments not being able to garden in his backyard. Rob Phillips puzzles over why his 22 acres have been marked as an unblemished island surrounded by a sea of contamination.

Sharp vision: New glasses help the legally blind see
Glasses_For_The_Blind_42902Jeff Regan was born with underdeveloped optic nerves and had spent most of his life in a blur. Then four years ago, he donned an unwieldy headset made by a Toronto company called eSight.


Payne: NC State's emotional home finale fitting for season
Wolfpack drops home finale 70-55 to CavaliersNC State's 70-55 home finale loss to No. 18 Virginia began with an emotional honoring of the Wolfpack seniors and ended with a loss. It wasn't the outcome desired, but it was one that felt unfortunately right.

ACC Panic Room: Another offense gets right against Pack
ACC Panic 022517In NC State's final home game of the season, it was more of the same in a loss to Virginia. Plus, Justin Jackson has a good argument to be ACC Player of the Year.

No. 8 North Carolina keeps rolling, tops Pitt 85-67
North_Carolina_Pittsburgh_Basketball_70289There's a mantra North Carolina coach Roy Williams trots out on occasion when he wants to grab the attention of his talented if occasionally erratic team. It's one forward Justin Jackson knows by heart.

Brown leads Miami past No. 10 Duke, 55-50
Duke_Miami_Basketball_33001For Miami, pregame was all about the seniors.

Bickell skates in 1st minor-league game since MS diagnosis
Fialko: Canes’ Bickell staying positive, hoping for return to ice after MS diagnosisBryan Bickell had an assist in his first hockey game since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.


AP Explains: Who competes and how Carnival parades judged
APTOPIX_Brazil_Carnival_72402Rio de Janeiro's Carnival parade is world famous for the samba dancing, costumes that leave little to the imagination and the magnificent floats that roll down Avenida Marques de Sapucai, also known as the "sambadrome." For the competitors, getting to the big show is months in the making.

Academy revokes '13 Hours' sound mixer's Oscar nomination
One day before the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has voted to rescind the sound mixing nomination for Greg P. Russell for his work on "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi." The decision, announced Saturday, was due to Russell's violation of Academy campaign regulations.

'Moonlight' sweeps Spirit Awards; Affleck wins best actor
2017_Film_Independent_Spirit_Awards_-_Show_07465Sunday might be dominated by "La La Land," but Saturday belonged to "Moonlight."

Foreign language directors gather once more before Oscars
Oscars_Foreign_Film_61580One day after the Oscar-nominated directors of foreign language films issued an unprecedented joint statement decrying what they say is a climate of fascism, five of them gathered Saturday at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to put the focus back on their work.

A cadre of casually clad stars come through Oscar rehearsals
89th_Academy_Awards_-_Rehearsals_07338Dwayne Johnson posed for a solo pic on the Dolby Theatre stage. Taraji P. Henson pretended to run off with the wooden prop Oscar. And a makeup-free, casually clad Halle Berry made a rehearsal actor's day when she kissed him on the cheek as he came onstage to accept an award.