LOCAL NEWS

McCrory to respond to feds on HB2 after lawmakers refuse to act
House Bill 2 (HB2)North Carolina officials are still trying to determine the stakes in a possible showdown with the federal government over a state law that the U.S. Department of Justice says violates the civil rights of transgender state workers and students.

Regulatory probe leads to shake-up at Central Prison
Central Prison SignAn outside regulatory agency is investigating Central Prison, and the probe appears to center on the prison hospital.

Provisional ballots mishandled in Durham
Voting in RaleighMore than 1,000 provision ballots that should have at least partially counted in Durham County could be thrown out as a result of a mix-up.

White House announces sentence commutations, including Raleigh man
Obama CommutationsThe Obama administration on Thursday commuted the prison sentences of 58 federal convicts, part of a broader push to revamp the criminal justice system and ease punishments for nonviolent drug offenders.

Environmental regulators to remove Jordan Lake SolarBees
Jordan Lake SolarBeeAfter two years and a more than $1 million investment, state environmental regulators are ending a much-criticized pilot project designed to combat algae growth in Jordan Lake.



HEALTH NEWS

FDA will require e-cigarettes and contents to be reviewed
Electronic Cigarettes-FDAThe federal government announced sweeping new rules Thursday for electronic cigarettes that will for the first time require the devices and their ingredients to be reviewed, a mandate that could offer protection for consumers and upend a multibillion dollar industry that has gone largely unregulated.

Clock starts for voters to reject new California tobacco age
California Tobacco LawsCalifornia has become the second state in the nation to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21, starting the clock for opponents to ask voters for a reversal this November.

Cayman Islands to deploy genetically modified mosquitoes
Brazil Cayman Islands GMO MosquitoesBritish biotech company Oxitec and the Cayman Islands government announced plans Thursday to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the fight against a species that spreads Zika and other diseases.

Study strengthens suspected link between Zika and paralysis
A study in Brazil found nearly 90 percent of people with a rare paralyzing condition said they had symptoms of Zika earlier — contributing to mounting evidence that Zika may be a cause.

House bill would curb new regulation of e-cigarettes, cigars
Congress SmokingVape away.

SPORTS NEWS

Brind'Amour, Jamison headline 2016 NC Sports HoF class
Edmonton Oilers v Carolina Hurricanes: Game 7Headlined by Carolina Hurricanes legend Rod Brind'Amour and former University of North Carolina basketball standout Antawn Jamison, the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame will induct a new nine-member class Friday.

Mitchum golfs in memory of Townsend at Wells Fargo Championship
Golfer's legacy lives on through tee shot tributeKelly Mitchum is competing in this weekend's Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, but Mitchum isn't golfing for himself. The former NC State golfer is playing in memory of his fallen friend, Mike Townsend.

Manuel: Pack, Heels face critical weekend ACC series'
NC State baseballThe next two weeks of Triangle college baseball may as well be the Louisville Invitational. North Carolina plays host to the Cardinals this weekend; N.C. State plays last year's Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season champs next weekend in Kentucky.

Gravley: The NCAA and college athletics need outside help
The Changing GameThe NCAA investigation and enforcement system is in dire need of repair.

Stout: Panthers draft picks challenge 'best player available' logic
Dave GettlemanCarolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman delivers the same message every year before the NFL Draft: the team will draft "the best player available," when Carolina is on the clock.



ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

"Flight of the Navigator" star charged with bank robbery
A man who starred in Disney's 1986 adventure flick "Flight of the Navigator" when he was a child has been charged in connection with a bank robbery in British Columbia.

'Modern Family' product placement takes ads to new level
If Phil Dunphy's insistence that he's a Realtor and not a real estate agent on "Modern Family" this week seemed a little odd, be aware that ABC was paid to make that distinction.

For virtual reality makers, a new version of an old struggle
Virtual Reality ExclusivityWhen it comes to virtual reality, how exclusive is exclusive?

Arsenio Hall sues Sinead O'Connor for libel over Prince post
People-Arsenio  Hall-Sinead O'ConnorArsenio Hall is suing Sinead O'Connor over a Facebook post in which the singer accused him of furnishing Prince with drugs.

Chadwick Boseman continues superhero streak as Black Panther
Film-Captain America-Chadwick BosemanChadwick Boseman joins the Marvel universe as Black Panther in "Captain America: Civil War," but this isn't his first time playing a superhero.