LOCAL NEWS

GoFundMe scam cashes in on real life tragedy for family hurt in State Fair accident
Kisha Gorham, Anthony Gorham, State Fair ride victimsThree years ago, when the Gorham family was involved in a tragic accident on the Vortex ride at the North Carolina State Fair, community members stepped up to the plate and offered monetary donations to help keep the family afloat.

Drivers make fast buck when $20 bills fall from truck on I-40
MoneySome drivers on Interstate 40 made a quick buck Thursday morning when the door of an armored truck opened and cash fell out.

DC locked down for inauguration
Inauguration means tight security in WashingtonDowntown Washington was wrapped in cement barricades and steel fences Thursday as an extensive security perimeter was erected in advance of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday.

Suspect in officer's slaying spews expletives at judge
Police_Officer_Shot_Florida_53270Hours after a fugitive in the slaying of a police officer told a judge he was brutalized during his arrest, Orlando's police chief released a video of his surrender and described the suspect as "extremely violent, dangerous and very unpredictable."

Inaugural ball celebrates class president at Raleigh school
AB Combs Elementary holds unique inaugural ballOn the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration, an inaugural ball swore in newly elected officers for A.B. Combs Elementary School.



HEALTH NEWS

1 in 4 US men have cancer-linked HPV genital infections
Cancer_Virus_Men_07633The first national estimate suggests that nearly half of U.S. men have genital infections caused by a sexually transmitted virus and that 1 in 4 has strains linked with several cancers.

Can breakfast help keep us thin? Nutrition science is tricky
Breakfast_Science_39602Cereal makers have happily encouraged the belief that eating breakfast can help keep us thin and bring other benefits, partly by paying for studies that seem to support the idea.

GOP governors who turned down Medicaid money have hands out
Health_Care_GOP_Governors_10913Republican governors who turned down billions in federal dollars from an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law now have their hands out in hopes the GOP-controlled Congress comes up with a new formula to provide insurance for low-income Americans.

Former president's breathing tube indicates severe pneumonia
Former President George H.W. Bush is being treated for pneumonia in intensive care at a Houston hospital where doctors are evaluating him before removing a breathing tube.

Study: Texas abortions declined as clinics got farther away
The number of abortions performed throughout Texas dropped after a 2013 law forced the closure of clinics in all but the largest cities, and the decline was steeper the farther a woman lived from one of the remaining clinics, a study found.

SPORTS NEWS

Tudor: ACC freshmen off to surprising starts
Florida_St_North_Carolina_Basketball_68798Although injuries at Duke have skewed the picture more than anyone could have imagined, it's becoming increasingly obvious that the impact of the ACC basketball freshman class isn't going to pan out as expected.

WRALSportsFan.com columnist Caulton Tudor named to N.C. Sports Hall of Fame
Caulton TudorWRALSportsFan.com columnist Caulton Tudor was one of eight new inductees named to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame Thursday.

Holliday: Wagering on the Trifecta in the ACC
Tar Heels top Radford 95-50Thirty years ago, the NCAA Rules Committee rolled out two changes that would dramatically alter college basketball: A 45-second clock (over time lowered to 30 seconds); a three-point line 19-feet, 9-inches from the basket (later moved back to 20-feet-9).

UNC-Wilmington drops Charleston 65-59, moves to 18-2
UNC-Wilmington practices ahead of Duke in NCAA tourneyC.J. Bryce had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Jordon Talley added 17 points as UNC-Wilmington beat College of Charleston 65-59 Thursday night in a battle between the top two Colonial Athletic Conference teams.

Fox leads High Point to 83-78 win over Campbell
Campbell LogoAndre Fox nailed 4 of 5 from beyond the arc for 16 points as High Point knocked off Campbell, 83-78 on Thursday night.



ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

'NCIS: Los Angeles' star Miguel Ferrer dies at 61
Obit_Miguel_Ferrer_68283Miguel Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS' hit "NCIS: Los Angeles" and, before that, to NBC crime drama "Crossing Jordan," has died.

Streaming giants play hero and villain in Oscar season
Film-Streamers_in_Hollywood_17232When Oscar nominations are announced next week, Amazon is virtually assured of notching the first — but probably not the last — best-picture nomination for a streaming service.

Actors, mayors rally at inauguration eve Trump demonstration
WRAL NewsActors Robert De Niro, Sally Field and Mark Ruffalo joined hundreds of other people outside a Donald Trump building on Thursday for a pre-inauguration demonstration organizers said was meant to energize those concerned about the Republican president-elect's policies.

'An Inconvenient Sequel' kicks off climate-focused Sundance
Sundance_Film_Festival_69548Ten years after the watershed environmental documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" debuted, climate change is as dire as ever and yet the solutions are right in front of us, say directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, whose film "An Inconvenient Sequel" kicks off the Sundance Film Festival on Thursday.

Wayne Barrett, tenacious NYC reporter of Trump, dead at 71
Investigative reporter Wayne Barrett, a scourge of New York City power brokers from Rudolph Giuliani to Michael Bloomberg during a decades-long career with the Village Voice and an early and tenacious chronicler of President-elect Donald Trump, died Thursday at age 71.