LOCAL NEWS

2 cases of norovirus found in Person County schools outbreak
Person High SchoolThe Person County Health Department on Friday said two cases of norovirus have been found among dozens of students and staffers who fell ill from a gastrointestinal outbreak Wednesday in Person County schools.

Police seek more leads three years after UNC student's beating death
Faith Danielle Hedgepeth (16x9)As the third anniversary of the death of a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student approaches, police on Friday renewed their plea for assistance to crack the case.

NC rules for Uber, other app-based ride companies now law
uberGov. Pat McCrory has signed into law state regulations for ride-sharing companies where potential customers use smartphone apps to hail drivers and complete cashless transactions.

UNC WakeBrook awarded federal grant funding for expansion
UNC WakeBrookA Wake County initiative that has already garnered national attention has received federal grand funding to expand its model.

Descendant of slave, slave owner forge friendship with a message
Gladys RobinsonGladys Robinson longed to know more about where she came from. She starting looking into her family history and learned that her great-great-grandmother, Mariah Bunn Speight, was a maid at Stonewall Manor Plantation, which was built in Rocky Mount in the 1830s.



HEALTH NEWS

Germany: 30 apparently suffer amphetamine poisoning
Germany Amphetamine PoisoningAuthorities say emergency workers called to a conference center in northern Germany found some 30 people staggering and suffering from cramps, apparently as a result of amphetamine poisoning.

Near LA's Koreatown, pastor tries to lift veil on drug abuse
Korean Pastor Drug RehabIn a blue-and-white church on the outskirts of Los Angeles' Koreatown, pastor Young Ho Han is trying to lift the veil on a problem silently afflicting his community: drug abuse among young Korean-Americans.

Plan targets health care bias against transgender people
Health Discrimination TransgenderMirroring a shift in society, the Obama administration proposed Thursday to ban discrimination against transgender people throughout the health care system.

Ukraine: sufficient vaccine coming to block polio outbreak
One day after the World Health Organization confirmed two cases of polio in Ukrainian children, the country's health minister says efforts are underway to import enough vaccine to prevent an outbreak.

9/11 recovery workers: Congress must renew health programs
Sept 11 HealthDozens of 9/11 rescue and recovery workers gathered at the World Trade Center site on Thursday to demand that Congress extend programs offering money and free health care to people exposed to toxic dust after the terror attacks.

SPORTS NEWS

NC State aims to build on 5-win turnaround, opens with Troy
NC State sloppy in 56-23 loss to Georgia TechThe next step for North Carolina State is finally here.

Getting the monkey off their back: Railhawks defeat Atlanta Silverbacks 2-0
Railhawks beat AtlantaAfter going 0-for-August, the Carolina RailHawks snapped their four-match losing skid and earned their first victory since July 18 with a 2-0 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks in a rare Friday fixture at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Fialko: UNC's defense shows improvement in first game
Gene Chizik vs. South CarolinaNorth Carolina now looks ahead to North Carolina A & T after losing the season opener to South Carolina. In stark contrast to the 2014 season, UNC's defense gave the team a chance to win against the Gamecocks.

Serena Williams' comeback extends Grand Slam try at US Open
APTOPIX US Open TennisCan't count out Serena Williams, no matter how big the deficit, no matter how off-target her strokes, no matter how much the pressure might be mounting as she bids for a calendar-year Grand Slam.

Tudor: Fedora, Tar Heels need a Plan B at quarterback
UNC defeats Duke, 45-20North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora needs a Plan-B at quarterback. There's no delicate way of wording that fact in view of Marquise Williams' three-interception performance in Thursday's 17-13 opening-season loss to South Carolina in Charlotte.



ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Aretha Franklin blocks screening of documentary at festival
Aretha Franklin-Documentary Lawsuit Aretha Franklin earned some R-E-S-P-E-C-T in a federal courtroom on Friday, convincing a judge to prevent the Telluride Film Festival from screening a documentary about a 1972 concert of hers without the Queen of Soul's written consent.

Iron Maiden frontman on cancer fight, 747 flight
Music-Q&A-Bruce DickinsonIron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson credits his grandfather with getting him through his recent battle with cancer.

No-contact order between O'Donnell's daughter and man lifted
A request from Rosie O'Donnell's teenage daughter to lift a no-contact order with the man accused of sending her obscene images was lifted Friday by a New Jersey judge.

Expensive ad space almost sold out for debate
Get in your bids fast. CNN said Friday that only one commercial slot is still available for its coverage of the Sept. 16 debate between top Republican presidential contenders, and it's expected to draw top dollar.

VENICE WATCH: Ukraine revolution inspires Venice documentary
Italy Venice FF Winter On Fire Photo CallThe Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press: