LOCAL NEWS

Winter weather alerts, advisories issued for multiple counties
Winter Weather Alerts - DMAThe pair of storms already have some coastal counties under winter weather alerts, such as Dare, Craven and Carteret counties. Several other counties, including Wake, Cumberland, Johnston, Nash, Hoke, and Edgecombe were placed under winter weather advisories from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

State regulators to examine Blue Cross operations
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (16x9)North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin said Thursday that his agency is launching an examination of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina as customers continue to experience problems with the insurer.

Last occupiers of Oregon wildlife refuge surrender to FBI
Ranching StandoffSurrounded by FBI agents in armored vehicles, the last four occupiers of a national nature preserve surrendered Thursday, and a leader in their movement who organized a 2014 standoff with authorities was criminally charged in federal court.

As Zika virus arrives in US, NC left without mosquito monitoring program
mosquitoNorth Carolina governors and lawmakers cut funding for the state's mosquito monitoring program over the past five years. Mosquitoes are the primary means by which the Zika virus is transmitted.

Breakthrough: Scientists detect Einstein's gravity ripples
Staunton River State Park In an announcement that electrified the world of physics, scientists said Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago.



HEALTH NEWS

CDC ships Zika test for pregnant women; Puerto Rico at risk
Congress ZikaThe government is shipping Zika virus tests for pregnant women to health departments around the country, but warning there could be temporary shortages, as travelers try to tell if they returned with an infection that could put a developing baby at risk.

Study: Neanderthal DNA may influence modern depression risk
Our Neanderthal DNAA new study says a person's risk of becoming depressed or hooked on smoking may be influenced by DNA inherited from Neanderthals.

Brazil, Texas state hospital reach deal on Zika vaccine
Brazil Zika Virus CarnivalBrazil has signed an agreement with a Texas research hospital to develop a vaccine against the Zika virus, the country's health minister said Thursday, adding the goal is for the vaccine to be ready for clinical testing within 12 months.

Study finds Zika virus in fetal brain, a clue in outbreak
Congress Zika New details about the possible effects of the Zika virus on the fetal brain emerged Wednesday as U.S. health officials say mosquito eradication here and abroad is key to protect pregnant women until they can develop a vaccine.

Mystery illness sickens 174 students at Pennsylvania college
The number of students sickened by a mystery illness at Ursinus College in eastern Pennsylvania has risen to over 170.

SPORTS NEWS

Tudor: UNC's Paige still the key ACC player as stretch runs start
North Carolina beats Wake Forest 83-68With the end of league play a month away, the most important player in the ACC basketball race is the very guy most folks put in that same role before the season began - UNC senior guard Marcus Paige.

Durhamites take a flyer on grassroots futsal
Durhamites take a flyer on grassroots futsalA bar is one of the last places professional soccer players expect to discover a source for off-season training. A flyer posted at Bull McCabe's, an Irish pub in downtown Durham, a couple of months ago caught the eye of Mollie Pathman, a former stand-out at Duke University and member of the Boston Breakers of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).

10 years later, Ward recalls Carolina's Stanley Cup run
Cam WardIt was a disappointing postseason start for the 2005-2006 Hurricanes. The team lost twice to Montreal and gave up six goals in each game. Goalie Martin Gerber didn't even make it through those two games.

UNC's Williams thankful, doing OK after vertigo attack
Roy Williams Pre Notre DameNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams said he was feeling both thankful to be alive, and proud of how his team responded in the aftermath of a vertigo attack that forced him to watch most of the second half of the Tar Heels' 68-65 ACC win over Boston College on Tuesday night from the locker room.

NC State wrestling team continues historic season
NC State wrestlingWith his team undefeated and ranked No. 3 in the country, North Carolina State University wrestling coach Pat Popolizio has noticed a different reaction around Raleigh this season.



ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Colorado gun shop owner charged with illegally selling guns
A Colorado gun shop owner who appeared on the reality show "American Guns" is accused of illegally selling firearms after losing his license.

Berlin Film Festival jury questioned over diversity
Germany Berlin Film Festival 2016The Berlin International Film Festival became embroiled Thursday in the debate about diversity in the movie industry, with jury president Meryl Streep dismissing questions about the all-white panel by telling reporters that "we're all Africans, really."

Trump settles lawsuit against Univision
GOP 2016 TrumpDonald Trump and Univision said Thursday they have resolved the lawsuit that the Republican presidential contender filed after the company decided last summer not to broadcast the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants.

Review: In 'How to Be Single,' a rom-com quest for me time
Film Review How to Be SingleMomentarily untied from "50 Shades of Grey" and its planned sequels, Dakota Johnson is again looking for love in "How to Be Single," a mild and fittingly discombobulated ode to singlehood that plays like a "Sex and the City" spinoff.

As 'Force Awakens' winds down, 'Avatar' remains supreme
Film-Star Wars Box OfficeTwo months after opening to unprecedented fanfare, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is finally winding down in theaters, leaving behind arsenals of plastic lightsabers and a trail of box-office records.