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FATAL FIRE

2 dead in fire in northern NC

CREEDMOORE, N.C. (AP) - A couple has died after an early-morning house fire in rural Granville County.

The fire was reported by a passer-by about 2 a.m. Tuesday at a home outside Creedmore.

Authorities say that 77-year-old Madelene Long died at the scene. Her husband, 88-year-old Sam Long, died later at Granville Medical Center. Sam Long had been pulled from the house by the man who reported the blaze.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.

FOUR DEAD

No alcohol involved in NC crash that killed 4

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A toxicology report finds no evidence of drugs or alcohol in the system of a driver involved in a February crash that killed four people in Jacksonville.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reported the toxicology report was released by the state Medical Examiner's Office late Monday.

Authorities say the accident happened Feb. 15 when 24-year-old Saquan Lakiam Nelson of Maple Hill drove through a red light at an intersection in Jacksonville at almost 100 mph.

The vehicle hit an SUV driven by 30-year-old Rachel Delisle. Nelson, Delisle and two passengers in Nelson's vehicle were all killed.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. R.E. Dudley says the investigation continues.

DROWNING DEATH

Man drowns in Edenton Bay

EDENTON, N.C. (AP) - A 49-year-old Edenton man has drowned in Edenton Bay.

Edenton police say David Hassell drowned Monday morning after he entered the water to retrieve a remote controlled model boat.

Hassell disappeared and police found him about 90 minutes later. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The death has been ruled an accidental drowning.

MURDER SENTENCE

Charlotte man gets life for shooting death

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A Charlotte man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after being convicted of killing a man nearly four years ago.

Twenty-nine-year-old James Currie was sentenced Monday after being convicted of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Currie made a deal in 2010 to buy a gun from another man in Charlotte. Prosecutors say Currie was upset when the man failed to deliver the gun or return the money.

Prosecutors say Currie shot 28-year-old Brooks Crist, a friend of the man Currie had been dealing with.

Prosecutors say Currie fled to New York, where he was arrested for another death. He is serving a 25 year sentence for that death and will then be sent to North Carolina for the life sentence.

MISSING JOGGER-BODY

Union deputies find body during search for jogger

LAKE PARK, N.C. (AP) - Union County sheriff's deputies have found a body while they investigate a missing jogger.

Officials are waiting for the medical examiner's office to identify the body found behind a church Monday evening in Lake Park.

The body was found not far from the home of 51-year-old James Martin Hudspeth, who went jogging Monday morning and did not return home.

Family members said Hudspeth did not take his wallet and cellphone. Deputies had started searching Monday afternoon and found the body around 6:30 p.m. behind Faith United Methodist Church.

Sheriff Eddie Cathey said deputies also are waiting for the medical examiner to determine the cause of death.

STUDENTS-NUDE PHOTOS

SBI got warrant for 15 accounts in photo probe

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The State Bureau of Investigation obtained a search warrant for user information and content for 15 Instagram accounts in its probe of nude photos of students in Wake County.

Court papers show the SBI wanted to find out who signed up as followers of the accounts.

The SBI has investigated reported of nude student photos on Instagram accounts in nine North Carolina counties. An agency spokeswoman said Monday that four more counties have become involved in recent week.

Almost 70 nude and sexual images of local high school students were exposed to thousands of people Feb. 11.

Special Agent Kevin G. Roughton said in the warrant application that information connected to the accounts could help in bringing charges of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and cyberbullying.

NUCLEAR PLANT SIRENS

NC nuclear plant tests sirens after maintenance

NEW HILL, N.C. (AP) - Neighbors of a Duke Energy nuclear plant in suburban Raleigh will get a loud reminder of its presence.

The alert sirens within a 10-mile radius of the Harris Nuclear Plant will be tested over the next few weeks starting on Tuesday.

The sirens will be at full-volume for about five to ten seconds between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Since the sirens will be tested individually, there is no specific time when residents of Chatham, Harnett, Lee and Wake counties can expect to hear any of the sirens.

The tests are conducted to make sure each siren works after annual maintenance is performed.

US SENATE-DEBATE

4 NC GOP Senate hopefuls meet on stage for debate

DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) - Four of the eight Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina are meeting on the same stage for a live debate two weeks before the May 6 primary.

Greg Brannon, Heather Grant, Mark Harris and Thom Tillis were scheduled to participate in the one-hour event Tuesday night on the campus of Davidson College. The debate is being aired by Time Warner Cable News and is co-sponsored by The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer of Raleigh.

It's the first live TV debate for the campaign. The same group of candidates is scheduled to hold a half-hour debate Wednesday evening at WRAL-TV in Raleigh.

The Republican primary winner is expected to take on Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan in November.

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