ARMY GENERAL-SEX CHARGES
Accuser recounts general's alleged sex assault
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - An Army captain who says she was sexually assaulted by a general has testified that twice during their three-year affair they got into arguments that ended with him forcing her to perform oral sex.
The woman testified Friday that the assaults happened in Afghanistan in late 2011 as she grew more unhappy despondent in her relationship with Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair. She says one assault happened in her office and the second one occurred in the general's office several days later.
Sinclair is believed to be the highest-ranking U.S. military officer ever court-martialed on sexual assault charges and faces up to life in prison if convicted.
The defense will cross-examine the woman Monday. They say they will challenge the woman's credibility.
BANK OF AMERICA-EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
Bank of America CEO pay jumped 77 percent
Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan saw his compensation jump by 77 percent last year as the company's fortunes improved.
Moynihan's total compensation was $13.1 million, according to an Associated Press calculation based on a filing made by the company on Friday.
The bulk of his pay was $11.1 million worth of stock awards granted in February 2013. He also had a base salary of almost $1.5 million. Company perks totaled $497,751, most of which was for personal use of the company plane.
Bank of America's finances have been improving. Last year its profit more than tripled to $10 billion, and it has been cutting staff and focusing on its core businesses.
The AP's calculation counts salary, bonuses, perks and stock and options awarded to the executive during the year.
COAL ASH SPILL
River water above NC spill high in iron, aluminum
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina regulators say aluminum and iron levels in the Dan River upstream from last month's coal ash spill exceeded state water quality standards, just like samples from downstream waters contaminated by the environmental disaster.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources disclosed Friday results from samples taken last week near a stormwater discharge point upstream of the Feb. 2 spill. A pipe under a Duke Energy coal ash dump collapsed, triggering sludge into the river.
The department said levels of other metals from samples at the same upstream location were within water standards. Orange-colored rocks in the river signaled high-iron levels.
Division of Water Resources Director Tom Reeder said in a release regulators will keep examining discharges as part of its monitoring of Duke Energy's coal-fired power plants.
McCrory declares emergency in North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency for North Carolina in the wake of a winter storm that's left hundreds of thousands without power.
McCrory issued the declaration Friday, hours after the storm left central North Carolina coated in snow, sleet and freezing rain.
At least 350,000 utility customers were without power, but officials were hoping to have power restored by late Friday.
While snow and ice created headaches in some areas, heavy rain was a different issue for other areas in central North Carolina. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning after some places reported up to 2 inches.
While N.C. Department of Transportation officials urged caution on the roads, passenger rail service was disrupted between Charlotte and Raleigh.
ARMY SERGEANT ARREST
SC sergeant arrested on NC sex charges
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A sergeant based in South Carolina has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting adult and child victims in North Carolina.
U.S. Marshals arrested 34-year-old Oscar Rodriguez in Puerto Rico early Friday. Rodriguez is awaiting extradition to Harnett County.
Rodriguez was a staff sergeant based at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
He is accused of forcibly entering the bedrooms of two Harnett County victims and engaging in multiple sexual assaults between last summer and New Year's Eve.
The Army has charged Rodriguez with desertion.
He is being charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child, two counts of second-degree rape, two counts of second-degree sex offense, one count of sexual battery, two counts of crimes against nature and four counts of first-degree burglary.
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