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News Minute: Here is the latest North Carolina news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Prosecutors say the pictures of his dead wife and daughter posted to Facebook are proof a North Carolina man is guilty of murder. But a defense attorney for Elhadji Diop said at his trial the deaths were an accident as the couple fought. He says the photos were shrines to people he loved made as he was so distraught he tried to kill himself. A jury is deliberating if Diop is guilty of murder.

CENTER CITY, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota prosecutor says no charges will be filed against seven law officers in the fatal shooting of a North Carolina man last year. Chisago County Attorney Janet Reiter says the officers were justified in using deadly force against 39-year-old Gregory Thrower of Kinston, North Carolina. The officers responded in July to a reported carjacking in North Branch. The stolen car was stuck in a ditch, and the officers fired when they saw Thrower with a handgun pointed at them.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's unemployment rate hovered in the same spot for a fifth month in February. The North Carolina Department of Commerce says the rate has been 4.5 percent since last October. It represents a small drop from the same month a year ago, when the figure was 4.8 percent. It's still higher than the national rate of 4.1 percent.

VASS, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina residents whose community dam was damaged by Hurricane Matthew and later breached by the state have won a $162.5 million judgment against the corporation that owns it. The Fayetteville Observer reports that Woodlake residents released a statement Friday announcing the judgment against Woodlake CC Corp. in their lawsuit alleging harm by the corporation's failure to maintain the dam.

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