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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say a malfunction caused public warning sirens to be heard near a North Carolina nuclear power plant. North Carolina's Department of Public Safety said on Twitter Friday afternoon that the sirens that went off around 1 p.m. were a false alarm. Authorities said there was no emergency at the Harris Nuclear Plant southwest of Raleigh. Duke Energy said that a malfunction caused the sirens to go off and that the cause is being investigated.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Republican redistricting leaders say they'll go again to the U.S. Supreme Court to stop a ruling by federal judges, this one involving the state's legislative districts. Redistricting committee chairmen confirmed plans Friday to appeal to the Supreme Court an order by a three-judge panel approving changes made to House and Senate maps by a court-appointed expert. The Supreme Court delayed Thursday the enforcement of another order involving congressional districts.

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Interior Department official says the Trump administration's promise to exempt Florida from an offshore drilling plan is not a formal action. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has proposed to open nearly all U.S. coastlines to offshore oil and gas drilling. At issue is a promise by Zinke to keep Florida "off the table."

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Government regulators are proposing changes Friday in the way most hogs slaughtered for meat in the United States are processed. The new rules would allow hog slaughter plants to voluntarily join a new proposed inspection system that would put plant employees in charge of determining which animals are unfit for processing. Critics say the proposals could imperil food safety, but officials insist they will improve industry practices.

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