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

KITTY HAWK, N.C. (AP) - An Outer Banks beach nourishment project has caught more sea turtles than expected. The Virginian-Pilot reports that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the dredging company has accidentally snagged 65 sea turtles since starting the project _ instead of the 17 expected by scientists. Agency spokeswoman Allison Garrett said in an email that only one of the 65 turtles died, which is far below scientists' forecast of eight.

MILLS RIVER, N.C. (AP) - Authorities are telling visitors to stay away from a national forest in western North Carolina while they search for an armed suspect who escaped by stealing a mountain bike at gunpoint. An area of the Pisgah National Forest between Asheville and the South Carolina border was closed Sunday while officers were seeking a 38-year-old man.

DUCK, N.C. (AP) - The Coast Guard is hoping for the best after failing to find a man who went missing in the Currituck Sound near Duck on the Outer Banks. The Coast Guard said in a news release it ended its search for the 45-year-old man Saturday night after 14 hours.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A hearing is set to open Monday for a North Carolina man who says he's innocent of the beating death of a man in 1994. A three-judge panel will hear the case of Robert Bragg, who's serving a sentence of life without parole in the death of a 76-year-old man. One of the main witnesses against Bragg was 10 years old when he testified and has since recanted his testimony. If the judges agree that Bragg is innocent, he would be released after 21 years behind bars.

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