Two white women sue over sperm from black donor

CLEVELAND — An Ohio woman and her partner have sued a Chicago-area sperm bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white man as she’d intended.

  • Elk raid water stations at Grand Canyon

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Grand Canyon officials have reduced waste by banning disposable plastic water bottles and installing water stations for visitors.

  • One man injured, 45 dogs killed in house fire

    LAS VEGAS — A weekend fire that tore through a North Las Vegas home with 93 small dogs — more than 15 times the maximum number of canines allowed in a house by the city — killed 45 of them and injured one man.

  • Japanese volcano erupts; kills at least 31

    TOKYO  – Finally reaching the ash-covered summit of a still-erupting volcano in central Japan, rescue workers made a grim discovery Sunday: 31 apparently dead people, some reportedly buried in knee-deep ash.

  • Fracking rule-makers sort thousands of comments

    RALEIGH – A member of the North Carolina commission that’s developing fracking regulations says the panel has received dozens of public comments that have caused them “to really go back and do our homework,” but thousands of others offer unusable input such as: “Don’t Frack NC.”

  • Calf with ‘7’ on its head named after Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger

    LORETTO, Pa. — Moooove over, Ben Roethlisberger. There’s a new No. 7 in western Pennsylvania.

Leadership Twin Counties raises funds for Wesleyan scholarships

Three new $5,000 scholarships at N.C. Wesleyan College have been created by Leadership Twin Counties, a nine-month leadership development program of the Rocky Mount Area and Tarboro-Edgecombe chambers of commerce.

Police nab burglary suspect

A residential burglar alarm stopped a convicted thief in his tracks Tuesday morning.

Paul visits state to campaign for Tillis

RALEIGH – U.S. Senator Rand Paul campaigned Wednesday for N.C. House speaker Thom Tillis, even though Paul had endorsed a tea party favorite whom Tillis defeated in the spring’s rough-and-tumble Republican U.S. Senate primary.

  • UNC-Greensboro employees fired

    GREENSBORO – Three University of North Carolina-Greensboro employees have been fired after they were accused of filing false time sheets.

  • Samaritan's Purse providing Ebola relief supplies

    CHARLOTTE  — A Christian relief organization on Wednesday sent about 100 tons of supplies to west African nations struggling to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

  • Court blocks part of new voting law

    RALEIGH — Parts of North Carolina’s new voting law, considered one of the toughest in the nation, were set aside for next month’s elections because they were likely to disenfranchise black voters, a federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday.

  • Mother of missing teen pleads guilty to fraud

    GREENSBORO — The mother of a missing adopted teenager has pleaded guilty in federal court in Greensboro to 16 fraud charges.

  • Man indicted on murder charge

    A Union County grand jury has indicted the stepfather of 4-year-old child abuse victim on a second-degree murder charge.

Wolfpack to focus on regaining balance without Warren

RALEIGH – A year ago, N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried – not to mention every opponent – knew where the ball was going when the Wolfpack needed a big basket.

  • PREP ROUNDUP: Oct. 2

    Rocky Mount High 9 Southern Nash 0 Singles: Chandler Brice (RMH) 6-4, 6-0; Denise Gonzalez (SN); Eliza Fike (RMH) 6-0,6-0; Anna Webb (SN); Allison Binkley (RMH);6-0, 6-0; Prya Patel (SN); Katie Mizelle (RMH) 6-0, 6-0; Visa Gonzalez (SN); Mary Blair Thompson (RMH) 6-0, 6-0; Cassidy Baker (SN); Grace Warner (RMH) 6-0, 6-1; Haley Perry (SN); Doubles: Brice/Fike (RMH) 8-0; D. Gonzalez/Webb (SN); Binkley/Mizelle (RMH) 8-0; Patel/V. Gonzalez (SN); Thompson/Warner (RMH) 8-1; Baker/Perry (SN);

  • Firebirds fare better but still fall to Demons in boys' soccer tilt

    BAILEY – Nobody likes to be embarrassed twice. Southern Nash’s first meeting with Wilson Fike ended in a 7-0 defeat.

  • Knights sweep Ladybirds in Big East volleyball action

    It didn’t matter who was serving for Northern Nash on Tuesday – the balls were bouncing the Knights’ way.

  • PREP ROUNDUP: Oct. 1

    BOYS’ SOCCER Faith Christian 1 Greenville Oakwood 0 Goals: Seth Fisher Assists: Stephen Bryant Saves: Matthew Sanderford (10) For the record: Faith Christian (9-4-3, 4-2-1 CIC).

  • Panthers have case of the backfield blues

    CHARLOTTE – Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams is “doubtful” for this weekend’s game against the Chicago Bears, the latest setback for Carolina’s ground game.

Service sector leads local job growth

Rocky Mount’s economy continues to lag behind the state average as the city transitions to a more service-based economy comparable to the national trend, said PNC economist Mekael Teshome.

  • Bank of America names CEO Brian Moynihan board chairman

    CHARLOTTE — Bank of America Chief Executive Brian Moynihan has been named chairman, effective immediately.

  • S&P 500 posts third monthly decline

    NEW YORK — A suddenly stormy month on the stock market came to a quiet end on Tuesday.

  • Consumer spending increases in August

    WASHINGTON — Americans boosted spending by a healthy amount in August, offering welcome evidence that the economy is on solid footing heading into the final quarter of the year.

  • Second-quarter rebound faster than thought

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy’s bounce-back last quarter from a dismal winter was even faster than previously thought, a sign that growth will likely remain solid for rest of the year.

  • Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for big rebound

    WASHINGTON – Advertised as a path to an affordable retirement, federally insured reverse mortgages are showing signs of a rebound, drawing the scrutiny of regulators seeking to reduce historically high default rates that have cost the government billions.

Age reveals a different Mellencamp

NEW YORK – John Mellencamp feels he has some impressive co-writers for his latest songs, including playwright Tennessee Williams and folk legend Pete Seeger.

  • Tennis bats about classic pop sound

    NEW YORK – Besides terminal unhipness, the band Tennis has a practical reason to regret taking its name from an inside joke between founding couple Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley.

  • Pumpkin fills soup bowls with flavor

    Let’s talk about one of the season’s most iconic vegetables – canned pumpkin.Yes, canned, because that’s how 99 percent of us get our pumpkin.

  • Psychological toll affects drone crews

    SAN DIEGO – President Barack Obama has assured Americans he opposes sending U.S. ground troops to fight Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria.

  • Museum traces fragments of Star Spangled Banner

    WASHINGTON – If you happen to find some remnants of woven wool in your attic – in red, white or blue and marked Fort McHenry – the Smithsonian Institution would like to know.

  • College football can pose wedding dilemma

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Emily Younker isn’t getting married until next year but she’s already made sure the date doesn’t conflict with college football and sent one invitation: To Big Al, the elephant mascot of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide.

Our Views

Telegram editorial writers weigh in on local, state and national issues.

  • Infant mortality rate troubling in Edgecombe

    While North Carolina rightfully celebrates one of the lowest infant mortality rates in state history, the health of newborn babies in Edgecombe County gives us pause for concern.

  • Early education wins voter support

    Early childhood education programs are a good idea that have become a political football.

  • Duke, energy giants must do more

    Almost eight months after the contents of a coal ash storage pond spilled into the Dan River, North Carolina and Duke Energy are barely beginning to learn what a mess they have on their hands.

  • Ex-offenders need opportunity to go straight

    The dramatic rescue of a driver from a burning truck earlier this month near Kernersville was all the more impressive given the identities of the three men who performed the heroic act.

  • Domestic violence is more than an NFL issue

    If there is one positive outcome of the NFL’s high-profile domestic violence cases, it has been a long overdue discussion of relationships and abusive behavior.