66-yard crater appears in Siberia

MOSCOW — Russian scientists say they believe a 66-yard wide crater discovered recently in far northern Siberia could be the result of changing temperatures in the region.

  • Student keeps contacts in for six months, amoeba eats her eyeballs

    Taiwanese undergrad student Lian Kao was left without her sight after microscopic amoeba ate into her eyes when she left her contacts in for six months straight.

  • Amid bloodshed, frenetic Gaza hospital improvises

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – In the heart of Gaza City, as its citizens again find themselves under fire from Israeli airstrikes and artillery, the wounded and their wailing families stream into Shifa Hospital without end.

  • ‘Ghost murals’ being restored across Appalachia

    HINTON, W.Va. — Coca-Cola Consolidated is working across Appalachia to restore “ghost murals.”The murals were painted on buildings more than a century ago, before radio commercials, electronic billboards or television.

  • Summer camp helps kids with Tourette’s syndrome

    WINDER, Ga. — Eleven-year-old Blake Desadier thought his mom was lying when she told him there were other kids like him with Tourette’s syndrome.

  • Man starts fire using ‘blowtorch’ to kill spider

    SEATTLE — A man who used a can of spray paint and a lighter as a makeshift blowtorch to kill a spider in his laundry room started a blaze that caused $60,000 worth of damage, Seattle fire officials said Wednesday.

Four students awarded Kitty Powell scholarships

The Board of Directors of the Kitty Powell Scholarship Fund recently presented $3,000 in scholarships to members of the bowling community.

Authorities capture fugitive wanted on attempted murder charges

Rocky Mount police and members of the U.S. Marshal’s Eastern North Carolina Violent Fugitive Task Force recently apprehend an attempted murder suspect from Wilson.

Woman agonizes over Wilmington gang violence

WILMINGTON — Kinwan Long peeked around the living room wall in his mother’s Wilmington apartment and waited patiently until she paused during her conversation.“Excuse me, please, can I get something real quick,” the 7-year-old Wilmington boy said, his little finger extended toward the kitchen.

  • Wilmington woman charged in hit and run death

    WILMINGTON — A Wilmington woman has been arrested and charged in a weekend hit and run death.Wilmington Police Cpl.

  • Governor, N.C. Senate Republicans talk about budget

    RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory and Senate Republicans met privately Tuesday as they sought to resolve their differences over budget adjustments supposed to be settled three weeks ago, but the gulf between elected leaders remained wide on key issues.

  • N.C. counties see sales tax changes in Senate bill

    RALEIGH — Four large North Carolina counties would see their authority to raise sales taxes scaled back under legislation passed Tuesday by a Senate panel.

  • Health officials confirm chikungunya in Cabarrus

    KANNAPOLIS — Cabarrus County health officials have confirmed the county’s first case of chikungunya, saying the patient was infected while traveling in a Caribbean country.

  • Report: Higher seas mean extreme floods in S.C., N.C.

    CHARLESTON, S.C.  — A new analysis of sea level rise concludes that billions of dollars in property and infrastructure is at risk in extreme floods expected along the coast of the Carolinas in coming years.

Twin Counties well-represented at East-West All-Star events

Twin Counties athletes and coaches are well-represented at this week’s North Carolina East-West All-Star events in Greensboro.

China meat scandal hits more restaurant chains

BEIJING — A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan where McDonald’s said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets.

Fried chicken comes in world of flavors

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – If you think fried chicken is a purely Southern thing, think again.The crispy goodness of this great, messy, finger food extends well beyond any American region.

  • Boot camp sharpens doctors’ skills

    CHICAGO – First-day jitters come with any new job but when the work involves pushing needles into strangers’ bellies, stitching up gaping wounds or even delivering babies, that debut can be especially nerve-wracking – for everyone involved.

  • Skating rolls back time for couple

    It was 1972 when Glen and Sharon Griffin began seeing each other covertly at the Sky-Vue Skateland.

  • Nordstrom opens door to disabled models

    NEW YORK – It’s not easy to find models with disabilities in ads for the fashion and beauty industry – unless you look in the Nordstrom catalog.

  • Democrats campaign on church ties

    ATLANTA – Jason Carter, former President Jimmy Carter’s grandson, stepped into the pulpit of South Columbus United Methodist Church for a Palm Sunday sermon and offered a message of Christian responsibility to the poor, with his phone in hand.

  • Sapony Creek earns place in State Fair lineup

    Most of the members of Nash County-based bluegrass band Sapony Creek have been active since the 1970s but only started playing together about 14 years ago.

Our Views

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

  • End to pension ‘spiking’ worth support

    State pensions are a perk for government workers that many of us in the private sector would long to have for ourselves.

  • Tweak details, but keep film incentives

    North Carolina’s incentives arrangement with major motion picture studios and television networks certainly needs some tweaking.

  • High ranking on scary states list is harsh

    As much as community leaders in the Twin Counties have focused their energy on making the area more attractive to new businesses and industries, we can’t help but wonder now if we haven’t all concentrated on the wrong qualities.

  • A short-term fix for a long-term problem

    The U.S. House last week passed a $10.8 billion stop-gap measure to extend transportation funding through May 2015.

  • Pope closing underlines bigger issue

    In a contentious decision that pitted public safety against tradition, Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education members voted this week to close O.R. Pope Elementary School.