Aesthetics-minded Americans decry Paris love locks

PARIS — Without love, what is Paris? And yet what is a trip to Paris without unfettered vistas of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre Dame from bridges over the River Seine?

  • Wild leopard injures six, sets off minor stampede in market

    MEERUT, India — Forestry officials and police armed with tranquilizer darts searched for a leopard that injured six people and drove residents indoors in a bustling northern Indian city, police said Tuesday.

  • Stowaway teen forces review of airport security

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — A 15-year-old boy found his way onto an airport’s tarmac and climbed into a jetliner’s wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii — a misadventure that forced authorities to take a hard look at the security system that protects the nation’s airline fleet.

  • Public smoke-out marks pot holiday in Colorado

    DENVER — Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

  • Teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom

    YORK, Pa. — A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to prom during a question and answer session at school.

  • Pitt County man killed when pinned under tractor

    GREENVILLE — Investigators in Pitt County say a man was killed when his tractor jumped into gear and pinned him under a tire.

Pastor’s wife recalled fondly

Joyce Norwood Walker’s death was dictated by her disease, but those around her said the strong woman of faith led her life refusing to give in to the genetic disorder.

Cashier charged with embezzling from pizzeria

Officials charged a Rocky Mount woman Tuesday in connection with stealing money from a local pizza restaurant.Barbara Joyner Pierce, 49, of Nashville was charged with felony embezzlement.

9th suspect in kidnapping turns self in to FBI

CHARLOTTE— As the kidnappers pulled into a quiet, upscale golf course community, they thought they were about to abduct an assistant district attorney who sent a high-ranking gang member to prison for life, authorities said.

  • N.C. fines state fair ride operators over injuries

    RALEIGH — North Carolina regulators have fined thrill ride operators more than $114,000 following a mishap at the 2013 State Fair that left five people injured, three of them critically.

  • Court-ordered tobacco ads will include black media

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's tobacco companies and the Justice Department are including media outlets that target more of the black community in court-ordered advertisements that say the cigarette makers lied about the dangers of smoking, according to a brief filed in U.S. District Court in Washington on Wednesday.

  • Florida woman denied flight in Asheville with oxygen tank

    ASHEVILLE — A Florida woman says an airline worker at a North Carolina airport refused her to allow her to fly home with an oxygen tank because she did not have the proper paperwork.

  • Duke: Moving coal ash would cost up to $10 billion

    RALEIGH — Duke Energy told North Carolina lawmakers Tuesday that removing all of the company's coal ash away from the state's rivers and lakes would take decades and cost up to $10 billion, with its electricity customers likely footing nearly all the bill.

  • Republican U.S. Senate candidates trade few hits in debate

    DAVIDSON — The candidate in North Carolina’s Republican U.S. Senate primary with backing from the party’s Washington establishment came under little direct criticism Tuesday night as his top rivals had their first real chance to challenge him face to face.

Wilson Fike stalls Nash Central in battle of pitchers

One by one, Nash Central’s batters stepped confidently into the batters’ box during the course of Tuesday afternoon’s game against Wilson Fike. There was no reason to be uneasy.

Job market for college grads better but still weak

WASHINGTON — With college commencement ceremonies nearing, the government is offering a modest dose of good news for graduating seniors: The job market is brightening for new grads — a bit.

  • More sought work, found jobs in March

    RALEIGH — Almost 8,000 more people were either working or looking for jobs in March, a shift from a trend that indicated people were dropping out of the labor force, the state Commerce Department reported Monday.

  • Selling only a part of shop’s services

    Since opening a music shop in August in downtown Tarboro, Gregg and Marcia Hornbuckle’s business has tripled.

  • Rocky Mount clinic earns chamber honor

    A downtown medical practice has been presented the Small Business of the Month Award for March by the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • North Carolina adds nearly 20,000 jobs in March

    RALEIGH — North Carolina showed the country’s second-largest increase in employment in March, when 19,400 jobs were added and the jobless rate fell to 6.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

  • Walmart enters money transfer business

    NEW YORK — Walmart is delving deeper into financial services at its stores and shaking up the money transfer business.

Play follows aging patriarch's travails

It is amazing how beautiful nature can appear to someone who really hasn’t spent much time there.

  • Engage laugh engines, Mr. Sulu

    Captain’s log, star date 2014: Lt. Hiraku Sulu is on the line, talking about his legendary role in the “Star Trek” television series and the equally legendary hipness that keeps 76-year-old actor and civil rights activist George Takei on every teenager’s Facebook feed these days.

  • Cinco De Maiz: Corn is holiday's natural ingredient

    Cinco de Mayo officially is a holiday celebrating Mexico’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

  • Move asparagus to center of plate

    Asparagus has been a delicious symbol of spring since at least as far back as the Greeks, who called it “asparagos” – literally, “to spring up.” However it is spelled, it makes me happy.

  • ‘Chocolate’ pills tested for heart health

    It won’t be nearly as much fun as eating candy bars, but a large study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

  • 1964 icons mark half-century

    Coming on the heels of one of the most tumultuous years in American history, 1964 continued a chaotic decade with escalating wars, home and afar, British music and Pop-Tarts.

Our Views

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

  • Event center not a good idea at this time

    As we noted in this space Tuesday, even under the best of circumstances, the operating expenses of a Rocky Mount event center are projected to run at an annual deficit of between $300,000 and $600,000.

  • Event center would be costly undertaking

    For the better part of the past six months, Rocky Mount leaders and residents have turned their attention to a proposed event center designed to bring more activity, visitors and, yes, dollars to our community.

  • Forum offers a chance to meet candidates

    As the May 6 primary election nears, it’s important for people to learn more about the goals, values and platforms of the candidates who will appear on the ballot this year.

  • Feds correct to diffuse rancher standoff

    Officials with the federal Bureau of Land Management acted prudently last weekend when they backed down from a confrontation with a Nevada rancher and his armed supporters.

  • Leave community college reserve intact

    When accountants start looking for ways to cut costs, many a wary department head follows the axiom of “use it or lose it.”That typically means, if a department doesn’t spend the money it has been allotted in its budget for a given year, someone will look for ways to cut the leftovers from the next year’s budget.