Hunt on for possible anaconda in lake

JEFFERSON, N.J. — Reports of a 16-foot-long exotic snake — possibly an anaconda — slithering through New Jersey’s largest lake have stoked fears among residents and led to searches and questions about what exactly is in the water.

  • 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.

Tri-County 4-H team wins state title

A combination of 4-H’ers from a three-county area joined forces last week to bring home several notable awards – including a state title – at the N.C. 4-H Poultry Competition.

Stolen gun seized in traffic stop

Rocky Mount police said officers recovered a stolen handgun during a Tuesday night traffic stop.

Historically black colleges face uncertain future

Three days before Payton Wilkins returned home to Detroit last May with a bachelor’s degree, his cousin was arrested for selling heroin and crack cocaine.

  • Durham police investigate bus explosion

    DURHAM, — Durham police are investigating an apparent chemical explosion on a city bus.Police were called to a bus around 9:35 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Man found dead on front steps of home

    LUMBERTON — Homicide investigators in Lumberton are looking into the death of a man who was found on the front steps of his home.

  • Hendersonville officer cleared in suspect shooting

    HENDERSONVILLE — A Hendersonville police officer will not face charges after she shot and killed a suspect who had stabbed her partner.

  • Prisoner dies after fight with another inmate

    RALEIGH — An inmate at Neuse Correctional Institution has died three weeks after he was involved in a fight with another inmate.

  • Longer session hampers Tillis in U.S. Senate race

    RALEIGH — Instead of being able to focus full-time on unseating Democratis U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, Thom Tillis is spending a key stretch of his U.S. Senate campaign managing North Carolina’s protracted legislative session.

Nash County U14s advance to Southeast regional tournament

Nash County’s U-14 Babe Ruth All-Star team has completed a repeat.

Packaging firm moving headquarters to Charlotte

CHARLOTTE — Fortune 500 packaging company Sealed Air Corp. will consolidate management operations from several states and relocate its New Jersey headquarters to the Charlotte area, where it plans to employ nearly 1,300 jobs in three years.

  • Retailers, restaurants eye local locations

    Rocky Mount is slated to have nine new restaurants coming to the area through 2015, according to Alan Matthews, director of business recruitment for the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • 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.

  • Contrarian economist makes case for new recession

    NEW YORK — Just as the U.S. economy is strengthening, other countries are threatening to drag it down.

  • Tax breaks OK’d for 250 IT jobs in Charlotte

    RALEIGH — An information technology consulting company plans to create 250 jobs in Charlotte within five years as it hopes to serve the city’s big banks.

  • Mall officials dispel rumors of closing

    Despite a recent Internet rumor, Golden East Crossing mall has no plans to close, officials said.

‘Fairytell’ gives new twists to classic stories

What if, tired of constantly playing the damsel in distress, Sleeping Beauty rescued Prince Charming or the Seven Dwarves decided they liked whistling while staying at home to catch up on “Breaking Bad” instead?

  • ‘Pirates’ sets sail this weekend

    Activate Drama returns this weekend to the Dunn Center with an all-youth cast performing an adaptation of a classic comic opera.“The Pirates of Penzance Jr.” will be staged at 7 p.m.

  • Fried chicken comes in world of flavors

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – If you think fried chicken is a purely Southern thing, think again.

  • 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.

Our Views

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

  • Audit underscores a financial mess

    Whatever good news there is to be found among the serious allegations put forth in a 63-page N.C. State Auditor’s report on spending and accountability by some Tarboro officials – past and present – begins on page 29.

  • 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.