AP-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 6 pm, MD


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in the Mid-Atlantic, covering North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to 919-510-8937, 202-641-9660, 410-837-8315, 804-643-6646 or metro@ap.org. AP-Mid-Atlantic News Editor Steve McMillan can be reached at 804-643-6646 or smcmillan@ap.org.

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RALEIGH — Allegations of flagrant absentee ballot fraud in a North Carolina district have thrown the Election Day results of one of the nation’s last unresolved midterm congressional races into question. Unofficial ballot totals showed Republican Mark Harris ahead of Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes in the 9th Congressional District. But the state elections board refused to certify the results last week in view of “claims of numerous irregularities and concerted fraudulent activities” involving mail-in ballots in the district. By Gary D. Robertson and Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 850 words, AP Photos AX110, AX111.


LUMBERTON — For more than 25 years, the man identified as the triggerman in the death of Michael Jordan’s father has repeatedly declared his innocence in the murder. Now he’s going before a judge to lay out evidence he says proves that although he helped dispose of the body, he didn’t kill James Jordan in the early-morning darkness one July day in 1993. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 860 words, AP Photos AX103, AX101, AX102.


— PASTOR-HOUSE FIRE: A North Carolina pastor is hospitalized with what officials say is life-threatening injuries after a fire at his home on the grounds of his church.

— RESCUED ANIMALS-JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN: A North Carolina animal rescue group says that thanks to “The Walking Dead” actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, a donkey and an emu who’ve bonded with each other can stay together.

— CURSING IN COURT: A courtroom curse has landed a woman in jail for 10 days in North Carolina.

— I LOVE MY LIBRARIAN: A Pittsburgh librarian who advocates for immigrants and refugees and a librarian from rural North Carolina who helps patrons navigate the internet are among 10 winners of the I Love My Librarian Award.



CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Lawyers for an Ohio man accused of intentionally driving his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally are expected to begin presenting their case to a jury. Lawyers for James Alex Fields Jr. plan to call witnesses to support his claim that he was acting in self-defense when he drove into the crowd, killing one counterprotester and injuring dozens of others. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.



TORONTO — Marijuana is going corporate. Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. is the latest big company to explore the cannabis market, joining beverage makers like Molson Coors and Heineken. Other big companies like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Anheuser-Busch and Guinness brewer Diageo haven’t acted yet, but have said they’re watching closely as the market for marijuana and its extracts evolves. SENT: 700 words, AP Photos NYBZ211, NYBZ212, NYBZ213, NYAG204.


— ISLAND PONIES-SWAMP CANCER: The fire company that maintains the wild Chincoteague ponies on the island of the same name says a second pony has died of a disease named “swamp cancer.”

— CITY COUNCIL-THREAT: A former Virginia city employee who lost his job after threatening to have the city council shot more than a decade ago has reiterated his threat.

— CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-PROTEST-RIOT CASE: Federal judges have refused to set bond for two California men charged with inciting a riot and attacking counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally that turned deadly in Virginia.

— CHESAPEAKE BAY-GRANT FUNDING: Efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay will soon get a boost in funding.

— LEE TO LOVING: A northern Virginia high school that is removing Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s name could be renamed for an interracial couple.



COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A black student blamed his “bottled up anger” for racist, threatening graffiti he admitted to scrawling in a bathroom on a Maryland college campus, according to a police report. Baltimore County police on Monday filed hate crime charges against 21-year-old Fynn Arthur, a Brunswick, Maine, resident who was enrolled as a student at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 510 words, AP Photo NYDD201.


WASHINGTON — The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland plan to file subpoenas Tuesday seeking records from the Trump Organization, the Treasury Department and dozens of other entities as part of a lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency. The flurry of subpoenas came a day after U.S. District Court Judge Peter J. Messitte approved a brisk schedule for discovery in the case alleging that foreign and domestic government spending at Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel amounts to gifts to the president in violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause. By Tami Abdollah. SENT: 880 words, AP Photo WX107.


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived Monday at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 620 words, photo.


— CARJACKING SUSPECT — A Baltimore police helicopter has helped ground units swiftly arrest a carjacking suspect.

— FATAL HELICOPTER FALL-LAWSUIT — A federal judge has ordered Delaware State Police to turn over an accident report involving the 2016 death of firefighter who fell from a helicopter during a training exercise. By Randall Chase.

— HOUSING VOUCHERS-BILL: The Baltimore City Council is eyeing legislation that would prevent landlords from rejecting tenants who use housing subsidy vouchers, and is putting pressure on the state to do the same.

— RESCUE WORKER-ASSAULT: A Maryland emergency services worker is accused of inappropriately touching a woman while treating her in an ambulance.

— POLICE SHOOTING-DELAWARE: The 83-year-old father of a paraplegic man who was shot and killed by police during a drug raid has received probation for a related weapons charge.

— PRISONER RE-ENTRY: State officials are continuing to work on helping criminals released from prison re-enter society and become productive citizens.



UNDATED — The NFL is still out of its league when it comes to disciplining players for troubles off the field. Kareem Hunt is the latest example of the NFL’s delayed and inconsistent approach toward serious matters despite league efforts to improve following its mishandling of Ray Rice’s domestic violence case in 2014. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 730 words, AP Photo NY110.


NASSAU, Bahamas — Bubba Watson ends the year at No. 12 in the Presidents Cup standings, and his mission is to be at Royal Melbourne one year from now. But not necessarily as a player. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,150 words, AP Photos XDC172, XDC141, XDC127.


AUBURN, Ala. — No. 8 Auburn, which leads the nation in scoring margin, faces a 1-6 UNC Asheville team at Auburn Arena. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CT.


ELON, N.C. — No. 25 Furman plays its first game as a Top 25 team when the Paladins visit Elon in a Southern Conference matchup. By John Brasier. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 7 p.m. start.


RALEIGH, N.C. — No. 25 Furman has the program’s first ranking in the AP Top 25 entering games against Elon and USC Upstate this week. The AP Top 25 schedule for the week includes a marquee game between No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 7 Tennessee, as well as a shot for No. 5 Michigan to keep rolling. By Aaron Beard. SENT. 750 words and photos

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