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February 27, 2017

SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — Newcomers to the Word of Faith Fellowship live by a list of strict rules for daily life, which sect leader Jane Whaley says God revealed to her, former members say. They include:

— Followers are banned from celebrating birthdays and religious or secular holidays, including…

Broken Faith Rules

February 27, 2017

SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — When it comes to relationships, marriage and sex, Word of Faith Fellowship members must follow strict and unusual rules — or risk severe punishment, former members say.

Some of the edicts:

— Congregants need permission from leader Jane Whaley and other ministers to get married,…

Broken Faith Sex And Marriage

February 27, 2017

SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — It was the most dreaded place on the Word of Faith Fellowship grounds — a one-story, four-room structure that former members of the sect say was reserved for the most brutal physical and emotional punishment.

Called the Lower Building, the former storage facility was used to…

Broken Faith Lower Building

February 27, 2017

SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — From all over the world, they flocked to this tiny town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror — waged in the name of the Lord.

Congregants of the Word of Faith Fellowship were…

Broken Faith

February 24, 2017

EDITORS:

From all over the world, they flocked to a tiny North Carolina town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror — waged in the name of the Lord.

In Part One of Broken Faith -- a package moving in…

February 24, 2017

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Novelist Michael Peterson agreed to a plea deal Friday that enables him to maintain his innocence even as he acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him of manslaughter in his wife’s death.

Wearing a dark suit and flanked by his defense team, Peterson…

Writer Wifes Death

February 23, 2017

Hello! The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The supervisor is Skip Foreman.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence.…

February 23, 2017

Hello! The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The breaking news supervisor is Skip Foreman. For technical support, please call the AP’s Services and Technology Department in Raleigh at 919-881-9974.

NBA:

BKN--HORNETS-PISTONS

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Hours after the NBA’s trade deadline, the Pistons…

February 22, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) — Lawmakers in several states are considering requirements for doctors to inform women seeking medical abortions about an unproven procedure called “abortion reversal.”

Doctors’ groups oppose the bills because of flawed science and ethical concerns. There is no evidence the procedure…

Abortion Reversal Q and A

February 20, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ These North Carolina lotteries were drawn Monday:

Mega Millions

Estimated jackpot: $55 million

Pick 3 Day

3-2-0

(three, two, zero)

Pick 4 Day

6-5-1-1

(six, five, one, one)

Powerball

Estimated jackpot: $403 million…

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