LOCAL NEWS

One dead, four injured in Raleigh wreck following police chase
One dead, four injured in Raleigh wreck following police chaseA person died in a car accident on Hammond Road near Interstate 40 following a police chase. There were 2 cars involved in the wreck.

Advocates pan, business leaders praise new HB2 repeal effort
House Bill 2 (HB2)While groups both for and against a state law that limits LGBT rights are openly critical of a bill designed to repeal it, business organizations are hailing the effort as a good way to get North Carolina back on track after months of negative fallout over the law.

Granville officer, suspect hurt during Oxford drug arrest and shooting
Granville officer, suspect hurt during Oxford drug arrest and shooting Officers with the Granville County Drug Unit were involved in a shooting when trying to arrest a suspect wanted on drug charges ina Bojangles' parking lot off United States Highway 15 in Oxford.

Wake County revisits violent Rolesville police video
Wake County revisits violent Rolesville police videoA Wake County Commissioner called for a meeting Thursday evening, referencing the cell phone video of a Rolesville High School student being slammed to the ground by a Rolesville police officer in early January.

Opioid addiction newest battle line for many veterans
Vets blame military for getting them hooked on opioidsThe Department of Veterans Affairs is trying to respond after estimates show one in 10 veterans on painkillers is addicted to them.



HEALTH NEWS

Adding friendly bacteria to skin lotion wards off bad germs
Skin_Bactreria_63627Bacteria live on everyone's skin, and new research shows some friendly germs produce natural antibiotics that ward off their disease-causing cousins. Now scientists are mixing the good bugs into lotions in hopes of spreading protection.

Health care's future: Turning patients into savers, shoppers
On_the_Money_Shopping_for_Health_Care_67432The U.S. government may soon lean on someone new to help lower health care costs: you.

New trauma unit to help former Islamic State sex slaves
Germany_Iraq_Yazidi_Trauma_19309After their rape and torture by Islamic State extremists for months or years, Yazidi women face ongoing suffering from psychological trauma even if they do manage to escape.

Transgender wrestler's state bid spotlights Texas policy
Transgender_Wrestler_60514A 17-year-old transgender wrestler who qualified for the girls state tournament while transitioning from female to male has become a high-profile test of a year-old Texas policy now being criticized by the attorney who tried to keep the athlete from competing.

Philly mayor: $5.7M beverage tax haul doubles projections
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney says the city's sweetened-beverage tax raised $5.7 million in January, more than double what city officials had projected.

SPORTS NEWS

Tudor: ACC's balance may not equate to genuine league strength
UNC vs LouisvilleIf North Carolina can go 2-1 in its three remaining regular-season games - at Pitt, at Virginia and against Duke in Chapel Hill - the Tar Heels will win another ACC regular-season basketball race.

Gravley: NIT on the right track with basketball rule changes
Duke_Syracuse_Basketball_78328The NIT will experiment with a few rule modifications this year. Some are for the better, but they could go even further.

No. 18 NC State women roll past rival Tar Heels 80-60
Mitchell: From walk-on to starter, Williams thriving with ranked WolfpackDominique Wilson scored 19 points, Ashley Williams added 18 on six 3-pointers and No. 18 North Carolina State started fast and cruised to an 80-60 win over North Carolina on Thursday night.

Hamlin spoils Earnhardt return with last-lap pass for win
NASCAR_Daytona_500_Auto_Racing_24498Denny Hamlin didn't need a Toyota teammate to grab another win at Daytona International Speedway.

Extra Effort: Noel Buitrago, Garner (Feb. 23, 2017)
Tom Suiter Extra Effort AwardGarner swimmer Noel Buitrago is the winner of this week's Tom Suiter Extra Effort Award.



ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

APNewsBreak: Beyonce out of Coachella; will perform in 2018
Music_Beyonce_Coachella_93931Beyonce, who is pregnant with twins, will not perform at Coachella this year, but will headline the festival in 2018.

Matt Reeves steps in to direct 'The Batman'
Film-Batman-Director_06959"Cloverfield" director Matt Reeves has stepped in to direct "The Batman" for Warner Bros. just a few weeks after star Ben Affleck left the post. Warner Bros. said Thursday that Reeves would also produce the stand-alone film.

The Oscars are less white, but the industry hasn't changed
Oscars_Diversity_96865After two years of intense public scrutiny over the academy's all-white acting nominations, the 2017 Oscar nominees are as diverse a group as the organization has ever seen, thanks to films like "Moonlight," ''Fences," ''Hidden Figures" and "Loving."

Oscars still lagging in female and minority representation
Still_in_the_Margins_50428The 2017 Oscar nominations were a banner year for black nominees both in front of and behind the camera, but other nonwhite groups and women were largely left out of the running. As #OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign said, her hashtag was never about just black actors, but all communities marginalized in Hollywood including Asians, Latinos, and women.

Rihanna is named Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year
Harvard-Rihanna_08010Rihanna has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year.