NCSU grad, mother found safe in New Zealand
Rachel Lloyd and Carolyn LloydThe valedictorian of the December graduating class at North Carolina State University and her mother were found in New Zealand Friday evening, according to authorities in that country.

Despite economic losses, NC Chamber stays mum on HB2
House Bill 2 (HB2)As the number of canceled concerts, conventions and business expansions related to a controversial state law continues to mount, North Carolina's largest business organization remains strangely silent about the law.

Fire destroys Wrightsville Beach gift shop
Wrightsville Beach fireNo customers, employees or firefighters were injured Friday afternoon when fire ripped through a popular gift shop at Wrightsville Beach.

Durham restaurant reopens after kitchen fire
Bullock's BBQBullock's BBQ opened its doors Friday for the first time in a little more than a week after a fire forced the restaurant to close its doors.

Cleanup begins after strong storms damage homes, down trees
Storm in Franklin County April 28,2016Residents in several central North Carolina communities were cleaning up Friday after a round of strong spring thunderstorms pushed through the region Thursday night.


FDA reconsiders training requirements for painkillers
Painkiller SafetyThe Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents.

Puerto Rico reports 1st US Zika-related death amid outbreak
Colombia ZikaPuerto Rico announced Friday that it has recorded the first Zika-related U.S. death amid an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus in the U.S. territory.

First widely available Zika test OK'd for emergency use
Zika TestThe first commercial test for the Zika virus has been cleared for emergency use in the U.S. and could be available by next week.

Russia's nuclear nightmare flows down radioactive river
Russia Before ChernobylAt first glance, Gilani Dambaev looks like a healthy 60-year-old man and the river flowing past his rural family home appears pristine. But Dambaev is riddled with diseases that his doctors link to a lifetime's exposure to excessive radiation, and the Geiger counter beeps loudly as a reporter strolls down to the muddy riverbank.

Most states do bare minimum on fire-foam contamination
Firefighting Foam Water ContaminationThe military is checking U.S. bases for potential groundwater contamination from a toxic firefighting foam, but most states so far show little inclination to examine civilian sites for the same threat.


Panthers draft pair of cornerbacks in 2nd and 3rd rounds
Carolina Panthers LogoThe Carolina Panthers addressed their most pressing need by selecting two cornerbacks Friday night in the second and third rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft.

UNC's Turner offers talent, character to lucky NFL franchise
Tar Heels take on Clemson in ACC championship gameFormer UNC offensive lineman Landon Turner is an unquestioned talent on the football field, but off the field, his character has him at another level that will be an undoubted asset for a lucky NFL franchise.

Campbell's Milhouse seeking to become first ever Camel in the NFL
Campbell’s Milhouse seeking to become first ever Camel in the NFLIn the 80-year history of the NFL draft, 783 different colleges and universities have produced at least one selection. Campbell University in Buies Creek hopes to add their name to that list this weekend with defensive tackle Greg Milhouse.

Vernon Butler ready to contribute for Panthers
Vernon ButlerThe Carolina Panthers added to their stacked defensive line Thursday night, adding Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Vernon Butler with the 30th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Wade, Heat force Game 7 with 97-90 win over Hornets
Heat Hornets BasketballDwyane Wade hadn't made a 3-point shot since December, enduring a streak of 22 consecutive misses.


Oculus Rift delays flatten virtual-reality fan fervor
Oculus Launch DelaysVirtual reality, oddly enough, isn't immune to the problems that arise in practical reality. Just ask would-be fans of the Oculus Rift headset, many — possibly most — of whom are still waiting for their $600 gadgets more than four weeks after they started shipping .

Pop classic 'Baby Baby' gets Tori Kelly reboot
Music Amy GrantA pop classic from the early '90s, Amy Grant's hit "Baby Baby," is getting a reboot 25 years later thanks to Grammy-nominated singer Tori Kelly.

Andrew McCarthy is downright creepy in ABC's 'The Family'
Books-McCarthyAndrew McCarthy has been recognized in some pretty odd places.

Will Ferrell 'not pursuing' Reagan film, says spokesman
Film Will FerrellWill Ferrell is not pursuing a film project about President Ronald Reagan, a spokesman for the actor said Friday. The actor had read and considered the script for "Reagan" but had never committed to developing or starring in the comedic film, which had prompted a strong family backlash.

'Shuffle Along' deemed a new musical, must face 'Hamilton'
Theater Review Shuffle AlongThe Broadway musical "Shuffle Along" will have to tap-dance against a hip-hop monster for attention at the Tony Awards.