LOCAL NEWS

Neighbors believe decomposing bodies were inside Fayetteville home for 2 weeks
Decomposing bodies found inside Fayetteville homeOfficers responded to a home in the 5500 block of Aberdeen Place just before 2 p.m. to perform a well-being check.

Report: Driver had 3 beers, Xanax before Raleigh wreck
7 hospitalized in northeast Raleigh crashSeven people, including five children ranging in age from 4 to 12, were taken to WakeMed.

US swimmer Lochte's legal troubles mount in Brazil
Ryan Lochte-SponsorshipsBrazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte on Thursday with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Fran's lessons: N.C. future will be shaped by severe storms
HurricanesTwenty years ago, Hurricane Fran forced sudden, dramatic change upon the North Carolina coast and the Triangle. The next major hurricane will expose the subtle change that happens across years and decades. Gradual forces like population growth, development and sea level rise portend greater destructive potential for future hurricanes. A look at the decades ahead reveals troubling trends and uncertain outcomes.

SAT scores, graduation rates, teacher turnover: Compare NC school systems by the numbers
EducationIn honor of a new school year, WRAL News has pulled together some recent data to show how North Carolina's 115 school systems are faring and how they compare to one another.



HEALTH NEWS

Study finds most teens vaping fruity flavors, not nicotine
What Kids VapeHealth officials warn that electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices are poisoning kids with nicotine. But new research suggests that most teens aren't vaping nicotine at all but using sweet and fruity flavors like strawberry, chocolate cake and bubble gum.

Mylan boosts EpiPen patient programs, doesn't budge on price
Drug Price TransparencyThe maker of EpiPens offered patients more help to pay for its costly emergency allergy shots but didn't budge Thursday on the $608 price.

Walgreens clinics run by SSM to include birth control
The nonprofit Catholic organization SSM Health will provide birth control pills at the 26 clinics inside St. Louis-area Walgreens stores that it began operating Thursday, an SSM spokesman said.

Accidental overdoses killed 8 people a day in Ohio last year
Drug Deaths OhioAccidental drug overdoses killed 3,050 people in Ohio last year, an average of eight per day, as deaths blamed on the powerful painkiller fentanyl again rose sharply and pushed the total overdose fatalities to a record high, the state reported Thursday.

In Iran, unique system allows payments for kidney donors
Mideast Iran Kidneys For SaleThe whirling hum of a dialysis machine could have been the soundtrack to the rest of Zahra Hajikarimi's life but for an unusual program in Iran that allows people to buy a kidney from a living donor.

SPORTS NEWS

Amid 'distractions,' Beckman steps down as UNC assistant
Fialko: Fedora backs Beckman’s hire as volunteer assistantJust one day after the public was made aware of former University of Illinois head coach Tim Beckman's role as a volunteer assistant for the UNC football program, he is stepping down saying, "I do not wish to be a further distraction."

Fialko: Baseball returns to Kinston with gameday-like welcoming
Fialko: Baseball returns to Kinston with gameday-like welcomingBaseball will return to Kinston next season as the Texas Rangers have agreed to a 12-year contract with the city. On Thursday, all parties converged to celebrate the deal with a gameday-like welcoming.

Footprint Podcast: Did Coach K get an unfair recruiting advantage from Rio?
Mike Krzyzewski and Kevin DurantJoe Ovies and Wes Durham discuss Coach K's role with Team USA and whether or not it gives him an unfair advantage at Duke.

US swimmer Lochte's legal troubles mount in Brazil
Ryan Lochte-SponsorshipsBrazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte on Thursday with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Canes Corner Podcast: Hurricanes' owner Karmanos excited about 2016-17
KarmanosCarolina Hurricanes Owner Peter Karmanos on the state of the franchise, dealing with persistent relocation rumors and what it's like to be in the Hockey Hall of Fame.



ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

'Dr. Drew on Call' to end 5-year run on HLN next month
TV Dr. DrewDr. Drew Pinsky's series on the HLN channel is ending its run after five years.

Hans Zimmer wins copyright case and receives an apology
Hans Zimmer Copyright WinHans Zimmer has received more than just a win in a copyright infringement case — he also received an apology from a fellow composer who now says he mistakenly sued the Oscar-winner over the music to "12 Years a Slave."

Fox News' Ed Henry returning in new role after 4 months off
TV-Ed Henry-Fox NewsFox News correspondent Ed Henry is returning to the air four months after allegations of an extramarital affair led to his "taking some time off," as the network said then.

Jones website hack reveals stars' tricky cyber landscape
People-Leslie JonesThe hateful hack of comedian Leslie Jones' personal website reveals the tricky cyber landscape celebrities tread and the murky legal protections that exist for personal digital content.

Review: Streisand's new album with Hollywood stars is uneven
Music Review Barbra StreisandBarbra Streisand, "Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway" (Columbia)