LOCAL NEWS

38-year-old Godwin woman missing since Sunday, officials say
Maria Ventura-CruzThe Sampson County Sheriff's Office is searching for a 38-year-old woman who has been missing since Sunday.

Inaugural crowds sure to be huge, but how huge?
Trump_Inauguration_Crowd_Size_31200Donald Trump says his inauguration will have "an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout." Organizers of a protest the next day call it the biggest demonstration in history to welcome a new president.

Obama commutes 330 drug sentences on last day as president
Obama_37043In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he's called a systematic injustice to a climactic close.

Durham 911 Center launches photo messaging system for Sprint customers
Durham 911 Center launches photo messaging system for Sprint customersSprint customers can now attach photos to text messages sent to the Durham Emergency Communications Center.

Police: Death of elderly Fayetteville Army vet investigated as homicide
Gerald Fayetteville police said the discovery of a dead man Wednesday afternoon is being investigated as a homicide.



HEALTH NEWS

1 in 4 US men have cancer-linked HPV genital infections
Cancer_Virus_Men_07633The first national estimate suggests that nearly half of U.S. men have genital infections caused by a sexually transmitted virus and that 1 in 4 has strains linked with several cancers.

Can breakfast help keep us thin? Nutrition science is tricky
Breakfast_Science_39602Cereal makers have happily encouraged the belief that eating breakfast can help keep us thin and bring other benefits, partly by paying for studies that seem to support the idea.

GOP governors who turned down Medicaid money have hands out
Health_Care_GOP_Governors_10913Republican governors who turned down billions in federal dollars from an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law now have their hands out in hopes the GOP-controlled Congress comes up with a new formula to provide insurance for low-income Americans.

Former president's movement disorder mimics Parkinson's
Former President George H.W. Bush, who has been placed in intensive care at a Houston hospital, is suffering from pneumonia and has vascular parkinsonism, a rare syndrome that mimics Parkinson's disease. The 92-year-old Bush also broke a vertebra in 2015 and has used a motorized scooter or a wheelchair in recent years. Some answers to common questions about his health:

Study: Texas abortions declined as clinics got farther away
The number of abortions performed throughout Texas dropped after a 2013 law forced the closure of clinics in all but the largest cities, and the decline was steeper the farther a woman lived from one of the remaining clinics, a study found.

SPORTS NEWS

Holliday: Wagering on the Trifecta in the ACC
Tar Heels top Radford 95-50Thirty years ago, the NCAA Rules Committee rolled out two changes that would dramatically alter college basketball: A 45-second clock (over time lowered to 30 seconds); a three-point line 19-feet, 9-inches from the basket (later moved back to 20-feet-9).

Tudor: ACC freshmen off to surprising starts
Florida_St_North_Carolina_Basketball_68798Although injuries at Duke have skewed the picture more than anyone could have imagined, it's becoming increasingly obvious that the impact of the ACC basketball freshman class isn't going to pan out as expected.

WRALSportsFan.com columnist Caulton Tudor named to N.C. Sports Hall of Fame
Caulton TudorWRALSportsFan.com columnist Caulton Tudor was one of eight new inductees named to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame Thursday.

Raiders file papers to move from Oakland to Las Vegas
Raiders_Texans_Football_11729The Oakland Raiders have filed paperwork to move to Las Vegas.

ACC Panic Room: Has NC State turned a corner?
ACC Panic Room 01817Lauren Brownlow and Joe Ovies answer a few Twitter questions related to UNC's Theo Pinson and NC State's win over Pitt.



ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

'An Inconvenient Sequel' kicks off climate-focused Sundance
Sundance_Film_Festival_69548Ten years after the watershed environmental documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" debuted, climate change is as dire as ever and yet the solutions are right in front of us, say directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, whose film "An Inconvenient Sequel" kicks off the Sundance Film Festival on Thursday.

Obama praised for bridging gap between hip-hop, politics
Music-Obama-Hip-Hop_05192Not only is President Barack Obama the nation's first black president, but it's safe to say he has been America's first hip-hop commander-in-chief.

Spike Lee won't use Chrisette Michele over inaugural gig
People_Chrisette_Michele_Spike_Lee_72626Spike Lee says he won't be using Chrisette Michele's music in an upcoming project because of her decision to perform at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

Bruce Springsteen gives farewell concert for Obama staffers
Obama_Springsteen_Concert_66467President Barack Obama's farewell gift to some of his longtime staffers was a private concert from "The Boss."

Marlo Thomas hopes change can happen from inside the closet
Marlo_Thomas_Portrait_Session_73667Feminist actress, author and activist Marlo Thomas, who broke TV barriers in "That Girl," will not be at the Women's March on Washington. She'll be too busy with a new way she hopes to empower women — clothes.