LOCAL NEWS

Durham elections board to begin state-ordered ballot recount
Durham County Board of ElectionsDurham County elections officials asked Friday for more time to finish a state-ordered recount of more than 90,000 ballots from the Nov. 8 election, but the State Board of Elections said no.

Trump victory lap runs through Fayetteville
TrumpThe pugnacious, brawling Donald Trump voters got to know during the presidential campaign is back.

Brownlow: Can Hokies spoil Clemson's playoff hopes?
South Carolina Clemson FootballClemson wins and the Tigers are in the College Football Playoff. Lose, and they're not. It's pretty simple. Virginia Tech does not care about playing spoiler, though, and the Hokies thrive in the underdog role. Can they pull off the upset?

At least 9 killed in warehouse fire, dozens still missing
WRAL NewsAt least nine people died in a blaze that broke out during a party in a converted warehouse late Friday night in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to fire officials.

Durham firefighters fight western NC wildfires
Durham firefighters fight western NC wildfiresFirefighters from across the Triangle, including a group from Durham, headed to the western North Carolina wildfires to lend a helping hand.



HEALTH NEWS

US health care tab hits $3.2T; fastest growth in 8 years
Health Care SpendingThe nation's health care tab grew at the fastest rate in eight years in 2015, driven by the coverage expansion in President Barack Obama's law and by costly prescription drugs, the government said Friday.

London mayor issues air pollution alert for 1st time
London's mayor has issued air quality alerts across the capital for the first time because of high pollution levels.

Poll: Only about 1 in 4 wants Trump to repeal health law
Health Overhaul PollOnly about 1 in 4 people in the United States wants President-elect Donald Trump to entirely repeal his predecessor's health care law that extended coverage to millions, according to a poll.

Key House chairman: GOP will change Medicare, to 'save' it
AP Interview GOP ChairmanThe chairman of a key House committee pledged Thursday that congressional Republicans will change Medicare in order to save it.

Supreme Court takes up hospital pension dispute
The Supreme Court will decide whether some of the nation's largest health providers can rely on their church affiliations to avoid complying with federal laws covering pension benefits for workers.

SPORTS NEWS

Rangers brace for rematch with Hurricanes
Hurricanes Rangers HockeyBecause of an odd scheduling quirk, the New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon will meet at Madison Square Garden for the second time in five days.

Brownlow: Can Hokies spoil Clemson's playoff hopes?
South Carolina Clemson FootballClemson wins and the Tigers are in the College Football Playoff. Lose, and they're not. It's pretty simple. Virginia Tech does not care about playing spoiler, though, and the Hokies thrive in the underdog role. Can they pull off the upset?

MSOC: Tar Heels reach College Cup with 1-0 win
North Carolina Logo Drew Murphy's goal in the 102nd minute sent 9th-seeded North Carolina past Providence, 1-0, and into the 2016 NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup. North Carolina (14-3-3) reaches the College Cup for the seventh time in program history, and first since winning the national championship in 2011.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. reflects on long concussion recovery
NASCAR Awards Auto RacingThe longer Dale Earnhardt Jr. couldn't drive because of the debilitating effects of a concussion, the more uptight he became.

Wake Forest ends Heritage's playoff run; Middle Creek downs Garner
Middle Creek advances with 49-30 win over GarnerHighSchoolOT.com



ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Madonna raises $7.5M for Malawi, slams Trump in Miami show
Art Basel Miami BeachMadonna kissed Ariana Grande, repeatedly criticized President elect Donald Trump and said she was ashamed to be an American in a magnetic performance in Miami on Friday night where she raised more than $7.5 million for the African nation of Malawi.

Disney teases 28 minutes of 'Star Wars' spinoff 'Rogue One'
Film Rogue One FootageThe secretive "Star Wars" spinoff movie "Rogue One" just got a little more tangible.

Q&A: Sonia Braga plays the role of her life at 66
Film-Q&A-Sonia BragaWhile female actors are fighting for more and better roles in Hollywood, Sonia Braga got the part of her life at 66 in Kleber Mendonça Filho's "Aquarius".

Shots fired, but at who? J. Cole's track has people guessing
Music J Cole False ProphetsA track off J. Cole's forthcoming album has some people playing the guessing game on who he's taking shots at.

More than cookie sellers, Girl Scouts enter music industry
Music-Girl ScoutsThe Girl Scouts of the USA are used to making you smile with sweet cookies, but now they're hoping to soothe your ears with sweet music.