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China questions warning to Duke students to use English
BEIJING (AP) – A Chinese government spokesman has questioned the appropriateness of an email sent by a Duke University medical school administrator warning Chinese students to speak in English.
Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Tuesday it would be abnormal if a Chinese university banned students from speaking English.
Duke has moved quickly to offer apologies, launch an investigation and reassure a core group of graduate scholars after the email raised an outcry on and off campus.
Thousands of people in China commented on social media. Some called it racial discrimination and said Chinese universities should ban speaking English.
The administrator’s message came at a time when elite U.S. universities are trying to remain attractive to top international students despite negative rhetoric toward foreigners by President Donald Trump and other politicians.



Federal court supports man’s innocence claim in 1976 death
(Information from: The Wilson Daily Times, http://www.wilsondaily.com)
WILSON, N.C. (AP) – A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of a North Carolina man who’s spent more than four decades in prison for a murder he says he didn’t commit.
The Wilson Times reports the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously concluded 80-year-old Charles Ray Finch’s constitutional rights were violated during three police lineups and no reasonable juror would have convicted Finch based on the totality of evidence.
Finch was convicted in the 1976 death of Richard Holloman, who was shot during a failed robbery inside his country store.
The Duke Wrongful Convictions Clinic has worked on Finch’s case since 2001. Co-director Jim Coleman says the ruling technically sends the case back to the lower court, but he hopes state Attorney General Josh Stein will join a motion to overturn the conviction and release Finch.



NC mother, 20, charged with murder in 7-month-old’s death
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A 20-year-old North Carolina woman has been charged with murder in the death of her 7-month-old daughter.
News outlets cite a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police statement that says officers responding to a call for service early Monday found the baby, Jade Williams, unresponsive. Jade was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Jade’s mother, Raeonna Allen Watson, was interviewed at police headquarters. Police say she was charged as a result of information gathered during the interview and investigations at the hospital and the home where Jade was found.
Police have not said what caused the baby’s death.
No further information has been released. Reports didn’t include comment from Watson or a representative. Online records indicate she’ll appear in court Tuesday afternoon.



South Carolina man arrested in 1987 rape in North Carolina
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A South Carolina man has been charged in connection with a decadesold rape investigation in North Carolina.
News outlets report 52-year-old Anthony Keith Grant, of North Charleston, was arrested Monday. Fayetteville police spokesman Shawn Strepay says Grant is charged in a 1987 rape.
Police say Grant raped a convenience store employee and then robbed the business.
Police had recently reopened the case after sending the sexual assault kit for DNA testing, which connected Grant to the crime. He’s charged with second-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping and common law robbery. It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.
Cold Case Lead Investigator John Somerindyke says Grant’s case is one of 37 rape cold cases now solved. The department has sent the last batch of the 600 backlogged kits out for testing.



Novant Health offers details of departure of 41 doctors
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina health care system says the decision of dozens of doctors to leave for an out-of-state medical group was unexpected.
The Charlotte Observer reports Novant Health on Monday outlined a plan for transitioning 41 Charlotte doctors to Tennessee-based Holston Medical Group. Charlotte’s second-largest hospital system confirmed the departures Jan. 22.
Novant plants to transfer five Lakeside Family Physicians locations and four Huntersville OB-GYN locations to the doctors after they officially leave May 31.
Novant says the transfer will minimize disruption.
Novant’s chief consumer officer, Jesse Cureton, says this is the first time a group of that size has left the hospital system.
Holston Medical Group has said it’s partnering with Charlotte-area doctors who wanted to return to private practice.



Man indicted in attack that left woman with slashed throat
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man has been indicted in an attack that left a woman with a slashed throat on the side of a highway.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports 35-year-old Rosendo Jimenez Santiago was indicated Monday on a charge of felony assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill, causing serious injury.
The indictment and authorities say the wounded woman was found in her car on the side of Business 40 one morning in May. Kernersville police say her throat was cut and she underwent surgery for serious wounds. They say Santiago and the woman knew each other. The nature of their relationship is unclear.
It’s unclear when Santiago will next appear in court.



Lt. Gov. Forest takes next step in 2020 bid for governor
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has taken another – but not surprising – step toward running for governor in 2020.
Forest unveiled a brief video Monday announcing that he has formed an “exploratory” committee to seek the GOP nomination.
There’s been little doubt since Forest was elected in 2012 that he would run. Every lieutenant governor in North Carolina of the last 50 years has tried to move up the ladder. Forest already has been raising campaign funds, but now he’s making clear that money would go for a potential governor’s run.
Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper is expected to seek re-election. So far Cooper has outraised Forest. Campaign finance reports due last week show Cooper’s committee has nearly $1.8 million in the bank compared to $588,000 for Forest.



Republican in undecided Congress race released from hospital
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – An aide to the Republican candidate in the nation’s last undecided congressional election says he’s out of a hospital and recovering from infections that attacked his liver and blood.
Campaign spokesman Jason Williams said Mark Harris was released from a Charlotte hospital Monday, more than a week after falling ill. Williams says he expects Harris’ recovery will require rest.
Harris said in a Facebook statement Friday he was fighting an infection caused by what he called “a relatively uncommon form of strep bacteria.”
A reconstituted state elections board is expected to hold a hearing next month into whether Harris narrowly won November’s 9th Congressional District race over Democrat Dan McCready. Officials are investigating allegations that a worker for Harris’ campaign committed fraud involving mail-in ballots.