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Deputies shot, man dead in North Carolina eviction standoff
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say an hours-long standoff over an eviction in North Carolina has ended with two deputies shot and a man dead.
News outlets report a Guilford County deputy went to the man’s home in High Point Monday morning to serve him notice to leave the property.
Capt. Brian Hall says the man pushed the deputy away and locked himself inside the house. A deputy then heard gunfire from inside the home. Hall says negotiators then spent hours trying to persuade the man to come outside, but he stopped responding.
Two officers finally entered the home Monday evening, and were met by gunfire. The officers fired back, and the man was pronounced dead.
The deputies’ names and conditions haven’t been released.
The State Bureau of Investigation is handling the case.



Police: Man shot and killed after firing at deputies
(Information from: WXII-TV, http://www.wxii12.com)
JAMESTOWN, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say that a man is dead after being shot by sheriff’s deputies.
WXII 12 reported that the shooting occurred around 3 a.m. Tuesday in Jamestown, which is outside Greensboro.
The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office told the station that investigators received a call requesting a welfare check on someone who was potentially suicidal.
The sheriff’s office said deputies made contact with the man outside the home before the man started shooting at them. Deputies returned fire, and the man was killed.
North Carolina’s State Bureau of Investigation is now investigating the incident.
Authorities have not released the man’s identity or those of the deputies involved.



Maryland police ID man killed in crash of semi hauling beer
NORTH EAST, Md. (AP) – Maryland state police have released the identity of a semitruck driver who was killed over the weekend when his vehicle overturned on Interstate 95.
The News Journal of Wilmington reports 32-year-old Benjamin Pula died in the Sunday morning crash near North East and Rising Sun. The newspaper says Pula’s LinkedIn page says he was a semitruck driver based in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he also helped manage a dairy goat farm.
His semitruck overturned just miles from the Delaware state line. Photos show the flipped vehicle’s cab cut in half by a guardrail and the rest of the vehicle split open, leaving hundreds of cases of beer spilled across the roadway.
Traffic was diverted for hours. The cause of the crash is unclear. An investigation is ongoing.



“Somebody’s got a big foot”: Man to hunt for fabled creature
(Information from: WCNC-TV, http://www.wcnc.com/)
CASAR, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man says he plans to spend a night hunting for a fabled North American creature because he found a footprint that seemed to be larger than a human could make.
Electrician Joe Scarborough tells WCNC-TV that he was working near Casar last week when he spotted what appeared to be fresh footprint about 13 to 14 inches long. He says “I was looking at that real close and … I said ‘Somebody’s got a big foot.'”
He says he now plans to spend the night in the area with some game cameras to see what happens, because “why not?” He says it’s hard to believe in any sort of supernatural finding until you see it for yourself.



NC Republicans seek moving Congress case to federal court
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Republican legislative leaders are trying to move from state court to federal court a lawsuit challenging the North Carolina congressional map drawn in 2016.
The GOP lawmakers filed a notice Monday in the partisan redistricting litigation that voters filed last month in Wake County court. The lawmakers’ attorneys said the venue change is necessary because complying with the plaintiffs’ demands for a new map would conflict state redistricting rules with the U.S. Constitution and Voting Rights Act.
A federal court granting the move could scuttle the plaintiffs’ case, since the U.S. Supreme Court recently declared federal courts lack authority to rule on partisan gerrymandering claims.
State judges already set a hearing next week on the plaintiffs’ request to block the map’s use and demand lawmakers redraw it for the 2020 elections.



AP analysis: Wide gaps in legal protection of LGBT workers
The Supreme Court’s decision on whether federal law shields LGBT people from job discrimination could leave millions of gay and transgender workers vulnerable in large areas of the U.S. where no protections exist at the state or local level.
The court appeared divided last week during arguments over whether a federal agency can continue treating LGBT-based harassment and firings as illegal sex discrimination.
An Associated Press analysis has found that half of an estimated 8.1 million LGBT workers live in 28 U.S. states with no state laws prohibiting discrimination targeting gay and transgender workers.
Among them is Rachel Mosby. She’s a transgender woman who served as fire chief of Byron, Georgia, before her firing in June, 18 months after she openly transitioned. As a man, Mosby held the job for a decade.



NC officials confirm 3rd death from Legionnaires’ disease
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina health officials say a third person has died from an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease linked to a hot tub display at a fair.
The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the third death to news outlets Monday.
The department says 140 cases of Legionnaires’ have been confirmed in 19 North Carolina counties and “multiple states.” It says in addition to the three deaths, 94 people have been hospitalized.
The agency says the cases are connected to people who attended the Mountain State Fair last month in Fletcher. It says testing found Legionalla bacteria in one water sample at the fair and those who were diagnosed with the disease may have walked by the hot tub displays.
The department says they won’t release any information on the victims.



2 more North Carolina gov’t funding bills signed by Cooper
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has signed into law two more bills that mimic portions of the state budget bill he vetoed in June.
The Democratic governor announced Monday that he signed a measure increasing access to grant money for rural broadband projects. The other bill locates money for more prosecutors, judges and judicial staff as more young offenders get funneled to the juvenile system instead of adult court. Cooper signed that bill even while criticizing some position allocations as politically motivated.
Republican lawmakers have run several stand-alone bills containing popular topics from the vetoed budget. Cooper opposes the piecemeal approach but so far has signed all but one “mini-budget.” So many have been enacted that GOP legislators may be content to adjourn soon without resolution on the vetoed budget.



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