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As suicides rise, Army brass reassessing outreach
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) – Within the ranks of the storied 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 10 soldiers have taken their own lives so far this year. That number is pushing division leadership to reexamine how they’re addressing suicide awareness. Maj. Gen. Christopher Donahue points to the coronavirus pandemic and the stressors that forced isolation have put on soldiers and their families. But many of the questions surrounding these suicides, including in the case of a 27-year-old paratrooper on the verge of promotion, are still left unanswered.



Pandemic overwhelms Trump’s message in critical N. Carolina
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – President Donald Trump’s push to inject new dynamics into the final weeks of the 2020 election is being overshadowed by the frightening realities of everyday life in the pandemic. The Republican president and his allies continue to downplay the health threat, but for swing voters on the ground in North Carolina, the coronavirus and the related economic challenges are a much more pressing concern than Trump’s push to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, his wild threats of voter fraud or angry civil rights protesters. Still, it’s far from certain that Trump’s messaging challenge will ensure a victory for Democrat Joe Biden.



Police: Man with machete smears blood on sorority house
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A police department on a North Carolina college campus says a man armed with a machete smeared satanic messages in blood on a sorority house and on a vehicle belonging to a student living there. WITN reports East Carolina University Police Capt. Chris Sutton said someone flagged down a department officer around 9 p.m. Sunday. The person told the officer there was a man walking around with blood on his arms and hands who seemed to be in distress. Sutton said a warrant has been issued charging the unidentified man with injury to real property. It will be served when he is released from medical care.



Harris to voters: Don’t give up as Trump rushes court pick
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Kamala Harris is urging voters not to be discouraged by Republican efforts to fill a Supreme Court seat before the election. The Democratic vice presidential nominee says people cannot let “the infection” that President Donald Trump has brought to his office and Congress spread to the court. She delivered her Monday remarks at Shaw University, a historically black university in swing-state North Carolina. They were her most expansive remarks yet on the fight to fill the court seat opened by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. Harris serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee that will vet the nominee.



Agency proposes protections for 2 Eastern US mussel species
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – Federal regulators are proposing to list as threatened two freshwater mussel species native to many eastern U.S. rivers and streams. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday that the longsolid and round hickorynut mussels have disappeared from some states and are doing poorly elsewhere. They’re are among roughly 300 species of freshwater mussels across the nation, two-thirds of which are in peril. The two species are suffering from shrinking and degraded habitat, and invasive newcomers. Freshwater mussels are important for healthy rivers and streams because they filter out pollutants and sediments as they feed.



Jury finds white nationalist guilty of rape threat
CONCORD, N.H (AP) – A federal jury has found a self-proclaimed white nationalist guilty of threatening to rape the wife of a man who was part of a racist group he felt was harassing and bullying him. Christopher Cantwell is a New Hampshire resident and radio host who became known after participating in a deadly 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The jury found Cantwell guilty Monday of two of the three charges. He was found guilty of extortion and threatening to injure property or reputation, but not guilty of cyberstalking. He faces up to 22 years in prison. Cantwell did not appear to show any visible reaction to the verdict. His defense team declined to comment.



North Carolina man charged in girlfriend’s stabbing death
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina have charged a man with murder after he walked into a magistrate’s office and said he stabbed his girlfriend. Greenville police told news outlets that 52-year-old Kelby Ivan Cox showed up at the Pitt County Magistrate’s Office around 1 a.m. on Monday. Officers were dispatched to an apartment, where they found 46-year-old Maynette Herbert dead from apparent knife wounds and other injuries. Cox is being held in the Pitt County jail on a $2 million bond. It’s not known if he has an attorney. Police say an investigation into the incident is continuing and a motive has not been determined.



US judge orders stop to Postal Service cuts, echoing others
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A federal judge in Philadelphia has joined others around the country in ordering the U.S. Postal Service to halt recent service cuts. Critics say the mail delays threaten the integrity of the presidential election. A spokesperson called election mail the agency’s “number one priority.” U.S. District Judge Gerald McHugh Jr. says six states and District of Columbia presented “compelling evidence” from the Postal Service itself that shows “a pronounced increase in mail delays” since July. An agreement reached in a similar New York case calls for the agency to handle ballots as First Class Mail whenever possible.



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