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50,000 still powerless in Carolinas after spring storms


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – More than 50,000 customers are without electricity after storms swept through North and South Carolina, with at least one person dead.
Police said 48-year-old Anthony George of Greensboro was killed about 5:45 p.m. Sunday when a tree fell on his car.
Guilford County schools were closed Monday because of damage.
Duke Energy reported about 37,000 customers without power in North Carolina. The biggest problems were in Guilford and Mecklenburg counties.
Electric cooperatives in North Carolina had about 4,500 customers without service Monday. Burke County had about half of those outages.
Duke had about 2,300 customers without service in South Carolina. About 700 customers were without service in Lancaster County.
South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. had about 3,200 customers without service. The biggest problems were in Lexington and Richland counties.





Bank of America 1Q profits rise to record $6.9 billion


NEW YORK (AP) – Bank of America is reporting that its first-quarter profits jumped by 30 percent from a year earlier as the company benefited from the new tax law as well as higher interest rates.
The consumer banking giant earned $6.92 billion, or 62 cents per share, up from $5.34 billion, or 45 cents a share, from the same period a year ago. Analysts had been expecting a per-share profit of 59 cents, according to FactSet.
Like its competitors JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup, Bank of America reported a sharp drop in its tax bill Monday, which helped boost profits. While the Charlotte, North Carolina, bank’s pretax income rose by roughly $1 billion, the amount it paid in taxes fell by roughly $500 million in the quarter.





Report: N Carolina hospital misdiagnosed more cancer cases
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A report on cancer misdiagnoses at a North Carolina hospital has revealed at least 25 patients were affected by faulty pathology laboratory test results.
The Winston-Salem Journal cites a report released last week that says at least two of three patients at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center who were diagnosed with cancer underwent lumpectomies and radiation before being told they didn’t have cancer. Three patients faced potential treatment delays because testing didn’t find cancer.
Medicare officials say another 19 patients had erroneous test results that didn’t ultimately affect treatment.
An initial report released last month only identified four potentially misdiagnosed patients.
The hospital has until Thursday to submit a corrective plan to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Failure to resolve identified issues by June could result in suspended inpatient Medicare billing privileges.




2 stranded skydivers are rescued from tree in N. Carolina
(Information from: Salisbury Post, http://www.salisburypost.com)
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) – Two skydivers who had a parachute malfunction that left them hanging in a North Carolina tree are thanking their lucky stars.
The Salisbury Post reports when Casey Ellis and her instructor, Derek Abernathy, leapt from the plane Saturday over the Rowan County Airport, something went wrong.
Ellis says they were spinning and falling out of control before they were caught in a tree off a sewer right-of-way.
Salisbury Fire Department Deputy Chief David Morris says the call came in around 7:58 p.m.
Emergency responders used a ladder to scale the tree and check on the skydivers. A hoist was setup to lift and lower the pair, who escaped with minor scratches.
Ellis, who drove with a friend from West Virginia to knock an item off their bucket list, says she won’t be skydiving again.





US pastor on trial in Turkey for terror links


ALIAGA, Turkey (AP) – An American pastor is going on trial in Turkey accused of ties to terror groups and spying, in a case that has strained ties between Turkey and the United States.
Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from North Carolina, faces up to 35 years in prison on charges of “committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member” and “espionage.”
The trial begins Monday in Aliaga, a town in western Turkey.
Brunson was arrested in December 2016 for alleged links to both outlawed Kurdish rebels and a network led by U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Turkey for a failed military coup that year.
Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for 23 years, rejects the accusations. Washington has demanded his release.





Man arrested in arson of North Carolina country club


DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Police have charged a man with setting a fire that engulfed the tennis building at a North Carolina country club.
A Durham Police news release said officers and firefighters arrived around 4 a.m. Sunday at Treyburn Country Club to find the tennis building ablaze. The release says the building “was totally engulfed in flames.”
The tennis complex, separate from the main clubhouse, has a sprawling redwood patio overlooking the courts, according to the Treyburn website.
Investigators deemed the fire an arson and used a witness account to identify the suspect. No one was injured.
Steven Watts, 18, was charged with arson of a commercial building, breaking and entering and larceny, according to police.
A phone listing for Watts was disconnected, and a message sent to an email address wasn’t returned.





Kay Hagan’s family accepts honors while she’s in hospital


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s family accepted honors on her behalf at a North Carolina Democratic Party event because she was hospitalized with pneumonia.
Hagan had planned to attend Saturday night’s annual Democratic “Unity Dinner” in Raleigh.
But party spokesman Robert Howard said in an email Sunday that she was hospitalized with pneumonia and couldn’t attend. Howard said she is doing well and should be released in the coming days.
She’s also continuing to recover from a brain inflammation condition.
Hagan was hospitalized in December 2016 and later received treatment in Georgia. Her family said Hagan’s encephalitis was caused by a virus spread by ticks from animals to humans.
The Greensboro Democrat defeated Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole in 2008. She lost her seat in 2014 to Republican Thom Tillis.





200 million eggs recalled because of salmonella concerns


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – More than 200 million eggs from a North Carolina farm have been recalled because of bacterial contamination.
A notice posted on the Food & Drug Administration website Friday says the eggs shipped to restaurants and grocery stores in nine states may be tainted with salmonella. The bacteria causes nausea, diarrhea and, in rare cases, death. Twenty-two illnesses have been reported.
The eggs were distributed from a farm in eastern North Carolina’s Hyde County by Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms.
The notice says the recalled eggs include varieties sold in Food Lion and Walmart stores, and served at Waffle House restaurants.
The recall came about after the illnesses were reported and the FDA inspected the North Carolina farm.
Rose Acre Farms officials didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.