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North Carolina's law limiting protections for LGBT people took center stage Friday in the state's first gubernatorial debate between the incumbent who signed the law and his challenger who wants to repeal it.
Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic challenger Roy Cooper made clear their differences to a Charlotte audience over the law, known as House Bill 2.
Cooper, the state's attorney general, has refused to defend the law in court.
The mother of a 4-year-old girl killed Thursday by a bullet wound to her face has been charged with third degree murder, according to police.
The mother was identified as 25-year-old Shakeya Holmes.
An arrest warrant was also issued for Holmes' boyfriend in connection with the little girl's death. Police have not yet identified the girl, who was found by police with a gunshot to her eye at a North Philadelphia house where she lived with her mother and a younger sister.
The Florida assistant state attorney who was suspended for posting an offensive rant about Orlando in the hours following the massacre at a nightclub in the city has been fired, Florida's state attorney said Thursday.
"Downtown Orlando has no bottom. ... If you live down there you do it at your own risk and at your own peril. If you go down there after dark there is seriously something wrong with you," Kenneth Lewis wrote on his Facebook page, hours after 49 were killed at the city's Pulse nightclub.
Lewis was suspended last Friday, pending an investigation into the posts. Florida State Attorney Jeff Ashton said that the investigation had one purpose: to find out whether Lewis wrote the posts. Once Lewis admitted to penning the comments himself, Ashton said he decided to fire him, NBC News reported.
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A 72-year-old New Hampshire woman who says Bill Cosby raped her in 1965 withdrew her civil defamation lawsuit against the comedian on Friday, a day after a federal judge had allowed the case to move forward.
Kristina Ruehli's lawyer told The Associated Press her client had decided not to pursue the case because the legal landscape has changed since she first filed suit in November. Cosby now faces criminal prosecution in Pennsylvania and similar civil actions are in play in Massachusetts and elsewhere by dozens of other accusers.
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Sunday marks the six-month anniversary of the devastating tornadoes that swept through North Texas on the day after Christmas 2015. Many residents hit by the storms are still displaced and remain without a home.
To commemorate the anniversary of the December tornadoes, Rowlett city leaders are hosting various events throughout the weekend to honor storm victims.
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A former assistant track coach at Dunbar High School in D.C. was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison Friday for sexually abusing seven students.
Charles Young, 35, pleaded guilty in February to seven felony counts of sexual abuse, including first-degree child sexual abuse, attempted first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, and multiple counts of attempted second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.
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Police have charged a Virginia school cafeteria worker with stealing lunch money from elementary students' accounts.
Fadwa Sarsaur, 51, of Alexandria, was charged with three counts of embezzlement after she turned herself in Friday afternoon, Fairfax County Police said.
Sarsaur stole thousands of dollars from students' lunch accounts at Bailey's Elementary School in Fairfax County over a three-year period, a police spokeswoman said.
Britons have voted to leave the European Union, their concerns about immigration and what some saw as the ever-increasing power of the 28-member bloc trumping the attraction of being part of a single market of more than 500 million people and a European project forged from the ashes of World War II.
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The Dow Jones closed down over 600 points and over three percent Friday, the day the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union and Prime Minister David Cameron said he would resign by October.
Stocks plunged sharply, US government bonds soared and currencies broke decades-old records after Britain's decision. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged as far as 650 points in late afternoon trading, and a last-minute, 100-point rally was stifled by the closing bell. It closed at 17,401, down 610 points from the open.
The S&P 500 index had its worst open, in percentage terms, in 30 years. It lost 3.6 percent to close at 2,037.
Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign, toppling the prime minister, sending global markets plunging and shattering the stability of a project in continental unity designed half a century ago to prevent World War III.
The decision launches a yearslong process to renegotiate trade, business and political links between the U.K. and what would become a 27-nation bloc, an unprecedented divorce that could take decades to complete.
President Barack Obama said Friday that both the EU and the U.K. will remain "indispensable partners" of the U.S.
Speaking in California at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Obama said that the vote speaks to the challenges of globalization and the special relationship with Britain "will endure."
He said he spoke to British Prime Minister David Cameron and the U.K. is committed to an orderly transition out of the EU.
Donald Trump, in a visit to Scotland on Friday, hailed Britain's vote to leave the European Union, drawing parallels to the anger driving his own presidential campaign.
"I love to see people take their country back," he told reporters at a news conference at one of his golf courses in Scotland. "And that's really what's happening in the United States" and other parts of the world.
The campaign leading to Thursday's stunning vote for Britain to leave the European Union shared some of the populist themes driving the Trump campaign, including a wariness of immigration, concern about borders and skepticism of the value of multinational organizations.
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A New Jersey man wants to know why people keep stealing Donald Trump campaign flags from his home.
"This is number 12 that I've put up," Joe Hornick told NBC 4 New York Friday, showing the latest Trump flag replacement outside his West Long Branch home.
"It's trespassing, it's violation of my rights here," he said.
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Health officials found a brain-destroying amoeba in the water at a North Carolina water park, which suspended operations Friday, NBC News reported.
Officials found evidence of the microbe, and shut down the affected parts of the park after an Ohio teen died earlier this week after visiting the U.S. National Whitewater Center near Charlotte. Only whitewater activities are suspended, official said.
The amoeba, called Naegleria fowleri, occasionally kills people, and is often found in warm bodies of water. Cases of infection are rare. In cases that do result in infection, the microbe can get into the sinuses and from there infect the brain. Although the risk is low, experts say people worried about infection should avoid getting water up their noses.
The North Carolina park says it disinfects the water used throughout the facility.
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The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS foundation is among the organizations putting resources behind HIV prevention and is urging people to get informed and tested.
The foundation will hold its first HIV-testing event at the Abbey in West Hollywood on June 27, which is National HIV Testing Day, NBC News reports.
Celebrity advocates, including Daniel Franzese, Julie Benz, Lance Bass, Frances Fisher and Kyle Pratt, will be in attendance to encourage people to get tested, increase awareness and help eliminate the stigma surrounding HIV.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the U.S. More than 156,000 of them are unaware they are infected.
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A deluge of 9 inches of rain on parts of West Virginia destroyed or damaged more than 100 homes, knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses, and killed more than a dozen people.
The West Virginia Medical Examiner's office reported a total of 23 deaths Friday, according to West Virginia's Homeland Security and Emergency Management, NBC News reported.
About 500 people were stranded overnight in a shopping center when a bridge washed out, and dozens of other people had to be plucked off rooftops or rescued from their cars.