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A Turkish court has convicted an American pastor at the center of a Turkish-American diplomatic dispute of terror charges, but has released him from house arrest and allowed him to leave Turkey.

The court near the western city of Izmir on Friday sentenced Andrew Brunson, who has roots in North Carolina, to 3 years and 1 month in prison for the conviction, but since the evangelical pastor has already spent two years in detention he won't serve more time.

Brunson, 50, had rejected the espionage and terror-related charges and strongly maintained his innocence.

Authorities say a driver has died In Iredell County after a tree fell on his car as Michael's wind and rain lashed the state.

East Mecklenburg High's gym set up by Red Cross as a hurricane shelter that can accommodate 150 people
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Hundreds of displaced residents remained in eastern North Carolina shelters three weeks after Hurricane Florence's eye reached the Atlantic coast.

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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The bitterly polarized U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday to join the Supreme Court, delivering an election-season triumph to President Donald Trump that could swing the court rightward for a generation after a battle that rubbed raw the country's cultural, gender and political divides.

A 74-year-old man accused of shooting seven South Carolina law enforcement officers, killing one, is a Vietnam veteran and disbarred attorney who used his marksmanship to hold officers back as their comrades lay bleeding on the ground, authorities said.

Despite the gray muck that fouled the Cape Fear River near a Wilmington power plant after Hurricane Florence, water tests so far show heavy metals contained in coal ash are within state standards, North Carolina environmental officials said Thursday.

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The Latest on the shooting of seven South Carolina law enforcement officers (all times local):

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The sheriff in charge of the investigation into a shooting that killed one police officer and wounded six others in South Carolina says his deputies haven't finished processing the massive crime scene in an upscale neighborhood.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Thursday that until the work is finished, he can't know how many weapons were used or shots were fired.

Five South Carolina law enforcement officers were shot Wednesday — including one fatally — in a Florence County shooting in which the suspect has been taken into custody, authorities said.

HB2 and HB142
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A lawsuit challenging the replacement for House Bill 2 — known as the "bathroom bill" — is moving forward, with a judge finding evidence that transgender plaintiffs are being harmed by a prohibition on new local antidiscrimination laws.

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In an extraordinary and highly emotional day of Senate testimony, California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford quietly recounted her "100 percent" certainty Thursday that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. He angrily declared he was "100 percent certain" he did no such thing.

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