Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in the Mid-Atlantic, covering North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to 919-510-8937, 202-641-9660, 410-837-8315, 804-643-6646 or metro@ap.org. AP-Mid-Atlantic News Editor Steve McMillan can be reached at 804-643-6646 or smcmillan@ap.org. Maryland-Delaware News Editor Amanda Kell can be reached at 410-837-8315 or akell@ap.org.

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TODAY'S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

IN BRIEF:

— FIREWORK EXPLOSION-BAR: Police in North Carolina are looking for whoever threw a firework that exploded amid people sitting outdoors at a North Carolina bar.

— FIREFIGHTER DEATH-RULING: The North Carolina Industrial Commission says a firefighter's death from cancer was a "line of duty death."

— BUSINESS I-40 CLOSURE: The next shutdown of Business Interstate 40 through a North Carolina city involves taking down a bridge.

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VIRGINIA

MANAFORT-TRIAL JUDGE

WASHINGTON — "I'm not in the theater business," Judge T.S. Ellis asserted during jury selection in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial. "You have to be better-looking for that." Objection, Your Honor. The trial of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman has plenty of drama and it's coming from the judge. By Calvin Woodward. SENT: 900 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— EVACUATION-HEAVY RAIN-VIRGINIA: A deluge of rain in Virginia has prompted evacuations below an overflowing dam.

— LYNCHING MEMORIAL: The nation's first memorial to victims of lynching has drawn more than 100,000 visitors in its first three months — far exceeding some earlier estimates.

— AIRLINE JOBS-SOUTH CAROLINA: A regional carrier for United Airlines is adding about 150 jobs in South Carolina.

— IMMIGRATNS-VIRGINIA JAIL: Work is underway to get a former regional jail in Virginia ready to house people who have entered the U.S. illegally.

— TAX HOLIDAY: Shoppers in Virginia won't have to pay sales taxes this weekend on certain items.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

IN BRIEF:

— GUINNESS BREWERY-MARYLAND: The first Guinness brewery in the United States in more than 60 years is opening in Maryland.

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