N.C. BAR STAYS OPEN TO RIDE OUT FLORENCE

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — As Hurricane Florence blew into Wilmington, about two dozen locals gathered behind the boarded-up windows of a bar that's survived its share of squalls and tempests. There they raised their glasses in a toast.

The Barbary Coast, which owner Eli Ellsworth calls the oldest bar in this North Carolina city, has a tradition of staying open in tropical storms.

Seated at the well-worn bar, Rick Bonney sipped on an ale. He and his wife figured it was their last chance to get out before hunkering down for days. The center of Florence was expected to barrel through sometime Friday.

Owner Eli Ellsworth says the 77-year-old bar has weathered all storms. He says he's stocked up and could sell nearly 500 Pabst Blue Ribbon beers by the time the storm departs.

MAN GETS 75 YEARS FOR 1973 MURDER IF WIFE

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (AP) — The husband of a woman who was killed along a little-traveled suburban Chicago road in 1973 has been sentenced to 75 years in prison.

Donnie Rudd was sentenced yesterday in Cook County Circuit Court. It was one day shy of the 45th anniversary of the death of 19-year-old Noreen Kumeta Rudd. The sentence is likely to confine the 76-year-old Rudd to prison for the rest of his life.

Authorities initially ruled the death accidental. It was classified as a homicide after a 2013 autopsy.

Rudd, an attorney and onetime school board member, was charged with murder in 2015 while living in Sugar Land, Texas.

Prosecutors say Rudd staged the crash so he could collect more than $100,000 in insurance money.

SHERIFF'S DEPUTY SHOT WITH CROSSBOW

SAUK CENTRE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a man who shot a Minnesota sheriff's deputy with a crossbow also was shot and wounded by law officers firing their guns.

Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmunson says the deputy was shot in the forearm yesterday and was taken to a hospital, where he is in good condition. Deputy Paul Orvis was undergoing surgery to remove the arrow shaft.

The sheriff's office says more than one officer from different agencies fired their guns, but it's unclear who shot the suspect. The 31-year-old man was shot in the left shoulder and buttocks, and was flown to a hospital.

The incident began when a stolen pickup from went into a community about 90 miles from Minneapolis. It traveled through backyards and smashed into parked vehicles and through a garage — before the suspect ran into a home.

Police say the suspect shot the officer with a crossbow belonging to the homeowner.

OFFICER INVOLVED IN STUN-GUN ARREST OF STERLING BROWN FIRED

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee police officer involved in the stun gun arrest of Bucks' player Sterling Brown has been fired because of social media posts.

Police Chief Alfonso Morales disclosed the firing during a speech at Marquette University yesterday — and later identified the officer as Erik Andrade.

Andrade mocked Brown on Facebook after his arrest.

Brown sued the police department in June and accused officers of using excessive force and targeting him because he's black. A group of officers swarmed on him at a Walgreens parking lot because he didn't immediately remove his hands from his pockets. Brown was standing with officers waiting for a citation for parking in a disabled spot early on Jan. 26.

Eleven officers were disciplined or retrained for their actions during the arrest, but Andrade wasn't among those punished.

STUDENT JOURNALISTS - CENSORSHIP

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Student journalists at a Vermont high school who were asked by the principal to remove a story they broke about unprofessional conduct charges against a guidance director can now repost the article.

Burlington High School Principal Noel Green says since the story was published elsewhere, students could run the story.

Students got a tip about the investigation and filed a records request and published a story Monday night.

Green asked them the following day to remove it. A new law protects student journalists — but still protects administrators if they find a story disrupts a school's ability to perform its educational mission.

The students removed it. Green reversed his decision yesterday after noting other media had picked up the story.

CHICAGO CUBS PLAYER TRAVELS IN UNIFORM TO WASHINGTON FOR GAME

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unusual scheduling spawned even some unusual travel attire for Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

The three-time All-Star wore a uniform, complete with blue jersey and gray pants, on the Cubs' early morning flight for a makeup game against the Washington Nationals yesterday — then arrived in the clubhouse with the same gear.

"It's all I got," Rizzo said.

The Cubs returned to Washington for the second time in a week after Sunday's game was postponed. The four-day series, which included another rainout Friday and a doubleheader Saturday, featured nearly 11 hours in rain delays.

Yesterday's game was scheduled on the only remaining common day off for the teams before the end of the regular season.

The Cubs won the game 4-3 in 10 innings.