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TODAY'S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

HOG SMELLS-LAWSUITS

RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal judge managing a series of North Carolina lawsuits accusing the world's largest pork company of causing intense nuisances for rural neighbors is being replaced for the next trial starting next month. By Emery Dalesio. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m., photos.

SUPREME COURT-CANDIDATE LAWSUIT

RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina state Supreme Court hopeful plans to drop out of his race if he can't have his party affiliation listed on the November ballot. By Alex Derosier. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 2 p.m.

US CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-TUSKEGEE

TUSKEGEE, Ala. — A statue honoring white Confederate soldiers has stood for more than a century in Tuskegee, Alabama, a black-majority city with deep ties to African-American history and culture. The story of how such a monument could be erected and still remain in place a century later offers lessons in just how hard it can be to confront a shared history that still divides a nation. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 1,500 words. AP Photo. An abridged version has also moved.

IN BRIEF:

— FALSE TAX RETURNS: Federal authorities say a North Carolina woman has been convicted of preparing 519 false tax returns resulting in more than $1 million in refunds.

— HURRICANE FORECAST: U.S. forecasters say the Atlantic hurricane season may be less active than they previously predicted.

— INSURANCE FRAUD-FAMILY CHARGED: Officials have filed multiple charges against a North Carolina couple and their daughter in connection with two cases of arson at homes of people the wife knew.

— POLICE SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA: Police in North Carolina say officers shot and killed a man who pointed a handgun at them at a popular shopping center.

— DMV OVERLOAD-REAL ID: Summer is traditionally busy for the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, but offices have been inundated this year with new federal identification requirements on the horizon.

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VIRGINIA

HABITUAL DRUNKARDS

RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a Virginia law that allows police to arrest people designated as "habitual drunkards" if they are caught with alcohol, finding that the state has a "legitimate interest" in discouraging alcohol abuse. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 350 words.

HOUSE RACE-SIGNATURES

NORFOLK, Va. — Democrats in Virginia are asking state election officials to remove an independent congressional candidate from November's ballot over allegations of voter fraud. By Ben Finley. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. —The federal judge overseeing the financial trial of Paul Manafort said Thursday he was likely in error when he angrily confronted prosecutors during expert witness testimony, telling jurors in the former Trump campaign chairman's case to "put aside" his criticism. By Eric Tucker, Stephen Braun and Chad Day. SENT: 790 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

— CHARLOTTESVILLE-CITY MANAGER: Charlottesville is forgiving more than $80,000 of a loan to its former city manager.

— MCDONALD'S SHOOTING: Police say a man who shot and wounded a woman outside a Virginia McDonald's killed himself later that evening.

— TODDLER-HOT CAR: A Virginia sheriff says a toddler has died after being left in a hot car.

— ACTIVE THREAT TRAINING: Public safety and emergency management departments in Chesterfield County will conduct an active threat exercise this weekend.

— EVACUATION-HEAVY RAINS-COST: Officials in Virginia city where a dam overflowed due to heavy rains said cost to clean up the damage could be more than $10 million.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA-WAR REMAINS

WASHINGTON — The lone military identification tag that North Korea provided with 55 boxes of human remains last month belonged to Master Sgt. Charles H. McDaniel, an Army medic from Indiana who was killed in the opening months of the Korean War. By Robert Burns. SENT: 820 words, photos.

SINCLAIR-TRIBUNE-TERMINATED

NEW YORK_The $3.9 billion buyout of Tribune Media by Sinclair collapsed Thursday, ending a bid to create a massive media juggernaut that could have rivaled the reach of Fox News. SENT: 510 words, photo.

2018 MIDTERMS-CORRUPTION

WASHINGTON — Democrats are linking a Republican congressman's insider trading indictment to a culture of corruption they say President Donald Trump has fostered, amplifying a theme they hope will help them seize congressional control in November's elections. By Alan Fram. SENT: 600 words, photo.

INDEPENDENTS-DARK MONEY

AUGUSTA, Maine — Hoping to capitalize on voter frustration over growing polarization in politics, a group fueled partly by so-called "dark money" plans to spend $3 million this year to elect independents. But some free-spirited lawmakers are declining their help. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 770 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— JAIL DEATH: Maryland officials blame morphine and fentanyl intoxication for the death of a mentally disabled man at a Baltimore jail died.

— BARREL-BONES: Officials say a bone recovered from a deteriorating barrel in the sand off a Maryland beach was from an animal.

— MURDER SUICIDE: Police say a 23-year-old Delaware woman was killed by her ex-boyfriend, who then turned the gun on himself.

— TENNIS COACH-SEX CHARGES: A retired teacher and tennis coach has been charged in sex crimes that police in Delaware say took place nearly three decades ago.

— WEST NILE: Delaware health officials say a 60-year-old man tested positive for the state's first human case of West Nile Virus this year.

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SPORTS:

BBA--ORIOLES-RAYS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays conclude a nine-game homestand, facing the Baltimore Orioles in the finale of a series at Tropicana Field. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET.

FBN--RAMS-RAVENS

BALTIMORE — The Los Angeles Rams open their preseason schedule against the Baltimore Ravens, who got their first test last week in the Hall of Fame Game. This time, however, they expect to play quarterback Joe Flacco. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET.

FBC--NORTH CAROLINA-SUSPENSIONS

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina coach Larry Fedora says the early part of preseason amp is focused on installing basic schemes, so having 13 players facing suspensions for secondary NCAA violations won't have a big impact in practice just yet. But soon, the Tar Heels will have to start adjusting the amount of reps for key players as they get closer to the season opener. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBC--VIRGINIA TECH-DEFENSIVE HOKIES

Virginia Tech is spending much of fall practice working to fill some huge and unexpected holes on defense. That side of the ball has always been a strength for the Hokies with Bud Foster as defensive coordinator, but three early departures for the NFL, three graduated starters and two dismissals have created an urgency. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

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