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TOP STORIES:

SUPREME COURT-CANDIDATES

RALEIGH — A last-minute candidacy for North Carolina's Supreme Court could dilute votes cast by Republicans this fall for the seat and boost chances for the Democrats to expand their majority on the court. Raleigh attorney Chris Anglin's entry on the last day of filing means three people will be running in November for the Supreme Court seat currently held by Justice Barbara Jackson, a Republican. Since lawmakers decided to cancel this year's judicial primaries, there was no limit to the number of members of the same party that could run for the same office. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.

CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah police seized about $2.2 million in cash last year under a law allowing authorities to take someone's property even if they aren't charged or convicted of a crime, a state report showed. The 2017 report on state asset forfeiture showed virtually all of the money and other assets seized by police came in drug investigations. By Julian Hattem. SENT: 380 words. Note North Carolina angle.

IN BRIEF:

— FIREWORKS LAUNCHED-POLICE, from ASHEVILLE — Authorities say four people have been arrested after they launched fireworks at firefighters and police at an apartment complex in North Carolina. SENT: 130 words.

— MANSFIELD-HEART SURGERY, from FAYETTEVILLE — A former North Carolina legislator and lieutenant governor's candidate is recovering from surgery after he says his heart stopped while driving after a workout. Dr. Eric Mansfield says he's doing well following bypass surgery and hopes to return to work at his Fayetteville ear, nose and throat medical practice in a couple of weeks.

— FIREFIGHTER KILLED-WRECK, from SALISBURY — A volunteer firefighter has died in a wreck as he was responding to a call in North Carolina. New outlets report that 55-year-old Michael Goodnight died in a wreck around 2 p.m. Wednesday in eastern Rowan County.

— WATERFALL DEATH, from LAKE TOXAWAY — A 16-year-old girl has died at a North Carolina waterfall. News outlets reported the girl fell from Rainbow Falls in Transylvania County around noon on the Fourth of July. SENT: 130 words.

— TWO DEAD, from RALEIGH — Police in North Carolina say it appears and man shot and killed a woman before turning the gun on himself. SENT: 130 words.

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