Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly returned to practice for the first time since suffering a concussion in the Carolina's season-opening win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The four-year pro spent four weeks in the NFL's concussion protocol and missed three games before being cleared to return. The Panthers had a bye last week and travel to play Seattle on Sunday.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The country's largest furniture maker and retailer plans to expand in North Carolina with about 450 jobs after the state on Tuesday promised tax breaks of more than $5 million. Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. planned to add the jobs to its current 1,100 employees after a North Carolina panel overseeing the state's largest business incentive program approved the tax break.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina sheriff says a man killed in a shootout with deputies screamed that he didn't want to go back to jail moments before opening fire. Bernard Powers was killed early Sunday. Another man was wounded. Sheriff Steve Loftis on Tuesday disclosed more details about the shooting, which took place outside a building that doubled as a social club.
(WASHINGTON) -- With the number of fully certified air traffic controllers at a 27-year low, the nation's flight grid is severely understaffed, and if left unchecked, could lead to delays nationwide, the Air Traffic Controllers' union warned during a round table in Washington Tuesday.
(NEW YORK) -- It's being hailed as a miracle at 30,000 feet. A Taiwanese woman on board a Los Angeles-bound China Airlines flight unexpectedly gave birth to a bouncing baby girl last week. The pregnant woman told the cabin crew her water had broken six hours into the 19-hour flight across the Pacific, the airline told the China Post.
(NEW YORK) -- Thirteen-year-old Rachel Eaves is not just the only girl on her school football team; she's also a team leader. Last year as a seventh-grader, Rachel was the only girl on the Columbia Middle School football team in Grovetown, Georgia. And this year as an eighth-grader, she became one of the team's six captains, Coach Brian Atkins said.
(NEW YORK) -- Anxious investors pushed down the markets a bit. The Dow fell 50 points, the NASDAQ gave up 42 and the S&P closed down 14. The sixth time was the charm for the King of Beers. Miller's finallys aid yes, in principle, to a takeover from the maker of Budweiser, Anheuser Busch-InBev. The proposed 106 billion dollar deal could create the world's biggest bear company. SAB Miller jumped 9 percent after the announcement.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Twitter boss Jack Dorsey, the newly anointed savior of the quirky but troubled microblogging service, is the latest in a long line of tech company founders who've been called back to revive their wayward startups. After co-founding Twitter in 2006 and serving a previous two-year stint as CEO, Dorsey returned to the top job last week. His first moves: slashing staff and touting new features intended to draw in more users.
(NEW YORK) -- Vin Diesel wants you to know he's still "diesel." After pictures surfaced last week of the 48-year-old actor on his hotel balcony, shirtless and looking less than his usual ripped self, Diesel spoke out on Instagram about the issue of body shaming.
(LAS VEGAS) -- It's finally here -- the 2016 Democratic presidential candidates are just hours away from their first debate, and the pressure is on. Five candidates are meeting Tuesday night under the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip, but it's up to them to make sure the event isn't lackluster. Democrats need to show they can bring as much excitement, energy and passion to the race as Republicans.