Huntersville doctor faces child pornography charges

A Huntersville doctor has been for child pornography after an eight-month investigation, police said. Dr. David Shope, 41, was charged Oct. 1 with two counts each of felony second-degree and third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. He was released Oct. 7 on a $120,000 bond. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Cyber Crimes Unit led the investigation, which involved online pornography, police said. Shope is a hematologist-oncologist and has worked at Southern Oncology Specialists in Huntersville.

Heavy rains bring end to drought across North Carolina

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- The latest report from state monitor shows North Carolina is officially drought free. A map issued Thursday by the state Drought Management Advisory Council showed all 100 counties to be clear of any drought advisories. Last week, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties were listed in severe drought, while several western counties, including Buncombe, Haywood and Henderson, were in moderate drought.

French Train Hero Spencer Stone Stabbed in California

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- One of the three Americans who helped stop a terrorist attack on a train this August in France has been stabbed and is in stable condition, a defense department official confirmed to ABC News. Spencer Stone was reportedly attacked overnight in Sacramento, Calif. The defense official told ABC News that Stone, a member of the U.S. Air Force, is believed to have been attacked between midnight and 1 a.m. PT Thursday.

Israel Bans Ministers Access to Jerusalem Site After New Attacks

(JERUSALEM) -- A string of clashes between Palestinians and Israelis prompts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ban all members of parliament from visiting the Temple Mount and al Aqsa mosque. The ban comes a day before Friday prayers at the mosque. According to The Guardian, Muslims hold a deep respect for the area because they believe the prophet Muhammad ascended into heaven at the site.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter Banned for 90 Days

(NEW YORK) -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been suspended for three months, FIFA announced on Thursday. During the 90-day ban, Blatter cannot "represent FIFA in any capacity, act on the organisation's behalf, or communicate to media or other stakeholders as a FIFA representative," FIFA said in a statement.

Why Kevin McCarthy Dropped Out of the Race for House Speaker

(WASHINGTON) -- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made up his mind to pull out of the race to be House speaker Thursday morning after hearing from chamber conservatives that they would directly challenge him on the House floor, sources say. McCarthy's team determined he only had between 175 to 200 House Republicans who they could count on voting for him, well short of the 218 needed.