City reaches separation agreement with former CMPD officer Randall Kerrick

In a separation agreement reached with the city of Charlotte, officer Randall Kerrick, who had a manslaughter charge against him dropped in August, has resigned from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, effective Oct. 2, 2015.  As part of the separation agreement, the city says Kerrick will receive nearly $113,000 in back pay, subject to taxes and standard deductions.

Food aid in jeopardy for more North Carolina healthy adults

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Get a part-time job, get training, start volunteering or lose your food stamps: That's the message from Gov. Pat McCrory's administration and North Carolina lawmakers to certain healthy adults who have no dependents. But Republican lawmakers want to accelerate the administration's plan and make the requirement permanent no matter the state's economic condition.

The Latest: National Guard asks residents to heed warnings

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The latest on the rainstorm that pounded parts of the East Coast (all times local): 4:45 p.m. South Carolina National Guard commander Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston urged residents in low-lying areas on the coast to heed authorities if they tell them to evacuate. Any mandatory evacuations would be ordered by local officials, and Livingston says people should listen to them. "We want people to be hyper-vigilant," he said.

Police Body Cam Shows Rescue of Undocumented Immigrants From 18-Wheeler

(SAN ANTONIO) -- Texas police officers found 39 undocumented immigrants in the back of an 18-wheeler truck, and the dramatic rescue was caught on the body cameras worn by officers. A federal grand jury indicted Drew Christopher Potter, 33, on Wednesday for his alleged involvement, charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit alien smuggling for financial gain and three substantive counts of transportation of undocumented aliens.

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.

Markets Close Higher as Fed Confirms Interest Rate Increase by Year's End

(NEW YORK) -- Gains for Wall Street on Thursday despite the Fed's confirmation of planned interest rate raises. The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 138.46 on Thursday, finishing the session at 17050.75. This is the first time since August that the Dow has closed above 17000. The Nasdaq ended at 4810.79, up 19.64 from its open, while the S&P 500 gained 17.60 to close at 2013.43.

Matt Bomer Says Yes, He Gets Really Naked While Filming "American Horror Story: Hotel"

(LOS ANGELES) -- If you saw the first episode of  American Horror Story: Hotel,  which aired Wednesday, then you saw a bloody sex scene starring  Magic Mike  star Matt Bomer and Lady Gaga. If you haven't caught it yet, Bomer said on Thursday's   The Ellen DeGeneres Show ,  "you see more of me in the first episode of this than you see in the first two  Magic Mike s combined.

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.