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.

Ross, considering bid to unseat Burr, putting together team

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A former North Carolina legislator appears to be taking the next steps toward running for U.S. Senate in 2016 and attempting to unseat Republican incumbent Richard Burr. Democrat Deborah Ross of Raleigh says Thursday evening she is "putting together a team," presumably for a campaign. She says a lot of people are encouraging her to run. Ross repeated those comments when asked whether she was indeed running.

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.

More Young People Influenced by ISIS, FBI Director Says

(WASHINGTON) -- On Thursday, FBI Director James Comey told a congressional committe he is seeing more and more young people and young women in the U.S. who are being influenced by ISIS, because of the continued use of social media. Comey was testifying along with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and National Counterterrorism Center Director Nicholas Rasmussen before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

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.

Taylor Swift Shares Lesson Learned from Nicki Minaj Feud

(LONDON) -- Earlier this year,   Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj clashed on Twitter after Taylor thought that Nicki had taken a shot at her personally when Nicki  complained about not being nominated for an MTV VMA.  Taylor says that mess inspired her to change her behavior. Speaking to Britain's  NME , Taylor explains, "I don't want to talk about it. But I send text messages now.

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.