2 men sentenced to life for killing during drug deal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Two men have been sentenced to life in prison after killing a drug dealer in a robbery arranged over another dealer's cellphone. Federal prosecutors said Thursday in a news release that 37-year-old Carlos Benson and 36-year-old Jacob Hill were both convicted felons who should not have firearms when they killed 26-year-old Darrell Hames in Charlotte in November 2014.

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Charlotte teen's body found near school baseball field

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Police in Charlotte are investigating after the body of a missing teen was found near an elementary school baseball field. A police news release said 18-year-old Tyshaud Nikese Brown was found dead from a gunshot wound around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The teen's mother said he left the house Tuesday evening and never returned. She reported him missing Wednesday morning.

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HORNETS-MAGIC Hornets rally in the fourth quarter for 109-102 win ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Kemba Walker scored 22 points and Marco Belinelli came off the bench to add 20 as the Charlotte Hornets pulled off a fourth-quarter comeback to defeat the Orlando Magic 109-102 on Wednesday night. Charlotte won its third straight game and keeps its Eastern Conference playoff hopes alive after entering the night three games out of eighth place in the standings.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Kemba Walker scored 22 points and Marco Belinelli came off the bench to add 20 as the Charlotte Hornets pulled off a fourth-quarter comeback to defeat the Orlando Magic 109-02 last night. Charlotte won its third straight game and keeps its Eastern Conference playoff hopes alive. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- NASCAR has suspended the crew chiefs for Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick for violations at Phoenix Raceway.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT Sweet 16 starts today UNDATED (AP) -- March Madness resumes tonight with regional NCAA semifinals. In West Regional action, top-seeded Gonzaga takes on No. 4 West Virginia, while second-seeded Arizona faces No. 11 Xavier. In the Midwest Regional, Kansas faces Purdue and Oregon takes on Michigan.

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Man shot to death in Charlotte; no arrests reported

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Police in Charlotte are investigating after a man was shot to death outside an apartment complex. Officers were called shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday and found 30-year-old Carson David Christian Jr. Christian was pronounced dead at the scene. No arrests have been reported. Police have not said what might have led to the shooting.

Charlotte schools switch book for elementary students

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- School officials in Charlotte have dropped plans to have some elementary school students read a book about a boy who likes to dress like a girl. Former state lawmaker Charles Jeter, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' government liaison, sent a message to Republican lawmakers in Raleigh telling them the district would drop plans to have students read "Jacob's New Dress.

Panthers QB Newton to have shoulder surgery, will miss OTAs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers quarterback Cam Newton's offseason "sabbatical" is going to be a little longer than expected. Newton will undergo surgery on March 30 to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his right throwing shoulder, according to team spokesman Steve Drummond. Drummond said Tuesday that Newton will miss minicamp and OTAs, but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in late July.

Dean of troubled Charlotte School of Law steps down

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The dean of the troubled Charlotte School of Law is stepping down. Jay Conison led the for-profit school for almost four years, The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/2mJsjlw) reported. The school announced his departure Monday afternoon. The statement said Conison will remain on the faculty. A longtime faculty member, former federal prosecutor Scott Broyles, will serve as interim dean.

Trump's budget plan would impact Shenandoah Valley airport

WEYERS CAVE, Va. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's spending plan would eliminate funding that supports commercial air service at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport. The president's proposal recommends eliminating the Essential Air Service program, which subsidizes commercial service to rural airports that otherwise wouldn't receive it. WVIR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2mJ6MJM ) that a nearly $3.8 million subsidy supports Via Air's new jet service to Charlotte, North Carolina, and Orlando, Florida, from the airport in Weyers Cave.

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HAWKS-HORNETS Hornets hand Hawks 4th straight loss, 105-90 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Nicolas Batum and Kemba Walker each had 16 points and the Charlotte Hornets handed the slumping Atlanta Hawks their fourth straight loss, 105-90 on Monday night. The Hornets scored 17 points off 18 turnovers and led by as many as 23 in the fourth quarter. Frank Kaminsky provided more strong play off the bench for Charlotte with 14 points and five assists.

Kaminsky stays hot, Hornets top Hawks 105-90

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Hornets second-year forward Frank Kaminsky said his biggest problem on the court has been letting go of the past. "I'm always thinking through stuff, and it's hard to get over things," Kaminsky said. "When you miss four of five shots early in the season, it's hard. I was getting down on myself." But not anymore.

Column: Larson finishes 2nd again, takes over points lead

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Kyle Larson finished second at Phoenix International Raceway and then headed to the beach for a brief family vacation. There was no lamenting his third consecutive runner-up finish because Larson is the current points leader of NASCAR's top series. His positioning atop the standings is almost as good as a trip to victory lane.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Russell Westbrook had 28 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder roll past the Sacramento Kings 110-94 on Saturday. The Thunder won their fifth straight -- the longest current streak in the NBA. They are a half-game behind the Los Angeles Clippers for fifth place in the Western Conference.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Russell Westbrook had 28 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder roll past the Sacramento Kings 110-94 on Saturday. The Thunder won their fifth straight -- the longest current streak in the NBA -- and moved into a tie for fifth place in the Western Conference, pending the result of the Los Angeles Clippers' game against Cleveland later Saturday.