N. Carolina lawmakers still try to craft resolution on HB2

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina lawmakers keep huddling to shape legislation that does away with the state's "bathroom bill" and gets enough votes for passage this week to avoid new punishments by the NCAA. Republicans and Democrats spent several hours Wednesday in closed-door meetings. Several lawmakers said there was a new proposal floated by Republicans. Bills considered recently would repeal the law known as House Bill 2, but contain add-ons.

North Carolina editorial roundup

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ March 27 The Charlotte Observer on improving life in the city: Charlotte's shelves are stuffed with well-intentioned studies, committee reports and task force recommendations - all gathering dust. So naturally our biggest concern as we headed to Monday's unveiling of the Opportunity Task Force's report, two years in the making, was that Charlotte would need to find more room on the shelf.

Former senator, ex-GOP chairman elected to UNC board

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The North Carolina Senate has elected a recent colleague and a former state Republican Party chairman to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. Former Sen. Bob Rucho of Matthews and Tom Fetzer of Wilmington were among six elected Wednesday to four-year terms on the panel, which oversees the UNC system's 17 campuses. Rucho served in the Senate over two decades before declining to seek re-election last year.

No more tears: Restaurant gets praise, scorn for ban on kids

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina restaurant's ban on children 5 and younger is drawing both praise and criticism. Caruso's, described as an upscale Italian restaurant in Mooresville, recently adopted the policy after owner Pasquale Caruso said too many crying, screaming, misbehaving children had brought complaints from customers. He told the Mooresville Tribune he was beginning to lose money and customers. The restaurant is about 30 miles north of Charlotte.

List of AP all-time Top 100 college basketball programs

The Associated Press has been ranking the best teams in college basketball since January 1949. Over 68 years and more than 1,100 polls, a total of 200 schools have been ranked and 59 of them have been ranked No. 1 (Saint Louis was the first No. 1). To determine the all-time Top 100, the AP formula counted poll appearances (one point each) to mark consistency and No.

Lexington man accused of shooting pregnant girlfriend

LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) -- Police in Lexington say a man faces multiple charges after investigators say he shot his girlfriend who was eight months pregnant and led police on a chase which ended in a wreck. The Dispatch of Lexington reports (http://bit.ly/2nwuuuV) 27-year-old Mondrail Woodberry faces charges including felony attempted murder and felony attempted murder of an unborn child. Maj.

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Final Four guide: Teams, players and matchups to watch

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Final Four is set, with one blue blood and three newbies headed to the desert to settle the NCAA Tournament. North Carolina has been there, done that with college basketball's final weekend, reaching the title game last year. Oregon is here for the first time since winning its only title in 1939, while Gonzaga and South Carolina are making their first ventures this deep into March Madness.

NCAA academic case hovers over UNC at another Final Four

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham has stopped trying to project when the NCAA case tied to the school's multi-year academic scandal will reach a conclusion. That's because procedural hurdles, delays, even the NCAA's struggle to settle on charges have the case crawling through the governing body's infractions system.

AP-NC--North Carolina Sports Digest, NC

Hello! The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The breaking news staffer is Skip Foreman. For technical support, please call the AP's Services and Technology Department in Raleigh at 919-881-9974. NBA: BKN--HORNETS-RAPTORS TORONTO -- The Raptors look for a season-best seventh straight win when they host the Charlotte Hornets, who come in on the second night of a back-to-back. Toronto leads the season series 2-1. UPCOMING: 650 words, AP photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

Charlotte police seek to stem violence after 22nd homicide

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Taking illegal guns off the streets, targeting repeat offenders and focusing on the city's hot spots are among the tactics officers hope to employ to stem a tide of violence which has led to 22 homicides in 2017, the chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said Wednesday.

The Latest: Judges won't delay confirmation during appeals

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the confirmation hearing for North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (all times local): 1:15 p.m. A panel of trial court judges won't delay enforcement of their ruling earlier this month that upheld a new law directing the North Carolina Senate to subject Gov. Roy Cooper's Cabinet secretaries to confirmation hearings and votes.

Major US utility sues insurers over coal ash cleanup costs

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The largest U.S. electric company sued 30 international and domestic insurance companies Wednesday, saying they should cover part of the utility's multibillion-dollar cleanup costs in the Carolinas for toxic byproducts left from decades of burning coal to generate power. Charlotte-based Duke Energy Corp. said it filed a lawsuit in state court alleging breach of contract by insurers that have refused to pay claims that could total hundreds of millions of dollars.

Judge: Suit about Blackbeard shipwreck videos can go ahead

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A federal judge says a videographer can go ahead with his lawsuit charging that North Carolina officials illegally copied his videos of the pirate of Blackbeard's sunken flagship and legislators later passed a law to legalize their actions. The Fayetteville Observer reports (http://bit.ly/2ocIp9m) U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle ruled last week on videographer Rick Allen's lawsuit.

Mystery sign renames a campus building after black writer

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Activists in North Carolina who want to see a building named after a famed African-American writer have struck again. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported (http://bit.ly/2nyg8vT) a sign was placed on Carolina Hall at the University of North Carolina on Tuesday that read "Zora Neale Hurston Hall.

Wildfire contained in western North Carolina

NEBO, N.C. (AP) -- Forestry officials in western North Carolina say they've contained a fire that burned nearly 9 square miles near Shortoff Mountain in the Pisgah National Forest. Officials say Tuesday that weekend rain helped firefighters control the flames of the fire that burned near Nebo in McDowell County. Lisa Jennings with the U.S. Forest Service says 1 inch of rain fell on the White Creek fire within a 24-hour period ending Monday morning.

Ex-Greensboro cop receives federal indictment

PLEASANT GARDEN, N.C. (AP) -- A former Greensboro Police Department officer is facing charges after authorities say they found an illegally possessed firearm and other stolen goods at his home. The Times-News of Burlington reports (http://bit.ly/2nzpCqy) that 32-year-old William Zachary White of Pleasant Garden was indicted by a federal grand jury Monday on two counts of possession of an unregistered firearm.

Latest North Carolina and South Carolina sports

BUCKS-HORNETS Snell scores 26 points, Bucks beat Hornets 118-108 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Tony Snell scored a season-high 26 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 20 points and eight rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks handed the Charlotte Hornets' playoff hopes a potentially devastating blow with a 118-108 victory on Tuesday night. Malcolm Brogdon had 14 points and 10 assists for his second double-double of the season, and the Bucks won for the 12th time in 15 games.

Tennessee's Barnes: Gut feeling Gonzaga will win NCAA title

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee coach Rick Barnes has faced every team in the Final Four and has a prediction regarding a potential championship game matchup. "I bet you this right now," Barnes said. "If North Carolina and Gonzaga make it to the championship game, I'll bet you the bookies will say it's a pick'em game. If there's a point (spread), it's going to be half a point. They're that close.