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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.

Hornets rally in the fourth quarter for 109-102 win

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Charlotte Hornets aren't sure they have enough time to climb into the Eastern Conference playoff picture, but the feeling is whatever chance they have is giving them purpose down the stretch. The Hornets certainly looked the part of a team on a mission Wednesday night as they fought back from an early fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Orlando 109-102 for their third straight victory.

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Hello! The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The breaking news supervisor is Jonathan Drew. For technical support, please call the AP's Services and Technology Department in Raleigh at 919-881-9974. ADDS story on Hornets game. COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NCAA-NORTH CAROLINA-BOARD WORK CHAPEL HILL -- North Carolina coach Roy Williams has made it clear to his players for years.

Nightclub shooting victims sue gunman's employer, wife

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A personal injury attorney representing dozens of survivors and victims' relatives from the Orlando nightclub massacre filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the gunman's employer and wife, claiming they could have stopped Omar Mateen before the attack but didn't. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in South Florida on behalf of almost five dozen of the survivors and family members of those killed at Pulse nightclub last June.

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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.

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NBA Boston over Washington in key Eastern Conference faceoff BOSTON (AP) -- Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points after missing the previous two games with a bruised right knee, leading the Boston Celtics to a 110-102 victory over the Washington Wizards in another testy matchup between two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

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Kisner, Hoffman share Bay Hill lead

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Charley Hoffman would have been happy to get off the 18th hole at Bay Hill with a par and go into the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational within one shot of the lead. With one big putt, Saturday turned out better than he could have imagined.

The Latest: After quiet start, March Madness gets big upset

The Latest on Day 3 of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 12:05 p.m. It took three days for the NCAA Tournament to produce a major upset. It was a stunner that busted a ton of brackets. Villanova, the defending national champion and the top overall seed, was upended by eighth-seeded Wisconsin 65-62. Fellow No.

Florida prosecutor's anti-death penalty stand surprises many

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida prosecutor who thrust herself into the forefront of the anti-death penalty movement is a political novice who was elected just seven months ago. Aramis Ayala, a Democrat and former public defender and assistant state attorney, surprised many of her own supporters when she announced this week that her office would no longer seek capital punishment in a state that has one of the largest death rows.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT-SCHEDULE Trojans, Rams deliver big stunners UNDATED (AP) -- Southern California and Rhode Island have become the second and third No. 11 seeds to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. And tenth-seeded Wichita State made it five double-digit seeds reaching Round 2. Sixth seed SMU had won 16 in a row until Elijah Stewart led the 11th-seeded Trojans to a 66-65 triumph over the Mustangs in Tulsa.

Bracketbusters, who you gonna call in Orlando? Bill Murray

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Bill Murray was like every other proud parent with a son in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. But when you're a world famous actor/comedian, you have a tendency to stand out. And he did, cheering, rooting and fist-pumping every Xavier highlight in support of son Luke, an assistant coach for the Musketeers.

Tall order: Xavier squares off against Seminoles' 7-footers

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- No.11 seed Xavier (22-13) vs. No. 3 Florida State (26-8) Second round, West region; Orlando, Florida; 6:10 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: Xavier will look to Sean O'Mara in the paint against Florida State the Musketeers will likely have to turn to perimeter shooting to take down Florida State. The Seminoles have the ability to dominate the paint with 7-foot-1 Michael Ojo and 7-foot-4 Christ Koumadje.

Virginia, Florida to throw down in 'smash mouth' hoops game

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- No. 4 seed Florida (25-8) vs. No. 5 seed Virginia (23-10) Second round, East Region; Orlando, Florida; 8:40 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Matchup features two of the nation's top defenses, so don't expect a high-scoring affair. The Cavaliers rank second in the country in defensive efficiency, two spots higher than the Gators. "It's going to be a war of attrition," Virginia coach Tony Bennett said.

The Latest: Victim's mom supports prosecutor's decision

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Latest on the decision by a top prosecutor in Florida to no longer seek the death penalty (all times local): 1:10 p.m. The mother of one of the victims of a suspect in the killing of a police officer in Florida says she supports the State Attorney's decision not to seek the death penalty in any case.

New to the job, prosecutor takes on anti-death penalty fight

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida prosecutor who thrust herself into the forefront of the anti-death penalty movement is a political novice who was elected just seven months ago. Aramis Ayala, a Democrat and former public defender and assistant state attorney, surprised many of her own supporters when she announced this week that her office would no longer seek capital punishment in a state that has one of the largest death rows.