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Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned Video included

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Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet. More>>

Aereo CEO speaks on company, Supreme Court case

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Television broadcasters face off at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday with Aereo, a company that offers live TV over the Internet. The case hinges on whether the service constitutes a public performance in violation of... More>>

Sales of new US homes plunge 14.5 percent in March

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The number of Americans buying new homes plummeted in March to the slowest pace in eight months, a sign that real estate's spring buying season is off to a weak start. More>>

Williamston revitalizes Main Street Video included

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Turning the town around is Williamston's goal for its Main Street shops.
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Farmers markets look into accepting food stamps Video included

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Farmers markets are popping up across the area as warmer weather arrives, including in Pitt County, aboard Camp Lejeune, and in New Bern. More>>

Netflix prices going up

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The streaming video company announced Monday that it plans to increase subscription prices for new customers by one or two dollars a month. More>>

Driverless cars no longer the stuff of science fiction

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Soon cars may be taking us for a ride. Volvo showed off its latest autonomous concept at the New York International Auto Show.  More>>

Affordable Care Act only chips away at a core goal

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Swan Lockett had high hopes that President Barack Obama's health overhaul would lead her family to an affordable insurance plan, but that hasn't happened. More>>

Thawing out: Warmer temperatures lift US economy

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Spring's thaw is reviving the economy, too. More>>

Businesses closed on Mondays push some visitors away Video included

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The small business initiative is in towns across Eastern North Carolina, yet some consumers say they can't shop or patronize those businesses because they're not open enough days during the week.
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NC legislators to issue report on food deserts Video included

A legislative committee plans to issue its recommendations on how to deal with food deserts, areas that have limited access to grocery stores. More>>

Kraft recalls 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer wieners Video included

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Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.
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Cyber cops: Target hackers may take years to find

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Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer systems last December. More>>

Greenville looking to expand affordable housing options Video included

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The City of Greenville is looking to expand its affordable housing options. More>>

Muscle cars out in force at New York auto show

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Who says America has lost its muscle? More>>

President defending health law good for some Dems Video included

President Barack Obama's full-throated defense of his health care overhaul seems perfectly timed for Democrats who want their party to embrace the law more enthusiastically. More>>

Chipotle plans first price hike in 3 years

Chipotle is feeling confident that customers are willing to pay more for its burritos, bowls and tacos. More>>

Average US 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.27 pct

Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week for the second straight week as the spring home-buying season begins. More>>

Hot models at this year's New York Auto Show

With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the U.S. auto industry. Here are some of the vehicles debuting this year. The show opens to the public... More>>

Toyota Camry gets a top-to-bottom makeover

Shaken by the advances of newer, sportier rivals, the Toyota Camry is trying to shed its vanilla reputation. More>>

Ford to offer 50th anniversary Mustang

Ford is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mustang with a limited-edition model and a display atop the Empire State Building. More>>

Coca-Cola points to health-conscious consumers for drop in sales

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Fewer people around the globe are drinking soda. The world's biggest beverage maker says its soda sales fell for... More>>

Coca-Cola sells more drinks but soda dips

Coca-Cola, the world's biggest beverage maker, said Tuesday that the amount of soda it sold globally fell for first time in 15 years. More>>

Better Business Bureau warning Netflix customers of scam Video included

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The Better Business Bureau said con artists claiming to work for Netflix are trying to get money and private information from unsuspecting victims. More>>

April 15 not much of a deadline for most taxpayers

The calendar shows April 15, and you haven't even started on your federal tax return? Chances are, you don't need to fret. More>>

Beef prices reach highest level since 1987

The highest beef prices in almost three decades have arrived just before the start of grilling season, causing sticker shock for both consumers and restaurant owners - and relief isn't likely anytime soon. More>>

Fliers' thoughts, from 'no fear' to 'it's scarier'

The Indonesian mother of three had flown without her kids before, but this was the first time she gave her eldest a to-do list in case something happened on the flight she and her husband were taking. More>>

Some North Carolinians eligible for collection agency refunds

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North Carolina customers of the collection agency AllianceOne Receivables Management may be eligible for refunds. More>>

Tax scam

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Hate tax season? You're not alone. Identity thieves, on the other hand, love it. More>>

Charge your cell phone in 30 seconds

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Managing battery power can be the most frustrating part of owning a smartphone. More>>

New Phone Scams

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The Beaufort County Sheriff's office is warning of an increase in telephone scams.  More>>

New Bern Walmart Neighborhood Market moves closer to completion

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A new Walmart Neighborhood Market in New Bern, scheduled to open this spring, is moving closer to completion. More>>

Impress your friends and enrage your spouse with this Super Bowl TV buying guide

Buying a new TV can be a confusing and expensive endeavour. Here are some tips to ensure you get the most bang for your buck!
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5 steps to protect your credit

Recent data breaches remind consumers to secure financial information. More>>

Ten of the most fascinating cars for 2015

There are indeed a few boring cars on the market today; but these upcoming models in the pages ahead certainly won't be among them. More>>

Buying a car today? Go prepared or prepare to spend extra

If you're one of the many folks planning to purchase a new vehicle today -- or any day -- spend some time preparing for your shopping excursion. More>>

ENC shops offer discounts for Small Business Saturday

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Shops in eastern North Carolina offered deals to attract customers on Small Business Saturday.
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Apple launches slimmer, faster, and better looking new iPad Air

The iPad has been in need of an overhaul, given that the iPad 4 was a very light refresh over its predecessor, the iPad 3. Simply put, Apple has delivered here.
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Breast milk bought online may contain harmful germs

Even after working with several nursing experts, first-time mom Katie Sweet wasn't able to make enough of her own breast milk to feed her newborn daughter. More>>

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    Indiana cat missing 5 years reunited with owner

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:25:57 GMT
    A cat that went missing five years ago has been reunited with its owner in Indiana thanks to an implanted microchip.
    A cat that went missing five years ago has been reunited with its owner in Indiana thanks to an implanted microchip.
  • Extra crispy: French fry truck burns in Maine

    Extra crispy: French fry truck burns in Maine

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:05 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:05:13 GMT
    Bring on the ketchup: A tractor-trailer carrying 40,000 pounds of french fries caught fire in a Wal-Mart parking lot in the Maine city of Waterville.
    Bring on the ketchup: A tractor-trailer carrying 40,000 pounds of french fries caught fire in a Wal-Mart parking lot in the Maine city of Waterville.
  • Former Iron Curtain still barrier for deer

    Former Iron Curtain still barrier for deer

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:54 AM EDT2014-04-23 06:54:57 GMT
    The Iron Curtain was traced by an electrified barbed-wire fence that isolated the communist world from the West.
    The Iron Curtain was traced by an electrified barbed-wire fence that isolated the communist world from the West.
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