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Raleigh-Cary metro area leads NC in growth – News & Observer

More than 1.3 million people live in the Raleigh-Cary metro area, defined as Wake, Johnston and Franklin counties, up 2.5 percent in the year ending last June 30. The Raleigh metro area was the 14th fastest growing in the country and the fastest growing in North Carolina, followed by Charlotte, which grew 2 percent during that time.

▪ Harnett County, which is not part of the Raleigh metro area, has been the fourth fastest-growing county in the state since 2010, at 14.1 percent. Nearly 131,000 people lived in Harnett last summer.

But 48 counties have lost population since the 2010 census, most in rural areas. The northeastern part of the state has suffered the largest losses, led by Northampton at an estimated 9.5 percent. Altogether, 11 North Carolina counties have lost 5 percent or more of their population since 2010, all but one of them north and east of Rocky Mount.


New Mexico man sentenced in kidnapping of elderly woman – Albuquerque Journal

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The Dona Ana County District Attorney says a Las Cruces man has been sentenced to over 13 years in prison for kidnapping an elderly woman and stealing her car.

The DA says 44-year-old Andrew Serna of Fairacres was sentenced in the October 2015 case in which he burglarized an 82-year-old woman’s home, holding her against her will and stealing her car after dropping her off at a convenience store.

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Serna pleaded no contest to kidnapping, residential burglary, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence and larceny.


UK Parliament Attacker Is Identified as Khalid Masood – New York Times

The reaction, he added, showed that “humanity is stronger than the cowardice and depravity of the person who did this.”

LONDON — The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Thursday for the deadly attack outside the British Parliament, as Prime Minister Theresa May described the assailant as a British-born man whom the country’s domestic intelligence agency had investigated for connections to violent extremism.

“Everyone was in various states of shock,” he said. “Looking at it in context, up and until the late ’70s, it was a frequent target of I.R.A. attacks.”

The British authorities raided six properties across the country on Thursday, detaining eight people in London and in Birmingham, in central England, as they pressed ahead with a fast-moving investigation.

Mobeen Azhar, who has made several documentaries on Islamist radicalism in Britain and who knows Mr. Choudary, said that criminalizing support for the militant group had undoubtedly prevented some vulnerable young people from coming under the influence of radical propaganda. But he added that the networks had also become more careful, to avoid detection.


Man hospitalized after southwest Las Vegas crash – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Gordon said the man was driving north on Grand Canyon and drove over the center median for an “unknown reason.” He hit a building and then a tree. The crash caused minor damage to the building at 4145 S. Grand Canyon Drive.

Contact Rachel Crosby at rcrosby@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5290. Follow @rachelacrosby on Twitter.

The man is expected to live, police said.


Sean Payton, Saints have interest in Johnny Manziel – NFL.com

Manziel is still subject to suspension for a violation of the league’s personal-conduct policy. He spent the better part of a calendar year appearing in various photos and videos documenting his freewheeling — and sometimes troubling — lifestyle.

Rapoport added that Payton is interested in Manziel possibly joining the Saints sometime in the future. This was not simply the Saints head coach taking an interest in Manziel as he tries to climb back into the league after washing out amid substance abuse and legal issues.

What we do know is that the Saints should and will be in the market for a Drew Brees successor at some point. Brees is set to become a free agent again at the end of this season but has said multiple times that he plans on playing a few more years. This is good news for Payton, who has won games on the shoulders of Brees’ supreme talent for nearly a decade now. Deep into his 30s, the former second-round pick still is throwing for more than 5,000 yards per season. Should the team’s defensive rebuild take hold, the Saints should be bound for a return to the playoffs.

The situation seems quite fluid, and will likely be followed up with some platitudes from New Orleans. Teams looking to bring in a controversial player such as Manziel ordinarily couch such explorations as customary due diligence. Whether or not this graduates beyond a meeting remains to be seen.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday the wayward quarterback and former Browns first-round pick was spotted with Saints head coach Sean Payton at breakfast during last month’s Super Bowl, per sources informed of the meeting. The two discussed a return to the NFL.


New Jersey JCC Leader Exhales at News of Threat Arrest – U.S. News & World Report

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TENAFLY, N.J. (AP) — The head of a Jewish community center in New Jersey that had been targeted by bomb threats says he's thankful that U.S. and international law enforcement prioritized the investigation and have caught a suspect. Jordan Shenker …

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