Fifty Shades of Grey and the Bible rank in the top 10 of the latest list of books most objected to at public schools and libraries. Here are the books on the American Library Association’s “State of Libraries Report.”
Emily Maynard, former “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” star, said she never really set out to write a book but an agent sought her out after seeing her speak at a church. She credits the pastor of the church for giving her the courage to pen her story. Though not excited to be in the spotlight again, Maynard said, "I prayed about it and I really felt like this is where the Lord was leading me."
Lawrence Schoen, founder of the Klingon Language Institute, sings the Klingon translation of "Soft Kitty," a lullaby made famous in the CBS TV show "Big Bang Theory." Schoen will appear at Triangle book stores this week with his new science fiction novel "Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard."
Gabe Davis, a nine-year-old boy from Cleveland, threw out the first pitch at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball game June 22. Davis was born with a condition that affected his legs, but that's not stopping him from enjoying his favorite sport.
Video: The Bay Leaf Fire Department and the Stony Hill Fire Department in northern Wake County practice working together as they prepare for a merger of the two units the first week in July. The combined group will be known as the Northern Wake Fire Department.
NC Central basketball coach Lavelle Moton shows off his New Edition dance moves in a video posted to Twitter before the group was honored at the BET Awards. Moton is a huge fan of the group and has become friends with the band members.
Never look directly at the sun's rays. When watching a partial eclipse you must wear eclipse glasses at all times or use another indirect method if you want to face the sun. During a total eclipse when the moon completely obscures the sun, it is safe to look directly at the star -- but it's crucial that you know when to wear and not wear your glasses.
Video: Governor Cooper outlines his differences with the proposed legislative budget, and offers to sign a budget when his simple compromises are met during a press conference on Monday, June 26, 2017 at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh, N.C.
A 12-year-old Mormon girl named Savannah came out as a lesbian to her church in Utah on May 7. “I do believe he [God] made me this way on purpose. No part of me is a mistake," she said to her church congregation.
Steve Dowdy, a mechanic at Kings River Golf and Country Club in Kingsburg, Calif., shows a baby raccoon he found at the flooded golf course Saturday. Dowdy said he would take it home and his wife would help feed and restore its health.