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."
Former Wake County register of deeds Laura Riddick turned herself in to law enforcement officers on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, the day after she was accused of embezzling more than $900,000 from the office she presided over for two decades. Riddick walked into the Wake County Detention Center at about 7:30 a.m. with her husband Matthew Eisley, a former journalist at The News & Observer.
Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. Moore, meanwhile, refused to concede and raised the possibility of a recount during a brief appearance at a sombre campaign party in Montgomery. "It's not over," Moore said. He added, "We know that God is still in control."
Cell phone video shows a school resource officer at Sanderson High School in Raleigh subduing a student allegedly involved in a fight at the school. The officer at Sanderson High School was temporarily reassigned Wednesday as police investigate his actions.
Harlem-Roscoe (Illinois) firefighters were dispatched to a call for a man trying to rescue his dog that had fallen through thin ice into a lake on Dec. 11, 2017. The dog's owner found his dog in the water and tried using a kayak on the ice to get to him. About half way out he broke through the ice himself and was now also in the frigid water. Firefighter Lt. Justin Mayton donned a cold water suit who took a second kayak onto the ice. He reached the owner of the dog who was able to climb into the kayak. Mayton was then able to reach the dog and he and the dog were pulled back to the shore by firefighters. The dog and the owner were warmed up in the ambulance and taken home.