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N&O coverage of North Carolina's House Bill 2

North Carolina legislators, in a special session March 23, 2016, drafted and approved a statewide bill that nullified a Charlotte ordinance allowing people to choose bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity. The bill, known as HB2 and signed into law by NC Gov. Pat McCrory, drew immediate and sustained criticism from transgender people, others aligned with the LGBT movement, some businesses and some community-level politicians.

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Apple announces product updates and new headquarters

From Cupertino, Calif., Apple CEO Tim Cook announced new initiatives and several product updates for Apple including: a lower price on iWatch, the iPhone SE, and a smaller iPad Pro. Cook also announced this product introduction will probably be the last in the space where Apple announced memorable developments like the iPod and the App Store. In 2017, the company will move to a new campus.

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Former SEANC chief busted 

Here is a collection of stories on Dana Cope, the former executive director of the State Employees Association of North Carolina. The News & Observer reported in February 2015 on his spending of SEANC funds. The Wake District Attorney opened an investigation the following day, and Cope resigned the day after.  He pleaded guilty to theft in November 2015 and is serving a five-year prison sentence.

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Marcus Paige wasn’t all that worried when he watched Roy Williams collapse for a moment during the second half of a game at Boston College because Paige had seen it before and was familiar with Williams’ bouts with vertigo.

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NC prison contracts

Gov. Pat McCrory intervened on behalf of a friend and political donor who wanted to renew $3 million in private prison contracts over the objections of McCrory’s top prison officials, records and interviews show.

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