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Politics, Legal Affairs, and Investigations Reporter — Associated Press
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Newsman at The Associated Press writing about politics, legal affairs & investigations. FOIA filer. Pool player. Sleep-deprived dad of three. mbiesecker@ap.org

Three NC soldiers killed by bomber in Afghanistan

wral.com — Three members of the North Carolina Army National Guard have been killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. The remains of Sgt. Jeremy F. Hardison of Maysville, Staff Sgt. Donna R. Johnson of Raeford and Sgt. Thomas J. Butler IV of Wilmington were flown into Dover Air Force Base Tuesday evening.

Lawsuit: Eight inmates beaten at NC Central Prison

wral.com — A federal lawsuit on behalf of eight inmates at North Carolina's Central Prison alleges correctional officers used "blind spots" out of view of security cameras to beat handcuffed and shackled inmates. An amended complaint filed last week in U.S.

NC lawmakers head home after final flurry of bills

wral.com — North Carolina lawmakers headed home Friday after late-night and early-morning sessions that saw a final push to pass Republican-backed bills capping what all sides agree was one of the most transformational legislative sessions in state history. The House adjourned shortly before noon, following the Senate's 2 a.m. adjournment.

State probing sweepstakes campaign donations

wral.com — The State Bureau of Investigation is probing campaign donations provided to North Carolina politicians by the video sweepstakes industry. North Carolina Department of Justice spokeswoman Noelle Talley confirmed Wednesday the criminal investigation into possible public corruption, which she said began in 2013. Talley said the probe was prompted by requests from federal and state prosecutors in Raleigh.

Together 48 years, couple fights NC marriage ban

wral.com — On the summer night Ellen Gerber and Pearl Berlin committed to spending their lives together, the No. 1 song was "When A Man Loves A Woman." Lyndon B. Johnson was president. NASA had just landed the first unmanned probe on the moon. "We're still in love, after 48 years," Gerber, better known as Lennie, said recently.

Analysts question McCrory's payout disclosure

wral.com — Political analysts from both parties said they had concerns Wednesday about whether North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory had been forthcoming about payments of more than $185,000 in cash and stock that he accepted from a Charlotte mortgage broker after he took office last year. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that McCrory and U.S.

Probe into fatal construction accident could take months

wral.com — More on this Construction company offers condolences, promises investigation Witnesses describe construction accident 3 dead, 1 injured in Raleigh construction accident - North Carolina's workplace safety agency said Tuesday that it may be months before it finishes an investigation into why a scaffold with several men on it broke free from the facade of a high-rise construction project and killed three workers.

3 dead in scaffolding collapse at downtown Raleigh high-rise

wral.com — Workers were dismantling a scaffold at a high-rise construction project on Monday when a piece of it fell to the ground in downtown Raleigh, killing three men and sending another to a hospital.

Bergdahl charged despite torture, attempts to escape Taliban

wral.com — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured repeatedly in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban: beaten with a copper cable, chained, held in a cage and threatened with execution after trying to escape.

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hosted.ap.org — RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured repeatedly in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban: beaten with a copper cable, chained, held in a cage and threatened with execution after trying to escape.
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Mar 26, 2015

@AP: Army Sgt. Bowe #Bergdahl says he was beaten, starved and kept in a cage during his 5 years as a Taliban captive_ hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

Mar 25, 2015

RT @AP: BREAKING: Official: Bowe Bergdahl facing desertion charge punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment

Mar 11, 2015

@AP: Truck driver in NC Amtrak crash that injured 55 is a convicted felon with long history of traffic violations_ bigstory.ap.org/article/e2e0f8…

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