Just as their economies had begun to recover from the man-made horror of coups and civil war, the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been knocked back down by a terrifying force of nature: the Ebola virus.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chastised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday over the issue of Jewish settlements and challenged him to show "leadership" and make compromises for peace.
A federal judge in North Carolina has struck down the state's gay marriage ban, opening the way for the first same-sex weddings in the state to begin immediately.
A Jacksonville woman has been sentenced to more than two months in jail for the drowning death of her toddler daughter.
A third person has been arrested in the discovery of skeletal remains in Forsyth County.
Gay and lesbian couples are getting legally married in the South for the first time, crossing a threshold in a conservative region long opposed to the marriages.
Three more people were under quarantine Tuesday for possible Ebola at a Madrid hospital after a Spanish nursing assistant became infected there, authorities said. More than 50 others were being monitored as experts pressed to figure out why Spain's anti-infection practices failed.
Police have identified a man killed in a crash in Mecklenburg County who was being chased by Cabarrus County sheriff's deputies.
Opponents of a voting law backed by North Carolina's Republican leaders have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to block parts of it they say could discourage minorities from casting ballots.
The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for an immediate expansion of same-sex marriage by unexpectedly and tersely turning away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions. The court's order effectively makes gay marriage legal now in 30 states.