Coroner to test Baby Boy Horry’s DNA for possible match to mother accused of killing two babies

‘Let this Lamborghini light your fire,’ pastor says while giving wife $200k Lamborghini - he’s now defending the purchase

Facebook bug gave third parties access to photos for 6.8 million accounts

New Smithfield Foods distribution center opens in Tar Heel

Armored truck deposits cash on highway in NJ

Rich family offering a photographer $100k to travel the world and take photos of them

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  Friday is National Free Shipping Day

Several N.C. ferries running alternate schedules Dec. 24-25

North Carolina university board discusses Confederate statue

Michael Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments wrong

Toyota recalls address possible restraint, braking issues

Woman seriously injured in bear attack in PA

Southport-Fort Fisher ferry operating on one-boat schedule

The Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry will be operating on a one-boat schedule Friday due to a mechanical issue.

As sentencing looms, Flynn is upbeat, has adoring fans

People close to Flynn tell The Associated Press he has been relaxing with friends at events such as an Elton John concert. At a recent Boston Celtics game, strangers approached him to shake his hand and get photos.

  Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

Although the resolutions are largely symbolic — because it's unclear if they will be considered by the House — passage Thursday showed senators seeking to assert oversight of Trump administration foreign policy and the relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Pender County emergency officials issue warning about flooding in low-lying areas

According to WECT meteorologists, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for southeastern North Carolina from Friday morning into Saturday afternoon.

Get those gifts under the tree in time

Bladen election officials prepare for possible election

Children’s play raises money to protect waterways

Police: SC mother facing four felonies after the remains of two newborns were found

Jury deliberates for less than 30 minutes, returns guilty verdict for man accused of killing Wilmington woman

Governor Cooper tours Pender County to survey Florence recovery efforts

  Help make sure 220 children have gifts to open on Christmas morning

The children are in the Big Buddy program, Hurricane Florence evacuees and in foster care.

Boiling Spring Lakes residents ready for well-traveled road to be repaired

Boiling Spring Lakes residents are frustrated with how long it has taken for East Boiling Spring Road to be repaired. The road has been under construction since September after it was washed out by Hurricane Florence.

Manhunt follows chase into Horry County; two suspects in custody

A police chase that started in Columbus County, NC went through a part of Horry County Thursday morning.

Bomb threats sent to businesses, universities and media nationwide

Threats are being sent in to create mass disruption.

Surf City Swing Bridge should be removed by March

Crews cut power to the bridge on Thursday and they're scheduled to begin removing the bridge tender house on Friday.

Judge bars tree-removal company accused of price gouging from collecting fees

A Superior Court judge has granted a preliminary injunction against an out-of-state tree removal company which keeps the owners from operating in North Carolina and collecting exorbitant fees they charged victims in Castle Hayne in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Deadline to apply for FEMA assistance extended to Dec. 19

Gov. Roy Cooper requested and received a deadline extension in early November and the deadline was extended again Thursday at Cooper’s request. The deadline to register is Dec. 19 at 11:59 p.m.

As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

Though Cohen broke down during his sentencing hearing Wednesday, Trump remained uncharacteristically quiet, his Twitter feed still while he ignored shouted questions about his former attorney at a White House event. But Trump has been far from silent during the monthslong Cohen saga.

Boy Scouts of America considers filing for bankruptcy, report says

The organization is one of the largest youth groups in the country.

Tech Connect: new devices help you fight back against porch pirates

You've seen the reports and may even be a victim yourself. But there are ways for you to fight back against the dreaded porch pirates during the holiday season.

WECT’s Frances Weller given StarNews Lifetime Achievement Award

At 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, WECT's Frances Weller wasn't where you normally find her.

Convicted rapist charged with killing missing NC woman

A registered sex offender has been arrested and charged with the murder of a missing 71-year-old Johnston County woman, the sheriff’s office confirmed.

New Hanover County crews to conduct live fire training Monday

New Hanover County Fire Rescue crews, in conjunction with Cape Fear Community College, will conduct a live fire training exercise on Monday.

Son has nowhere to hide when Mom embarrasses him on camera at basketball game

Mandy Remmell went for it when the 'fan cam' pointed at her during a Kelly Clarkson song. Her son may never forgive her.

N.Y.-based business announces distribution center at Cape Fear Industrial Complex

A New York-based business is establishing an 80,000-square-foot distribution center at the Cape Fear Industrial Complex in Rocky Point.

Suspect identified, charged in Leland Walmart larceny

Detectives with the Leland Police Department have identified a man wanted in connection with a theft at Walmart last month.

Reverend requests independent investigation into how NHC school system handled sexual misconduct allegations

Reverend Dante Murphy of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice said “in the midst of trying to do good ... the administration failed students."

Ian Ziering added to cast of ‘Swamp Thing’

Ian Ziering, who starred on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210, and the Sharknado film series, has been added to the cast of the Wilmington-based television series Swamp Thing.

Bones found in family home ID’d as father missing for decades

One night back in 1961, Mike Carroll's father, George, disappeared. The explanations for his father's disappearance never sat well with the son.

Trump’s 10 terrorists: The evolution of a statistic

These 10 do not exist, except as a federal statistic that Trump and his vice president put through a rhetorical grinder in service of describing emigrants from Mexico as a menace.

NC election fraud: Concerning number of absentee ballots not returned in Columbus Co.

As evidence mounts of election fraud in Bladen County, WECT has learned this may not be an isolated problem. WECT has just uncovered that things in Columbus County may be even worse.

Amid fraud probe, an election redo might require new primary

The House and Senate voted Wednesday to require both new primary and general elections if the state elections board decides a redo is needed because of ballot irregularities in a close congressional contest.

  Wilmington nears landmark 100 inches of rain for 2018

A breakdown of the wettest year to date in Wilmington.

Boy, 11, changes last name from ‘Trump’ due to bullying

While his parents work on getting his name legally changed, the boy will be going by his father’s last name at school.

Would-be burglar rescued after getting stuck in restaurant grease vent for 2 days

The sheriff’s office says the man was physically exhausted and suffering from dehydration. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Cape Fear River Watch, SELC explain Chemours consent order in public session: ‘This is a first step’

Kemp Burdette, riverkeeper with Cape Fear River Watch, joined Geoff Gisler, senior attorney with the SELC, to answer questions at Wednesday's session.

Sheriff to fix ‘failure in the system’ after evidence tying suspect in 13-year-old’s death to 2016 rape is missed

The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an internal affairs investigation in reference to a 2016 incident involving the suspect charged in connection with the death of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar.

Wilmington Tree Commission replants Greenfield Park

Since Hurricane Florence uprooted thousands of trees in Wilmington, it was perhaps more important to replant trees this year.

Wilmington Fire Department rolls in new engine

In a time-honored tradition Wilmington Fire Department held a ceremony by literally rolling out the old engine to roll in the new engine Wednesday.

Woman works to build elaborate Christmas tree for girl losing her sight

Mary Maness met the girl's mother while volunteering to help Hurricane Florence victims.

Colin Hackman encourages you to Get Fit with 6

Need a jump start to your New Year’s Resolution? Or maybe you are looking for an opportunity to showcase your health and wellness business? Get Fit with 6 is the Cape Fear’s ONLY Race and Wellness Expo!

Here We Grow: New stores, restaurants set to open in Wilmington, Leland

Development in southeastern North Carolina continues to boom with new restaurants and stores set to open in the coming months.

Goose Masters use dogs to shoo away ever-growing goose population

Goose Masters uses border collies to keep problematic geese away from their customers' properties.

Police officer sells blue Christmas trees in support of law enforcement

“I’ve been in law enforcement for 13 years in West Jefferson, North Carolina, and we think it’s important to support law enforcement across the state of North Carolina,” said Brad Jordan, who works with Barr Evergreens.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Cape Fear Memorial Bridge closing Wednesday, Thursday night

The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge is expected to be closed overnight Wednesday and Thursday.

100+ mph chase lands Bladen County felon in prison

An Elizabethtown man is headed to prison after he pleaded guilty to leading deputies on a high-speed chase through the county where speeds reached over 100 miles per hour.

Columbus County commissioner changes parties, says issues in general election spurred switch

Columbus County commissioner Edwin Russ changed parties Monday from Democrat to Republican, Russ saying the 2018 general election factored into his decision.

Netflix: What’s coming and going in January

The four movies in the Indiana Jones series will arrive to Netflix on Jan. 1. Also coming is "Solo: A Star Wars Story" on Jan. 9, a prequel featuring a young Han Solo, with Alden Ehrenreich behind the controls of the Millennium Falcon.

Wilmington insurance agent accused of embezzling from clients

Agents with the North Carolina Department of Insurance have charged a Wilmington man with embezzling thousands of dollars from his clients during an 18-month period while working as an insurance agent.

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen gets 3 years in prison

Cohen, 52, appeared at a courthouse in Manhattan for a sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge William Pauley III and took on Trump’s characterization of him as “weak.”

Crews begin work on police and fire training center

Work has begun on the site of the City of Wilmington’s future police and firefighter training center.

2 doctors’ photos play role in sexual abuse claims involving hundreds of victims

In one case, a disgraced University of Southern California gynecologist has led police to a collection of nude photographs that may be connected with the abuse alleged by his patients. In another case, victims of a deceased New York doctor are demanding to know what happened to the photos.

Work on Park Ave. multi-use path nearly complete

Work on the first phase of a half-mile, 10-foot wide multi-use path along Park Avenue from Empie Park to Audubon Boulevard is expected to be be completed by the end of next week.

Groom faced Texas snowstorm to meet his bride at the altar

For a lot of families, 10-inches of snow on a Saturday morning meant a fun time outside, but one Lubbock couple will always remember the journey that snow brought them on the most important morning of their lives.

NC deputy finds $5 million worth of cocaine in tractor-trailer

Two men are behind bars after a Johnston County deputy found $5 million worth of cocaine in the back of a tractor trailer, the sheriff’s office said.

Wrongfully convicted man allowed to proceed in case against SBI, NC Courts

Joseph Sledge, the man who spent 37 years in prison for a double murder in Bladen County he did not commit, has moved another step closer to victory in his case against the state.

New Bern Marine among 5 killed in warplanes crash off Japan

The U.S. military has identified five Marines who were declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan’s southern coast.

Two men sought in Shallotte car theft arrested

The Shallotte Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying two men it says are connected to a vehicle theft at Walmart on Monday.

Toddler shot baby in face while couple showered, police said

The child is alive but was seriously wounded and has been in critical condition since Saturday.

Most drug overdoses involve fentanyl, CDC finds

The study found illicit drugs like fentanyl, heroin and cocaine were the leading causes of unintentional overdoses, and prescription drugs were more likely to be involved in suicidal overdoses.

Woman found dead on FL interstate; family alleges date left her for dead

Authorities said the woman's body had been struck by several cars while lying in the roadway. It is unknown how she died.

Firefighters and family dodge death after explosive tractor-trailer crash, then woman pulls a gun

"Amazingly, everybody walked away," said Myles Swain, EMT and volunteer firefighter on the scene. "There could have been seven fatalities."

Democrats focus on voting rights ahead of 2020 primary

Multiple potential contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are elevating the issue of voting rights as they prepare to launch campaigns. They're vowing to oppose Republican-backed efforts to require identification to vote, reinstate protections eliminated by a 2013 Supreme Court ruling

Distillery OKed in Carolina Beach; golf carts can operate as taxi cabs in the town

The applicant for a floating bar project pulled his permit at Tuesday’s Carolina Beach Town Council meeting.

Wilmington-based company re-signs Brian Harman for 2019 PGA Tour season

MegaCorp has re-signed with the professional golfer as his title sponsor for the 2019 PGA Tour season.

Murdered woman’s father speaks out; closing arguments in trial expected Thursday

The medical examiner testified Tuesday that Brittany Fullwood was shot five times in her forearm, leg, abdomen, and face.

Search for propane tank thief ends in arrest of Rocky Point woman

Tips from the public led authorities to arrest Ginger Michelle Fussell of Rocky Point for stealing a grill propane tank from someone’s backyard.

Trump threatens gov’t shutdown in heated meeting with Dem leaders over border wall

Trump conferred Tuesday at the White House with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer ahead of a Dec. 21 deadline to shut down a range of government agencies.