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Archive for December, 2012

NWS: Microburst caused damage in Kure Beach

Friday, December 28th, 2012

The National Weather Service confirmed a microburst hit Kure Beach Wednesday morning around 9:45.

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NWS says microburst, not tornado, struck Kure Beach

Friday, December 28th, 2012

KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The National Weather Service says a microburst, not a tornado, struck Kure Beach in a storm that rolled through the day after Christmas.

NWS crews went on a storm survey of the area Thursday morning. They found two windows blown out in a convenience store at K Avenue and Fort Fisher Blvd. and two ice machines that were toppled. No other damage was found. 

These findings lead them to believe a microburst (a strong burst of damaging winds found in severe thunderstorms) was the likely culprit of this damage. Even though funnel clouds were spotted by residents, the crews could not find any damage that would be resulted from a tornado. 

This storm struck early Wednesday morning, and did have a Tornado Warning from the NWS when it moved through Kure Beach.

 

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Ring in 2013 with ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest’

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Ryan Seacrest hosts the year’s biggest celebration at the crossroads of the world when Carly Rae Jepsen and Neon Trees join headliner Taylor Swift performing live in Times Square on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013,” MONDAY on ABC and WWAY.

Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas returns to host the west coast party, featuring performances by Brandy, Flo Rida, Karmin, OneRepublic, Pitbull and more.

The New Year’s festivities kick off at 8 p.m. with a two-hour celebration of Dick Clark, hosted by Fergie and Jenny McCarthy, “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Celebrates Dick Clark.” The special celebrates, through clips and reminiscences, the legendary television personality and producer who rang in the New Year for four decades and launched and nurtured the careers of countless artists. Ryan Seacrest makes a special appearance.

Beginning at 10 p.m., Seacrest will host “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013” from New York, with McCarthy returning to interview the revelers in Times Square. Some of America’s hottest artists and groups will perform throughout the night.

At 11 p.m., don’t miss the final edition of WWAY NewsChannel 3 for 2012. Then it’s right back to the party at 11:35 p.m.

The bi-coastal events will include more than 5 1/2 hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe, and Ryan Seacrest will lead the traditional countdown to midnight from Times Square in New York City.

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Putin signs anti-US adoptions bill

Friday, December 28th, 2012

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children.

The bill is part of the country’s increasingly confrontational stance with the West and has angered some Russians who argue it victimizes children to make a political point.

UNICEF estimates that there are about 740,000 children not in parental custody in Russia,.

The law also blocks dozens of Russian children now in the process of being adopted by American families from leaving the country. The US is the biggest destination for adopted Russian children. More than 60,000 of them have been taken in by Americans over the past two decades.

It is retaliation for an American law that calls for sanctions against Russian officials deemed human rights violators.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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ALE director wants to be field agent again

Friday, December 28th, 2012

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — The director of the NC Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement has asked for a demotion ahead of the incoming Republican administration.

The Department of Public Safety says outgoing department secretary Reuben Young approved John Ledford’s request to return to Asheville as an agent starting Jan. 1.

Ledford was appointed by Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue and served in the agency’s top position for three years. During his tenure, ALE expanded into enforcement activities including a SWAT-like unit that serves high-risk warrants and chases fugitives.

Earlier this year, the state auditor issued a critical report saying Ledford blocked its investigation into what it said was misuse of his state car. Ledford insisted he only used the car on state business, even though it coincided with trips home to the mountains from Raleigh.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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