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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina officials say the third and final compensation payment to sterilization victims should be mailed soon, marking the end of a 15-year pursuit of financial help for them. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Administration tells the Winston-Salem Journal that officials are verifying the final number of qualified claimants and confirming addresses.

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is narrowing the list of cities under consideration for its second headquarters to 20, with the largest concentration in the Northeast. Amazon, based in Seattle, plans to invest $5 billion in the new headquarters and could employ as many as 50,000 people in and around the city it chooses. Cities are in fierce competition to lure Amazon, which has revolutionized the way people shop.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Louisiana is struggling to dig out of an unusual blast of winter weather that shuttered interstates, burst pipes and closed schools and government offices. Every interstate in Baton Rouge remained closed Thursday morning, including Interstates 10 and 12, which were blocked to motorists across the southeastern stretch of the state. The transportation department hopes sunshine and above-freezing temperatures will help thaw the icy thoroughfares.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say a law enforcement officer in North Carolina rescued two women from a freezing creek after their vehicle ran down an embankment. The Herald Sun of Durham reports officers were dispatched to a call Wednesday and Durham Police Cpl. J.J. Barazandeh was the first to arrive. Police said in a Facebook post that he took off his duty belt and jumped into the icy creek. He was able to reach the vehicle and guide both women to the shoreline.

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