WASHINGTON (AP) - A man who walked into a District of Columbia pizza restaurant with an assault rifle, intent on investigating internet rumors dubbed "pizzagate," is scheduled to be sentenced. Edgar Maddison Welch of North Carolina is set to be sentenced Thursday at a hearing in federal court in Washington. In a court document filed ahead of the hearing, his attorney asked he be sentenced to 1½ years in prison. Prosecutors have asked for a sentence of 4½ years.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A dozen men and women in North Carolina have been charged with creating fake marriages to help foreign citizens achieve permenant U.S. residency. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday that indictments were unsealed in Asheville on Wednesday charging the suspect with marriage fraud and related violations. Prosecutors said foreigners paid between $1,500 and $3,000 for fake marriages to U.S. citizens.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - An American Airlines international flight originating in North Carolina had to be rerouted due to a mechanical problem. News outlets report that American Airlines flight 730 was able to return safely about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. A statement from American Airlines says the flight departed at 7 p.m. Wednesday from Charlotte bound for Heathrow Airport in London.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The state budget drawn up by Republicans at the North Carolina legislature will soon be in the hands of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who's already made plain his dislike for it. The House scheduled its second and final vote for the spending plan Thursday afternoon. The Senate completed its budget business earlier. Cooper will have to decide whether to veto the two-year budget proposal.
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