WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory granted pardons on Thursday to two brothers who served more than 30 years in prison each for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl before they were declared innocent of the crime last year. A judge ordered Henry McCollum and his half brother, Leon Brown, to be freed from incarceration in September after DNA tests linked the 1983 killing of Sabrina Buie to another man. McCrory said while it was difficult to know for certain the events surrounding the girl's death in the town of Red Springs, he was convinced after a nine-month review that McCollum and Brown deserved "pardons of innocence." "It's the right thing to do," the Republican governor said in a statement.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Opponents of the planned closure of Sweet Briar College made a desperate plea Thursday to the Supreme Court of Virginia to temporarily block its shuttering in hopes of saving the 114-year-old women's institution.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A white Wisconsin police officer who fatally shot an unarmed biracial man couldn't have used a stun gun during the encounter under his department's policy, according to internal police investigatory reports released Thursday.
-- will be at the forefront of the annual Midem trade show starting on the French Riviera on Friday. The new boss of Deezer, France's answer to Swedish-based streaming leader Spotify, will take the stage on the first day of the event in Cannes, along with an executive from Tidal, a rival service relaunched this year by American rapper Jay-Z. It's one more sign that streaming is focusing the minds, hopes and investments of many of the 6,000 attendees of the trade show, coming from 75 countries.