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The U.S. Air Force pilot who held the record for the highest parachute jump for more than 50 years has died. Retired Col. Joseph Kittinger died Friday in Florida at age 94. Kittinger gained worldwide fame in 1960 when he jumped from a balloon-lifted gondola that took him nearly 20 miles above the New Mexico desert. Dressed in a pressure suit, he hit speeds of over 600 miles per hour before the thickening air and then his parachute slowed him down. Kittinger also served as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War. He was shot down in 1972 and spent 11 months in a Hanoi prisoner of war camp.

Jurors at the Los Angeles rape and sexual misconduct trial of Harvey Weinstein have been deliberating for a week without reaching a verdict. The jury of eight men and four women went home Friday afternoon and will resume deliberations Monday. They have had no questions for the court that might provide insight into the status of their work. The 70-year-old former movie mogul has pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape and seven other counts of sexual assault. He is already serving a 23-year sentence for a conviction in New York.

    Embattled Los Angeles Councilman Kevin de León has attended his first City Council meeting in nearly two months since a scandal broke over racist remarks by elected officials. Three other council members walked out after De Leon showed up. After a chaotic few minutes, a 45-minute recess was called. De Leon then left before the session resumed. The Los Angeles Times reports that dozens of people showed up to support de León while others yelled at him to leave. It’s the first time he has appeared at a meeting since a recording surfaced in October of a 2021 meeting during which racist language was used to mock colleagues. De León has apologized but said he has no plans to resign.

    Hundreds of people were rattled by an earthquake late Wednesday in the North Carolina mountains 100 miles west of Charlotte, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The ripple effect was felt at least 271 miles away, in the southeastern part of the state, officials say. It happened at 10:23 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, and registered as a 2.7 magnitude, which is considered mild. No damage was ...

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    Iredell County Sheriff’s Office detectives following up on a missing persons report found a body off Parkertown Road near Troutman on Thursday and the death is being investigated as a homicide, said Sheriff Darren Campbell.

    There was a new face swinging the gavel to open the first meeting of the new Iredell County Board of Commissioners. The new chair, Melissa Neader, took over as Bert Connolly joined Scottie Brown, Gene Houpe and Brad Stroud Sr. after the November election winners were sworn in on Monday. Stro…

    The Iredell County Board of Commissioners swore in its recently elected members Monday morning, as Bert Connolly joined Brad Stroud Sr. and Gene Houpe on the governing body.

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