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More than 7 decades after Pearl Harbor, remains from USS Oklahoma could be ID'd with new tests

CARY, N.C. - Dawn Silsbee and her siblings never knew their Uncle Bert. Now, nearly three-quarters of a century after that day of "infamy," their families might soon get the closure Bert Jacobson's mother was denied.
March Madness: College rivalries play out in office pools nationwide

...the Tar Heels, he's so unobjective. He thinks the world revolves around Chapel Hill." --- EDITOR's NOTE: Allen G. Breed is the AP's Southeast regional writer, based in Raleigh.
College basketball
Root rot threatens traditional Christmas fir trees

BAKERSVILLE, N.C. - Growers in Oregon, the nation's No. 1 Christmas tree producer, have been experimenting with the Turkish fir for more than 30 years.
Friendship was forged in heat of 1964 civil rights struggle

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. - Roy DeBerry learned at an early age what could happen to a black boy who violated Mississippi's Jim Crow-era social code.
Pleasant Hill tranquillity

PLEASANT HILL, Ky. - I was proposing to my future wife and wanted everything to be perfect. I couldn't have scripted it better.
Life & style
This job is mine

COAL RUN, Ky. - Sidney Coal Co. President Charlie Bearse was expressing an opinion that many in these mountains secretly share. Problem was, he put that opinion in writing.
One bishop, many brides

DULUTH - Bathed in sunlight streaming through a stained-glass window of Jesus Christ, Gwen Robinson held the hand of one man of God as she listened to the words of another.
Lynching law shifts focus

JENKINSVILLE, S.C. - From the time his son was old enough to understand, Kamau Marcharia has been telling Ramon the story of an ancestor who was tied to the bumper of a Model T Ford and dragged to his death.
Unemployed face reality of a dying industry

...because he's where the action is, so to speak. "He's where it's all being done." * * * * EDITOR'S NOTE: Allen G. Breed is the AP's Southeast regional writer, based in Raleigh, N.C.
Love letters reveal glimpse of war life

STATESBORO, Ga. -- At 89, Paul Nessmith is one of the few in his family old enough to remember anything personal about his Grampa Wiley. He recalls the huge pistol Wiley kept on a nail over his bed, and how he watched in awe during the sticky North Georgia evenings as the old man picked off roosting bats from the front porch. When 7-year-old Paul begged to shoot the cannon himself, Wiley agreed, but on one condition: First catch that yellow butterfly fluttering in the yard.