Chilly conditions and light rain are expected for parts or all of Monday and Tuesday in the Charlotte area, and that will be followed on Christmas Eve by heavier rain and a chance of thunderstorms.

A second trial was declared a mistrial Monday in the case against the Baltimore man accused of killing Charlotte-area teen Phylicia Barnes in 2010.

A Delaware Chancery Court judge has denied a request to block shareholders from voting on Family Dollar Stores’ proposed sale to Dollar Tree, saying stockholders should have the “opportunity to decide for themselves” on the transaction.

Carolina’s 17-13 victory over Cleveland combined with Atlanta’s 30-14 whipping of New Orleans to set up a 'win and you’re in' playoff scenario in the final weekend of the NFL season.

Report card: Panthers grades vs. Browns
Notes: Norman deals with angels, demons
Scott Says: Kuechly owns up to mistake
Scott Says: A perfect Sunday for Panthers
Box score | NFL roundup | Scores

Dorothy and Darryl O’Leary own an attractive two-story home in a tidy north Charlotte neighborhood. But look more closely and you’ll see a husband and wife struggling to hold their dreams together.

Party Pix 12.22.14

A Christian college claiming to offer tuition-free higher education abruptly left its Myrtle Beach headquarters this month.

Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were gunned down at close range in their patrol car in Brooklyn on Saturday.

Saunders: There is something odious about Bill Cosby’s appeal for racial unity in a case like this.

Celebrity Roundup 12.21.14

Charlotte's Singing Christmas Tree has just wrapped up its 60th year.

Photos: More than 200 people entered cards. Here's a winning one from Jacob Church, 15, and a few more entries.

The Daily Edit 12.22.14

Jimmy Black, the point guard on the Tar Heels’ 1982 national championship squad, hears himself channeling Dean Smith when admonishing his own boys.

~Cheerleaders 12.21.14

Luke DeCock: It’s not the set of bowls that anyone expected for Duke, UNC, NC State and ECU. ... It may end up being more entertaining this way.

All 10 Duke wins have come by double digits – the first season in Blue Devils’ history that has ever started in such dominant fashion.

Duke lab helped analyze 45 bird genomes, published for the first time this month in 28 scientific journals.

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