- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in North Carolina. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Carolinas News Editor Tim Rogers at 919-510-8937 or at tmrogers@ap.org.

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UPCOMING TODAY:

CLAY AIKEN-CONGRESS

RALEIGH - Former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken is running for Congress in North Carolina. Aiken said Wednesday he will seek the Democratic nomination for the seat currently held by Rep. Renee Ellmers. By Gary Robertson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon.

CVS CAREMARK-TOBACCO SALES

UNDATED - CVS Caremark is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 drugstores nationwide as it focuses more on providing health care. The nation’s second-largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1, a move that will cost about $2 billion in annual revenue but won’t affect its 2014 earnings forecast. CVS Caremark leaders say removing tobacco will help them grow the company’s business of working with doctors, hospitals and other care providers to improve customers’ health. By Business Writers Tom Murphy And Michael Felberbaum. SENT: 1,150 words. AP Photo NY111.

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CHARLOTTE POLICE-SHOOTING DEATH

CHARLOTTE - The city of Charlotte wants a lawsuit filed by the family of a man shot and killed by a police officer moved to federal court. The city has asked that the lawsuit by the family of Jonathan Ferrell be heard in U.S. District Court, The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/1lAcxr2 ) reported. SENT: 210 words

IN BRIEF: TEEN KILLED, DEBT STUDY, ASHEVILLE SCHOOL-MAKE-UP DAYS, MCCRORY-DC VISIT.

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