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Posted on December 20, 2013 at 3:02 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 20 at 3:01 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A record number of North Carolinians will travel 50 miles or more during the Christmas-New Year's holiday period. That's the prediction from AAA Carolinas is predicting. The 12-day Christmas/New Year's travel holiday is defined as Saturday, Dec. 21 through Wednesday, Jan. 1, which is one day longer than the travel period last year.

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A ferry that ran aground and became stuck on a sandbar on the North Carolina coast has been freed. The U.S. Coast Guard said the 64-foot pedestrian ferry Adventure was towed yesterday from a sandbar in the Southport Channel to Wilmington for inspection.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A convicted felon is returning to prison after trying to hide a loaded pistol under his 5-year-old child during a 2010 traffic stop. United States District Court Judge Terrence Boyle sentenced Vincent Jarod Williams of Spring Lake yesterday to more than eight years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democrat Keith Crisco is preparing to run for Congress next year. Crisco was North Carolina's commerce secretary during Gov. Beverly Perdue's administration. He filed paperwork saying he will seek the 2nd Congressional District seat currently held by Republican Renee Ellmers.

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