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ADAMS RUN, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say they charged a man with murder after he told friends he had killed someone and the body would never be found. Charleston County deputies say 27-year-old Patrick Gregory was arrested Thursday after burned bones were found in a pile of burned debris behind a home. A sworn statement says investigators talked to four people who said Gregory told them about the killing, including one witness who gave a detailed account of the victim's death.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina authorities say 76 people have been arrested in eight southeastern states on charges of child pornography or otherwise exploiting children. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation announced Friday that the operation involved more than 200 law enforcement agencies and took four months of planning. The task force included investigators in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

(AP) - The walkouts to protest gun violence that mobilized students nationwide also created tensions in hallways and classrooms. In some cases, personal relationships have been strained as classmates take different views of the protests and calls for tighter gun restrictions. Administrators and student leaders are also sorting through the fallout as some schools hand out discipline for some who defied school instructions and participated in the walkouts Wednesday,

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - A city in Alabama will take part in an urban tree canopy study. The Opelika-Auburn News reports the city of Auburn and the Green Infrastructure Center entered an agreement to evaluate the canopy, which is layered with leaves, branches and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above. The study looks to improve the planning of any future reforestation efforts.

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