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  • Friends and  family of Daniel Harris gather around a heart drawn onto Seven Oaks Drive during a candlelight vigil to remember Harris, a deaf motorist who was shot and killed by a state trooper, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 in Charlotte, N.C. Harris, a deaf man who was shot and killed by a North Carolina state trooper after he didn’t stop for the officer’s blue lights was unarmed and likely did not understand the officer’s commands, the slain man’s family says.  (David T. Foster III/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

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  • In this Feb. 6, 2016, file photo, Carolina Panthers wide receivers Kelvin Benjamin, left, and Devin Funchess (17) pose for a photo inside Levi's Stadium as they gathered for a team photo in preparation for the Super Bowl 50 football game, in Santa Clara, Calif. After a solid rookie season, Funchess appears ready to take on the role of starting wide receiver opposite Benjamin.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

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  • In this Feb. 7, 2016, file photo, Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning (18) loses the ball as he is hit by Carolina Panthers' Kony Ealy (94) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game, in Santa Clara, Calif. Ealy's breakout game on the biggest stage has led to huge expecations for the third-year defensive end. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers third-year defensive end Kony Ealy is looking to parlay a huge performance in the Super Bowl into a super season in 2016.

  • In this Aug. 12, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he leaves a campaign rally in Altoona, Pa. While Donald Trump's chief economic pitch is decrying foreign trade, the audience for his argument is shrinking by the day in the state most pivotal to his shot at the presidency. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

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  • In this Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, a worker attaches a banner to a scaffolding in New Orleans in preparation of the NBA All-Star basketball game. The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, because the decision hasn't been announced. New Orleans replaces Charlotte, which was set to host the game until the NBA decided last month that it wouldn't hold its marquee, mid-season event in North Carolina because of a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

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  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a campaign speech in Charlotte, N.C. Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, center, comforts flood victim Olive Gordan with her husband Jimmy, right, during tour of their flood damaged home in Denham Springs, La., Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

    Trump says ‘I do regret’ some caustic campaign statements

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Offering consolation, expressing regret, cutting ties with a controversial aide. Donald Trump’s campaign turnaround plan on Friday featured the unorthodox candidate acting much like a conventional politician struggling to revive a presidential bid on the ropes.

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts after delivering a campaign speech in Charlotte, N.C. Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Trump says he regrets comments that may have caused pain

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — For the first time since declaring his presidential run, Republican Donald Trump acknowledged that his caustic comments may have caused people pain, saying that he regrets some of what he’s said “in the heat of debate.”