Supreme Court Justice Scalia dead at 79

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the judicial standard-bearer of the conservative movement and the court's most provocative member, died Saturday. He was 79.

‎His death means President Obama could have an unprecedented chance to try to shift the balance of the court during his final year in office -- setting up a Senate battle in the heat of an election year.

Obama said he planned "to fulfill my constitutional responsibility to nominate a successor in due time."

The U.S. Marshals Service in Washington confirmed Scalia's death at a private residence in the Big Bend area of south Texas.

Governor McCrory and President Obama have ordered all NC and United States flags to be lowered to half-staff on all state facilities to honor U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia.

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