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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