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Raleigh is the capital and the second largest city in the state of North Carolina as well as the seat of Wake County. Raleigh is known as the "City of Oaks" for its many oak trees, which line the streets in the heart of the city According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city's 2011 estimated population was 416,468, over an area of 142.8 square miles (370 km2), making Raleigh currently the 42nd most populous city in the United States. It is also one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. The city of Raleigh is named after Sir Walter Raleigh, who established the lost Roanoke Colony on Roanoke Island in present-day Dare County, North Carolina.

Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill make up the three primary cities of the Research Triangle metropolitan region. The regional nickname of "The Triangle" originated after the 1959 creation of the Research Triangle Park, primarily located in Durham County, roughly midway between the cities of Raleigh and Chapel Hill, and three major research universities of North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Research Triangle region encompasses the U.S. Census Bureau's Combined Statistical Area (CSA) of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill in the central Piedmont region of North Carolina. As of 2012 Census Estimate the population of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill CSA was 1,998,808. The Raleigh Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) as of 2012 Census Estimate was 1,188,564.

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'Like a freight train': California wildfire guts 18 homes

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:50:20 -0400

California WildfiresFlames raced down a steep hillside "like a freight train," leaving smoldering remains of homes and forcing thousands to flee the wildfire churning through tinder-dry canyons in Southern California, authorities said Sunday.

Police: Bavarian official says attacker was denied asylum

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:33:59 -0400

Germany ExplosionA man who blew himself up and injured 12 people after being turned away from an open-air music festival was a 27-year-old Syrian who had been denied asylum, Bavaria's top security official said early Monday.

Sweltering heat continues into work week

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:17:08 -0400

Current Temperatures, DMASaturday was hot, but Sunday was sweltering with temperatures reaching 95 degrees in Raleigh, tying this summer's record high.

IOC leaders stop short of complete ban on Russians from Rio

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:45:32 -0400

Russian DopingRejecting calls by anti-doping officials for a complete ban on Russia, Olympic leaders on Sunday gave individual sports federations the task of deciding which athletes should be cleared to compete in next month's Rio de Janeiro Games.

Triangle teams against eliminating kickoff, even in name of safety

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 19:40:41 -0400

Miami stuns Duke on wild final playNorth Carolina, Duke and NC State bring back three of the ACC's four best return men this season. The teams know special teams and the risk, but agree kickoff should stay.

Bulls road trip closes with 4-3 loss

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 16:38:34 -0400

Durham Bulls LogoThe Durham Bulls dropped their third straight game to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Sunday afternoon at PNC Park, falling 4-3 for their third straight one-run defeat.

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