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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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Officials concerned over whitewater center reopening

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 07:30:00 -0400

National Whitewater CenterState and local elected officials have expressed concerns that the U.S. National Whitewater Center has reopened its channels less than two months after a rafter died from a brain-eating amoeba and with no new regulations in place.

German economy minister says EU-US trade talks have failed

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 07:29:32 -0400

WRAL NewsGermany's economy minister says free trade talks between the European Union and the United States have failed.

Police: 2 dead after Fayetteville shooting

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 07:11:34 -0400

Police Crime SceneOfficials with the Fayetteville Police Department said two people died early Sunday in a shooting in an apartment complex.

Fialko: UNC's defensive improvements: fluke or for real?

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 22:50:02 -0400

2016 UNC spring gameEntering 2015's fall camp, North Carolina's defense was regarded as not much more than a walking, padded, punching bag. In 2016 UNC's D will be a question mark again, but this year preceded by a different Q: Was last year a fluke, or a sign of what's to come?

Cosmos score 5 second-half goals to rocket past RailHawks

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 22:45:34 -0400

Cosmos score 5 second-half goals to rocket past RailHawksAfter an even, end-to-end first half with the Carolina RailHawks Saturday evening, the Cosmos scored six unanswered goals to steamroll the RailHawks, 6-1.

Flawless Fowler builds 1-shot lead at Barclays

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 22:32:00 -0400

Barclays GolfRickie Fowler is playing so well that he can't stop looking behind instead of considering the opportunity that lies ahead at The Barclays.

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