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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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Armed robbery reported on NC State campus

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:44:08 -0400

Police carAn armed robbery was reported just past midnight Tuesday on Crest Road near Varsity Drive, located on North Carolina State University's campus.

Holly Springs jogger hit by vehicle dies, driver faces additional charge

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:44:08 -0400

WRAL NewsA jogger who was hit by a Holly Springs High School student last week has died, officials said.

Soldiers, officers from D.C. & Philly to help quell Baltimore violence

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:47:19 -0400

APTOPIX Suspect Dies Baltimore11:58 p.m.

Kinston's Brandon Ingram picks Duke, ending long recruiting process

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:25:33 -0400

Brandon Ingram commits to Duke (Apr. 27, 2015)Kinston High School forward Brandon Ingram announced Monday that he'll play his college basketball for the Duke University Blue Devils.

Hamilton traded back to Texas after troubled Angels stint

Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:58:51 -0400

Angels Rangers Hamilton Josh Hamilton is back with the Texas Rangers after two troubled seasons with the Los Angeles Angels filled with poor performance, injuries and an alcohol and drug relapse.

Arrest warrant sought for UFC champ in hit-and-run crash

Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:00:33 -0400

UFC Fighter SoughtUFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones ran from a crash that hospitalized a pregnant woman but quickly came back to grab "a large handful of cash" from the car, witnesses told police.

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