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WATCH LIVE: 3 p.m. Hendrick Motorsports news conference

Hendrick Motorsports will hold a 3 p.m. news conference Thursday. Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne, and Jimmie Johnson will address the media.

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Car hits pole, closes Campbell Ave. in downtown Roanoke

Drivers in Roanoke can expect delays on Williamson Road at the Campbell Ave. intersection on Thursday.

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Aaron Hernandez case: Opening statements

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and two other men killed a semipro football player and then "took evidence with them and tried to, and in some cases, were successful in destroying evid...

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Taylor Swift trademarks 'This sick beat'

If you were planning on using a Taylor Swift-penned phrase on, say, a locket or a jewelry box, think again. Because you could be trying to shake off a legal bill.

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Nickelodeon to launch direct-to-consumer service

Nickelodeon, the hugely popular kid's cable channel, is starting a subscription service to offer shows directly to consumers.

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7 dead in Mexico maternity hospital blast

Four children are among the seven deaths confirmed so far after a natural gas explosion rocked a maternity hospital on the outskirts of Mexico City on Thursday morning.

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Ebola cases drop to lowest level since June

The number of new Ebola cases reported in the three worst-hit countries fell to its lowest level since late June, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone had a combined total of 99 new cases for the week ending J...

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Sunset: Fate of ISIS captives still unclear

As the sun set Thursday in the Middle East, did two ISIS captives -- one a Jordanian pilot, the other a Japanese journalist -- fall with it?

That was the question following a new message, purportedly from the terrorist group, that pushed Jordan to bri...

Saturn super rings

University of Rochester

Astronomy first: 'Super Saturn' rings

In 1610, after he built his telescope, Galileo Galilei first spotted enormous Saturn's gigantic rings. More than 400 years later, astronomers have in a sense dwarfed that discovery with a similar first.

Using powerful optics, they have found a much la...

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White House drops college savings proposal

The White House is giving up on a costly fight with Congress over the Obama administration's increasingly unpopular proposal to effectively end 529 college savings plans.

A White House official confirmed the move on Tuesday as fierce opposition to the...

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Comcast changes customer name to profanity

A Washington state man discovered his name changed to "A**hole" on his monthly Comcast service bill.

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Average 401(k) balance hits record $91,300

401(k) balances reached a record high last year, thanks to a soaring stock market and larger contributions from workers participating in the savings plans.

At Fidelity, the average 401(k) balance hit $91,300 by the end of 2014. While that's up just 2...

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