Google executive sets skydiving records with leap from near-space

ROSWELL, N.M. — Google executive Alan Eustace broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert early Friday after taking a big leap from the edge of space.

  • Bear cub found in drugstore sent to rehab

    ASHLAND, Ore. — A black bear cub found wandering the aisles of an Oregon drugstore will be raised with the goal of releasing him into the wild next year.

  • Nebraska trucker returns lost bull mastiff to Arizona family

    LINCOLN, Neb. — A dog-loving Nebraska trucker has taken a lost 95-pound bull mastiff on a 1,380-mile trip back to her owners in Arizona.

  • Toys R Us pulls ‘Breaking Bad’ dolls

    NEW YORK — Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC’s hit series “Breaking Bad” after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week.

  • Nightclub owner goes on the road to find world's funniest person

    LOS ANGELES — It was last summer and Israeli-Palestinian tensions were at the highest they’d been in some time when Jamie Masada hit on a formula for world peace: Forget about guns and bombs, and just tell jokes to each other.

  • Cops: Remains may be those of missing UVa. student

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Searchers found human remains on Saturday that could be those of a University of Virginia sophomore who has been missing since Sept. 13, police said.

Show draws local talent, big names

“Video Live” is a nearly 11-year-old show broadcast live at 10:30 p.m. every Wednesday night from the studio of WHIG-TV inside the Power Plant.

Teens charged in string of break-ins

Two Rocky Mount teens were arrested Thursday in connection with a string of break-ins throughout the city.

Hagan, Tillis fight battle of ‘extremes’

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race boils down to a battle of extremes. At least that’s how Democratic U.S. Sen.

  • Plans for N.C.-Va. high-speed trains starting slowly

    RALEIGH —Plans for high-speed train service in North Carolina and Virginia seem to be starting slowly.

  • Deputy kills man at fast-food restaurant

    FAYETTEVILLE — Authorities in Cumberland County say a man was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy as attempts were made to serve him with a criminal warrant.

  • Police say student took school bus on joyride

    ELIZABETH CITY — Police in Elizabeth City are trying to determine how a student was able to drive a bus from an elementary school parking lot.

  • Gaston County teenager struck, killed by car

    CRAMERTON — The N.C. Highway Patrol says a 14-year-old boy is dead after being struck by a car in Gaston County while walking to school.

  • Massive cheating scandal at UNC involved athletes

    CHAPEL HIL – Bogus classes and automatic A’s and B’s are at the heart of a cheating scandal at the University of North Carolina that lasted nearly two decades, encompassing about 3,100 students – nearly half of them athletes.

N.C. Wesleyan falls to Methodist in double overtime

  N.C. Wesleyan’s homecoming started with an unusual safety. It ended with even more of an anomaly.

Downtown brew pub slated to open in Tarboro

TARBORO – The owners of a popular Tarboro restaurant are one step closer to opening a new brew pub in downtown Tarboro.

  • Thomas Built Buses chooses to expand High Point facility

    HIGH POINT — Thomas Built Buses says it will add 236 full-time jobs at its High Point facility, choosing the Triad site over its South Carolina plant.

  • Mortgage rates continue downward trend

    WASHINGTON — With mortgage rates sliding for a fifth straight week, the possibility of locking in a rate below 4 percent is tempting for consumers and could unleash a wave of refinancing.

  • State’s jobless rate dips to 6.7 percent in September

    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s unemployment rate dipped slightly to 6.7 percent in September, but so did the number of people working, state officials said Tuesday.

  • Gift guide aims to boost local shopping

    Buy Local Rocky Mount, a community organization designed to encourage people to shop local, is giving local and small businesses another avenue for the public to find out the services offered in the area.

  • New rules aim to spur home loans

    WASHINGTON — Buying a home may have gotten a little easier this week.

Great War left great champagne

EPERNAY, France – Deep in the labyrinthine cellars of the Pol Roger champagne house, rows of century-old bottles caked in mold bear testimony to perhaps the greatest, and surely the most heroic of vintages.

  • Local filmmaker offers free showing of new movie

    Residents are invited to a free film premiere Sunday of a drama produced by a Rocky Mount native.

  • Next gay marriage fight centers on religion

    Alarmed by the broad expansion of same-sex marriage set in motion by the U.S. Supreme Court, religious conservatives are moving their fight to state legislatures – seeking exemptions that would allow some groups, companies and people with religious objections to refuse benefits or service for gay spouses.

  • Dunn Center's season: Sing, laugh and pretend

    New performances, returning favorite acts and free programs will draw crowds this season to the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts at N.C. Wesleyan College.

  • Modern menus meet culinary traditions

    Sharing family recipes is a treasured holiday tradition for many, but every holiday table needs a mix of cherished family dishes and new culinary creations.

  • Failures abound in containing Ebola

    Looking back, the mistakes are easy to see: Waiting too long, spending too little, relying on the wrong people, thinking small when they needed to think big.

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  • Chancellor signals new beginning at UNC

    A former federal prosecutor presented his findings this week of an investigation into an academics scandal at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

  • Rocky Mount’s charity a true blessing

    There are bigger cities than Rocky Mount in North Carolina, but they don’t have bigger hearts.

  • Make your voice heard – take time to vote

    Early voting begins Thursday in North Carolina and with it, the home stretch to what feels to some of us like the longest U.S. Senate race in history.

  • SAT gap is a worrying trend for area

    The importance of SAT scores has been widely debated in higher education circles as well as among high school guidance counselors and administrators.

  • Naming highway for Tolson deserved

    To hear the nonstop television blather, you might wonder if there’s anything this country will ever be able to agree on again.