Roberts wins Charlotte mayoral runoff

Former Mecklenburg County commissioner Jennifer Roberts has won Tuesday's Democratic runoff for Charlotte mayor.  At 9:30pm, with all but a handfull of precincts counted, Roberts has an insurmountable lead of nearly 10 percentage points over current Mayor Dan Clodfelter, 54% to 45%. Roberts finished first in the Democratc primary last month, but fell short of an outright victory. She'll face Republican Edwin Peacock in the November general election.

Scientists win Nobel chemistry award for work on DNA repair

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Three scientists from Sweden, the U.S. and Turkey won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for showing how cells repair damaged DNA, work that can be used to develop new cancer treatments. Swedish scientist Tomas Lindahl, American Paul Modrich and U.S.-Turkish national Aziz Sancar shared the 8 million Swedish kronor (about $960,000) award.

Round 2: Downstream South Carolina towns brace for flooding

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) -- Along South Carolina's coast, residents were preparing for a second round of flooding as rivers swollen from days of devastating rains make their way toward the Atlantic. And in the Columbia area, where some have started to return home to assess damage and clean up, the threat of more flooding still hadn't lifted. About 1,000 residents near the compromised Beaver Dam were told to evacuate Wednesday morning.

Drunken Nudity, Boozy Brawls: Government Wants to Chill Out Antarctic Scientists

(NEW YORK) -- Alcohol-fueled public indecency and booze-fueled brawls are par for the course at your average party school, but Wired reports the government is getting concerned about such behavior at the hands of scientists stationed in Antarctica. The magazine reports that after an audit of the McMurdo Station and the Scott-Admundsen South Pole Station by the Office of the Inspector General, the National Science Foundation considered installing breathalizers at the bases.

Vatican Family Synod Poll: Catholics in Italy Want to Church to Include Divorced and Remarried People

(ROME, Italy) -- A new poll shows that the vast majority of praciticing Catholics in Italy want the church to include divorced and remarried people in the church. The poll showed that 85 percent of active Catholics in Italy think their church should start allowing divorced and remarried followers receive the sacraments, something they are now banned from taking part in.

Axalta to Serve as Primary Sponsor of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2016

(NEW YORK) -- Hendrick Motorsports announced Tuesday that Axalta Coatings Systems will serve as the primary sponsor of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 Chevrolet SS for 13 Sprint Cup Series races annually, beginning in 2016. The company will also serve as a major associate sponsor during all non-primary events.   It's part of a contract extension between Axalta and Hendrick that will run through 2018.

The High Cost of Cash: ATM Fees on the Rise

(NEW YORK) --  Getting cash from an automated teller machine not affiliated with your bank has never been so expensive. Out-of-network fees -- the price a consumer must pay for withdrawing from an ATM that's not in their bank's network in addition to the fees their own bank may charge -- are at an all-time high. A consumer can face a fee of $4.52 on average per out-of-network ATM withdrawal, according to a Bankrate.

Samsung 3Q operating profit surges, shares jump 9 percent

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics announced a forecast-beating profit for the third quarter Wednesday, sending its share price up nearly 9 percent, but analysts said strong component sales and favorable currency exchange rates masked persistent weakness in its smartphone business. The South Korean company estimated that its operating profit for the July-September quarter was 7.3 trillion won ($6.3 billion), up 80 percent from a year earlier and higher than analyst forecasts.

Bindi Irwin Reflects on Her Emotional "Dancing with the Stars" Tribute Performance

(LOS ANGELES) -- Bindi Irwin   stole the show during Monday night's  Dancing with the Stars  thanks to an emotional performance in honor of her late father, Steve Irwin, who died in 2006. Following the show, the Australian wildlife conservationist reflected on her tribute performance and explained to  Us Weekly   that it was a "really, really tough week" for her. "It was kind of revisiting a place that I haven't gone to since 2006," said Irwin.