Earnhardt forced to make hard decisions for JR Motorsports

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has tried for five years to push Josh Berry's career forward. He got him one Xfinity Series star this year driving for JR Motorsports, and was ecstatic when Berry turned it into a seventh-place finish last month at Richmond. So thrilled, he used his time before reporters after the race to plead Berry's case. "We all but begged in that media center after the race," Earnhardt said.

Ross, considering bid to unseat Burr, putting together team

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A former North Carolina legislator appears to be taking the next steps toward running for U.S. Senate in 2016 and attempting to unseat Republican incumbent Richard Burr. Democrat Deborah Ross of Raleigh says Thursday evening she is "putting together a team," presumably for a campaign. She says a lot of people are encouraging her to run. Ross repeated those comments when asked whether she was indeed running.

The Latest: Homeland Security chief to visit South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The latest on the rainstorm that pounded parts of the East Coast (all times local): 9 p.m. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson plans to get a first-hand look at flooding in South Carolina. Johnson is scheduled to travel to Columbia and Charleston on Friday to meet with federal, state and local officials and view ongoing response and recovery efforts in areas affected by severe flooding.

French Train Hero Spencer Stone Stabbed in California

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- One of the three Americans who helped stop a terrorist attack on a train this August in France is expected to make a full recovery after being stabbed. Spencer Stone was reportedly attacked Wednesday night near a bar in Sacramento, Calif., suffering multiple stab wounds. Dr. J. Douglas Kirk, chief medical officer at UC Davis Medical Center said on Thursday Stone remains in serious condition but will make a full recovery.

El Faro Captain 'Calm' During Final Communication to Shore

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- The captain of the El Faro, the cargo ship believed to have sunk during Hurricane Joaquin, was "calm" during the ship's final call to shore, the safety officer who received the call told the National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday. During that call, El Faro's crew reported the ship had lost propulsion and was taking on water -- but indicated that conditions seemed manageable, according to the ship's owner, Tote Maritime.

Vin Scully to Miss Dodgers Postseason Because of Medical Procedure

(LOS ANGELES) -- Vin Scully won't be calling an Dodgers postseason games. Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers sportscaster Vin Scully will miss the Dodgers' postseason games because of a "medical procedure." In a series of tweets, the team said Scully had underwent a medical procedure on Thursday morning and was now "resting comfortably.

$600,000 in Cash Stolen During Million-Dollar Heist Found Buried in Yard

(FONTANA, Calif.) -- About $600,000 in cash stolen during a million-dollar armored car heist in Los Angeles last year was recently found buried in the backyard of a home in Fontana, Calif., according to the FBI. Several FBI agents and Los Angeles Police Department detectives showed up at the home with a search warrant Wednesday morning after receiving a tip from an informant, FBI Spokeswoman Laura Eimiller told ABC News.

Taylor Swift Shares Lesson Learned from Nicki Minaj Feud

(LONDON) -- Earlier this year,   Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj clashed on Twitter after Taylor thought that Nicki had taken a shot at her personally when Nicki  complained about not being nominated for an MTV VMA.  Taylor says that mess inspired her to change her behavior. Speaking to Britain's  NME , Taylor explains, "I don't want to talk about it. But I send text messages now.