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Edward Herrmann, 'Gilmore Girls' father, dead at 71

Edward Herrmann, the versatile, honey-voiced actor whose roles included patricians and politicians such as "Gilmore Girls" father Richard Gilmore, "The Practice" law professor Anderson Pearson and President Franklin D.

Over a million expected to celebrate 2015 in NYC’s Times Square

Bundled up and ready to celebrate, more than a million people are prepared to ring in the New Year in iconic Times Square.

The best apps of 2014

NBC's tech guru PC Mike Wendland rounds up his favorite apps of 2014.

Sony's 'The Interview' expands to 55 million pay TV homes

A film that was almost seen by no one will soon be available in more than 55 million pay TV households.

Play-Doh will exchange phallic-shaped toy from playset

You have to wonder how this one made it past so many people over at Hasbro. The company is offering to replace the extruder tool in its Play-Doh Cake Mountain playset after several complaints that the toy resembles a penis.

How low will gas prices fall in 2015?

Look out below! The plunge in oil prices may not be over just yet.

2014: The year in review

NBC News takes a look back at the stories that defined 2014.

Salt warehouse collapses onto Chicago car dealership

A wall collapsed at the Morton Salt warehouse in Chicago this afternoon, sending dunes of salt onto cars at the nearby Acura dealership. The sign says 'When It Rains, It Pours'and pour it did

2-year-old fatally shoots mom in Idaho Walmart

A 29-year-old mother was fatally shot Tuesday in an Idaho Walmart when her 2-year-old son in the shopping cart grabbed a gun that was in her purse and shot her in an apparent accident, authorities said.

How millions of homeowners could save big

Millions of homeowners could save big money -- and possibly their homes -- by refinancing to today's historically low rates. But most don't even apply.

Report: police deaths increased by nearly 25% in 2014

One hundred twenty-six local, state and federal police officers lost their lives in 2014.

South Carolina sheriff takes boy on hunting trip after mix-up

A little boy desperately wanted to go hunting with anybody who might have taken him.

Steve Scalise says speech before a white nationalist group was a ‘mistake’

House Republican leadership is standing by Rep. Steve Scalise, the No. 3-ranking House Republican, in the wake of a firestorm of criticism surrounding his 2002 speech to a white supremacist group.

The worst apps of 2014

There's an app for that. But maybe there shouldn't be. With hundreds of thousands of new apps being released each year, it's becoming difficult to stand out from the crowd.

Hollywood sees ticket sales decline in 2014

The fact that a Marvel film ruled the 2014 box office isn't really a surprise, but the one that did is.