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Obama woos vets with health care, home loans

The President sought to make amends with veterans, announcing expanded mental health care and lower home loan costs for military families.

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U.S. names Conn. official to lead Obamacare marketplace

The Obama administration named a leader to oversee private health insurance offered to consumers in 36 states.

shopping

U.S. consumer confidence hits near 7-year high

U.S. consumer confidence rose in August to its highest level since October 2007.

ISIS

Spy flights over Syria begin

The surveillance flights could pave the way for airstrikes against ISIS militants in Syria.

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It’s official: Burger King is buying Tim Horton’s

The fast food king will buy the Canadian coffee chain to create the third-largest quick service restaurant group.

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Obama plans executive steps to boost vets’ mental health care

The President will unveil a series of executive actions aimed at improving access to mental health treatment for former service members.

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Poll: Americans oppose paying ransom for hostages

Nearly two out of three Americans say governments should not pay ransom to terrorists in exchange for hostages.

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Michael Brown remembered in Missouri, march planned

Family and supporters celebrated the life of the black teen slain by a white officer in a funeral ringing with calls for peace and police reforms.

ISIS

Republicans pressure Obama to step up action on ISIS

Republicans want more aggressive U.S. action to defeat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

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Mourners, civil rights leaders attend funeral of slain Missouri teen

Mourners remembered Michael Brown with words of goodwill and joy rather than the violence and outrage that has followed his killing.

stocks

S&P 500 tops 2,000 for the first time

The S&P 500 rose to a new record on Monday.

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‘All clear’ given at Fort Lee after active shooter reported

A female soldier shot and wounded herself at Fort Lee, Virginia, sparking a lockdown of the U.S. Army installation.

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Burger King could buy Tim Hortons

Burger King is in talks to acquire the Canadian coffee chain in a deal that would create a fast food powerhouse.

panda

How does a panda celebrate a birthday? With cake, of course

Rambunctious panda bear cub Bao Bao celebrated a rare first birthday at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington.

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As Obama’s vacation ends, criticism does not

Presidents can run into trouble when their playtime is perceived as detached from the concerns of Americans.

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Cali wine country rocked by 6.0 magnitude quake

An earthquake rocked wine country north of San Francisco, injuring more than 100 people around the picturesque town of Napa.

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Making headlines this week

A look at the week's biggest newsmakers and the stories you won't soon forget.

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March, memorial service planned in embattled Missouri town

National Guard troops are preparing to leave following two straight nights of relative calm after more than a week of racially-charged protests.

This undated image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. U.S. officials say the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is in U.S. custody. The officials say Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's (boh BURG'-dahl) release was part of a negotiation that includes the release of five Afghan detainees held in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Watchdog finds Pentagon broke law in Bergdahl transfer

The Defense Department violated U.S. law by failing to alert Congress before releasing five Taliban members in exchange for a captured U.S. soldier.

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Pentagon: Islamic State threat ‘beyond anything we’ve seen’

The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the U.S., military leaders say.

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Manufacturing, construction data point to sturdy U.S. growth

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An overall view of the assembly line where the BMW X4 is made at the BMW manufacturing plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina March 28, 2014.

U.S. manufacturing activity hit a nearly 3-1/2-year high last month, a sign the economy entered the third quarter on strong footing.

in Lifestyle

Pistachios may help reduce diabetes risk

Pistachios are seen after sorting at a processing factory in Rafsanjan, 1,000 kilometers southeast of Tehran September 23, 2008.

For people who may be headed for type 2 diabetes, regularly eating pistachios might help turn the tide.

in Lifestyle

Triathlons popular with middle-aged athletes

Runners and bikers compete in the 34th annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco, California June 1, 2014.

Triathlons, the swim-bike-run races of varying lengths, are scaling the bucket lists of many middle-aged athletes.

in Sports

Indianapolis Colts owner pleads guilty to intoxicated driving

James Irsay, owner of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters March 17, 2014.

Billionaire James Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, was arrested in March after failing roadside field-sobriety tests.

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Phillies’ Cole Hamels, bullpen combine for no-hitter

Sep 1, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) throws the ball against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Turner Field.

Cole Hamels set up a combined no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies as they beat the Atlanta Braves 7-0 at Turner Field in Atlanta.