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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.

isis

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.

army

‘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.

wine

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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U.S. Rep. Ryan sees no gov’t. shutdown this year

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan expects his Republican Party to avoid government shutdown this year.

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American aid workers released from hospital, cleared of Ebola

Two Americans who just weeks ago were gravely ill with Ebola have been cleared of the virus.

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National Guard withdraws from Missouri

Tensions have eased after sometimes violent protests were staged nightly since police killed an unarmed black teenager.

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Brace yourself: ‘Farmer’s Almanac’ calls for cold winter

The almanac predicts a "super-cold" winter in two-thirds of the country.

isis

U.S. military mission failed to rescue journalist Foley

Earlier this summer the military attempted to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages held in Syria.

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in Entertainment

WATCH: 10 best ‘Simpsons’ episodes

In this photo released by Fox, Homer explains why he wants to bring back the annual 4th of July fireworks display, after it's cancelled for budget reasons, in the "Yellow Badge of Cowardge" Season Finale episode of "The Simpsons," in May 2014. The full 25-year run of "The Simpsons" will arrive on cable channel FXX with a summer marathon, to be paired this fall with a digital extravaganza that could turn other TV shows yellow with envy. "I'm not going to over-promise, but I think this website will provide you with affordable health care," longtime "Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean told a TV critics' meeting Monday, July 21, 2014.

The recent marathon of all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons" inspired us to sit down and come up with our 10 favorite episodes. Enjoy!

in Music

Robert Plant urges Jimmy Page to give up Led Zeppelin reunion

2012 Kennedy Center Honorees and members of the band Led Zeppelin, from left, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Robert Plant chat on the red carpet after arriving at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors Performance and Gala Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 at the State Department in Washington.

Robert Plant has urged his former Led Zeppelin bandmate Jimmy Page to end his war of words with the singer and concentrate on recording new music.

in Entertainment

Lena Dunham and Kate Mara hit by a falling sign

Lena Dunham, of HBO's "Girls," arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards held at The Nokia Theatre  in Los Angeles.

The "Girls" and "House of Cards" actresses saw stars of their own after an accident at a Venice premiere.

in Lifestyle

Rice replaces ice in India bucket challenge

An Indian school boy eats a midday meal provided free at a government school in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. India has offered free midday school meals since the 1960s in an effort to persuade poor parents to send their children to school, a program that reaches some 120 million children. The country now plans to subsidize wheat, rice and cereals for some 800 million people under a $20 billion scheme to cut malnutrition and ease poverty.

The famous "ice bucket" challenge is inspiring thousands of Indians to follow suit, but with a twist - they are replacing ice with rice to help the country's hungry people.

in Entertainment

Charges dropped against Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s suspected drug dealer

In this Jan. 19, 2014 photo, Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at The GenArt Quaker Good Energy Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote," was found dead Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in his New York apartment. He was 46.

Drug-selling charges against a friend of late film star Philip Seymour Hoffman have been dropped after officers neglected to read the suspect his Miranda rights.