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Survey: Americans’ pessimism on economy has grown

Despite many signs of economic recovery, Americans are more worried than they were right after the Great Recession.

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U.S. economy grew at brisk 4.2 percent in second quarter

After a bleak start to the year, the economy rebounded vigorously in the April-June quarter.

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Search efforts to resume for missing National Guard pilot

Rescuers have resumed searching for a pilot who went missing after an F-15 fighter jet crashed in a remote area of western Virginia.

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FBI investigating reports of cyber attacks on banks

Hackers may have have carried out cyber attacks against JPMorgan Chase and another unnamed U.S. banks in mid-August.

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U.S. airstrikes on Syria face formidable obstacles

President Barack Obama is considering an air assault on Islamist fighters in Syria.

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Military: Jet in Virginia crash based in Massachusetts

DEVELOPING: An Air Force F-15C has crashed in the mountains of western Virginia and the pilot's status is unknown.

VA

No deaths linked to troubled VA hospital

A probe into long waits for treatment at VA facilities in Phoenix did not find that the shoddy care caused patient deaths.

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American fighting with ISIS killed in Syria

An American suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State militants has been killed, U.S. officials say.

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American freed by Syrian militants overcome with emotion

A U.S. writer released from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria is doing well and is excited to be free, his mother says.

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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.

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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.

veterans

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.

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Immigration Reform Advocates Rally in Springfield

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Organizers of a Springfield rally Thursday say they will continue their fight

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Rauner Denies Connection to Intimidation by Private Investigators

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Bruce Rauner says he had nothing to do with armed investigators coming up to people who signed nominating petitions for the Libertarian Party.

in Local

Downtown Festivals Could Get a Tune-Up

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DSI: We don't just put on festivals

in Local

Kidzeum Fundraising Efforts “On Track”

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Long-awaited museum could open next year

in Local

Galesburg Teachers End Strike

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Galesburg teachers have ended a two-week strike after their union reached a tentative contract agreement with the board of education.