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Sydney hostage siege ends, gunman killed

Police stormed the café in a dramatic end to a standoff that had dragged on for more than 16 hours.

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Guantanamo 9/11 hearing to focus on FBI infiltration

A U.S. military court hearing for suspects in the 9/11 attacks starts on Monday.

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Three teens shot at Oregon high school

At least three people were shot on Friday at a Portland, Oregon high school, and officers were searching for suspects who were believed to have left the area.

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Making headlines this week

A look back at some of the week's biggest stories and the headlines you may have missed.

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Americans feel pretty good about the economy

Consumer sentiment is at an eight-year high.

Dodge Ram pickup trucks are lined up for sale at Bill DeLuca's dealerships in Haverhill, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Chrysler Group says its U.S. sales rose 19 percent in September thanks to strong demand for the new Jeep Cherokee SUV and the Ram pickup.

Chrysler expands air bag recall

Chrysler and Dodge are recalling nearly 200,000 more vehicles to fix air bags that can explode.

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FCC to boost Internet spending

The $4 billion spending package will help more Americans access to the Internet, particularly in poor and rural areas.

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Some states let minors buy e-cigarettes

CDC: More than 16 million children in 10 states have access to electronic cigarettes.

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Congressional staffers stage walkout in latest police protests

Congressional staff protested decisions by grand juries not to charge police officers in the killings of unarmed black men.

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Shutdown averted: House narrowly passes spending bill

The House of Representatives averted a shutdown, passing a $1.1 trillion spending bill despite Democratic objections.

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Shutdown deadline looms as opposition mounts

With the threat looming of a midnight government shutdown, the fate of a $1.1 trillion spending bill remains in doubt.

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43 million Americans have unpaid medical bills

A new report shows nearly 20 percent of U.S. consumers have unpaid medical debts.

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Falling oil prices boost U.S. economy

Gas prices have dropped by about 64 cents to $2.76 per gallon since the beginning of the year.

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Healthcare.gov sign-ups grow

More than 600,000 people have signed up for a 2015 insurance, 48 percent of whom were new to the plan.

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For CIA, fallout from Senate report is far from over

As outcry grows over brutal interrogations, America's spy agency appears caught in the crossfire.

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Ebola fighters, survivors named ‘person of the year’

The medical relief teams working in western Africa are the 2014 honorees.

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McDonald’s to debut slimmed-down menu next month

McDonald's will cut eight foods and reduce the number of Extra Value Meals on its menus in a bid to speed up service and bolster sales.

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Obama announcing $1B for early childhood education

President Barack Obama will announce a public-private investment in programs for the nation's youngest learners.

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U.S. launches 20 airstrikes against Islamic State

Since Monday, U.S. forces conducted strikes against the militant group in Syria and Iraq.

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Obama tells Latinos immigration policy won’t hurt them later

The President sought to reassure Latinos that signing up for deportation relief is safe.

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Fire Displaces Seven

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Report: State Unemployment Rate Drops Again

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Lowest in more than 6 years

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State Lawmakers May Return to Springfield Earlier Than Planned

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But will Senate and House leaders agree?

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Jacksonville Area Teacher Arrested

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ISP working with Morgan County State's Attorney

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Durbin Weighs in on Cuba Relations

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For the the first time since 1961, the United States is moving towards official diplomatic relations with Cuba — and…