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Obama to press Congress for action on Islamic State

President Barack Obama will meet with lawmakers as the administration seeks support for an offensive against Islamic State militants.

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U.S. widens program to dispose of prescription drugs

Americans will be able to dispose of unused prescription drugs at more sites as the DEA tries to curb rising abuse.

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U.S. military to set up field hospital in Ebola-stricken Liberia

A 25-bed field hospital will provide medical care for health workers trying to contain the fast spreading Ebola virus.

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Harvard study says America’s wealth gap ‘unsustainable’

The widening gap between rich and poor is unlikely to improve any time soon.

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Hundreds of U.S. children stricken with respiratory illness

Hundreds of children across the Midwest have been stricken by a potentially serious respiratory illness, and doctors say it could be "just the tip of the iceberg."

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Items from raid that killed bin Laden on display in NY

Artifacts from the military raid that killed Osama bin Laden are on display at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

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Appeals court to review gay marriage bans in 3 states

Gay marriage bans in Nevada, Idaho, and Hawaii will come under scrutiny on Monday.

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Obama to set out plan against Islamic State

Obama will meet congressional leaders on Tuesday to seek their support for his strategy to halt the militant Islamist group.

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Making headlines this week

A look at the week's biggest newsmakers and the stories you might have missed.

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U.S. confirms death of al-Shabab leader in Somalia air strike

Ahmed Godane, a founder of the Islamist group, was killed this week, in a major loss for the al Qaeda-affiliated organization.

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U.S. court rejects gay-marriage ban as ‘implausible’

An appeals court judge described arguments by Wisconsin and Indiana defending bans on gay marriage as "totally implausible."

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Obamacare premiums expected to decline on average

Health insurance premiums for Obamacare plans will fall slightly in many cities as competition helps drives down price.

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Survey highlights widening U.S. wealth, income gap

The gap between the richest Americans and the rest of the nation continues to show deepening income inequality.

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Obesity rates reach historic highs in more U.S. states

In more states than ever, at least 30 percent of adults are obese, according to a new, national analysis.

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More U.S. households are smoke-free

Nearly twice as many U.S. households are smoke-free compared to 20 years ago.

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U.S. tax revenue to rise if Obama legalizes some immigrants

Tax collections would get a multi-billion-dollar boost if undocumented residents were given temporary legal status, a new report claims.

A masked Islamic State militant speaks next to a man purported to be U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff at an unknown location in this still image from an undated video posted on a social media website.

Sotloff family mourns, challenges Islamic State to debate

The family of the second American journalist beheaded by Islamic State militants challenged the group to a debate on the teachings of the Koran.

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Protests could interrupt your lunch plans

Fast-food workers will stage protests in more than 150 U.S. cities on Thursday as they seek the right to form a union.

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USDA: 17M households are ‘food insecure’

The percentage of Americans lacking access to enough food has declined in the past few years but still represents over 17 million households.

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Gay marriage cases await early Supreme Court decision

Lawyers for Utah believe they have the perfect case to decide the hotly-contested issue of whether states can ban gay marriage.

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