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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.

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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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Online video stars mobilize for net neutrality

Online personalities are advocating for equal treatment of Internet traffic.

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U.S. officials: Military mulling more troops to Iraq

Military planners are weighing the possibility of sending more troops to Iraq to provide additional security around Baghdad.

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Obama: Beheading ‘shocked the conscience’ of the world

The beheading of James Foley was said to be in revenge for U.S. air strikes against the Iraqi insurgents.

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Attorney General visits racially-charged Ferguson, protests continue

The prosecutor's office will begin presenting evidence to a grand jury investigating the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown.

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All hostages freed in overnight Chicago-area standoff

Two suspects have been arrested after holding eight people - including six children - hostage for nearly 24 hours.

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It’s now easier for drivers to search for auto recalls

Auto safety regulators unveiled a better way for vehicle owners to search online for recall information.

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Hospital data breach biggest yet to exploit Heartbleed bug

Hackers who stole the data of 4.5 million hospital patients exploited the Internet bug.

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Missouri racial unrest mounts; U.S. leaders call for calm

Lawmakers are calling for calm and a change in police tactics as the St. Louis suburb continues to be rocked by racially charged clashes.

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Google considering YouTube, Gmail accounts for kids

Google is considering online accounts for children under 13, giving parents control over how the service is used.

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White House wants ‘crash-proof’ cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will begin drafting rules to require anti-crash technology in new vehicles.

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Thousands evacuated ahead of California wildfires

Firefighters from throughout California are being dispatched to protect homes from a wildfire burning in the foothills near Yosemite National Park.

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