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Making headlines this week

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

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How low will gas go?

AAA predicts gas prices could drop below $2 a gallon by the end of the year.

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Buzz Aldrin wants to colonize Mars

The second man to walk on the moon is pushing for a Mars settlement by 2040.

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U.S. vaccination rates high, but pockets of unvaccinated pose risk

The vast majority of U.S. kindergarten-age children are vaccinated against preventable diseases but sizable pockets of unprotected children still exist, posing a public health threat, according to a government study.

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Eying volatile markets, Obama urges Congress to pass budget

President Barack Obama on Thursday urged the Congress to avoid contributing to global economic uncertainty and quickly pass a budget before a deadline at the end of September to prevent a government shutdown.

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A decade after Katrina, Bourbon Street is rocking again

When the hurricane made landfall on Aug. 29, 2005, it would go on to become the costliest storm in U.S. history.

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10 FOR TODAY: Friday, Aug. 28

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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Global life expectancy rises, but people live sicker for longer

General health has improved worldwide, thanks to significant progress against infectious diseases and gains in fighting maternal and child illnesses.

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When Congress returns from vacation, budget fight looms

The U.S. Congress will soon embark on a high-stakes budget negotiation with President Barack Obama that, if productive, could give Republicans the increased military spending they want and Democrats the increased domestic spending they seek.

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Christmas in August: Walmart’s holiday layaway comes early

It's the latest sign of retailers getting more aggressive about grabbing holiday shoppers early.

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Colorado movie shooter sentenced to 12 life terms

Condemning movie massacre gunman James Holmes to 12 life sentences and the maximum 3,318 years in prison for his rampage in a midnight screening of a "Batman" film.

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Obama to herald New Orleans’ progress ahead of Katrina anniversary

President Barack Obama on Thursday will highlight the "structural inequality" that hurt poor black people in New Orleans before the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, during a visit to celebrate the city's progress 10 years after the storm.

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Virginia TV journalists killed by suspect with ‘powder keg’ of anger

Social media postings by a person who appeared to be Flanagan indicated the suspect had grievances against the station, CBS affiliate WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia, which let him go two years ago.

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10 FOR TODAY: Thursday, Aug. 27

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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Virginia reporter, photographer fatally shot live on air

Two journalists were fatally shot on live TV and authorities say the disgruntled former coworker who pulled the trigger has also died.

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Consumer confidence, housing data signal economy’s resilience

U.S. consumer confidence hit a seven-month high in August and new single-family home sales rebounded in July, suggesting underlying strength in the economy that could still allow the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year.

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Stock futures rise but uncertainty remains

U.S. stock index futures were sharply higher on Wednesday, a day after a rally on Wall Street fizzled as concerns about China's economy overwhelmed a bout of bargain-hunting.

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10 FOR TODAY: Wednesday, Aug. 26

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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We spend a lot of time stuck in traffic

A strong economy and cheap gas have put more motorists on U.S. roads, leading to the worst-ever traffic congestion and forcing the average commuter to waste 42 hours a year stuck in traffic jams.

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Not so fast, Big Ben

It's among the most recognizable landmarks in the world but the iconic clock has been telling the wrong time.

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Primghar Man Arrested

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A Primghar man is arrested after a traffic stop.

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UPDATE Fatal Accident Near Sheldon

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A Granville man was killed in a single vehicle crash south of Sheldon on Thursday afternoon.

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Martin County Prostitution Charges

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5 suspects, including a Jackson man are charged in a prostitution investigation.

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Veteran’s Memorial Objection

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A group says a veterans memorial in a Knoxville city park amounts to a government endorsement of Christianity.

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Former Remsen-Union Teacher Accused

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A former northwest Iowa school teacher is accused of being involved in a sexual relationship with a teenage student.