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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.

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Spy flights over Syria begin

The surveillance flights could pave the way for airstrikes against ISIS militants in Syria.

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Slipknot dedicating album to late bassist

The rockers are preparing to release their fifth studio album, dedicated to Paul Gray.

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California to require ‘kill switches’ on smartphones

Phones will be required to come with a "kill switch" to render them useless if lost or stolen in an effort to stem an epidemic of theft.

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Ashton Kutcher named TV’s highest-paid actor

The "Two and a Half Men" star is laughing all the way to the bank.

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Djokovic, Sharapova sparkle after others toil

A steamy first day proved more than a little stressful for several of the U.S. Open favorites.

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WATCH: Weird Al performs TV show songs

The funnyman treats Emmy viewers to a mashup of realistic show themes from hits including "Mad Men" and "Game of Thrones."

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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.

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NFL, FIFA, others in “think tank” on concussions

Officials from the NFL, FIFA and other sports organizations are banding together for better ways to identify and treat concussions.

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Tuesday’s Sports Minute

A look at the big sports headlines making news today, Tuesday, Aug. 26.

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Slow down! Refs want to hit pause on up-tempo play

College football officials have formalized pace-of-play procedures in an effort to slow the game down.

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Hayden Panettiere’s Emmy slip-up

The actress is expecting her first child and accidentally revealed the gender during a red carpet interview.

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Father-daughter team traps blue lobster

A Maine teenager and her father have landed a one-in-two-million catch - a blue lobster.

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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.

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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.

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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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CDC: E-cigarettes may tempt non-smoking teens to start

Once teens have tried e-cigarettes they are more inclined to give regular cigarettes a try, U.S. researchers say.

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Emmys exalt old favorites over TV’s shiny newcomers

In a year dominated by Netflix and newcomers, the big broadcast networks still fared well.

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Billy Crystal’s tribute to Robin Williams

The Emmy Awards remembers Robin Williams, "the brightest star in a comedy galaxy."

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CHART TOPPERS: This week’s top rock tracks

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LISTEN: This week's top rock tracks, according to the latest Billboard charts.

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WATCH: 10 best ‘Simpsons’ episodes

In this photo released by Fox, Homer explains why he wants to bring back the annual 4th of July fireworks display, after it's cancelled for budget reasons, in the "Yellow Badge of Cowardge" Season Finale episode of "The Simpsons," in May 2014. The full 25-year run of "The Simpsons" will arrive on cable channel FXX with a summer marathon, to be paired this fall with a digital extravaganza that could turn other TV shows yellow with envy. "I'm not going to over-promise, but I think this website will provide you with affordable health care," longtime "Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean told a TV critics' meeting Monday, July 21, 2014.

The recent marathon of all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons" inspired us to sit down and come up with our 10 favorite episodes. Enjoy!

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Robert Plant urges Jimmy Page to give up Led Zeppelin reunion

2012 Kennedy Center Honorees and members of the band Led Zeppelin, from left, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Robert Plant chat on the red carpet after arriving at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors Performance and Gala Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 at the State Department in Washington.

Robert Plant has urged his former Led Zeppelin bandmate Jimmy Page to end his war of words with the singer and concentrate on recording new music.

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Lena Dunham and Kate Mara hit by a falling sign

Lena Dunham, of HBO's "Girls," arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards held at The Nokia Theatre  in Los Angeles.

The "Girls" and "House of Cards" actresses saw stars of their own after an accident at a Venice premiere.

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Charges dropped against Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s suspected drug dealer

In this Jan. 19, 2014 photo, Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at The GenArt Quaker Good Energy Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote," was found dead Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in his New York apartment. He was 46.

Drug-selling charges against a friend of late film star Philip Seymour Hoffman have been dropped after officers neglected to read the suspect his Miranda rights.