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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005, file photo, customers walk past a Family Dollar store at Hickory Grove Market in Charlotte, N.C. Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion, the companies announced Monday, July 28, 2014.

Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar for $8.5 billion

Discount store chain Dollar Tree Inc offered to buy rival Family Dollar Stores Inc for about $8.5 billion.

Senator-elect Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is interviewed by a Reuters reporter at Sanders' office in Burlington, Vermont on November 28, 2006.

Tentative agreement reached on U.S. veterans’ funding bill

The head of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and his House counterpart will outline the funding agreement at a news conference today.

A man is treated by a paramedic after a lightning strike in the water in Venice, California July 27, 2014.

One dead after lightning strikes beach crowd

One man died and at least eight people were injured in a lightning strike during a rare thunderstorm at Venice Beach in Los Angeles.

Palestinian Abir Shamaleh, left, sits next to the grave of her son Saher, a civilian according to the family, who was killed in an Israeli strike during the war, as members of the family visit a cemetery in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 28, 2014. Monday marked the beginning of the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday, which caps the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Muslims usually start the day by visiting cemeteries, to pay their respects to the dead, and then exchange family visits.

Gaza fighting abates as diplomatic tension flares

Israel eased its assaults in the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave declined sharply on Monday, with calls for a durable ceasefire.

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Making headlines this week

A look at the news that made headlines and the stories you might have missed.

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Meat, seafood prices soaring on drought and disease

Get ready for your grocery bill to jump even higher.

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Republicans may try to impeach Obama

A top White House adviser says Republicans may try to impeach President Barack Obama over his go-it-alone immigration strategy.

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White House bemoans lawmakers’ delay on border crisis

White House officials expressed growing alarm that Congress may not approve $3.7B in emergency funds to tackle the child migration crisis.

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Creepy porcelain dolls left on California front porches

Police are investigating dolls left on the doorsteps of at least eight families, that homeowners said bore a resemblance their daughters.

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Crunch time for Gaza truce talks as death toll climbs

The U.S. pressed for a Gaza ceasefire as the civilian death toll soared, threatening to spread Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed to the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

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Obama rails against corporate loopholes to evade taxes

President Barack Obama hammered companies that avoid federal taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas in deals known as "inversions."

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CDC wants to increase HPV vaccination rates

The rates of vaccination against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical and other types of cancer remain too low, federal health officials say.

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Ohio State University fires marching band director

OSU has fired the director of its celebrated marching band amid allegations he knew about "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment.

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Unemployment claims at lowest level since ’06

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in more than eight years last week.

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7 arrested in $1.6M StubHub scam

Police say an international ring defrauded the StubHub online ticketing service of some $1.6 million.

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10M American adults gained coverage under Obamacare

An estimated 10.3 million Americans have gained health coverage since Obamacare enrollment began, according to a study published on Wednesday.

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FAA lifts ban on flights to Israel as Gaza death toll tops 700

The U.S. has lifted a temporary ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, as fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700.

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Obama sends team to Texas to assess National Guard deployment

The President has sent a team to Texas to assess whether a National Guard deployment would help to handle an immigration crisis at the border.

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Bill Clinton says AIDS-free generation ‘within reach’

An AIDS-free generation is within reach if early treatment is provided and help increased, former U.S. President Bill Clinton says.

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GM recalls 717K vehicles, not for ignition switches

General Motors Co. announced six recalls covering more than 700,000 vehicles in the United States for varying reasons.

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Serena Williams has been top-seeded for the U.S. Open where she will seek to win the women's singles title for a third consecutive year.

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

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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

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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

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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

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