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A box from Amazon.com is pictured on the porch of a house in Golden, Colorado on July 28, 2008.

Amazon trying out taxi deliveries

The Internet retailer is exploring alternative delivery methods to speed up shipments.

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U.S.-led air strikes hit al Qaeda affiliate in Syria

Air strikes by a U.S.-led coalition to fight Islamic State targeted the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in northwest Syria.

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Obama, Republicans sound conciliatory note but battles loom

Obama's plans to proceed with new immigration rules foreshadowed a bumpy relationship with a Republican-controlled Congress.

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Obama seeks $6.2B to fight Ebola

Congress will be asked to approve $6.2 billion in new funds to combat Ebola in West Africa and the U.S.

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Private sector adds 230K jobs

The U.S. economy has produced more than 200,000 private-sector jobs for a record seven straight months.

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Americans are still texting and driving

More than a quarter of texting drivers believe they "can easily do several things at once, even while driving."

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Former ‘American Idol’ Aiken loses bid for Congress

The former "Idol" runner-up was up against incumbent Republican Renee Ellmers in the state's 2nd District.

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Voters give nod to legal pot in Oregon, Alaska, D.C.

The key victories could fuel the legalization movement as cannabis usage is increasingly recognized by the American mainstream.

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Tough road ahead for Obama after Republicans seize Senate

Republicans rode a wave of voter discontent to seize control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

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Republicans expect gains, many races remain tight

The midterm elections could serve as a public referendum on President Barack Obama's job performance.

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Ford issues 5 recalls covering 202K vehicles

Ford is recalling several models to fix gas leaks, air bag sensors, stalling, and other issues.

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U.S. home prices cooling

Home prices are rising at an ever-slowing pace.

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Americans back quarantine for returning Ebola workers

Nearly 75 percent believe medics returning to the U.S. after treating people with Ebola should be quarantined.

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World Trade Center, tallest building in U.S., open for business

Thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack, the resurrected World Trade Center is back in business today.

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Republicans poised to ride Obama’s unpopularity

Republicans could win control of the U.S. Senate in midterm elections heavily influenced by deep voter dissatisfaction.

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Oregon ‘right to die’ advocate ends her life

A 29-year-old woman suffering from brain cancer who became an advocate for doctor-assisted suicide has died.

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Student debt burden falling more on top earners

Student loan balances have quadrupled since 2004, prompting fears the borrowing could crimp consumer spending,

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Holiday shoppers, start your engines

The holiday shopping season is here and retailers aren't wasting any time.

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Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes during test flight

A passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic has crashed.

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Making headlines this week

A look back on some of the biggest newsmakers this week.

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