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The U.S.-led coalition has carried out around 1,000 air strikes so far in Iraq and Syria, but the fight against the militants could last years.
Administration sources said that Obama has settled on the 60-year-old Ashton Carter as his fourth defense secretary.
Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans to pass a long-term government spending bill next week, avoiding a government shutdown.
Auto sales easily beat expectations this November, thanks to a strong Black Friday.
John Kerry will talk to European allies about imposing further sanctions on Russia if pro-Moscow separatists do not halt violence.
U.S. officials have warned military personnel that Islamic State forces may be planning attacks against them.
Researchers are reiterating warnings about blankets in babies' cribs.
Lame-duck lawmakers are returning to Washington where they face a stacked agenda and not much time to get it all done.
Two horses pulled the nearly 20-foot fir tree to the front door of the White House.
The Monday after Thanksgiving has been the biggest online shopping day of the year since 2010.
Early holiday sales and rising online shopping took a toll as shoppers spent 6.4 percent less than last year.
The white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen resigned from the force.
A look at the big newsmaker this week and the headlines you may have missed.
It's going to be another record-setting holiday season for shipments.
As stores crowd with holiday shoppers, gun buyers will be challenging the nation's background check system to keep up.