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Making headlines this week

A look at some of the big stories that made headlines this week and the headlines you may have missed.

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WATCH: The history of Memorial Day

This All-American holiday took a long and winding road to become an annual tradition.

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To the beach! Roads expected to be packed for Memorial Day

With lower gas prices and an improved job market, AAA expects more than 37 million Americans to travel this weekend, the most since 2005.

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Takata air bag recall could take years to complete

The largest auto recall in American history affects nearly 1 in 7 cars.

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Senate expected to act on NSA collection of phone records

If the Senate doesn't act, the laws authorizing the programs will expire June 1, and officials say they will lose valuable surveillance tools.

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Islamic State continues its advance in Syria

The success piles pressure on Damascus and Baghdad and throws doubt on a U.S. strategy of relying almost exclusively on air strikes to support the fight against ISIS.

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Cleanup of oil-covered California beach could take months

Oil spilled from a pipeline rupture has closed two state beaches and fouled offshore waters near Santa Barbara.

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10 FOR TODAY: Friday, May 22

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

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Domestic surveillance fate unclear after lengthy Senate talk

Key sections of the Patriot Act are set to expire on June 1.

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Survey: U.S. schools beef up safety measures

Public schools have increased security with safety drills and parent notification systems in the years following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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Crews struggle to clean 100,000 gallons of oil from California coastline

Cleanup crews fanned out across a California beach to scoop up gobs of petroleum in what may be the biggest oil spill to hit the Santa Barbara coastline in 46 years.

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Islamic State takes control of Syria’s Palmyra in westward advance

Islamic State now controls more than half of Syrian territory following four years of civil war.

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10 FOR TODAY: Thursday, May 21

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

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California oil slick spreading off coastline

A broken pipeline spewed thousands of gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean for several hours before being shut off.

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Obama frames global warming as national security threat

The White House says climate change can contribute to more natural disasters that result in humanitarian crises and potential new flows of refugees.

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Historic recall affects 1 in 7 U.S. cars

This marks the largest vehicle recall in American history and impacts several makes and models.

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Los Angeles votes to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour

City Council voted to increase the minimum wage in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020.

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10 FOR TODAY: Wednesday, May 20

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

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Iraqi forces say they defeat Islamist attack near Ramadi

The advance of Islamic State has exposed the failings of Iraq's army and the limitations of U.S. airstrikes.

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State Department sets January ’16 deadline for Clinton’s email release

Clinton's exclusive use of a personal email account for government business as secretary of state has prompted concerns about transparency and security.

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Blackhawks beat Ducks 5-4 in Game 4 of Western final

FILE - In this March 6, 2014 file photo, Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates his goal with Patrick Kane during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Chicago. The Blackhawks have agreed to eight-year contract extensions with captain JonathanToews and star forward Patrick Kane. General manager Stan Bowman said all along that the extensions were his biggest offseason priority, and the team announced the megadeals Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

Antoine Vermette scored at 5:37 of the second overtime

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Squalicum baseball squad wins regional, off to Yakima next

Sqaulicum Storm win Regional

Squalicum will move on to the state semi-finals May 29th at County Stadium in Yakima vs. either East Valley of Yakima or Selah.

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WWU posts four top five finishes on final day at NCAA II Nationals

WWU Steen podium nationals 2015

Hirst second, Donigian and Steen third and Reichert fifth

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Hawks’ G Korver out for the playoffs with sprained ankle

Cleveland Cavaliers' Matthew Dellavedova (8), from Australia, is chased by Atlanta Hawks' Kyle Korver in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Cleveland.

The Hawks announced Saturday that Korver has a severe high right ankle sprain. A foot and ankle specialist will determine the best course of treatment, but he definitely won't play again in the postseason.