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An overall view of the assembly line where the BMW X4 is made at the BMW manufacturing plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina March 28, 2014.

Manufacturing, construction data point to sturdy U.S. growth

U.S. manufacturing activity hit a nearly 3-1/2-year high last month, a sign the economy entered the third quarter on strong footing.

A masked Islamic State militant speaks next to a man purported to be U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff at an unknown location in this still image from an undated video posted on a social media website.

ISIS releases beheading video of American Steven Sotloff

The Islamic State militant group released a video purporting to show the beheading of U.S. hostage Steven Sotloff.

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U.S. forces carry out operation against al Shabaab

U.S. military forces carried out an operation on Monday against al Shabaab militants in Somalia.

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Amid foreign crises, Obama takes solace in economic turnaround

With economic growth now far more robust than when he took office, Obama finds some measure of solace on the domestic front.

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Fast-food workers plan intensified protests

McDonald's line cooks, Burger King cashiers, and other fast-food restaurant workers across the U.S. plan to walk off the job.

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Today in entertainment history: Oct. 1

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A look back on this day in Hollywood history.

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Royals beat A’s 9-8 in 12 in AL wild-card thriller

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields throws in the first inning during a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo.

The Kansas City Royals had waited 29 years to reach the postseason.

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US women rout Angola to finish pool play 3-0

USA's Sue Bird shares a light moment with teammate Maya Moore before a women's exhibition basketball game against Canada, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Bridgeport, Conn.

U.S. women's national team routed of Angola on Tuesday night and close out preliminary play at the women's world championship.

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Mariners to be aggressive adding bats in offseason

New Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, right, answers a question as general manager Jack Zduriencik looks on at a news conference introducing McClendon Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Seattle. McClendon spent eight patient seasons as a coach waiting for another opportunity to be a major league manager after his stint in Pittsburgh. The Mariners are giving McClendon that chance and formally introduced him on Thursday as their new manager.

After narrowly missing the postseason, the Mariners say they will raise payroll in 2015 and aggressively pursue offense during the offseason.

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Middle school team runs ‘Ugly Kardashian’ trick play

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Lewis and Clark Middle School's football team gets tricky with a special play called the "Ugly Kardashian."