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U.S. to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through 2015

The specific trajectory of the 2016 troop drawdown will be established later this year.

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Jet crashes in France, 150 feared dead

A Germanwings passenger jet has crashed as it traveled from Barcelona to Dusseldorf.

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CDC: 11M fewer uninsured since passage of Obamacare

The Centers for Disease Control says it is the lowest level measured in more than 15 years.

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VA says it will relax 40-mile rule for private medical care

The change is in response to pressure from Congress and veterans groups, who say the current policy has prevented thousands of veterans from taking advantage of health care.

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Islamic State has recruited 400 children this year

The terror group has given these so-called "Cubs of the Caliphate" military training and hardline indoctrination, a new report says.

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10 FOR TODAY: Tuesday, March 24

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

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15 inches of snow in Midwest; last blast of winter?

Spring came crashing down on winter weary residents with more than a foot of snow in some areas.

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More cash-strapped Americans turn to tax refund advances

New data show that cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances and prepaid cards.

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Oil markets, strong production means lower gas prices

The average national price of a regular gallon of gasoline has dropped 4 cents in the last two weeks.

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Islamic State posts ‘hit list’ of U.S. military personnel

ISIS has posted what it says are the names, addresses, and photos of 100 American service members, and called upon its "brothers residing in America" to kill them.

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10 FOR TODAY: Monday, March 23

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

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Cruz enlists Christians for ’16 White House bid

Casting himself as the leader of a grassroots army, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is the first major figure to jump into the presidential race.

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Making headlines this week

A look at some of this week's biggest stories and the headlines you may have missed.

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Apples that don’t brown? GMO potatoes, apples heading to grocery stores

The FDA has approved genetically engineered potatoes and apples as safe to eat.

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Schools nationwide struggle with substitute teacher shortage

School districts are scrambling to fill positions, with some raising pay as they try to attract more applicants as the economy improves.

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Budget spat leaves House GOP leaders facing new discord

The struggle pits Republicans who want a more robust military against those bent on cutting spending.

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A year later, scars of deadliest U.S. landslide remain fresh

A rain-soaked hillside collapsed suddenly on March 22, 2014, sending 18 million tons of sand and soil thundering across a river valley north of Seattle.

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Islamic State says it killed tourists in Tunisia

Twenty foreign tourists were shot dead in an attack which Islamic State militants called "the first drop of the rain."

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Eclipse sweeps across Atlantic, visible only from remote islands

A solar eclipse swept across the Atlantic Ocean on Friday with the moon set to block out the sun.

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10 FOR TODAY: Friday, March 20

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

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Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2014, file photo, Amanda Knox prepares to leave the set following a television interview in New York. Knox is engaged to Colin Sutherland, a musician who recently moved to Seattle from New York, a person close to the Knox family confirmed for The Associated Press. Knox’s murder conviction in the 2007 stabbing of her roommate has been reinstated by an Italian court, but the former college exchange student maintains her innocence and vows she won’t willingly go back to Italy. Both Knox and Sutherland are 27. No wedding date had been set.

Italy's highest court has overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case.

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Time for Iran to make tough decisions in nuclear talks

In this March 26, 2015, photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, center, leaves a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other U.S. officials at a hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland. U.S. and Iranian diplomats gather at a Baroque palace in Europe, a historic nuclear agreement within reach. Over Iraq’s deserts, their militaries fight a common foe. Leaders in Washington and Tehran, capitals once a million miles from each other in ideological terms, wrestle for the first time in decades with the notion of a rapprochement.

Six world powers and Iran move closer to a deal, but there are still major disagreements.