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Kenneth Bae, second from left, who had been held in North Korea since 2012, is greeted after arriving Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., after he was freed during a top-secret mission.

Two Americans freed by North Korea return to U.S. soil

Two Americans freed from North Korea stepped off a plane after a top-ranking U.S. intelligence official traveled to Pyongyang to bring them home.

U.S. President Barack Obama answers a reporter's question about North Korea after naming U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch as his pick to replace retiring Attorney General Eric Holder, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington November 8, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Obama defends plan to act on immigration

President Barack Obama defended his plan to use executive powers to implement some immigration reforms, saying he had waited long enough for Congress to act.

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Collecting Berlin Wall memories, 25 years later

Art professor Sheryl Oring hopes to get a sense of how people today feel about one of the most pivotal moments in modern world history.

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U.S. to send more troops to Iraq

President Barack Obama authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 additional troops to help fight ISIS.

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Anjali Gautam, of Bhutan, poses with her certificate of citizenship as her father, Shyam, snaps a picture during a Halloween-themed…

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Obama expected to nominate Loretta Lynch for attorney general

Lynch, 55, would be the first African-American woman to hold the job if she is confirmed by the Senate.

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Home Depot: 53M email addresses stolen in breach

The world's largest home improvement chain said hackers stole customer data from millions of customers.

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Obama to host Congress leaders as post-election battles boil

Republican victors and President Barack Obama will assess what legislation can be enacted despite years of confrontation.

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Appeals court upholds gay marriage bans

A federal appeals court bucked a recent trend of pro-gay marriage decisions by upholding bans in four states.

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Berlin plans ‘people’s party’ to mark 25 years since fall of Wall

The German capital will mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with a huge street party.

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Unemployment drops, wages, productivity up

Claims have been below the 300,000 threshold for eight straight weeks, suggesting employment growth is gaining momentum.

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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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The "Magic Mike" star is taking on an adaptation of young-adult novel "Forgive Me."