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Making headlines this week

A look back on the week's biggest newsmakers and the stories you might have missed.

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VW recalls Jettas, Beetles

Volkswagen is recalling more than 1 million cars worldwide.

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U.S. to recognize gay marriages performed in 7 more states

The Supreme Court paved the way for gays and lesbians to get married in a handful of additional states.

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Obama to appoint Ebola czar to coordinate U.S. response

The administration is facing sharp criticism over its efforts to contain the disease at home.

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Islamic State reportedly training pilots to fly jets

Iraqi pilots who have joined ISIS in Syria are training members to fly in three captured fighter jets.

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Study: Tornadoes coming in swarms

Severe storms are increasingly coming in swarms rather than as isolated twisters, according to a study by government meteorologists.

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WATCH: Nurse stricken with Ebola speaks from isolation

Doctors treating Nina Pham recorded a conversation before she departed for the National Institute of Health’s Clinical Center.

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Biden’s son discharged from Navy reserve after drug test

The son of Vice President Joe Biden was discharged earlier this year after testing positive for cocaine.

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Congress grills CDC on Ebola response

Lawmakers grilled health officials about the response to the outbreak and flaws in efforts to check its spread within the U.S.

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PHOTOS: Ebola in America

A look at the deadly virus in America.

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Unemployment applications fall to 14-year low

The decline suggests the labor market is gaining steam.

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First Lady channels Lil Jon in ‘turnip’ Vine

The FLOTUS advocates for healthy eating in a White House video spoofing the hit song "Turn Down For What."

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Ramped up air strikes stall Islamic State advance

The advance of ISIS fighters stalled after U.S.-led coalition warplanes launched their heaviest bombardment yet on the militants.

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Markets on edge after worse turmoil in 4 years

Worries about world growth and the end of years of U.S. stimulus are keeping investors in a fraught mood.

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White House goes into crisis mode on Ebola

Rising public anxiety about the virus has forced the White House to shift into crisis mode in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly disease.

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Texas nurse with Ebola traveled to Ohio by plane

A second woman who tested positive for Ebola after caring for an infected patient traveled a day before she reported symptoms.

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Dow plunges as Wall Street shellacked on weak economic data

Each of the major indexes fell more than 2 percent, sending the S&P 500 and Nasdaq into negative territory for the year.

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Macy’s opening even earlier this Thanksgiving

Dinner will be cut short: The department store chain will open at 6 p.m., two hours earlier than last year.

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Obama, military leaders coordinate Islamic State strategy

President Barack Obama told military leaders from more than 20 countries that he is deeply concerned about the radical group's advances.

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America’s biggest pumpkin comes from California

A one-ton pumpkin grown in Northern California has been declared the heaviest ever cultivated in North America.

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PHOTOS: 31 adorable pets in Halloween costumes

Bailey Jarrett and her dog Teddy visit a Dallas-area PetSmart store on Oct. 25, 2014, for the company's annual in-store Halloween event. The event took place at all PetSmart locations throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

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