Congress returns to looming deadlines on budget, highways

Lawmakers are returning to Capitol Hill for a two- to three-week sprint to wrap up work on the budget, highway funding and taxes.


Senators call for 20,000 troops in Syria and Iraq

Two senior U.S. senators called for Washington to nearly triple military force levels in Iraq to 10,000 and send an equal number of troops to Syria as part of a multinational ground force to counter Islamic State in both countries.


Obama, China’s Xi pledge to push for climate deal in Paris

More than 150 world leaders arrived at United Nations climate change talks in Paris armed with promises and accompanied by high expectations as they look to hold back the Earth's rising temperatures.


10 FOR TODAY: Monday, Nov. 30

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


Trump drops 12 points in poll: Reuters/Ipsos

Donald Trump's support among Republicans has dropped 12 points in less than a week according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.


Police name suspect in Colorado Springs shooting

Police on Saturday identified the suspect in a deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic.


Black Friday crowds thin in subdued start to holiday shopping

America's annual Black Friday shopping extravaganza was short on fireworks this year.

Santa Claus participates in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)

Making headlines this week

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


Smartphones may have role in rise of U.S. traffic deaths

The number of deaths from traffic accidents jumped 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, suggesting smartphones and other driving distractions could be making America's roadways more dangerous.


Consumers, retailers face off over deep holiday discounts

Polls show shoppers, who got even bigger discounts closer to Christmas last year, are cautious with their spending and willing to wait for deals.


History of the holiday: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving celebrations date back to the first European settlements in America, but it wasn't until the 1860s that it was declared a national holiday.


WATCH: How holiday shopping can help charities

In the frenzy of holiday shopping, consumers are doing more than getting great deals, they’re also using coupons to help raise money for a number of worthy causes.


Thanksgiving getaway: Cheap gas, high security

Millions of Americans embarked on their annual Thanksgiving travels on Wednesday, with security at airports, New York City's parade festivities and other venues expected to be heightened amid jitters after the Paris attacks.


2015 to be the hottest year in history

This year will be the hottest on record and 2016 could be hotter due to the El Niño weather pattern, the World Meteorological Organization said.


Many House Republicans want refugee restrictions in spending bill

Nearly one-third of the Republicans in the House of Representatives signed a letter calling on party leaders to ensure that a must-pass spending bill block any use of federal funding to resettle refugees from Syria and nearby countries.


Just call him a V.I.T.

The VIP birds have arrived at the White House to get the annual presidential pardon.


10 FOR TODAY: Wednesday, Nov 25

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


Hollande says U.S., France to step up strikes in Syria, Iraq

French President Francois Hollande said the U.S. and France have agreed to step up strikes in Syria and Iraq to target Islamic State militants after the deadly Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.


PHOTOS: Turkeys who got a presidential pardon

Ever wonder what happened to those turkeys that got a Thanksgiving reprieve from the President?


America’s worst traffic nightmares

The top 50 worst bottlenecks in America waste millions of gallons of gas and hours of productivity.

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Dee Snider approves of Trump’s song use


The Twisted Sister star gave Donald Trump permission to use the track during his campaign because the businessman-turned-politician represents "rebellion, speaking your mind and fighting the system."

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Tigers still No. 1, Oklahoma up to third


The 12-0 Tigers picked up 53 of the 61 first-place votes after holding off South Carolina.

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Broncos spoil Patriots’ perfect record with OT win


Recognizing the run play that was called likely would go nowhere against the New England Patriots' defensive alignment, Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler audibled to a different one. The result was electric.

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Kobe Bryant retiring


Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant, arguably the best player of his generation, announced on Sunday he will retire after the 2015-16 National Basketball Association season.

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Monday’s Sports Minute


Here's a look at some of the big sports headlines making news today, Monday, Nov. 30.