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WATCH: The history of Labor Day

While you take your three day weekend, remember those who struggled to get Friday and Saturday off.

A flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic is seen at the top of damaged war memorial at Savur-Mohyla, a hill east of the city of Donetsk, August 28, 2014.

Separatists say will allow ‘trapped’ Ukrainian forces to withdraw

Pro-Moscow rebels fighting in Ukraine said they would open up a 'humanitarian corridor' to allow the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops they have encircled.

Shooting instructor Charles Vacca stands next to a 9-year-old girl at the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills, Arizona near the Nevada border, on August 25, 2014, in this still image taken from video courtesy of the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

No criminal charges in fatal gun range shooting

No criminal charges are pending after a probe into a gun range incident in which a 9-year-old girl fatally shot her instructor with an Uzi.

A Massachusetts Air National Guard aircraft maintainer walks past an F-15C fighter aircraft at Barnes Air National Guard Base, in Westfield, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. An experienced pilot on a standard maintenance mission was missing Wednesday after his fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia.

Pilot of crashed U.S. fighter plane found dead in Virginia

The pilot of a Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C fighter that crashed in mountainous western Virginia was found dead on Thursday.

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Skip the beach, head to the car dealership

Experts say this Labor Day weekend might be one of the best times to buy a car all year.

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Survey: Americans’ pessimism on economy has grown

Despite many signs of economic recovery, Americans are more worried than they were right after the Great Recession.

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U.S. economy grew at brisk 4.2 percent in second quarter

After a bleak start to the year, the economy rebounded vigorously in the April-June quarter.

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Search efforts to resume for missing National Guard pilot

Rescuers have resumed searching for a pilot who went missing after an F-15 fighter jet crashed in a remote area of western Virginia.

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FBI investigating reports of cyber attacks on banks

Hackers may have have carried out cyber attacks against JPMorgan Chase and another unnamed U.S. banks in mid-August.

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U.S. airstrikes on Syria face formidable obstacles

President Barack Obama is considering an air assault on Islamist fighters in Syria.

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Military: Jet in Virginia crash based in Massachusetts

DEVELOPING: An Air Force F-15C has crashed in the mountains of western Virginia and the pilot's status is unknown.

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No deaths linked to troubled VA hospital

A probe into long waits for treatment at VA facilities in Phoenix did not find that the shoddy care caused patient deaths.

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American fighting with ISIS killed in Syria

An American suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State militants has been killed, U.S. officials say.

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American freed by Syrian militants overcome with emotion

A U.S. writer released from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria is doing well and is excited to be free, his mother says.

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Obama woos vets with health care, home loans

The President sought to make amends with veterans, announcing expanded mental health care and lower home loan costs for military families.

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U.S. names Conn. official to lead Obamacare marketplace

The Obama administration named a leader to oversee private health insurance offered to consumers in 36 states.

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U.S. consumer confidence hits near 7-year high

U.S. consumer confidence rose in August to its highest level since October 2007.

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Spy flights over Syria begin

The surveillance flights could pave the way for airstrikes against ISIS militants in Syria.

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It’s official: Burger King is buying Tim Horton’s

The fast food king will buy the Canadian coffee chain to create the third-largest quick service restaurant group.

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    WATCH: 10 best ‘Simpsons’ episodes

    In this photo released by Fox, Homer explains why he wants to bring back the annual 4th of July fireworks display, after it's cancelled for budget reasons, in the "Yellow Badge of Cowardge" Season Finale episode of "The Simpsons," in May 2014. The full 25-year run of "The Simpsons" will arrive on cable channel FXX with a summer marathon, to be paired this fall with a digital extravaganza that could turn other TV shows yellow with envy. "I'm not going to over-promise, but I think this website will provide you with affordable health care," longtime "Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean told a TV critics' meeting Monday, July 21, 2014.

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    Lena Dunham and Kate Mara hit by a falling sign

    Lena Dunham, of HBO's "Girls," arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards held at The Nokia Theatre  in Los Angeles.

    The "Girls" and "House of Cards" actresses saw stars of their own after an accident at a Venice premiere.

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    Rice replaces ice in India bucket challenge

    An Indian school boy eats a midday meal provided free at a government school in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. India has offered free midday school meals since the 1960s in an effort to persuade poor parents to send their children to school, a program that reaches some 120 million children. The country now plans to subsidize wheat, rice and cereals for some 800 million people under a $20 billion scheme to cut malnutrition and ease poverty.

    The famous "ice bucket" challenge is inspiring thousands of Indians to follow suit, but with a twist - they are replacing ice with rice to help the country's hungry people.