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What is the NFL's most valuable team?

The Dallas Cowboys are the NFL's most valuable franchise, the first worth more than $2 billion, according to Forbes. This is the sixth year in a row that the Cowboys have been rated No. 1, with their value jumping 14 percent to $2.1 billion. The New England Patriots are second at $1.635 billion, and the Washington Redskins are third at $1.6 billion. Only the Manchester United soccer team is more valuable than the Cowboys, according to Forbes.

What is Europe's rescue package?

Back in late July, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi vowed to do "whatever it takes" to keep the eurozone together. Now, economic analysts expect him to explain at the bank's meeting Thursday how it intends to rescue the 17 countries that use the euro. Draghi has laid out the outlines of a plan to buy short-term government bonds to help struggling countries such as Spain and Italy, and analysts and market watchers expect him to announce the details of the new bond-buying program at the meeting. The move would go a long way toward stabilizing Europe's financial crisis.

Why were flags in Maryland at half-staff on Wednesday?

Gov. Martin O'Malley ordered that flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset in honor of a Navy SEAL from Edgewater who died in Afghanistan. Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Feeks was killed when a military helicopter crashed during a firefight with insurgents in southern Afghanistan. He was one of seven Americans and four Afghans killed in the crash. Feeks, 28, was buried at Arlington National Cemetery after a funeral at Fort Myer Memorial Chapel on Wednesday. This is the seventh time O'Malley has ordered the flags lowered since Aug. 1.

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Cathy Gainor

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The Washington Examiner