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CIA to make sweeping changes, focus more on cyber ops: agency chief

WASHINGTON - The Central Intelligence Agency will make one of the biggest overhauls in its nearly 70-year history, aimed in part at sharpening its focus on cyber operations and incorporating digital innovations, CIA director John Brennan said.

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U.S. charges three in ring that stole one billion email addresses

WASHINGTON/BOSTON - Two Vietnamese citizens and a Canadian have been charged with running a massive cyberfraud ring that stole 1 billion email addresses, then sent spam offering knockoff software products, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday.

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Islamic State militants bulldoze ancient Nimrud city

BAGHDAD - Islamic State fighters have looted and bulldozed the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, the Iraqi government said, in their latest assault on some of the world's greatest archaeological and cultural treasures. | Video

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Jeb Bush calls Clinton's U.S. State Dept. email storage 'baffling'

WASHINGTON - Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush on Friday stepped up his criticism of Hillary Clinton, calling it "baffling" that she stored official U.S. State Department emails on a personal server rather than safer government systems.

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U.S. spacecraft reaches dwarf planet Ceres for 16-month study

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A U.S. space probe slipped into orbit around Ceres, a miniature planet beyond Mars believed to be left over from the formation of the solar system, NASA said on Friday. | Video

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Kremlin critic Navalny, out of jail, vows to fight on

MOSCOW - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny walked out of a Moscow detention center on Friday and said Russia's opposition would continue to challenge President Vladimir Putin, uncowed by last week's killing of prominent opposition figure Boris Nemtsov. | Video

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Federal team pores over data from Delta jet in NYC accident

NEW YORK - Federal safety investigators have started poring over flight data and cockpit voice recordings from the Delta Air Lines jetliner that skidded off a runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport during a snowstorm, officials said on Friday.

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Advancing Iraq troops enter strategic town on edge of Tikrit

BAGHDAD - Iraqi government forces and Iran-backed militiamen entered a town on the southern outskirts of Saddam Hussein's home city Tikrit on Friday, pressing on with the biggest offensive yet against Islamic State militants that seized the north last year.