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House rejects stopgap security agency funding, partial shutdown looms

WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives on Friday failed to approve a stopgap funding bill for the U.S. domestic security agency, increasing the threat of a partial agency shutdown at midnight.

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Senate fails to advance bill blocking Obama immigration order

WASHINGTON - A stand-alone U.S. Senate bill to block spending on President Barack Obama's November 2014 immigration order failed to clear a procedural vote on Friday after the provisions were stripped from a Department of Homeland Security funding bill.

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Deaths shake Ukraine truce; Poroshenko wary of Russian threat

KIEV - Ukraine on Friday reported the first deaths in three days in east Ukraine and President Petro Poroshenko said Russia would pose a "military threat" even if a ceasefire holds. | Video

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Buffett, a cheerleader for America, takes his checkbook abroad

NEW YORK - Warren Buffett, in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders last year, called America "the mother lode of opportunity." | Video

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Islamic State under pressure as Kurds seize Syrian town

BEIRUT - Kurdish forces dealt a blow to Islamic State by capturing an important town on Friday in the latest stage of a powerful offensive in northeast Syria, a Kurdish militia spokesman said.

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North Korea steps up threats over drills; U.S. Congress advances sanctions bill

SEOUL/WASHINGTON - North Korea ramped up threatening language against the United States on Friday, days before the start of annual joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises, while a bill to stiffen sanctions against Pyongyang advanced in the U.S. Congress.

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Holder says U.S. malls should 'step up' security: CNN

WASHINGTON - Shopping mall operators need to increase security through more staff, cameras and other techniques in light of threats made against the Mall of America in Minnesota and other shopping centers by Somali-based Islamist militants this week, outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said.

British TV shows student picture of 'Jihadi John' in baseball cap

LONDON - British television broadcast the first picture of Mohammed Emwazi as a student on Friday, showing the man identified as the Islamic State "Jihadi John" killer with a mustache and goatee beard wearing a large baseball cap.