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Russia keeps bombing despite Syria truce; Assad vows to fight on

MUNICH/AMMAN Major powers agreed on Friday to a pause in combat in Syria, but Russia pressed on with bombing in support of its ally President Bashar al-Assad, who vowed to fight until he regained full control of the country. | Video

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Congress passes tougher North Korea sanctions, sends bill to Obama

WASHINGTON The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation on Friday broadening sanctions to punish North Korea for its nuclear program, human rights record and cyber crimes, and sent the measure to President Barack Obama to sign into law.

Exclusive: Immigrants arrested in U.S. raids say were misled on right to counsel

WASHINGTON U.S. immigration authorities violated their own rules by telling some of the 121 Central American women and children they arrested in raids last month that they had no legal recourse to dispute their deportations, according to several of the women and their lawyers.

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Strong U.S. consumer spending counters recession fears

WASHINGTON U.S. consumer spending regained momentum in January as households ramped up purchases of a variety of goods, in a hopeful sign that economic growth was picking up after slowing to a crawl at the end of 2015.

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Michigan warning on Flint Legionnaires' outbreak came late

DETROIT State officials knew about an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease and its suspected link to water system issues in impoverished Flint, Michigan, at least 10 months before a public announcement was made, documents released on Friday showed.

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Two teen girls found shot dead at school in Phoenix suburb

GLENDALE, Ariz. Two 15-year-old girls died on Friday in a shooting at a high school in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale and were found with a gun beside them, police said. | Video

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Flint police and fire chiefs resign amid drinking water crisis

The fire and police chiefs of Flint resigned on Friday in what the Michigan city's mayor, Karen Weaver, called a first step in restructuring operations as it struggles to cope with dangerous levels of lead in its drinking water.

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South Korea, U.S. to discuss missile defense; South cuts power to Kaesong park

SEOUL South Korea and the United States are expected to begin talks next week on possible deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system following North Korea's recent rocket launch, officials said on Friday, as Seoul cut power to a factory park run jointly with the North.