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Congress averts security agency shutdown with one-week spending fix

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval on Friday to a one-week stopgap spending bill for the domestic security agency, averting a partial shutdown with just hours to spare before a midnight deadline.

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Mexico captures most wanted drug kingpin, former teacher 'La Tuta'

MEXICO CITY - Mexico captured its most wanted drug lord on Friday, former primary school teacher Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, delivering a boost to a government battered by gang violence. | Video

World, United Nations, Mexico 27 Feb 2015

U.S. economy slowed in fourth quarter, but growth outlook still favorable

WASHINGTON - U.S. economic growth braked more sharply than initially thought in the fourth quarter amid a moderate increase in business inventories and a wider trade deficit, but strong domestic demand brightened the outlook.

27 Feb 2015

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.

27 Feb 2015

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

World, Russia 27 Feb 2015

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.

World, Syria, United Nations 27 Feb 2015

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. | Video