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Cease-fire in Syria? ... Russian agencies say thwarted Moscow terror attacks ... Jobless claims down



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BEIRUT (AP) — A main Syrian opposition group says it supports a nationwide cease-fire that's set to go into effect at midnight local time (5 p.m. EST), but the Syrian National Coalition says it'll defend itself if attacked. The Syrian army announced the agreement with Turkey to halt fighting, saying it paves the way to reactivating negotiations to end the conflict. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (SEHR'-gay LAHV'-rahf) says once President-elect Donald Trump is sworn into office, his administration is welcome to take part in those peace talks.

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — Russia's security agencies say they've arrested seven people suspected of preparing New Year's terror attacks in Moscow on orders from the Islamic State group in Syria. Russia's main domestic security and counter-terrorism agency, the FSB, says its agents arrested the seven in the North Caucasus province of Dagestan (dah-guhs-TAHN'). Islamist insurgents in Dagestan have mounted frequent attacks on police and officials, and some have sworn allegiance to the Islamic State group.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, continuing a nearly two-year trend that suggests a solid job market. The Labor Department says weekly requests for jobless aid fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000. The less volatile four-week moving average for claims was 263,000.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mother and daughter are being mourned in Hollywood. Just one day after the death of actress Carrie Fisher, her mother, Debbie Reynolds, has also died. Reynolds' son Todd Fisher says his 84-year-old mother died after telling him, "I want to be with Carrie." Carrie Fisher died Tuesday after falling ill on a plane last Friday. She was 60.

DETROIT (AP) — Singer Trey Songz is faces charges in Detroit. Police say the recording artist was arrested after throwing microphones and speakers from the stage during a performance at Joe Louis Arena last night. Police say Songz became "upset and belligerent" after he was told he had to end his concert and leave the stage at 11:30 p.m. A police sergeant was struck in the head by one of those tossed objects.

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