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Remembering Debbie Reynolds ... Positive jobless benefits report ... Syrian cease-fire



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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tributes are pouring in for actress-singer Debbie Reynolds, who has died at the age of 84 a day following the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher. Carol Channing says Reynolds was "beautiful and generous." Joan Collins says she's "truly heartbroken" at the news. Debra Messing, who worked with Reynolds on "Will and Grace," calls her "an inspiration on every level."

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's latest report on unemployment benefits suggests a solid job market. The Labor Department says fewer Americans applied for jobless benefits last week, with requests for aid falling 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000. Over the past year, the number of people collecting benefits has fallen almost 5 percent.

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they've released a Tunisian man, saying he wasn't in contact with the main suspect in last week's Berlin truck attack. The 40-year-old was detained in Berlin on Wednesday. A spokesman says it's been determined the man wasn't a contact of Anis Amri, the man believed to have driven the truck that plowed into a Christmas market, killing 12 people.

BEIRUT (AP) — A cease-fire is to go into effect in Syria at midnight (5 p.m. Eastern time). It will include all parts of Syria including the eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus. Excerpts of the cease-fire agreement obtained by The Associated Press say the truce will include all areas where the "moderate opposition" has a presence, including those where al-Qaida's branch in Syria exists.

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi troops backed by U.S.-led airstrikes pushed deeper into eastern Mosul today. The multi-pronged assault follows a two-week lull in the operation to retake the Islamic State-held city. Stiff resistance by the militants, civilians trapped inside their houses and bad weather have slowed advances in the more than two-month-old offensive to recapture Iraq's second-largest city.

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