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AP Top News at 5:26 p.m. EST

Updated Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 | 2:27 p.m.

Bombings rock Egyptian capital, killing 6 people

CAIRO (AP) — A truck bomb blasted the main security headquarters in Cairo on Friday, one of a string of four bombings hitting police in the Egyptian capital within a 10-hour period, killing six people. The most significant attack yet in the city fueled a furious backlash against the Muslim Brotherhood amid rising fears of a militant insurgency. In the hours after the blast, angry residents — some chanting for the "execution" of Brotherhood members — joined police in clashes with the group's supporters holding their daily street protests against the government. Smoke rose over Cairo from fires, and fighting around the country left 14 more people dead.

Both sides in Syrian talks to meet in 'same room'

GENEVA (AP) — Bending to intense international pressure, Syria's government and the Western-backed opposition agreed Friday to face each other for the first time since the start of the uprising against President Bashar Assad. After three days of hostile rhetoric and five hours spent assiduously avoiding contact within the United Nations, the two sides will meet "in the same room," said the U.N. mediator trying to forge an end to the civil war that has left 130,000 people dead since 2011.

Fear of slowing growth pushes down global markets

Fear is back in the market. Investors are worried about slower economic growth in China, a gloomier outlook for U.S. corporate profits and an end to easy money policies in the United States and Europe. They're also fretting over country-specific troubles around the world — from economic mismanagement in Argentina to political instability in Turkey.

Ukraine clashes resume, fires light up night sky

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — As riots spread from Ukraine's embattled capital to nearly half of the country, President Viktor Yanukovych promised Friday to reshuffle his government and make other concessions — but a top opposition leader said nothing short of his resignation would do. Hours after the president's comments, huge fireballs lit up the night sky in central Kiev and plumes of thick black smoke rose from burning tires at giant barricades erected by protesters.

Egypt bombing damages Islamic art museum

CAIRO (AP) — Centuries-old glass and porcelain pieces were smashed to powder, a priceless wooden prayer niche was destroyed and manuscripts were soaked by water spewing from broken pipes when a car bombing wreaked havoc on Cairo's renowned Islamic Art Museum. Experts scrambled to try to save thousands of priceless treasures as ceilings crumbled in the 19th-century building, which had just undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation.

Hagel says 'something is wrong' with nuke force

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vowing to look hard at signs of trouble inside the Air Force's nuclear missile corps, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday it's clear "something is wrong." Hagel told reporters that he is confident the problems will get fixed and that the nation's arsenal of nuclear weapons will remain safe and secure. He said he will convene a high-level meeting soon to probe the problems.

Mangled metal, victims' screams mark Ind. pileup

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Cars were mangled, and some were burned despite the blowing snow. Other vehicles were crushed between jackknifed semi-tractors, so entwined that it was difficult to tell them apart. People were screaming, but emergency responders couldn't see many of them as they quickly tended the victims amid frigid conditions.

GOP activists defend Christie at national meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Christie may have been nearly 200 miles away, but his struggles in New Jersey buzzed through the hallways of a Washington hotel this week as hundreds of Republican officials gathered to debate the GOP's future. Party activists from Mississippi to Massachusetts defended Christie's leadership, insisting this is no time to write his political obituary. But they also said it's far too soon to grant him presidential front-runner status.

8 confirmed dead in Quebec fire, 30 missing

L'ISLE-VERTE, Quebec (AP) — Exhausted investigators are suspending their search for victims of a massive retirement home fire in Quebec. Authorities say eight people are confirmed dead and about 30 others are missing. Authorities said the search through the frozen-over ruins will resume Saturday morning.

Ex-Cowboy Brent gets 180 days in jail, probation

DALLAS (AP) — Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent avoided prison Friday and instead was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation for a drunken car crash that killed his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown. Brent was convicted Wednesday of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 crash on a suburban Dallas highway that killed Brown, who was a passenger in Brent's car. Brent could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. He was also fined $10,000.