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About 420 dead, 400 missing after typhoon

Authorities say the death toll from a strong typhoon that hit the Philippines has risen to about 420 people and nearly 400 are missing. Most of the confirmed dead from Typhoon Bopha lived in a steep valley in the country's south where flooding was so widespread that places people thought were safe, including two emergency shelters, became among the deadliest.

Washington

U.S. warships to monitor N. Korea

The commander of U.S. military forces in the Pacific region said Thursday that warships equipped with advanced radar and other ballistic-missile defense systems were being relocated to monitor a potential rocket launching by North Korea. Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III said the U.S. military was watching for the expected North Korean operation "very closely."

Lansing, Mich.

Bills putting limits on unions advance

On Thursday evening, the state House, controlled by Republicans, approved part of a package of legislation that would ultimately bar workers from being required to pay union fees as a condition of employment. Two similar but separate bills passed the Senate, also held by Republicans. If the entire package of legislation goes through, which could happen as early as next week, Michigan, the birthplace of the United Auto Workers, would become the 24th state to pass such a ban.

Elsewhere

WASHINGTON: Campaign finance filings with the government now show that the cost of the 2012 U.S. presidential race has surpassed $2 billion, a new record.

Times wires

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