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Dec 17, 2014

Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill into law

With little fanfare to mark a rare bipartisan achievement, President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a massive, $1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps the federal government operating over the next nine months. The legislation was a compromise that angered liberals and conservatives alike but ...

Dec 17, 2014

U.S. Congress extends dozens of tax breaks

The U.S. Senate approved a sweeping package of tax breaks Tuesday, sending to President Barack Obama a bill that allows individuals and corporations to save billions of dollars on their 2014 taxes. On the Senate’s final day of the year, lawmakers passed some 55 ...

Dec 17, 2014

Avian flu confirmed in wild birds in Washington

U.S. agriculture officials said Tuesday they have found avian influenza in wild birds in Washington state but there is no immediate public health concern. The Department of Agriculture said separate strains of the H5 virus were identified in a northern pintail duck and a ...

Dec 17, 2014

Armed group seizes and beats Mexican reporters

An armed group briefly seized about 60 Mexican reporters and their families and beat some of them for supposedly showing disrespect towards 43 missing students, a local journalist organization said Tuesday. The journalists were gathered for an annual awards ceremony Saturday in the town ...

Curiosity rover detects spikes of methane on Mars

Dec 17, 2014

Curiosity rover detects spikes of methane on Mars

NASA’s Mars rover, Curiosity, has detected spikes of methane in the planet’s atmosphere. That suggests something is producing or venting the scientifically tantalizing gas, but no one knows what. Most of Earth’s atmospheric methane comes from animal and plant life, and the environment itself. ...

Los Angeles to give 7,000 cops body cameras

Dec 17, 2014

Los Angeles to give 7,000 cops body cameras

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a plan Tuesday to equip 7,000 police officers with on-body cameras by next summer, making the city’s police department the largest law enforcement agency in America to move forward with such an ambitious expansion of the technology. The ...

Dec 17, 2014

Republicans tip hand on Obama lines of attack with nominees

Senate Republicans are previewing the lines of attack they’ll pursue in 2015 against President Barack Obama’s immigration, foreign policy and gun regulation policies during this week’s debate on executive-branch nominees. Tuesday, Republicans’ anger over Obama’s Nov. 20 order granting a temporary reprieve from deportation ...