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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will sign a $1.1 trillion spending bill that has drawn widespread opposition from Democrats over its inclusion of banking and campaign money provisions they dislike. Spokesman Josh Earnest said that Obama also has reservations about aspects of the bill but wants to avoid economic headwinds that could be created if the spending bill fails. The measure today cleared a major hurdle in the House, by the narrowest of margins.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban are claiming responsibility for today's suicide bombing at a French-run high school in the Afghan capital. They say the performance that was taking place at the school's auditorium was immoral. A teenage suicide bomber walked into the packed auditorium and set off the explosive. Officials say a German citizen was killed.
SANTEE, Ca. (AP) — Police in a San Diego suburb have caught a man suspected in the abduction of his four children -- and they've rescued the children after a highway pursuit and standoff. Highway patrol troopers this morning began pursuing a car that had been sought in the case of the missing Southern California family. The vehicle came to a stop near a highway onramp, where two of the four children inside escaped. The suspect then stepped out of the car and walked toward the edge of an overpass, where he was tackled and taken into custody. Authorities say all four children are safe.
WASHINGTON (AP) — All taxis in the nation's capital will be required to use an app allowing customers to order rides through their cellphone. Regulators say it's the first such requirement in the country. They unanimously approved a measure today requiring the district's 7,000 cabs to be able to be hailed through the Universal DC TaxiApp. As with other ride-hailing companies such as Uber, customers will be able to pre-load credit-card information for easier payment, though they'll still be able to pay in person with cards or cash.
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii fisherman who spent 12 days lost at sea says surviving on raw fish was worthwhile because it led him to reconnect with the son he hadn't spoken to in years. Ron Ingraham was rescued Tuesday after putting out a mayday call on Thanksgiving saying his boat was in danger of sinking. The Coast Guard contacted his son in Missouri when the agency suspended the search Dec. 1. They spoke by phone last night.
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