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CIA's defense...Senate support for fight against IS...Wind and rain in northern California

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 11, 2014 at 1:03 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director John Brennan is defending his agency against accusations in a Senate report that it used inhumane interrogation techniques against terrorist suspects, with no security benefits to the nation. Brennan opened a rare news conference today by recounting the horrors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and his agency's determination to prevent another such assault. He conceded that unauthorized methods were used against captives. But Brennan asserted the CIA "did a lot of things right" in a time when there were "no easy answers."

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee is launching a barrage of tweets against CIA complaints about the report on interrogation techniques used against terror suspects. One tweet from Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office says "every fact" in the committee's report was based on CIA records, cables or other evidence.

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, there's been a vote in Congress to grant President Barack Obama war powers in the fight against the Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-8 today to authorize that fight -- with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. But a full Senate vote isn't likely until the next Congress, with its Republican-led Senate, begins work next month.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A $1.1 billion government-wide spending bill now appears to be headed toward approval in Congress. The White House today put out a statement endorsing the measure, even though Democrats are angry over last-minute changes to bank regulations, and looser rules on campaign spending.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California could use the rain it's getting today -- but perhaps not so much all at once. And the strong winds that are accompanying the rain have knocked out power to tens of thousands of people. Throughout the San Francisco Bay area, waves are slamming into waterfronts, ferries are tied to their docks, and many schools have canceled classes. On the Golden Gate Bridge, drivers are tightly gripping their steering wheels, and a buffer zone has been created to prevent head-on collisions between swerving cars.

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