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Outages, flood risk...Democrats divided...Hollywood execs apologize for Obama emails

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 11, 2014 at 5:52 p.m.



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GUERNEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of people in Northern California have been urged to evacuate low lying areas near the Russian River in Sonoma County. Forecasters are also warning of minor flooding in areas along the Sacramento River. A storm packing hurricane-force winds has left hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses without power and is heading into Southern California.

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a public feud with the White House, some congressional Democrats are refusing to vote for a $1.1 trillion government wide spending bill that backers hope will kick in at midnight. It would fund operations through September. The sticking point is a provision that would ease regulations on high-risk investments by big banks enacted after the 2008 near collapse of the economy.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA has welcomed lights, cameras and reporters into its Langley, Virginia, headquarters to offer its take on a scathing Senate torture report. In a live news conference, CIA Director John Brennan said some interrogators did things that were "abhorrent" but defended the post 9/11 program overall.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black congressional staffers and other Capitol employees and lawmakers have staged a protest on House steps against the killing of unarmed black men by police. The event was watched by Valerie Bell, the mother of Sean Bell, an unarmed New York man killed by NYPD officers on the morning of his wedding.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin and Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal are apologizing for hacked emails containing racially offensive jokes about President Barack Obama's presumed taste in movies. Rudin says the private emails were only meant to be funny but were "thoughtless and insensitive." Pascal says the emails aren't a reflection of who she is.

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