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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep government agencies operating through September. Its passage was fought by conservatives who thought it was too big and by liberals opposed to a provision that eases regulations on high-risk investments by banks. The measure squeaked by on a vote tonight of 219-206. It now must be approved by the Senate.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black congressional staffers and other Capitol employees are showing solidarity with people across the country protesting the killing of unarmed black men by police. Scores gathered on the Capitol steps where they held their hands up. They also heard a prayer from Senate Chaplain Barry Black. His prayer said that "injustice has often been maintained because good people failed to promptly act."

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Pacific storm known as a "Pineapple Express" has generated battering waves, freeway flooding and left thousands of homes and businesses without power. Powerful winds brought down trees and caused cars on the Gold Gate Bridge to swerve because of swaying. Some residents in low-lying areas near streams have been encouraged to evacuate. The storm will also bear down on Southern California.

PHOENIX (AP) — In a scathing critique of Arizona's criminal justice system, a state appeals court has ordered the dismissal of murder charges against a woman who spent 22 years on death row for the killing of her 4-year-old son. The court said prosecutors failed to turn over evidence during Debra Jean Milke's trial about a detective with a long history of misconduct and lying.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Congress has passed legislation to ban the use of animals in circuses. The vote comes six months after Mexico City passed a similar ban that will go into effect next year. It calls for fines for violations and requires circuses to submit lists of the wildlife they possess, which would then be made available to zoos interested in taking the animals.

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