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WASHINGTON (AP) — It's now up to the Senate to vote on a massive spending bill to keep the federal government running through next September. Republicans managed to muscle the $1.1 trillion bill through the House tonight on a 219-206 vote after President Barack Obama urged Democrats to back it. But many of them were reluctant because the measure eases restrictions on banks.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says the Bush administration misled the nation in the run-up to the war in Iraq. Sen. Carl Levin today outlined a 2003 CIA cable warning administration officials against referring to claims that Mohammad Atta -- the man who led the 9/11 hijackers -- met with an Iraqi intelligence officer before September 11, 2001.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's called a "Pineapple Express" and it's churning down the West Coast. The storm is carrying warm air and vast amounts of water in a powerful current stretching from Hawaii to the mainland, bringing strong gales and much needed rain to drought-stricken California. There's been heavy snow in the Sierra Nevada. Floods and blackouts have hit northern California.

DALLAS (AP) — Fire officials still don't know for sure what caused a deadly fire today in a downtown Dallas skyscraper but they think it was electrical in nature. Three construction workers died and three other people received hospital treatment after the fire in the 50-story Thanksgiving Tower. The blaze prompted the evacuation of thousands of office workers from the building.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Two North Dakota brothers have been convicted of intentionally destroying potatoes to collect federal crop insurance payments in a scheme that prosecutors say defrauded the government of about $2 million. Jurors today found the men guilty of conspiring to receive illegal payments and giving false statements. Each brother faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing.

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