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Rains reach Los Angeles...House passes $1.1 trillion bill...Casualty-free day in eastern Ukraine

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



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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Light showers have begun falling on parts of Los Angeles, but much heavier rainfall is coming. The storm that lashed Washington, Oregon and Northern California is moving south. Already, one apartment complex in a spot prone to mudslides in Riverside has been evacuated. The storm has knocked out power to more than 400,000 people throughout Central and Northern California.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has narrowly approved a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill. Its passage was in doubt right up until a late night vote, when it passed 219-206. In an odd alliance, GOP leaders and the White House sought the support of Democrats opposed to a key provision that would ease bank regulations on high-risk investments. The Senate has passed a 48-hour extension in existing funding to give it time to take up the measure.

SYDNEY (AP) — Ukraine's president says government forces in the eastern part of his country have had their first day free of deaths or injuries since a conflict with Russian-backed separatists erupted months ago. On a visit to Australia, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says his proposed a "day of silence" appears to be holding after previous cease-fires were repeatedly violated.

BEIJING (AP) — The jailed Chinese Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo (lee-OO' show-BOH') has told a friend that he is relatively healthy but wants the world to pay more attention to other Chinese activists. In a message to another dissident living in exile in Germany, Liu says the "aura" around him is enough and other "victims" are little know if at all. Liu is serving an 11-year jail sentence for inciting state subversion.

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — A rare weather phenomenon at the Grand Canyon has produced on a sea of thick clouds just below the rim. The National Weather Service says the total cloud inversion happens every several years, though the landmark was treated to one last year too. The fog has been shrouding parts of northern Arizona as a result of recent rains. It builds up in the Grand Canyon overnight when there is no wind.

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