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LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 100 homes have been evacuated after rain triggered mudflows in two Southern California areas that were stripped bare by wildfire. The evacuations were ordered in a community about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles. No injuries have been reported. The storm had already been responsible for two deaths in Oregon, thousands of power outages in Washington state and flooded roadways in the San Francisco area.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening lower following more signs of weakness in China and another slide in oil prices. Energy and materials stocks led the declines in early trading today. Oil prices fell again after the International Energy Agency said global oil demand in 2015 will grow less than previously forecast.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheaper oil around the world is keeping inflation in check in the United States. The government says falling gas and food costs pushed down overall U.S. wholesale prices last month. The producer price index fell by two-tenths of a point in November, after rising the same amount in October.

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Senate prepares to act on a $1.1 trillion spending bill, there's no threat of a shutdown in federal services. That's because lawmakers quickly passed a measure providing a 48-hour extension in existing funding, to give the Senate time to act. President Barack Obama quickly signed it. The Senate vote might not come until the weekend.

BRYANT, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas police say an 11-year-old girl paid a cabbie $1,300 to take her to meet a boy in Florida. But authorities caught up with the runaway in Georgia after her parents reported her missing. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper says cellphone records show the girl hailed the cab last week in Little Rock after talking to a 16-year-old Jacksonville, Florida, boy she met two years ago. The boy said he didn't know the girl's plans. The cab company said the girl wore heavy makeup and appeared to be 17 or 18 and that the driver won't face discipline. The girl's father said he has confiscated her cellphone and makeup.

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