WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials in both parties say the $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill is still on track for final passage in the Senate by early next week. The bill hit a snag when Republicans Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah demanded a vote on a proposal to cut funds that could be used for President Barack Obama's new immigration policy. The Senate will be in session today and there could be a test vote to limit debate early tomorrow.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The issue of police killings of unarmed black men will be in focus again this weekend. Protesters plan to converge on the nation's capital today, including the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men who died in incidents with white police officers. Events are planned nationwide, including New York City.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Witnesses have told police there may have been a dispute Rosemary Anderson High School in Portland, Oregon, just before three young people were shot and wounded. Police are still searching for the gunman and say it may be gang-related. A 16-year-old girl was critically wounded while two males were hospitalized in fair condition. Another girl was grazed by a bullet. Three people fled the scene.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The first woman Philadelphia firefighter to die in the line of duty will be remembered today. A funeral is set for Joyce Craig, who died Tuesday fighting a house fire. She became trapped in the basement of a burning home where an elderly woman was later rescued. The mother of two served 11 years with the department.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Authorities in Afghanistan say two U.S. troops and a top Afghan court official have been killed in separate insurgent attacks. The attacks are viewed as part of a surging wave of militant assaults ahead of the withdrawal of most foreign troops at the end of the month. The Taliban have warned that attacks on the government, foreigners, and the media will continue.