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WASHINGTON (AP) — It's no time for a holiday in the U.S. Senate. Lawmakers will return to work today as they wrap up business for the year. A vote may not come until early next week on a $1.1 trillion spending bill that President Barack Obama calls "imperfect" but needed. Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren says the measure creates the "risk that taxpayers will have to bail out the biggest banks again."
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's capital will be one focus of attention today for more protests against the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. Civil rights organizations plan to hold a national march in Washington with the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men who died in incidents with white police officers. There will be similar "Day of Resistance" movements elsewhere, including New York City.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The first female 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) — A senior Afghan defense official says a suicide bomber has struck a bus carrying Afghan Army personnel, killing six. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in the southwestern suburbs of the capital that also wounded 14. Violence in the country is spiking just weeks before most international combat forces withdraw.
BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi military helicopter has been shot down, fueling concern that the Islamic State group of militants captured anti-aircraft weapons as they overran military bases and captured large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. Two other helicopters were shot down in October. Officials say militants used a shoulder-fired missile today to shoot down the helicopter and kill the two pilots in the Shiite holy city of Samarra, about 60 miles north of Baghdad.
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