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WASHINGTON (AP) — Protesters are gathering in Washington, D.C., to bring attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police and call for legislative action. The families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men who died in incidents with white police officers, are expected to join today's march and rally. At the U.S. Capitol, speakers will outline a legislative agenda they want Congress to pursue in relation to police killings.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is meeting today as lawmakers continue to debate a $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill. Republican Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah are demanding a vote on a proposal to cut funds from the bill that could be used to implement President Barack Obama's new immigration policy. Officials in both parties say final passage of the spending bill is now expected early next week.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two U.S. soldiers are among the dead in the latest violence in Afghanistan. An international military official tells The Associated Press that the two were killed in militant attack on a military convoy near Bagram (bah-GRAHM') air base outside Kabul. A bus carrying Afghan Army personnel has also come under attack, killing six. In other violence today, authorities say at least 12 workers were shot dead while clearing mines in southern Afghanistan and a top Afghan court official was gunned down.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials in Iraq say Islamic State militants have shot down an Iraqi military helicopter, killing the two pilots onboard. The incident last night is raising fresh concerns about the extremists' ability to attack aircraft amid ongoing U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.

LONDON (AP) — Britain's air traffic management company says an unprecedented computer systems failure caused yesterday's flight disruptions. The company says the problems at its control center in Swanwick occurred as more workstations were being brought on line to deal with an increase in traffic. The computer failure made it impossible for controllers to access data regarding individual flight plans. Planes were prevented from taking off, but those in the air and close to airports were allowed to land during the shutdown, which lasted about 35 minutes.

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