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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has sent President Barack Obama another short-term spending bill that will keep the federal government operating through Wednesday. Senate passage came Saturday with only hours to spare before an earlier stopgap measure was set to expire. Senators are still wrangling over a $1.1 trillion spending package approved by the House that would cover much of the government through most of next year.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are pushing to confirm roughly 20 of President Barack Obama's nominees before the Republicans grab the majority next month. The Senate has been holding a series of procedural votes to move ahead on the nominees, including the surgeon general choice, the pick to head Customs and Immigration Enforcement and the nominee to be the nation's No. 2 diplomat. About a dozen judicial nominees also hang in the balance.

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — Residents of two trailer parks in Redwood City, California, are still bailing floodwaters, two days after a storm dumped up to 8 inches of rain on Northern California. In the southern part of the state, mudslides have left more than a dozen homes uninhabitable and some roads remain closed, but power has been restored to almost everyone who lost it.

BERLIN, Vt. (AP) — Power is gradually being restored in Vermont, three days after a snowstorm caused the worst outages in years. Officials say around 10,000 homes and businesses are without electricity now, down from a peak of about 100,000. But they say it might take through the weekend to restore power to everyone.

PARIS (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Paris is asking a French auction house to suspend the planned sale Monday of Navajo and Hopi artifacts. The embassy says Ambassador Jane Hartley asked the auction house to withdraw the "sacred and culturally significant objects" to allow representatives from the two tribes to determine provenance and see whether they can be reclaimed.

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