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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are pushing to confirm roughly 20 of President Barack Obama's nominees in the final days of the lame-duck session. The Senate is holding a series of procedural votes today to move ahead on the nominees. At the same time, the Senate has joined the House in approving a short-term spending bill that'll avert a government shutdown through Wednesday.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police say a man arrested in connection with a shooting outside an alternative high school in Portland, Oregon, is known to gang investigators. A police spokesman describes him as a "person of interest" in Friday's incident that hospitalized three people. He says two victims have ties to gangs. Police are looking for two other people connected to the shooting.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of protesters are out in force today in cities across the country. They're calling attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police and are urging lawmakers to take action. Protesters marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in the nation's capital, along iconic Fifth Avenue in New York and in the middle of Nashville's honky-tonk district.

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Hundreds of people are remembering a 19-year-old woman set on fire in Mississippi and left to die by the side of the road. The Rev. Eric Greggs noted that classmates' wishes at the packed funeral service for Jessica Chambers today included "Fly high," a reference to the former cheerleader's aerial acrobatics. The funeral home in Batesville live-streamed the service.

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese voters are heading to the polls in a parliamentary election. It's expected to reaffirm the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's majority. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) called the snap election for the lower house, saying he wanted a fresh mandate for his economic program and other policies. .

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