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NEW YORK (AP) — Oregon's Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH'-tah) is the Heisman Trophy winner. College football's top player beat out Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Alabama receiver Amari Cooper. The Ducks' quarterback set a Pac-12 mark with 53 touchdowns this season. Mariota helped Oregon to a 12-1 record and a shot at defending national champ Florida State in the Rose Bowl.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has unexpectedly cleared the way for swift passage of a $1.1 trillion spending bill. Tonight's agreement capped a day in which Democrats launched a drive to confirm about 20 of President Barack Obama's stalled nominees. The spending bill is the main item left on Congress' year-end agenda. It appears certain to pass and Obama says he'll sign it.

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas County Medical Examiner's office says smoke inhalation killed three construction workers in a fire in the basement of a Dallas skyscraper. Federal officials say the three were cleaning four water tanks in the basement of the 50-story Thanksgiving Tower on Thursday and were using a torch to cut rusted and corroded parts from a 30-foot-deep tank when it caught fire.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Coast Guard is helping the crew of a Chinese freighter in their search for a crew member who fell into the Gulf of Mexico while painting the bulk freighter's hull. The Coast Guard says the 29-year-old man fell overboard this morning about 10 miles off Sabine Pass, Texas. The crew tried to throw a life ring to the man but couldn't reach him before he sank below the waves.

BANJARNEGARA, Indonesia (AP) — Hundreds of rescuers are digging through the debris of a village in central Indonesia that was covered by a mudslide set off by torrential rains. They have pulled at least 18 mud-caked bodies from the debris. Officials say 90 people are missing and about 105 houses were swept away by the landslide late Friday.

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