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WASHINGTON (AP) — There were a smattering of arrests as demonstrators took to the streets nationwide protesting the fatal shootings of unarmed black men killed by police. Two officers were assaulted in New York City and about a dozen people were arrested in Boston. Washington protesters heard from family members of some of the victims. It's estimated tens of thousands of people turned out.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The budget drama is over for a few months. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill given final passage in the Senate yesterday. The measure was marked by disagreements from Democrats on bank regulation and from Republicans on Obama's immigration policy.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Defense Ministry says there was plenty of distance between a passenger jet and a Russian military aircraft over Sweden. Moscow denies allegations that, for the second time this year, a Russian military aircraft had nearly collided. Swedish officials say the Russian intelligence plane had turned off its transponders to avoid commercial radar and came dangerously close to colliding.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president has sent6 a defiant message to militants, vowing his country won't surrender despite stepped up attacks as U.S. and NATO troops prepare to withdraw. President Ashraf Ghani condemned the wave of militant attacks striking his country and called on all religious, political and social leaders to do the same.

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — An Egyptian fishing boat with 45 aboard slammed into as a container ship early today Sunday in the Gulf of Suez, killing 11 fishermen and injuring 11 while 23 men remain missing. The cause is under investigation.

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