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By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 16, 2014 at 10:41 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — A $1.1 trillion spending bill that funds most of the government through the next fiscal year has been signed into law by President Barack Obama. It retains cuts negotiated in previous budget battles but also includes spending for Obama's health care law and pays for the administration's fight against Ebola.

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's prime minister says there will be a full review and a report on possible security lapses that allowed who he called a "madman" to take 17 people hostage in a Sydney cafe. The gunman and two hostages were killed. Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the system didn't deal adequately with Man Haron Monis, despite his brushes with the law and an interest in extremism.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A vote is set for Wednesday at the U.N. Security Council on a resolution that would extend a cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid to Syrians in rebel-held areas, without government approval. The measure says millions of Syrians require urgent assistance, including medical aid.

SEATTLE (AP) — Agriculture officials say they've found avian influenza in wild birds in Washington state but there's no immediate public health concern. Federal experts say both viruses have been found in other parts of the world and have not caused any human infection to date. Neither virus has been found in commercial poultry in the U.S.

TOKYO (AP) — French fries are being rationed at the 3,100 McDonald's in Japan. The chain's supply of spuds is limited because of a labor disruption on the U.S. West Coast. Domestic potato production has been declining for years while demand has been increasing. During the rationing, prices will be rolled back.

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