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WASHINGTON (AP) — Government funding expires tonight at midnight, when the last short-term spending bill runs out. The Senate agreed by voice vote and without debate yesterday to extend that deadline through Wednesday Dec. 16 to allow more time for talks. The House is expected to follow suit today, but House Speak Paul Ryan says even more time might be needed. Republicans and Democrats have been unable to resolve dozens of issues, including protecting President Barack Obama's environmental rules and lifting the oil export ban.

SEATTLE (AP) — Forecasters say rains that caused flooding and mudslides in parts of Washington state and Oregon are starting to ease up, but the rain is likely to continue through the weekend. The storms killed at least two people in Oregon this week and a rain-soaked hillside collapsed north of Portland Wednesday, leaving thousands of motorists stranded on the main highway connecting Oregon and Washington. But water specialists say the rains are easing summer drought concerns.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. has the general manager of Trump Towers in Istanbul reconsidering their relationship. General manager Bulent Kural says Trump either fails to understand Islam or is exploiting the religion for "small political calculations." Trump does not own the Trump Towers mall, offices and residences in Istanbul, but has licensed the brand under a partnership.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Former POW Bowe Bergdahl says he walked off his base in Afghanistan to cause a crisis that would catch the attention of military brass. Bergdahl has been speaking extensively with screenwriter Mark Boal, who shared the recorded interviews with Sarah Koenig for her popular podcast, "Serial." Bergdahl who was held five years by the Taliban, says he wanted to warn military brass about what he believed were serious problems with leadership in his unit. And he wanted to prove himself as a real-life action hero, like someone out of a movie.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities are awaiting the positive identification of a body believed to be that of NFL quarterback Jay Cutler's brother-in-law, after the remains were discovered in a steep and rocky area in an isolated part of southern Utah. The body was found nearly two weeks after a car belonging to Michael Cavallari was found abandoned near the area. Cavallari is the brother of TV personality Kristin Cavallari, who starred in the MTV reality series "Laguna Beach" and "The Hills." She's married to Cutler.

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