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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a $1.14 trillion spending bill to fund the government through next September. It's a peaceful end in the House to a yearlong struggle over the budget, taxes, and Republican demands of President Barack Obama. The vote sends the bill to the Senate -- where senators are expected vote on the budget measure in combination with a year-end tax plan that gives breaks to working families and a wide variety of business interests. Obama has promised to sign the massive measure.
CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting of a black teenager says he is considering asking for a change of venue. It's because of comments Mayor Rahm Emanuel made about his client. Attorney Dan Herbert says Emanuel has "continued to indict" his client in comments to the press and to the city council. Jason Van Dyke faces six counts of first-degree murder and one of official misconduct in the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. He shot the teen 16 times in a 2014 shooting captured on a squad car video.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are proposing a ban on the use of tanning beds for anyone under the age of 18, part of an ongoing effort to reduce skin cancers caused by the devices. The Food and Drug Administration proposal would also require tanning bed users to sign consent forms acknowledging the risks of the radiation-emitting devices. Last year the FDA required tanning beds and sun lamps to carry new warnings that they should not be used by anyone under age 18.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The wife of PGA champion Jason Day is suffering from concussion symptoms after NBA star LeBron James crashed into her during a Cavaliers game last night. Day's agent has issued a statement saying Ellie Day is "resting comfortably" after being released from a hospital early today. He adds that she has "no hard feelings" toward James -- and quotes her as saying, "He was just doing his job. Go Cavs." James was scrambling for a loose ball when the 6-foot-8, 250-pound All-Star launched himself into the air, plowing into Day as she sat next to her husband.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court says private pilots can't offer flight-sharing services to the public using an Internet model similar to sites like Uber and Lyft. The ruling upholds a decision by the FAA that found that the service offered by a Boston-based company, Flytenow, violates flight regulations. The company's website connected private pilots with passengers willing to share fuel costs and other flight expenses. The FAA says posting a planned trip on a website is like advertising, so the private pilots would have to meet the same safety regulations as pilots for commercial airlines.
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