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Debate in wake of controversy... President meets victims' families... President signs spending bill

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 19, 2015 at 4:50 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The three Democratic presidential candidates hold a debate tonight in the immediate wake of a controversy over a shared database. Revelations that four members of Bernie Sanders' campaign staff improperly accessed voter information compiled by Hillary Clinton's campaign could figure prominently in this evening's face-off.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama says he was reminded of "what's good in this country" after meeting with the loved ones of 14 holiday revelers who were fatally shot two weeks ago in Southern California. The president, along with his wife, Michelle, met the family members at a high school in San Bernardino ahead of a Hawaii vacation.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Before leaving Washington, President Obama signed a $1.1 trillion measure that will boost spending for defense and non-defense programs over the coming year. Republican leaders and the White House have said they feel good about the outcome and have described the deal as the best they could do under divided government.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Fresh storms barreled through the already soggy Pacific Northwest on Friday. The weather triggered a landslide that killed a woman near the Oregon Coast and clogged mountain passes in the Washington Cascades. The Northwest has been pounded by fierce storms for much of December.

NEW YORK (AP) — A government report says drug overdose deaths surged in 14 states last year. The highest overdose rates were in West Virginia, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Kentucky and Ohio. For the nation, overdose deaths last year surpassed 47,000 — up 7 percent from the previous year.

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