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Demonstrators chant at Freedom Plaza in Washington
Demonstrators chant at Freedom Plaza in Washington (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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Thousands in US protest police slaying of black men

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Family members of young, unarmed black men killed by police - from Michael Brown and Eric Garner in recent months, to Amadou Diallo more than 15 years ago - packed a stage in front of the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, using a shared forum to urge thousands of supportive marchers to keep up the pressure for changes to the criminal justice system.

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Senator Ted Cruz (R)
Senator Ted Cruz (R) (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Obama signs second stopgap spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate unexpectedly cleared the way Saturday night for swift passage of a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill that highlighted fissures inside both political parties in an era of divided government.

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Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota talks during a news conference prior to the announcement of the Heisman Trophy winner,
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota talks during a news conference prior to the announcement of the Heisman Trophy winner, (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Oregon QB Marcus Mariota wins Heisman Trophy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Marcus Mariota, the prototypical 21st century quarterback, took an old-fashioned approach to become Oregon's first Heisman Trophy winner.

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, during a Nov. 6 appearance in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, during a Nov. 6 appearance in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)
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Justice Scalia weighs in on torture debate

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is joining the debate over the Senate's torture report by saying it's hard to rule out the use of extreme measures to extract information if millions of lives were threatened.

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas talks with reporters on Capitol Hill
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas talks with reporters on Capitol Hill (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)
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First Dems, now Senate GOP object to spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- First it was objections by House Democrats that stood in the way of passage of a $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill. Now it's the Senate Republicans' turn, specifically Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah.

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Firefighters leave the American Museum of Natural History, in New York
Firefighters leave the American Museum of Natural History, in New York (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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Smoke prompts evacuation of Natural History Museum

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York's American Museum of Natural History has been evacuated after smoke filled its first floor.

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) (L-R) Producer Scott Rudin, Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal and Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment Michael Lynton
) (L-R) Producer Scott Rudin, Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal and Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment Michael Lynton (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Producers Guild)
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Studio head, producer apologize for Jolie, Obama ‘jokes’

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin apologized Thursday for calling Angelina Jolie a "spoiled brat" and making racially offensive jokes about President Obama's presumed taste in movies.

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Undated handout photo issued by NATS via the Press Association  of the National Air Traffic Control Centre at Swanwick southern England.  (AP Photo/NATS, PA)
Undated handout photo issued by NATS via the Press Association of the National Air Traffic Control Centre at Swanwick southern England. (AP Photo/NATS, PA)
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London air control computer failure resolved

LONDON (AP) -- The airspace over London was briefly closed Friday afternoon due to what authorities said was a computer failure at one of Britain's two air traffic control centers.

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A student wearing a Santa's costumes is pushed away by a policemen during a protest in Milan, Italy, Friday.  (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A student wearing a Santa's costumes is pushed away by a policemen during a protest in Milan, Italy, Friday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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Thousands of Italians protest economic reforms

MILAN (AP) -- Tens of thousands of union workers marched through more than 50 Italian cities on Friday to protest government economic reforms that they say erode their rights.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Spending bill cleaves Pelosi from Obama and Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi was the odd person out when the Democratic-led Senate and the Democratic president joined most House Republicans in backing a $1.1 trillion spending bill she opposed.

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