Congress Oks short-term spending bill hours before deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama a short-term spending bill to keep the government open through next Wednesday as lawmakers and the White House rushed to finalize a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill and a sprawling tax package.

  • Written by ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent

Obama's 'ISIL czar' has long history tackling Mideast crises

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's new "ISIL czar," Robert Malley, has a long and sometimes controversial history at the center of U.S. policymaking in the Middle East. He's now taking on one of the toughest jobs in Washington: getting the struggling campaign against Islamic State militants on track while Obama refuses to entertain any wholesale strategy change.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

Rift emerges between rich nations, others at climate talks

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — With only hours left to produce a global climate accord, rifts emerged Friday between Western countries and China and its allies over who should bear the most burden in reducing emissions and helping vulnerable nations cope with the rising seas and extreme weather that comes with global warming.

  • Written by KARL RITTER, Associated Press ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press

APNewsBreak: 4 bikers shot in Waco with gun type police use

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Four of the nine people killed in a melee between rival biker gangs outside a Texas restaurant were struck by the same caliber of rifle fired by Waco police, according to evidence obtained by The Associated Press that provides the most insight yet into whether authorities were responsible for any of the deaths and injuries.

  • Written by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press SETH ROBBINS, Associated Press