Senate Democrat predicts passage of budget deal...Stocks sharply higher...Warning on antibacterials

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Updated: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:16:41 EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading Senate Democrat says it's "safe to say" a compromise budget bill avoiding a government shutdown will pass the Senate this week. New York's Chuck Schumer says he believes most members of his party will back the $85 billion legislation and at least four Republicans will join them on passage. Supporters say they want to get it to President Barack Obama's desk before lawmakers break for the holidays. Schumer tells MSNBC Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky won't let the legislation "go down."

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is opening sharply higher after a pair of multibillion-dollar deals and signs of strength in U.S. manufacturing. U.S. factories increased output in November for the fourth straight month, led by a surge in auto production. The gains show manufacturing is strengthening and could help boost economic growth.

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — A judge has ordered an Ohio man jailed without bond until a hearing next week on charges that he killed a 9-year-old girl whose body was found in a trash bin. Twenty-four-year-old Jerrod Metsker appeared via video for an arraignment today in Wooster, southwest of Akron. He is charged in the death of Reann Murphy, who authorities say lived across from him in a trailer park in nearby Smithville. Metsker was arrested Sunday, about 12 hours after deputies found Reann's body in a trash bin near her home.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — More details are emerging about what may be a violent history of the man who's become known for delivering phony sign language interpretations at Nelson Mandela's memorial service last week. A relative of the man, and three of his friends, say he was among a group of people who burned two men to death after the men were found with a stolen television a decade ago. But they say he never went to trial along with the other suspects because he was found to be not mentally fit to stand trial.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says there is no evidence that antibacterial chemicals used in liquid soaps and washes help prevent the spread of germs. And the agency says there's actually some evidence they may pose health risks. The federal ruling lends new support to longstanding warnings from scientists who say the chemicals can interfere with hormone levels.

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