Spending bill nears approval...Stocks post early gains...Egyptians vote

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Updated: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:15:54 EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a package that includes victories and setbacks for both Democrats and Republicans. And today, the House is expected to approve a $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year. Lawmakers are looking to avoid a repeat of last fall's 16-day federal shutdown. Or as one Republican puts it, "There's a desire to show people we can do our job."

NEW YORK (AP) — Bank stocks are leading an early advance in the stock market after Bank of America reported a surge in earnings. Technology stocks were also among the early gainers. Apple rose 2 percent. The government reported today that wholesale prices increased in December, pushed up by rising gasoline prices and energy costs. But overall inflation remained mild.

CAIRO (AP) — It's a second day of voting in Egypt on the country's new constitution. And Egyptians have again been lining up to vote -- despite yesterday's sporadic violence involving security forces and supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Officials say eleven people were killed.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is planning to nominate the founder of a Latino-owned community bank in Los Angeles to be the head of the Small Business Administration. A White House official says Obama will announce the selection of Maria Contreras-Sweet today. She was born in Mexico, has a history of working with small businesses, and has been an advocate for Hispanics.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Officials at the airport in Colorado Springs are putting up amnesty boxes, where people can leave their marijuana. The boxes are for people who legally purchased pot in Colorado, but didn't realize that it's illegal to carry it onto a plane. In fact, it's illegal to even bring it into the airport -- though it's legal to leave the drug in a parked car outside.

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