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Updated: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 05:16:02 EST

BUDGET BATTLE Trying to pass an emergency spending bill WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Senate is on its way toward defeating tea party attempts to protest President Barack Obama's health care law by delaying a must-pass emergency spending bill. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has spent more than 12 hours on the Senate floor, publicly criticizing the health care law and the Democrats' efforts to remove a provision out of the House version of the spending bill that would "defund" health care. HEALTH OVERHAUL-PREMIUMS Premiums unveiled for health overhaul plans WASHINGTON (AP) — How much will health care premiums be under President Barack Obama's new health care law? Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will give Americans an idea when she gives an overview Wednesday. For example, before tax credits, an individual would pay about $328 a month for a mid-range plan. Sebelius says some 53 plan options for Americans "will finally make health insurance work within their budgets." KENYA-MALL ATTACK Nairobi siege over? NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's president has declared an end to a four-day siege on a Nairobi mall by Islamic militants. gunshots from the shopping center continue to ring out. A government spokesman says the shots were fired by Kenyan forces going through the building. Meanwhile, Kenyans have begun three days of mourning for the dozens of people killed in the attack. And officials say there are many bodies still in the building, which is now partially collapsed. OBAMA-PALESTINIANS Obama to Palestinians: Peace won't be easy UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama says no one is under the illusion that peace between Israelis and Palestinians will be easy. But he says Palestinians realize that negotiations are the best and only way to achieve a two-state solution. Obama spoke Tuesday at a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD' ah-BAHS') on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. He praised Abbas for consistently rejecting violence and being open to negotiations. Abbas said he remained fully committed to the peace process and thanked the U.S. for supporting the process. He said the goal is an independent Palestinian state. Talks on Mideast peace resumed this summer following months of prodding by Secretary of State John Kerry. Obama plans to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) next week in Washington. MEXICO-STORM TOLL Death toll in Mexican floods, slides rises to 130 MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say the death toll from last week's floods and mudslides has risen to 130, after eight more bodies were found buried in a landslide. Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong says the latest bodies were recovered in a small town in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero. Guerrero was the state hit hardest by Tropical Storm Manuel. Soldiers and emergency workers are still seeking bodies in the biggest mudslide, which smashed into the Guerrero hamlet of La Pintada. A total of 68 people are believed to have died there, although few of their bodies have been recovered. While Manuel was doing most of the damage last week, Hurricane Ingrid hit Mexico's Gulf coast at the same time, also causing floods and landslides. PAPARAZZI RESTRICTIONS Calif. governor signs bill to deter paparazzi SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation imposing tougher penalties on those who harass the children of celebrities and other public figures. The bill from Democratic Sen. Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles would increase penalties for actions that include taking photos and video of a child without consent and in a harassing manner. Actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner testified in support of the bill. The women told lawmakers how their children are intimidated by aggressive photographers who follow them daily. De Leon says his bill also will help protect the children of figures like police officers and judges, who may be susceptible to harassment or negative attention due to their parents' occupations. Media organizations opposed the legislation, saying it was overly broad and could restrict legitimate newsgathering activities. ESCAPED PRISONERS Police: Last escaped inmates in Okla. recaptured Police in Oklahoma say they have recaptured the last two of eight inmates who allegedly escaped a transport van when guards stopped to take at least one ill prisoner to a hospital. A Weatherford police dispatcher says as of early Tuesday evening Lester Burns and Michael Coleman are back in custody and referred questions to assistant Police Chief Louis Flowers. Flowers did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment. Six of the eight inmates were found shortly after the escape was reported. A shotgun left in the van and the van was also recovered. Police say the inmates were left in locked compartments in the van and that two kicked out a partition and were able to get to the front of the van that apparently had been left running. SWIMMER SEARCH Warrant issued for NYer who aided dad's drown scam MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a suburban New York man who admitted helping fake his father's disappearance from Jones Beach in an insurance scam. The Nassau County district attorney's office says Jonathan Roth failed to appear at his scheduled sentencing last Friday. Roth pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy. Court documents show he has several warrants pending for unrelated harassment charges involving a girlfriend. Raymond Roth admitted he faked his own death off Jones Beach. He was expected to get a 90-day jail sentence, but was later arrested on attempted kidnapping charges. Jonathan Roth's attorney says he doesn't know where his client is. He said he hopes his failure to appear was a scheduling error. CHINA-TODDLER KILLED Chinese man sentenced to death for killing toddler BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court has convicted a man of intentional homicide and sentenced him to death for hurling a toddler to the ground because of an argument with her mother over a parking space. The Beijing court system said in a statement that the 39-year-old Han Lei grabbed the 2-year-old from her carriage and threw her to the ground in the capital. The girl was severely injured and died days later in a hospital. Han fled the scene on July 23 but police caught him the following day. The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court sentenced Han to death and a second man who drove him away from the scene to five years for attempting to cover up a crime. The incident horrified the Chinese public. GENIUS GRANTS 2013 MacArthur 'genius grant' winners unveiled CHICAGO (AP) — Twenty-four scientists, historians, writers, musicians and others will each be receiving $625,000 to spend any way they want. They're the recipients of "genius grants" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Winners are chosen for their creativity and innovations in fields. The prize will be given out in five installments. LAMAR ODOM NEW: NBA star Lamar Odom breaks silence via Twitter LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lamar Odom is breaking his silence with his first post on Twitter since the NBA star was arrested and charged with driving under the influence last month. Odom tweeted "Seeing the snakes" on Tuesday night in his first post since his Aug. 30 arrest. He followed with an extended tweet from his verified account that referenced his estranged father. "Won't continue 2 speak on this but I have got 2 let this out real quick. I have let this man and many others get away with a lot of (expletive). He wasn't there 2 raise me. He was absent ALL of my life due to his own demons. My mother and grandmother raised me. Queens raised me," Odom tweeted. He went on to credit the family of his wife Khloe Kardashian for being "the ONLY ones that have been here consistently 4 me during this dark time. Only person 2 blame is myself. Say what you want about me but leave the ones who have done nothing but protect and love me out of this! This goes out to everyone!" Odom has been mostly silent on Twitter for nearly three months, although on July 12 he tweeted in part, "Wifey is real," a reference to Kardashian. Odom, who played for the Los Angeles Clippers last season, is a free agent and has yet to sign with a team. NBA training camps open next week.

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