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Health enrollment deadline extended

Hours before a deadline to begin or renew insurance coverage through HealthCare.gov for Jan. 1, federal officials said consumers could have extra time to buy a health plan. People who want to have Affordable Care Act coverage on the first day of 2016 now have until Thursday to sign up on the federal insurance exchange.

GOP, White House reach budget deal

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced an agreement between congressional leaders and the White House on a year-end tax and spending package that would fund the government through the 2016 budget year, raise domestic and military spending, and increase the deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars. Votes are likely on Thursday.


Gun purchases set a new state record

Californians have bought a record number of firearms in 2015, including spikes in sales on Black Friday and the days after the attacks in San Bernardino. Firearms purchases prompted 1.51 million federal background checks in the first 11 months of the year, breaking the previous annual record of 1.47 million set last year.


Plane slides off runway in Nashville

A plane rolled off a runway at Nashville International Airport, injuring eight people. Southwest Airlines said that Flight 31 from Houston Hobby Airport went off the taxiway as it approached the gate. The 133 passengers and five crew members evacuated safely.


Political leader Le Pen acquitted

A court acquitted the far-right leader Marine Le Pen of charges that she incited religious hatred against Muslims with comments made in 2010. Le Pen, president of the National Front party, was on trial for comparing Muslims praying in the street to the German occupation of France during World War II.


Police fire on unarmed protesters

Police opened fire on unarmed Shiite Muslim protesters in Kaduna, leaving three dead, the spokesman for Shiites in Nigeria said, as activists accused soldiers of having killed hundreds of Shiites in "a massacre" in a nearby town. Ibrahim Musa of the Shiite Islamic Movement said 10 people were also wounded.


Yemeni combatants agree to cease-fire

The Yemeni government and Houthi rebels agreed to immediately halt fighting as they started peace talks mediated by a United Nations special envoy at an undisclosed location in Switzerland. The cease-fire, if it holds, would provide desperately needed relief to Yemen's 24 million people after nine months of conflict took the lives of thousands of civilians and inflicted significant damage on the country's infrastructure.

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