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SYDNEY SIEGE

More than a dozen hostages at cafe: An armed  person/people took more than a dozen hostage in the heart of Sydney’s business district, displaying a black flag with Arabic script in the window. Police surrounded the cafe for hours, and said it was unclear who the hostage taker was.

BILL COSBY

Breaks his silence, kinda: Amid mounting allegations against him, Bill Cosby has broken his silence. Well, sort of. Cosby, accused of rape and other misdeeds by an increasing number of women, was reached at home by a freelance reporter for the New York Post. Instead of addressing the allegations, he shared his opinion on how “black media” should cover his story.  “Let me say this,” the 77-year-old said. “I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that, you have to go in with a neutral mind.”

GOVERNMENT FUNDING

Shutdown averted:  The Senate approved a $1.1 trillion spending measure this weekend, funding most of the government through September, removing the threat of a shutdown for much of next year. The bipartisan 56-40 vote sends the bill to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it into law.

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source: CNN.com

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