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Negotiators agree on farm bill


Negotiators agree on farm bill

House and Senate negotiators agreed Monday on a new five-year farm bill that would eliminate or consolidate dozens of agriculture subsidy programs, expand government-subsidized crop insurance and cut about $9 billion from the food stamp program over the next decade. The bipartisan agreement, two years after lawmakers began work on the nearly $1 trillion bill, is a major step forward in reauthorizing hundreds of farm and nutrition programs that must be renewed every five years. The bill would reduce spending by about $23 billion over the next 10 years. The House is expected vote on the bill Wednesday. It's unclear when the Senate will vote.

Charlotte, N.C.

Officer indicted in shooting of ex-player

A grand jury on Monday indicted a Charlotte police officer for voluntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed former Florida A&M football player. Investigators say Randall Kerrick, 27, shot Jonathan Ferrell, 24, on Sept. 14 as Ferrell looked for help after a car crash. The NAACP and other civil rights groups have questioned whether race played a role in the shooting. Kerrick is white; Ferrell was black.

Clinton says Benghazi was 'biggest regret'

Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday called the deadly attack on the U.S. mission in Ben­ghazi, Libya, in 2012 her "biggest regret" in the four years she served as secretary of state. "It was a terrible tragedy losing four Americans," Clinton said during remarks at the National Auto Dealers Association convention in New Orleans. The attack on Sept. 11, 2012, killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others.

Times wires

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