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Latest Newscast: Senate Passes Budget, NYC's Immigrants Reach Record Numbers

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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Good evening, here are the latest headlines from the WNYC newsroom.

The Senate has joined the House in passing a budget agreement that reduces some of the across-the-board cuts on domestic programs and the Pentagon. The final vote on the measure was 64-36.  Lawmakers in both parties also hope the measure will prevent more shutdowns. President Barack Obama's signature is assured on the legislation.

The Senate has joined the House in passing a budget agreement that reduces some of the across-the-board cuts on domestic programs and the Pentagon. The final vote on the measure was 64-36.  Lawmakers in both parties also hope the measure will prevent more shutdowns. President Barack Obama's signature is assured on the legislation.

The stock market responded positively to the Federal Reserve's decision to trim its stimulus efforts.  The Dow shot up nearly 300 points after the Fed decided it was time to start tapping the brakes on its bond buyback program.  The Fed cited a stronger jobs market and an improving economy. 

A presidential advisory panel has suggested stripping the National Security Agency of its ability to store the phone records of Americans.  The panel also wants a court to have to sign off on individual searches of phone and Internet data.  They're among the proposed changes from a review board appointed earlier this year following disclosures of the NSA's surveillance programs.

The number of immigrants living in New York City has hit a record high of 3.1 million people.  An analysis of Census data by demographers with the Department of City Planning found 37 percent of the city's population was born outside of the U.S. Dominicans remain the largest immigration group, as they have since 1990, but the Chinese are expected to surpass them in a few years. Between 2000 and 2011, Chinese immigration grew by 34 percent, compared to just 3 percent for people from the D.R.

Tonight, cloudy, gusty winds, low 28.  Tomorrow, Thursday, sunny and warmer, but breeze will keep it chilly.  High 44. 

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