PRESS DIGEST - Wall Street Journal - Dec 12

Fri Dec 12, 2014 2:35am EST
 
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Dec 12 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

* The House narrowly passed Thursday a $1.1 trillion spending bill funding the government through September 2015, avoiding a government shutdown just hours before the midnight deadline. (on.wsj.com/1BCv50W)

* CIA Director John Brennan acknowledged some of the agency's officers had used "abhorrent" interrogation techniques on detainees, but forcefully challenged the conclusions of a Senate panel report. (on.wsj.com/1AoKT3q)

* American retailers are getting a gift just in time for the holidays: a sharp drop in gasoline prices that is delivering a welcome boost to the pocketbooks of U.S. consumers. (on.wsj.com/1snk5wg)

* U.S. families' debt burdens have settled at their lowest level in over a decade, putting the economy on a stronger footing relative to global rivals going into 2015. (on.wsj.com/12B4hPJ)

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