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In our news wrap Friday, hours before the deadline, the House voted down a short-term funding bill that would have delayed a possible shutdown for the Department of Homeland Security. The Senate has passed a bill without immigration language that would fund the department through September. Also, a gunman in Tyrone, Missouri, killed seven people, before shooting himself.
Uncertainty reigns at the U.S. Capitol this evening in the funding fight over Homeland Security. House Republicans failed late today to pass a temporary bill, as conservatives rebelled.
We can't let the department stop working.
The daylong drama unfolded, as a midnight deadline neared for the federal Department of Homeland Security to run out of money.
On the House side, senior Republicans, including Kentucky's Hal Rogers, pushed a three-week funding measure.
REP. HAL ROGERS, (R) Kentucky: We're putting before you a bill to temporarily finance them while we go to conference on the main year-end financing of the department. That's what this is all about.
A number of Republicans were still demanding that the main year-end funding measure overturn the president's directives on immigration. But Democrats in the Senate have blocked that effort, and their House counterparts pressed the GOP today to accept reality.
REP. SAM FARR, (D) California: Mister Speaker, let your Republicans go. Let them come to the floor and vote on a clean bill. We could pass it before this afternoon. That bill would be in the White House tonight, and we could go home, sleeping, knowing that this nation's security is in good hands.
As the day went on, House Republican leaders had to call a lengthy recess to round up votes. In the end, it was in vain.
The yeas are 203. The nays are 224. The joint resolution is not passed.
But GOP leaders insisted that's not the end of it.
Members are advised additional votes are now possible later this evening and maybe this weekend. And I yield back.
Meanwhile, Senate Republican leaders have given up on including immigration in a funding bill. Instead, the Senate today approved a clean bill that funds the Homeland Security Department through September. It was unclear if the House Republican leadership will bring that bill to a vote.
The White House signaled earlier that if a short-term funding does finally pass, the president would sign it.
A small town in South Central Missouri was in shock today, after a night of killing left eight people dead. It happened in Tyrone, near the Arkansas border. Police said a gunman killed seven people and then took his own life. The victims were found in four separate homes. Police identified the shooter as Joseph Jesse Aldridge, and said four of the victims were his cousins. It was unclear what his motive might have been.
In Mexico, police have captured one of that country's most-wanted drug lords. Servando Gomez is a former teacher who came to be known as La Tuta. He ran the Knights Templar cartel that once dominated part of Western Mexico, but he'd been a fugitive for a year.
There's word that the Islamic State group has run into a budget shortfall. A global task force reported today that falling oil prices have helped cut the group's revenues. The report also cited U.S.-led airstrikes.
And, at the Pentagon, Rear Admiral John Kirby confirmed it.
REAR ADM. JOHN KIRBY, Pentagon Press Secretary:
They still have resources at their disposal, but we know that they're feeling the pinch because they aren't able to grab new ground and therefore aren't able to rob new banks and steal — and steal more cash.
The task force report did call for targeting the militants' online fund-raising.
The four-month extension of Greece's financial bailout took a major step forward today. Germany's Parliament voted overwhelmingly to back the extension. The finance minister told lawmakers that it's in everyone's best interest.
WOLFGANG SCHAEUBLE, Finance Minister, Germany (through interpreter):
We have to bring Greece into a situation that finance markets trust them again and that Greece can act without any support on its own. It's called competitiveness. And for Greece, there's a longer road to go than for any other European country.
Germany has pushed Greece to adhere to spending cuts and other austerity measures.
There's word this evening from Moscow that Boris Nemtsov, a leading opposition figure, was shot and killed today. The Interior Ministry says it was a drive-by shooting just outside the Kremlin. Nemtsov was a prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin.
On Wall Street, stocks lost ground after fourth-quarter growth came in weaker than first estimated. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 82 points to close near 18100. The Nasdaq fell 24 points. And the S&P 500 slipped six, but for the month, the Dow and the S&P gained more than 5 percent. The Nasdaq rose 7 percent.
Two men who had profound, but very different effects on American life have died. They were Father Ted and Mr. Spock, Notre Dame's Reverend Theodore Hesburgh and "Star Trek"'s Leonard Nimoy.
LEONARD NIMOY, Actor:
He was beloved by generations of "Star Trek" fans. Enterprise, this is Spock.
Leonard Nimoy's journey to sci-fi immortality began in 1966, as Mr. Spock, the strictly logical science officer. He was featured alongside William Shatner's Captain Kirk for three seasons, and later in a series of movies.
The needs of the many outweigh…
WILLIAM SHATNER, Actor:
The needs of the few.
Or the one.
I have been, and always shall be, your friend.
Nimoy's career also included directing and writing. But he was forever linked to the half-Vulcan/half-human Spock and his famous salute.
Your family, your friends, whatever, and especially to you, live long and prosper.
On Twitter last year, Nimoy revealed he'd been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He died today at his Los Angeles home at the age of 83.
Hours earlier, the Reverend Theodore Hesburgh passed away in South Bend, Indiana. Father Ted, as he was widely known, became Notre Dame's president in 1952 and, over 35 years, helped reshape Catholic education. The school's current president, the Reverend John Jenkins, said in a statement today: "He turned a relatively small Catholic college known for football into one of the nation's great institutions for higher learning."
Along the way, Hesburgh advised, and sometimes clashed, with presidents, as well as popes. He also pressed for peace in the Middle East and championed civil rights at home and human rights around the globe. He kept pressing that agenda even as he retired in 1987.
REV. THEODORE HESBURGH, Former President, University of Notre Dame: We don't know where we're going from here and we don't know what we're going to do, but I can guarantee you there are a lot of battles yet to be won for justice.
Hesburgh was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal in 2000. And that same year, on the "NewsHour," he summed up his career:
REV. THEODORE HESBURGH:
I never thought I was a priest just to give sermons, and work in church, and hear confessions and marry people, bury people and so forth. I felt, I'm part of a big life out there, and I have got to contribute to that, one way or the other, I hope for the good.
The Reverend Theodore Hesburgh was 97 years old.
And in another passing of note, Earl Lloyd, the first black player in the National Basketball Association, died Thursday. He entered the league in 1950. In 1955, he helped the Syracuse Nationals win the NBA title. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. Earl Lloyd was 86 years old.
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