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Congressional negotiators announced this afternoon that they have reached an agreement on a $789 billion economic stimulus bill, clearing the way for final action and President Obama’s signature. Negotiations had been going on all day, following extensive talks on Tuesday night, to close the gap between the Senate and House versions. In the end, the agreed-upon package will pare back Democrats’ proposed spending on education and health programs in favor of tax cuts that were needed to win Republican votes in the Senate. NY Times

Residents on in Oklahoma residents are dealing with the aftermath of an unusual cluster of February twisters that ripped across the state killing at least eight people and destroying businesses and homes. Emergency responders searched into the night for more victims in Lone Grove, where all of the victims died Tuesday and 14 people were seriously injured. MSNBC

Florida detectives believe that Haleigh Ann-Marie Cummings, a 5-year-old girl who vanished from her bed Tuesday morning, was abducted and they aren’t overlooking anyone, including family members, as suspects. The child was reported missing by her father Ronald Cummings and his 17-year-old girlfriend Misty Croslin. Croslin, Cummings and the child’s mother, Crystal Sheffield, as well as several others have been questioned in the case and police have given them all the chance to take lie detector tests. FOX News

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