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A sweeping defense bill that authorizes Pentagon spending passed Congress, assuring funding through 2014 while easing detainee transfers from Guantanamo and cracking down on sexual assault in the military. The compromise legislation, which passed 84-15 with broad bipartisan support, allocates some $552.1 billion for military spending on bases and equipment as well as troop training and resources, and allows for a one percent raise in military salaries. The National Defense Authorization Act also provides $80.7 billion for overseas contingency operations, namely the 12-year-old war in Afghanistan.
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman held tryouts Friday for a North Korean team to face a dozen NBA veterans in an exhibition game on leader Kim Jong Un's birthday next month — though he hasn't convinced all the players on the American team that it's safe to come to Pyongyang.