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  • New Year's Day bowl game recaps

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Stepfan Taylor rushed for 89 yards and an early touchdown, Kevin Hogan passed for 123 yards, and No. 8 Stanford won its first Rose Bowl since 1972, beating Wisconsin 20-14 on Tuesday night.

    Usua Amanam made the decisive interception near midfield with 2:30 to play as the Pac-12 champion Cardinal (12-2) ended their four-decade drought in the Rose Bowl.

    The Big Ten champion Badgers (8-6) lost the Rose Bowl in heartbreaking fashion for the third consecutive season. Montee Ball rushed for 100 yards and his FBS-record 83rd touchdown, but Wisconsin managed only 82 yards after halftime.

    With impressive defense of its own, Wisconsin still stayed in position for an upset in the one-game return of Hall of Fame coach Barry Alvarez, who was back on the Badgers' sideline in his red sweater-vest seven years after hanging up his whistle.

    When Bret Bielema abruptly left Wisconsin for Arkansas after winning the Big Ten title game, Alvarez agreed to coach his fourth Rose Bowl.

  • Despite deal, taxes to rise for most Americans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — While the tax package that Congress passed New Year's Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying more federal taxes in 2013.

    That's because the legislation did nothing to prevent a temporary reduction in the Social Security payroll tax from expiring. In 2012, that 2-percentage-point cut in the payroll tax was worth about $1,000 to a worker making $50,000 a year.

    The Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan Washington research group, estimates that 77 percent of American households will face higher federal taxes in 2013 under the agreement negotiated between President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans. High-income families will feel the biggest tax increases, but many middle- and low-income families will pay higher taxes too.

  • Today in History for January 2nd
  • Gov. Susana Martinez's father dies

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The father of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has died after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 80.

    The governor's office says Jacobo "Jake" Martinez passed away just before 5 p.m. Monday.

    The elder Martinez was a three-time Golden Gloves winner in the 1950s as an amateur boxer.

    He also had served as a deputy sheriff in El Paso County, Texas, and was a Korean War veteran.

    Gov. Martinez's office says her father will be buried at Ft. Bliss in Texas. In lieu of flowers, Gov. Martinez suggests people make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Association

  • What's Exactly in 'fiscal Cliff' Plan
  • Europeans Plunge Into 2013
  • Congress staves off tax hikes


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Past its own New Year's deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national "fiscal cliff" of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America's divided government to the limit.

    The bill's passage on a 257-167 vote in the House sealed a hard-won political triumph for the president less than two months after he secured re-election while calling for higher taxes on the wealthy.

  • Today in History for January 1st
  • Raw: New York Rings in the New Year
  • NM ends year with welcomed blanket of snow

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A thin layer of snow blanketed parts of New Mexico on Monday to wrap up what has been one of the driest and warmest years on record for the state.

    Snow fell along Interstate 25 near the Colorado border through midday, keeping state highway crews busy spreading salt and cinder to ease what had started out as a treacherous day of travel for some.

    Difficult driving conditions were reported early along parts of I-25 and along Interstate 40 in the east. At Pino's Truck Stop in Las Vegas, N.M., employees said the parking lot was full of drivers who didn't want to chance the snow-packed and icy conditions being reported at Raton Pass and near Glorieta outside of Santa Fe.

    The sun peeked out from behind the clouds by the afternoon, clearing the roads and leaving behind only frigid temperatures.

    "When I came in at 5:30 this morning, I couldn't even see," Deborah Montano said of her hour-and-a-half commute through the snow to Clines Corners, a popular rest stop along I-40. "But it's dry now, like it never even happened."