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  • Deep freeze hits LA
  • U.S. avoids fiscal cliff

    New Mexico delegation split along party lines late Tuesday night as the House of Representatives passed the so-called fiscal cliff agreement.

    Democrats Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján voted for the agreement, while Republican Steve Pearce voted against it.

    Luján voted in support of a compromise plan to resolve the fiscal cliff by avoiding an income tax hike on middle-class families, extending unemployment benefits, and preventing arbitrary spending cuts that could harm the national laboratories.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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."

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