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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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  • House won't vote before midnight on 'cliff' deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will miss the midnight Monday deadline lawmakers set for voting to avoid the "fiscal cliff."

    House Republicans notified lawmakers that the chamber will vote Monday evening on other bills. They say that will be their only votes of the day.

    President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Monday they are near a deal to avoid wide-ranging tax increases and spending cuts — the fiscal cliff — that take effect with the new year.

    Both men said they were still bargaining over whether — and how — to avoid $109 billion in cuts to defense and domestic programs that take effect on Wednesday.

  • Difficult conditions reported on NM highways

    TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Transportation is urging motorists to reduce speed due to difficult driving conditions Monday on numerous highways in northern New Mexico.

    Crews plowed, salted and cindered Interstate 40 in the Tucumcari area where several inches of snow accumulated.

    Workers also cleared snow on Interstate 25 north of Las Vegas.

    Other highways with difficult conditions reported by the New Mexico Department of Transportation include U.S. 64 near Taos Pass, New Mexico 38 from Bobcat Pass to Eagle Nest and New Mexico 104 between Las Vegas and Tucumcari.

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  • Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been admitted to a New York hospital after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month.

    Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines says her doctors discovered the clot during a follow-up exam Sunday. Reines says Clinton is being treated with anti-coagulants.

    Clinton was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital so doctors can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours.

    Reines says doctors will continue to assess Clinton's condition, "including other issues associated with her concussion."

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