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  • Reid, Smith Among Firings in the NFL
  • 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.

  • Today in History for December 31st
  • 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."

  • 9 Killed in Oregon Tour Bus Crash on I-84
  • NM mother found son after fatal dog attack

    PINE HILL, N.M. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy in northwestern New Mexico who died after being mauled by dogs was found face-down and unresponsive by his mother, a police official said Sunday.

    Cibola County Undersheriff Tony Mace said one of the nine dogs captured and euthanized after the attack had belonged to boy's family and was reported to have bitten the child on a previous occasion. "It's a horrible, horrible situation," Mace said of the child's death.

    Tomas Jay Henio died Wednesday near his family's home in Pine Hill, located more than 100 miles west of Albuquerque.

    The family dog and eight strays were euthanized.

    Authorities will gather DNA samples from the euthanized dogs to determine which ones were involved in the attack.

    The sheriff's office played an assisting role in the case by sending an animal control officer to round up the dogs and isn't investigating the child's death.

  • Today in History for December 30th
  • Road trip on tap for NASA's Mars rover in new year

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Since captivating the world with its acrobatic landing, the Mars rover Curiosity has fallen into a rhythm: Drive, snap pictures, zap at boulders, scoop up dirt. Repeat.

    Topping its to-do list in the new year: Set off toward a Martian mountain — a trek that will take up a good chunk of the year.

    The original itinerary called for starting the drive before the Times Square ball drop, but Curiosity lingered longer than planned at a pit stop, delaying the trip.

    Curiosity will now head for Mount Sharp in mid-February after it drills into its first rock.

    "We'll probably be ready to hit the pedal to the metal and give the keys back to the rover drivers," mission chief scientist John Grotzinger said in a recent interview at his office on the sprawling NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory campus 15 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

  • Youth hockey festival hits the ice in LA