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Top Stories: 'Fiscal Cliff' Deadline Nears; New Year's Celebrations Begin

In Sydney, Australia, early today, New Year's Eve celebrations included fireworks and a big kiss.
In Sydney, Australia, early today, New Year's Eve celebrations included fireworks and a big kiss.

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Our early headlines on this last day of 2012:

-- Year Ends As It Began, With Lawmakers Headed Toward The 'Fiscal Cliff'.

-- Secretary Clinton's Condition 'Extremely Common'.

Other stories making headlines include:

-- Newtown Killer Adam Lanza's Body Claimed. ( The Hartford Courant)

-- "Under Pressure, India Fast Tracks Gang-Rape Case." ( Morning Edition)

-- Venezuela's Chavez "Suffers New Complications In Cancer Fight." ( The Associated Press)

-- New Year's Eve Celebrations Begin. ( The Telegraph's live blog)

-- "Iraq Cities Hit By Wave Of Deadly Explosions." ( BBC News)

-- Nine Killed, 36 Injured In Oregon Tour Bus Crash. ( The Oregonian)

-- 14 Banks Reportedly Near $10 Billion Settlement Of Foreclosure Abuse Accusations. ( The New York Times)

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