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  1. FINALLY House Passes Fiscal Cliff Deal J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    1. House Passes Fiscal Cliff Deal

    Can we finally breathe a sigh of relief? The House voted 257-167 to approve the Senate bill that would avoid major tax hikes and spending cuts. Republicans supported the measure over protestations from high-level colleagues like Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who voted against the bill. Earlier in the day, Republicans said they wanted to amend the Senate's bill with $330 billion in spending cuts, but they lacked the votes and decided to vote on the original measure. Speaker John Boehner reportedly pressed hard for his members to support the legislation. Rep. Paul Ryan, another closely-watched representative, voted for the bill.

    January 1, 2013 10:45 PM

  2. UPDATE Clinton Treated With Blood Thinners Morne de Klerk/Getty

    2. Clinton Treated With Blood Thinners

    Doctors treated Hillary Clinton on Tuesday with blood thinners to dissolve a clot in her head, with the hospital saying in a statement that the secretary of state is in good spirits. They expect her to make a full recovery, and said she will be released once the correct medication dose is revealed. Clinton didn’t suffer a stroke or any neurological damage from the clot, which formed after she suffered a concussion after fainting. Clinton was admitted to New York–Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday after a follow-up exam revealed the clot.

    January 1, 2013 2:15 PM

  3. Scary 60 Killed in Ivory Coast Stampede AFP/Getty

    3. 60 Killed in Ivory Coast Stampede

    At least 60 people were killed and more than 200 were wounded in a stampede during a fireworks display early Tuesday morning at a stadium in Abidjan, the main city of the Ivory Coast. The stampede occurred near the entrance of the 65,000 seat Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium when thousands tried to leave the stadium after the fireworks as another crowd was still trying to get in. Most of the dead were children between the ages of 8 and 15, but the death toll is expected to rise. Singer Chris Brown performed at the venue the night before the stampede occurred.

    January 1, 2013 9:24 AM

  4. The Hermit Kingdom Kim Jong-Un: Better Ties With South AP

    4. Kim Jong-Un: Better Ties With South

    Is Kim Jong-un taking the whole “new year, new slate” thing a little too seriously? The North Korean leader cited improving the economy and improving relations with South Korea as his two primary policy goals for the New Year. In his New Year address on Tuesday, Kim called creating an “economic giant” the “most important task” and stated that “the reunification of the country is the greatest national task that brooks no further delay.” Park Geun Hye, the president-elect of South Korea, has previously stated her willingness to talk to Kim and make efforts to thaw ties with the North. North Korea’s economy is about one-fortieth the size of South Korea’s and two-thirds of its population suffers from malnutrition.

    January 1, 2013 8:45 AM

  5. MOVING ON Sandy Hook Classes to Resume Jason DeCrow/AP

    5. Sandy Hook Classes to Resume

    Last month’s deadly massacre in Newtown, Conn., will not be forgotten, but normalcy is slowly returning to the scarred town. Students at Sandy Hook Elementary will resume classes on Thursday in a vacant school building in the nearby town of Monroe, while their old school remains closed. The shooting, which killed 20 students and six adults, was one of the all-time deadliest in the country. Meanwhile, a lawyer seeking to sue the state for $100 million on behalf of a young survivor has withdrawn his claim, and Connecticut’s attorney general says claims that the state could have prevented harm are without basis.

    January 1, 2013 6:50 PM

  6. Drill, Baby Drill Shell Oil Rig Runs Aground in Alaska Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis/AP

    6. Shell Oil Rig Runs Aground in Alaska

    A Shell drilling rig ran aground on a small island in Alaska on Monday night. The Kulluk, a 266-foot conical barge, broke free of its lines on Thursday night while being towed back to Seattle. By Monday, after days of failed attempts to continue towing the rig and the evacuation of the rig’s crew, commanders were forced to disconnect the Kulluk from its final tow vessel, due to 70mph wind gusts and swells of up to 40 feet. The rig then hit the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island, south of Kodiak. The rig may be carrying up to 150,000 gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel and about 12,000 gallons of combined lube oil and hydraulic fluid that could start leaking, though a spokesperson said that there are so far no reports of discharge.

    January 1, 2013 9:44 AM

  7. Tragic Seven Charity Workers Killed in Pakistan Mohammad Sajjad/AP

    7. Seven Charity Workers Killed in Pakistan

    Seven charity workers, six of whom were women, have been shot to death in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday. A male colleague was also killed when their vehicle was hit by gunfire near a center run by Pakistani charity Ujala in the Swabi district. The vehicle’s driver was also injured in the attack. The district police chief said, “Four men came on two motorbikes. They attacked their van. They opened fire to the right and left of the van and fled on their motorbikes.” No one has claimed responsibility for the killings. Last month, nine health workers were killed while participating in a national polio-vaccination drive.

    January 1, 2013 8:49 AM

  8. High Times Colo. Marijuana Clubs Open Chris Hondros, File/Getty

    8. Colo. Marijuana Clubs Open

    Happy new year, want some pot? Recreational marijuana clubs are officially open for business in Colorado Tuesday, after voters approved Amendment 64 last month. Don’t get too excited yet: the clubs are not open to the public and they do not sell marijuana. A spokesman for Denver’s Club 64, which was named after the amendment, said that the club already has 200 members over the age of 21. Though there is some dispute about what is really allowed under the state’s new marijuana law, no police were seen outside Club 64 after its opening.

    January 1, 2013 9:26 AM

  9. Kimye Baby Kardashians Already Cashing In Mark J. Terrill / AP Photo

    9. Kardashians Already Cashing In

    This baby will be well prepared to join the family business—whatever that is exactly. Kim Kardashian only announced her pregnancy a few days ago, but she and her family are already cashing in. Kim’s mom, Kris Jenner, has reportedly emailed editors of the weekly celebrity magazines to solicit bids for the first baby bump cover story. A source said, “It likely will sell at $300,000, and that’s Kim solo because Kanye always looks so miserable.” And it seems Kim plans to continue her lucrative party appearances—she already hosted a New Year’s Eve party at 1 Oak in Las Vegas last night.

    January 1, 2013 2:50 PM

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    10. NYTimes Relives 2012’s Front Pages

    The editors of The New York Times on Tuesday compiled 42 of its most memorable front pages from last year in a new interactive section. The pages include headlines like “Upset by Gingrich Shifts G.O.P. campaign” from back in January all the way to December’s now-famous front page with the Newtown shooting victims. The pages can all be sorted by theme or by user-submitted keywords. Readers can also submit their own reactions and share their favorites via social media.

    January 1, 2013 12:37 PM

  12. NOT WELL Venezuela Cancels New Years Rodrigo Abd / AP Photo

    11. Venezuela Cancels New Years

    Will a “global outpouring of love” heal Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez? That’s what his recently-designated political successor called for as the country’s leader suffers “new complications” following his fourth cancer operation. In the meantime, Venezuela has canceled its New Year's celebration out of respect for its ailing leader. Vice President Nicolas Madura said Chávez was fighting a respiratory infection in the wake of surgery, adding that his condition is “delicate” and his current treatment is “not without risks.” Chávez’s allies have reportedly discussed the possibility that death or illness may prevent him from swearing in for his third six-year term on Jan. 10.

    December 31, 2012 6:00 PM

  13. KIMYE Kim Kardashian Is Pregnant Mark J. Terrill / AP Photo

    12. Kim Kardashian Is Pregnant

    Looks like somebody will be celebrating without alcohol this New Year's. Kim Kardashian is pregnant with boyfriend Kanye West’s baby, she confirmed Monday after he had announced it at a show. The Internet exploded with Kardashian confirmations, with sister Khloé tweeting, “Keeping secrets is hard with so many family members! Especially when you are so freaking excited!!!!!” Big sis Kourtney added, “Been wanting to shout from the rooftops with joy and now I can!” Kimye—surely the name of their baby too?—have been dating since April.

    December 31, 2012 7:30 PM

  14. Get Well Soon Doctor: Hillary Will Make Full Recovery Kevin Lamarque/AP

    13. Doctor: Hillary Will Make Full Recovery

    More details emerged Monday on the blood clot that caused Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be admitted to New York Presbyterian Hospital Sunday evening. The clot is reportedly located “in the vein that is situated in the space between the brain and the skull.” Despite the unsettling location of the clot, doctors assured the nation that Clinton will make a “full recovery” and that she is “making excellent progress.” The blood clot is related to a concussion she suffered earlier this month, sparking rumors that she had feigned the fall to avoid congressional hearings on the attacks in Benghazi, Libya. 

    December 31, 2012 4:44 PM

  15. Love & Marriage Hugh Hefner Marries Crystal Harris Matt Sayles/AP

    14. Hugh Hefner Marries Crystal Harris

    Hugh Hefner is officially off the market. Hef tied the knot with 26-year-old former playmate Crystal Harris at the Playboy Mansion on New Year’s Eve, even though they’d been taking a break from their relationship for 18 months. Hef and Harris had previously planned to marry in June 2011, but Harris had called it off days before the wedding. But she reportedly moved back into the mansion earlier this year and it appears they reconciled. But don’t think things will be changing too much: their reception was the annual New Year’s Eve party at the mansion.

    January 1, 2013 9:31 AM

  16. Crisis Averted Biden, McConnell Negotiated Deal Drew Angerer/Getty

    15. Biden, McConnell Negotiated Deal

    Despite the drama of months of negotiations between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, it was a day of phone calls between Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday that finally resulted in a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. It is the third time that Biden and McConnell have saved the day at the last minute. In 2010, they struck a deal over the expiring Bush-era tax cuts and in August 2011, they came up with a bargain during the showdown over the debt ceiling. One Republican aide said, “It’s a buddy thing. The two of them can do business, they can find solutions together.”

    January 1, 2013 8:42 AM

  17. BAD TIMING Village ‘Bomb’ Suspect Gives Birth facebook

    16. Village ‘Bomb’ Suspect Gives Birth

    Talk about a well-timed delivery. Morgan Gliedman’s arraignment was postponed on Monday as she gave birth to a baby girl at St. Luke’s Hospital. Gliedman, 27, was arrested on Saturday along with 31-year-old boyfriend Aaron Greene after police found seven grams of HMTD, a highly explosive white powder at their Greenwich Village apartment. Police also found weapons and handwritten manuals with titles like “Terrorist Encyclopedia.” Greene, who attended Harvard, is being held at Rikers without bail and was not present for the birth.

    January 1, 2013 12:21 PM

  18. Hooray Fiscal-Cliff Deal Reached Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times, via Landov

    17. Fiscal-Cliff Deal Reached

    And no one thought a deal could be reached before the new year. The Senate voted before dawn on Tuesday—yes, on New Year's Day—to pass a deal that would avert the fiscal cliff. Even rarer than the New Year's Eve vote? The 89–8 final vote tally. The deal prevents automatic tax increases on much of the country, but will put tax hikes in place for the richest Americans—a major concession for Republicans. The House is likely to vote on Tuesday, to avoid any market effects of the breach of the so-called fiscal cliff from happening on Wednesday. The reported dealmaker, Vice President Biden, will reportedly meet with House Democrats Tuesday afternoon to sell the deal.

    January 1, 2013 11:35 AM