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Opening Lines Set For A Deal To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

With the election over, attention in Washington has turned to the nation's debt and deficit challenges — most immediately $600 billion worth of expiring tax breaks and automatic spending cuts. Both the president and congressional leaders are signaling a willingness to work together to avoid a fiscal disaster.
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Fixing Long Election Lines May Be Easier Said Than Done

President Obama, in his victory speech, noted that the hours voters had to wait in line are something "we have to fix." One solution: Spend more on equipment and poll workers. But that would be tough in this fiscal climate. Another is to expand early voting. But states such as Ohio have had their early-voting laws challenged in court.
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Frustrated Long Island Braces For New Power Outages

A nor'easter Wednesday promises new electricity outages in a region already reeling from Hurricane Sandy. The Long Island Power Authority is facing intense criticism for not acting more quickly to restore power in Sandy's wake, and beleaguered residents' patience is wearing thin.
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Man Behind Anti-Islamic Film Sentenced To Year In Prison

Mark Basseley Youssef admitted to violating four of eight conditions of his probation. He'd previously served 21 months in prison for bank fraud. His film, Innocence of Muslims, which depicted Prophet Muhammad as a fraud, sparked violence in the Muslim world.
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Marijuana Legalization Faces Federal Hurdles

In historic moves, Colorado and Washington state voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana on Tuesday. Its sale will be regulated and taxed, with some of the money going for drug education.
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Obama Must Hit Ground Running As Fiscal Cliff Nears

Robert Siegel talks to Scott Horsley about President Obama's first day after re-election.
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Florida Still Tallying Ballots With Obama In The Lead

Ballots for the presidential race were still being counted in Florida on Wednesday. President Obama appeared to be leading the state, but does not need it to secure his re-election.

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