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Top Stories: Tragedy In Conn.; 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks Continue

Good morning.

Our early headlines, as you would expect, were about Friday's mass murder at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.:

Funerals Begin In Newtown, Investigation Continues.

For Conn. Teacher Who Lives Near Tragedy, Today's Classes Will Be Difficult.

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio. i i

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio.

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio.

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The morning's other major news stories include:

— "Afghan Landmine Blast Kills Girls." (BBC News)

— "Boehner Floats Tax Rate Hike For Highest Earners." (Posted here late last evening.)

— "Boehner Offers Debt-ceiling Increase In Cliff Compromise." (The Washington Post)

— "Obama Expected To Name Kerry As Secretary Of State." (The New York Times)

— Egypt's Draft Constitution Narrowly Approved In First Stage Of Voting. (NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson on our Newscast and on Morning Edition.)

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