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Top Stories: Wintry Blast, 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks

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Snow-covered roads in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

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Good morning.

Our early headlines:

Wintry Weather Blasting Northeast On Its Way Out.

Elder President Bush In Intensive Care.

Putin Signals He Will Sign Law Banning U.S. Adoptions Of Russian Children.

Jobless Claims Fell By 12,000 Last Week.

Other stories making headlines:

— "On 'Fiscal Cliff,' Obama And Senators Returning To Washington For One Last Attempt At Deal." (The Washington Post)

— "Republican Leaders Huddle Over Fiscal Cliff." (Politico)

— "U.N. Envoy Calls For Transitional Government In Syria." (The New York Times)

"Nelson Mandela Returns Home After 18 Days In Hospital." (BBC Newsround)

— Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz (D) Appointed To Fill Senate Seat Left Vacant By Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye's Death. (Hawaii Public Radio)

— "Talks To Avoid East Coast Port Strike To Resume, Details Kept Mum." (CNBC)