Top Stories: 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks Resume; Russia Bans U.S. Adoptions : The Two-Way Also: Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf dies; Secretary Clinton is expected back at work next week; death toll from this week's winter weather reaches 17; former President George H.W. Bush wishes folks would "put the harps back in the closet."
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Top Stories: 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks Resume; Russia Bans U.S. Adoptions

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

U.S. Families Stunned By Russia's Ban On Adoptions.

Remembering Gen. Schwarzkopf, 'Military Hero Of His Generation'.

Secretary Clinton Due Back At Work Next Week, 'Foreign Policy' Reports.

And the other major story of the day, as we reported late Thursday:

White House To Host Congressional Leaders Friday For Fiscal Deadline Talks.

Meanwhile, other stories making headlines include:

— At Least 17 Deaths Blamed On Winter Storm That Crossed Much Of Nation. (The Associated Press)

— Former President George H.W. Bush Remains In Hospital, But Would Urge Folks To "Put The Harps Back In The Closet," Spokeswoman Says. (Houston Chronicle)

— Shooting Appears To Be Chicago's 500th Homicide This Year. (Chicago Tribune)

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Eric Waite and his 8-year-old daughter Emerson went sliding Thursday in Greenfield, Mass.

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