ABC7 TRAFFIC: Good Morning Washington has updates every 10 minutes beginning at 4:30 a.m. http://tbd.ly/95jmWZ
ABC7 WEATHER: Partly cloudy with highs in the upper 30s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: It was a heartbreaking night in Prince William County, just 24 hours after a police officer lost his life in the line of duty. The deadly accident happened Monday afternoon at the intersection of Nokesville Road and Piper Lane in Bristow. Mournful police officers, the citizens they serve and the victim’s family gathered on a bone-chilling night to grieve over the sudden loss of Officer Yung. He was known for his generous spirit and broad smile. Some say he also had a signature laugh. http://wj.la/RshZgq
TO THE EDGE: But no plunge, per the Washington Post, “Congress approved a plan to end Washington’s long drama over the “fiscal cliff” late Tuesday after House Republicans surrendered to President Obama’s demand to let taxes rise on the nation’s richest households. The House voted 257 to 167 to send the measure to Obama for his signature; the vote came less than 24 hours after the Senate overwhelmingly approved the legislation.” http://wapo.st/10LGAke
MEANWHILE: Of winners and losers, per the New York Times, “Just a few years ago, the tax deal pushed through Congress on Tuesday would have been a Republican fiscal fantasy, a sweeping bill that locks in virtually all of the Bush-era tax cuts, exempts almost all estates from taxation, and enshrines the former president’s credo that dividends and capital gains should be taxed equally and gently. But times have changed, President George W. Bush is gone, and before the bill’s final passage late Tuesday, House Republican leaders struggled all day to quell a revolt among caucus members who threatened to blow up a hard-fought compromise that they could have easily framed as a victory.” http://nyti.ms/VhQK6g
WHEN NO ONE’S LOOKING: Virginia’s CEO makes a move, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Gov. Bob McDonnell has certified health regulations that impose strict hospital construction standards on Virginia abortion clinics — triggering the next step in a multitiered approval process that could make the revised rules permanent by this summer. Unlike the public relations ballyhoo that accompanies many executive actions, McDonnell, an anti-abortion Republican, certified the regulations and had them posted to the Virginia Town Hall website without a public announcement on the Friday between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.” http://bit.ly/WdV3hz
ACC FINALLY GETS IT DONE: Of reversing a dismal trend, per the Roanoke Times, “The matchup wasn’t sexy, with BCS buster Northern Illinois the opponent, but Florida State’s 31-10 win over the Huskies late Tuesday night counted nonetheless, and with it ended the ACC’s most successful bowl stretch in recent memory. The league, which has taken its hits for its sub-par BCS record, lack of national championship contenders and, just recently, rising vulnerability in realignment, finished off the 2012-13 bowl season solidly, going 4-2 in its matchups.” http://bit.ly/WZU4UM
NO COMMENT: Just the facts, per the Los Angeles Times, “A photographer was hit by a car and killed Tuesday after taking shots of Justin Bieber's white Ferrari while it was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol, authorities said. Police are interviewing the motorist who hit the 29-year-old man but no arrests have been made. Bieber was not in the car.” http://lat.ms/ZTtuCt
POLITICO PLAY: “House Republicans abruptly pulled the plug Tuesday night on their promise to take up this week an emergency supplemental disaster aid bill for Northeast states damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The decision is a stunning reversal since just hours before New Jersey lawmakers were preparing for floor debate Wednesday as outlined under a strategy promoted by no less than Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).” http://politi.co/RsJ17h
SAME SONG: Keeps playing and playing, per the Washington Examiner, “For the District's government, 2013 began much like 2012 did: The mayor's campaign is under federal investigation, and lawmakers are the subjects of legal scrutiny. . . The probe of Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign will mark its second birthday in March, and recent court filings show the investigation and its fallout will stretch into the summer.” http://bit.ly/S4u5xT
LET’S MAKE A DEAL: But only if you’re good, per the Washington Times, “Nonviolent offenders in Maryland will be able to cut their time under the supervision of a probation or parole officer with good behavior, as the state joins several others that have adopted the policy as a way to cut administrative costs. A law that went into effect Tuesday allows offenders to shave off as much as two-thirds of their time under supervision by staying out of trouble and satisfying the conditions of their punishment.” http://bit.ly/10MFSU4
HAMMERS AND STUFF: Time to browse, per the Washington Business Journal, “Fort Lincoln New Town Corp. has locked in Lowe's home improvement store for the anchor slot at its Shops at Dakota Crossing that Target was once going to take. Multiple sources familiar with the deal say Charlotte, N.C.-based Lowe's Cos. Inc. (NYSE: LOW) will occupy a 130,000-square-foot building at 33rd Street and South Dakota Avenue NE.” http://bit.ly/WWavBv
THE GOOD AND THE BAD: First, the bad news, per the Baltimore Sun, “Baltimore was unable in 2012 to sustain a significant milestone — the first drop below 200 homicides in a generation — but officials see reasons to remain optimistic that declines will resume. As the Police Department's leadership changed, the city recorded 217 killings, about 10 percent more than the 197 in 2011, but still the second-lowest homicide rate since the late 1980s. Police statistics released Tuesday show that total crime and most categories of gun violence continued to decline.” http://bsun.md/VqCJDg
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Dallas beats the Wizards 103-94.
NHL LABOR TALKZZZZZZ: per the AP, “The NHL has kicked the ball back to the players' association in the form of another counteroffer as the sides play pingpong in the search for labor peace. The proposal was presented Tuesday night in a 30-minute meeting that was long delayed as the league worked on its response to the union's counteroffer Monday. The NHL started this latest round of talks with a contract offer late last week.” http://apne.ws/UEID5w
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), who will be asked about avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff.
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