Lawmakers will head back to the table today to attempt to craft a last-minute deal to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff”. Congress and the president have until midnight tonight to sign a bill into law that would stop extensive spending cuts and tax hikes for nearly everyone from going into effect on New Year’s Day. Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, says Republicans and Democrats still have a long way to go to reach an agreement.
The good news? Congress was able to come to an agreement to extend the Farm Bill, meaning milk and dairy prices should remain relatively stable for at least another year.
Whether we go over the fiscal cliff or not, there are some items you can bet your bottom dollar you’ll spend more for in 2013. According to DealNews.com select electronics, smartphones, cars, college tuition and food are all likely to cost you more in the coming year.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is back in the hospital after doctors discovered a blood clot during a follow-up exam related to a concussion she suffered this month. She most likely developed the blood clot while on bed rest as she was recovering from her head injury. She’ll be monitored and treated for the next 48 hours at which point doctors will decide if she’s healthy enough to go home.
Where’s the “Safest Place in the World” to be tonight? New York Police Commissioner Randy Kelly says it’s Time’s Square. The NYPD has assigned thousands of extra patrols to tonight’s festivitiesto control the crowd and watch for any signs of trouble. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world are expected to pack into Midtown Manhattan to see the crystal ball drop and ring in 2013.
An elderly woman in town for the holidays to visit her daughter is missing and police are asking for your help. 80-year-old Rudene Franqui went missing from her daughter’s apartment on Windhill Court in Greensboro Saturday afternoon. She’s described as a black female, about 5’02” and 160 pounds, with brown eyes and shoulder length grey hair. She was last seen wearing a royal blue windbreaker, grey sweatpants and black moccasins. She may suffer from dementia. If you have any information about her whereabouts, please call the Greensboro Police Department at 373-2287.
Former President George HW Bush says he got a “shot in the arm” yesterday that has him feeling much better. Not literally…actually, it was a musical performance by the Oak Ridge Boys that served as sweet medicine for Bush, who has spent the past month in the hospital dealing with complications from bronchitis. Former first lady Barbara Bush called the band Friday to request a special performance, the group said, which they gladly provided by phone from their offices. If you’re wondering, they sang Elvira and Amazing Grace.
When the ball drops in Time’s Square tonight, it will be the first year without iconic TV Host Dick Clark serving as Master of Ceremonies on ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Ryan Seacrest says he won’t just be standing in Dick Clark’s place this New Year’s Eve; he will be celebrating his life and legacy during the countdown to the New Year. The Times Square New Year’s celebration has been happening since 1904.
The Carolina Panthers finished their season on a high note with a 44-38 win over the New Orleans Saints yesterday afternoon. After a 4-game winning streak the Panthers placed third in the NFC South division.