'Fiscal cliff' deal approved, avoiding tax increases and spending cuts: A bipartisan plan to avoid federal spending reductions and tax increases that would have hit Maryland especially hard won final approval Tuesday night in the House of Representatives even as outside groups warned that the bill would simply delay difficult decisions for a few months.
Energy initiative helps reduce utility costs, hospital visits: A "green and healthy homes" initiative for low- and moderate-income property owners in Baltimore assists homeowners with upgrading residences in ways that cut energy expenses and create healthier places to live.
Seven same-sex couples wed at City Hall on New Year's morning: Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who topped an illustrious military career by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991, died Thursday. He was 78.
RAVENS: Columnist Mike Preston writes that coach John Harbaugh "will not have real control of this team until players like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and Anquan Boldin are no longer on the roster."
TERPS: Maryland coach Mark Turgeon liberally used his bench — one of Maryland's deepest in years — in an 81-63, New Year's Day victory over IUPUI to wrap up the Terps' nonconference schedule. It was Maryland's 12th straight victory.