Violent weather system could spawn damaging winds in Baltimore: A strong low-pressure system causing blizzards across the Midwest is forecast to bring damaging winds across the Baltimore area Friday and Saturday. Forecasters expect sustained winds of up to 30 mph, prompting utility officials to warn of possible widespread power outages.
Boehner abandons fiscal cliff plan as Republicans balk: Republican lawmakers delivered a stinging rebuke to Speaker of the House John Boehner on Thursday when they failed to back an effort designed to extract concessions from President Barack Obama in year-end "fiscal cliff" talks.
The Darkroom: As of this morning, the world didn't look headed for the apocalypse some say was predicted by the ancient Mayan calendar. Meanwhile, in parts of Central America, those of Mayan descent are celebrating the start of a new Mayan era.