Around the world: 10 things to know Wednesday

Staff reports Updated: January 2, 2013 at 12:00 am • Published: January 2, 2013

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about today:

1. CONGRESS STAVES OFF THE 'FISCAL CLIFF'

The House votes 257-167 to give final approval to the bill that averted spending cuts and tax hikes on the middle class. FISCAL CLIFF

2. THE TAX HIKE NO ONE'S TALKING ABOUT

Ending the Social Security payroll tax cut means that someone earning $50,000 will pay $1,000 more a year in taxes. FISCAL CLIFF-GLANCE .

3. ANGER OVER SANDY AID

New York-area lawmakers are furious that the House planned to end its term without approving a $60.4 billion bill for storm-battered victims. SUPERSTORM AID

4. CAN FRUIT MAKE YOU FAT?

Scientists say the fruit sugar fructose can trigger brain changes that lead to overeating. SUGAR-OBESITY.

5. A DEADLY FIREWORKS STAMPEDE

Sixty-one people were killed and more than 200 injured in the crowd after a New Year's fireworks show on Africa's Ivory Coast. IVORY COAST-STAMPEDE

6. WHAT CLOSED DOWN IN SYRIA'S LARGEST CITY

Fighting between government troops and rebels forced the international airport in Aleppo to close. SYRIA

7. WHO PENNSYLVANIA IS TAKING TO COURT OVER PENN STATE

The state planned to file a federal lawsuit over stiff sanctions imposed after the Sandusky sex abuse scandal. PENN STATE ABUSE-LAWSUIT

8. A TROUBLING NEW YEAR'S EVE TRADITION

Hundreds of parked cars are torched across France, part of an annual spree dating to the 1990s. FRANCE-TORCHING CARS

9. AN ANSWER UNEARTHED IN HATFIELD-MCCOY FEUD

Excavators found bullets believed to have been fired by the McCoys in an 1888 gun battle in eastern Kentucky. HATFIELDS & MCCOYS

10. BACK ON THE AIR AFTER GRILL ACCIDENT

ESPN's Hannah Storm waved her bandaged left hand as she hosted the Rose Parade in her first appearance since she was burned three weeks ago. ROSE PARADE-HANNAH STORM

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