Good morning.

Our early headline:

-- Weather Outside Is Frightful; Tornadoes, Snow, Rain Lash Much Of Nation.

Some of the other stories making news today:

-- " 'Fiscal Cliff' To Bring President Obama Back Early From Hawaii." ( Los Angeles Times)

-- "Post-Holiday Retail Sales Are Now Key To Shopping Season Success." ( Forbes)

-- In Video, Commander Of Syria's Military Police Says He Has Defected To The Opposition. ( BBC News).

-- "Despite Protests, Egypt Has A New Constitution." ( Morning Edition)

-- "N.Y. Gunman: Killing Is 'What I Like Doing Best.' " ( The Associated Press)

And in case you missed these stories over the Christmas holiday:

-- "Jack Klugman, Half Of 'The Odd Couple' Dies At 90." ( Morning Edition)

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