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Top Stories: 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks Resume; Russia Bans U.S. Adoptions

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

-- U.S. Families Stunned By Russia's Ban On Adoptions.

-- Remembering Gen. Schwarzkopf, 'Military Hero Of His Generation'.

-- Secretary Clinton Due Back At Work Next Week, 'Foreign Policy' Reports.

And the other major story of the day, as we reported late Thursday:

-- White House To Host Congressional Leaders Friday For Fiscal Deadline Talks.

Meanwhile, other stories making headlines include:

-- At Least 17 Deaths Blamed On Winter Storm That Crossed Much Of Nation. (The Associated Press)

-- Former President George H.W. Bush Remains In Hospital, But Would Urge Folks To "Put The Harps Back In The Closet," Spokeswoman Says. ( Houston Chronicle)

-- Shooting Appears To Be Chicago's 500th Homicide This Year. ( Chicago Tribune)

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