1. Averting the Fiscal Cliff was the news of the day. The Senate-approved compromise ran into opposition. House Republicans say there was widespread criticism that the bill does not contain enough spending cuts.
2. US Representative Mo Brooks was not ready to vote on the legislation this morning. On the house floor, he called on congress to postpone a vote, saying he will vote against it unless the American people have time to evaluate its full effect.
3. Alabama's two U.S. senators split their votes early this morning on the bill. US Senator Richard Shelby was one of just eight senators who voted against the legislation.
4. Tuesday January 1, 2013 marks 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The proclamation freed millions of slaves in 1863. But slavery was not fully abolished until the 13th amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1865.
5. In Birmingham was one of many celebrations across the country to celebrate the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Dozens gathered at the Bethel Baptist Church.
6. Gift card weekend is January 4th through 6th. It is the second annual weekend where participating retailers offer up more savings and special offers for using the plastic.
7. Huntsville Hospital welcomed its first baby of 2013. Aria Jade Cowart was born at 7:11 this morning.
8. In Decatur, 100 swimmers took a dip in the Tennessee River for the 28th annual Polar Bear Plunge. The temperature at Riverwalk Marina was in the low 50s to go with a steady rain.
9. It was a bit colder for the Ice Dive at Lake Minnetonka. A swimming pool carved into a rectangular hole in the icy lake was full of hundreds of participants. Air temperature there: five degrees below zero.