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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A modest snowstorm pushed through New England on Tuesday, causing messy travel conditions and widespread school and government closures along the Eastern seaboard despite bringing less accumulation than expected.
Budget negotiators in the U.S. Congress have reached a two-year agreement aimed at avoiding a government shutdown on January 15 and setting federal government spending levels through October 1, 2015. Democratic Senator Patty Murray and Representative Paul Ryan scheduled a news conference for 6 p.m. EST (2300 GMT) to announce the details of the deal they worked out. "I'm happy we're going to avoid raising taxes, going to stay within the budget caps and in addition, have some deficit reduction," said Senator Rob Portman, who is a member of a larger congressional budget panel. "And I'm pleased we're going to avoid a government shutdown." (Reporting By David Lawder;