Congress staves off 'fiscal cliff' tax hikes, spending cuts

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 | 10:07 p.m. CST; updated 11:09 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 1, 2013

WASHINGTON — Past its own New Year's deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national "fiscal cliff" of middle-class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America's divided government to the limit.