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WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives has approved a Senate bill to avoid the American and global economy facing the dreaded consequences of the so-called "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts across the United States.

Hailed as a victory for President Barack Obama, the vote on the compromise measure came just after 11 PM Tuesday, avoiding income tax increases for more than 99% of households, reports Bloomberg. Stock markets around the world Wednesday surged on the news of the deal in Washington.

The 257-167 vote largely fell along partisan lines, reports CNN, but enough Republicans fell in line behind House Speaker John Bohener to push the bill forward. Of the favorable votes, 172 were Democrats and 85 were Republicans. Sixteeen Democrats voted against the bill, with 151 Republicans "No" votes, including Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

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The Main COVID Risk Now: Long COVID

Death rates are down, masks are off, but many who have been infected by COVID have still not recovered. Long COVID continues to be hard to diagnose and treatments are still in the developmental stage.

Long COVID feels like a never-ending nightmare for those who suffer from it.

Jessica Berthereau

PARIS — The medical examination took longer than expected in the Parc de Castelnau-le-Lez clinic, near the southern French city of Montpellier. Jocelyne had come to see a specialist for long COVID-19, and exits the appointment slowly with help from her son. The meeting lasted more than an hour, twice as long as planned.

“I’m a fighter, you know, I’ve done a lot of things in my life, I’ve been around the world twice… I’m not saying this to brag, but to tell you my background," says the 40-year-old. "These days, I’m exhausted, I’m not hungry, I no longer drive, I can’t work anymore, I have restless legs syndrome.” She pauses before adding sadly: “I can’t read anymore either.”

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