The Economy & The Fiscal Cliff
• U.S. stocks increase in first day of 2013 trading following "cliff" deal
• With "cliff" deal reached, House members turn attention to Sandy bill
• Despite deal reached, budget fights anticipated over next coming months
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BEIRUT - The Syrian army and allied militia carried out ground attacks on insurgent positions in Syria on Wednesday backed by Russian air strikes, in what appeared to be their first major coordinated assault since Moscow intervened last week, a monitor said.