DAYBREAK DAILY: D.C. experiences housing market boom

Associated Press

ABC7 NEWS: The very latest on these stories today on Good Morning Washington:

Midwest blizzard causes travel troubles: The first widespread snowstorm of the season began a slow crawl across the Midwest on Thursday, creating troubles for holiday travelers at D.C. area airports.

Sandy Hook shooting, religious leaders gather in D.C.: Religious leaders representing a broad range of faiths are gathering at Washington National Cathedral to remember the lives lost in the Connecticut school shooting and to call for an end to gun violence.

ABC7 TRAFFIC: A tractor trailer accident along the eastbound inner loop of 495 at MD355 in Rockville has closed two lanes and caused delays Friday morning. Good Morning Washington has updates every 10 minutes beginning at 4:30 a.m.

ABC7 WEATHER: Limited sunshine today with gusty breezes and passing flurries.

Boehner abandons plan to avoid fiscal cliff: Per Washington Post, “House Speaker John A. Boehner threw efforts to avoid the year-end ‘fiscal cliff’ into chaos late Thursday, as he abruptly shuttered the House for the holidays after failing to win support from his fellow Republicans for a plan to let tax rates rise for millionaires.”

D.C. house inspires 168 bids in red-hot real estate market: Per Washington Post, “While much of the nation is still struggling to emerge from a historic housing-market meltdown, the District is reliving its boom days. High rents, low interest rates, low inventory, and a flood of new residents in their 20s and 30s are making parts of the city feel like it’s 2005 again.{ }

SPORTS: Former Olympian admits to working as escort: Three-time Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton says she coped with depression and a troubled marriage by turning to a life of prostitution.

We made it!: Doomsday hour is here, at least in much of the world, and so still are we. According to legend, the ancient Mayans' long-count calendar ends at midnight Thursday, ushering in the end of the world.

--Scott Meeks

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