The new year is just hours old. The annual Tournament of Roses Parade has concluded and the college bowl football games continue apace for sports fans.
But what else do we have in the days and weeks ahead?
*The United States Congress swears in a new assembly later this month, and the first thing the Republican majority of the House of Representatives vows it will do is get the Obama Health Care Reform Act repealed, provided it survives a federal court ruling that parts of the new law are unconstitutional because Congress "overstepped its boundaries" drafting it.
*The minimum hourly wage for the average worker will be rising slightly for American employees soon, much to the dismay of some employers.
*North and South Korea are still in contention with each other.
*Unrest in the Middle East still flares up at times.
*NASA's Messenger probe approaches its orbital objective of Mercury while the Space Shuttle prepares for its last mission before retiring.
*The planet Neptune will complete its FIRST (known) orbit around the Sun since being discovered in 1846.
*All United States troops are scheduled to leave Iraq by the end of the year.
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