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‘Serious differences’ put talks at standstill

WASHINGTON — ­Republicans aren’t budging on tax rates, and Democrats are resisting steps like raising the eligibility age for Medicare. Negotiations on averting a year-end fiscal train wreck combining big automatic tax hikes and sweeping spending cuts again appear stalled.

There are less than three weeks before the government could careen off this ‘‘fiscal cliff,’’ but the chief GOP negotiator, House Speaker John Boehner, Republican of Ohio, said Wednesday that ‘‘serious differences’’ remain between him and President Obama after an exchange of offers and a pair of conversations this week.

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