Morning News Briefs and Monday's Forecast

Posted: January 6, 2014

Winchester-Area Weather: You wouldn't know it right now, with it 45 degrees at 6 a.m., but some of the coldest temperatures we've seen in years are coming over the next 24 hours or so. Temperatures are at their highest already this morning and are about to plummet. We'll be below freezing by noon, in the teens by the 5:05 sunset and to 5 by midnight. It could be as low as 1 by this time Tuesday. A WIND CHILL WARNING is in effect from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday as wind chills could reach 20-below zero. Rain this morning will give way to partly cloudy skies this afternoon and clear skies tonight.

Clear and cold on Tuesday with a high of 16 and an overnight low of 9. Partly cloudy and 33 on Wednesday. We could be in the 40 by Thursday and in the 50s by the weekend.

Morning News Briefs from the Associated Press for Monday, January 6, 2014
'Polar vortex' pushes subzero temps into Midwest
CHICAGO (AP) — A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a "polar vortex" descended Monday into much of the U.S., pummeling parts of the country with a dangerous cold that could break decades-old records with wind chill warnings stretching from Montana to Alabama. For a big chunk of the Midwest, the subzero temperatures were moving in behind another winter wallop: more than a foot of snow and high winds that made traveling treacherous. Officials closed schools in cities including Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee and warned residents to stay indoors and avoid the frigid cold altogether.

Gone with the wind chill: Gusts spread winter pain
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It's not the heat, it's the humidity, goes the old saying. For the tens of millions of Americans currently trapped in the deep freeze: It's not the cold, it's the wind. Air temperatures plunging into the negative teens, twenties and even thirties Sunday into Monday are bad enough. But add wind speeds of even a few miles per hour, and what's already deeply unpleasant becomes downright dangerous.

Fed chair, unemployment on tap as Congress returns
WASHINGTON (AP) — Back to work on Monday, Congress faces a hefty list of unfinished business and a politically driven agenda in an election year that will determine control of the House and Senate. President Barack Obama's nomination of Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve and a three-month extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed are first up in Senate, with votes scheduled Monday night. The rare burst of bipartisanship last month produced a budget agreement, but lawmakers were unable to agree on extending federal benefits for an estimated 1.3 million Americans.

Growing number of seniors caring for other seniors
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Paul Gregoline lies in bed, awaiting the helper who will get him up, bathed and groomed. He is 92 years old, has Alzheimer's disease and needs a hand with nearly every task the day brings. When the aide arrives, though, he doesn't look so different from the client himself — bald and bespectacled. "Just a couple of old geezers," jokes Warren Manchess, the 74-year-old caregiver.

Girl declared brain dead moved from hospital
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Acting with a court order, the family of a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after a tonsillectomy has had her taken from a California hospital to be cared for elsewhere, the family's attorney says. Jahi McMath was moved by a critical care team while attached to a ventilator but without a feeding tube, Christopher Dolan told The Associated Press.

NJ works to curb sex trafficking before Super Bowl
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey law enforcement agents are intensifying efforts to combat sex trafficking ahead of the Super Bowl. Officials are training legions of law enforcement personnel, hospitality workers, high school students and airport employees to watch for signs of it before the Feb. 2 football game, when hundreds of thousands of people are expected to descend on New Jersey.

Aspen plane crash kills 1, injures 2
DENVER (AP) — A private jet went off the side of a runway in Aspen, flipped over and burst into flames, killing one man and injuring two others, Colorado authorities say. Officials said the flight to the wealthy mountain resort city originated in Mexico and all three aboard were Mexican pilots, two were flying and one was a passenger.

Reports: Liz Cheney to quit Senate bid
WASHINGTON (AP) — Published reports citing anonymous GOP insiders say Liz Cheney plans to quit the Republican Wyoming Senate primary and abandon her effort to unseat incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi. The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney moved her family from Virginia to Wyoming to run for the seat. Her effort to replace Enzi, a Senate veteran, angered and upset many Republicans and her campaign faced a number of problems.

SKorea calls for reunions of separated families
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's president on Monday called for resuming reunions of families separated by war, expressing hopes that the humanitarian program would improve strained ties between the rival Koreas. The call came amid lingering tensions on the Korean Peninsula following Pyongyang's fiery rhetoric and threats of nuclear wars last spring. The two Koreas had planned to hold family reunions in September for the first time in three years but Pyongyang cancelled them at the last minute.