Morning News Briefs and Monday's Forecast

Posted: February 10, 2014

Winchester-Area Weather: Cold and a mix of clouds and sun today with a high of 29. Mostly clear and a low overnight of 11. Clear and 28 on Tuesday and a low around 8. Mostly cloudy and 29 on Wednesday. Thursday offers the next chance for snow. Right now, a 60 percent chance of snow andthe potential for 3 to 5 inches.

Morning News Briefs from the Associated Press for Monday, February 10, 2014
Documents: Judgments random in military sex-crimes
TOKYO (AP) — At U.S. military bases in Japan, most service members found culpable in sex crimes in recent years did not go to prison, according to internal Department of Defense documents. Instead, in a review of hundreds of cases filed in America's largest overseas military installation, offenders were fined, demoted, restricted to their bases or removed from the military. In about 30 cases, a letter of reprimand was the only punishment.

Pilots often head to wrong airports, reports show
WASHINGTON (AP) — Do you know the way to San Jose? Quite a few airline pilots apparently don't. On at least 150 flights, including one involving a Southwest Airlines jet last month in Missouri and a jumbo cargo plane last fall in Kansas, U.S. commercial air carriers have either landed at the wrong airport or started to land and realized their mistake in time, according to a search by The Associated Press of government safety databases and media reports since the early 1990s.

Schools run short on snow days, adjust schedules
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The first snow day of this brutal winter left teacher Christopher Crabtree almost as tickled as it did his three children, but delight is giving way to dread as school cancellations pile up — a whopping 15 days off so far in his southern Ohio district, with more snow in the forecast. Now, even his 12-year-old daughter and 9-year-old twins are missing friends and tired of being stuck at home, he said.

Class back on rise in UK — but elite different
LONDON (AP) — For the past three decades, many Britons had hoped the rigid class system that defined their country from Dickens to "Downton Abbey" was finally dying. Now they fear that class, their old bugbear, is back on the rise. From 1979, Britain was led for more than a decade by Margaret Thatcher, a grocer's daughter, and then by John Major, the son of a music-hall entertainer. The current leader, David Cameron, is a descendent of King William IV whose Cabinet is stacked with men, like him, from the country's toniest private schools and Oxford and Cambridge universities.

Caffeine common in kids, young adults; mainly soda
CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly 3 out of 4 U.S. children and young adults consume at least some caffeine, mostly from soda, tea and coffee. The rate didn't budge much over a decade, although soda use declined and energy drinks became an increasingly common source, a government analysis finds. Though even most preschoolers consume some caffeine-containing products, their average was the amount found in half a can of soda, and overall caffeine intake declined in children up to age 11 during the decade.

Sam could become NFL's 1st openly gay player
Tolerance is about to be tested in the National Football League. And Michael Sam hopes his ability is all that matters, not his sexual orientation.

US suspect possibly targeted for drone attack
WASHINGTON (AP) — An American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials say, and the Obama administration is wrestling with whether to kill him with a drone strike and how to do so legally under its new stricter targeting policy issued last year. The CIA drones watching him cannot strike because he's a U.S. citizen and the Justice Department must build a case against him, a task it hasn't completed.

Rubio to propose higher education overhaul
MIAMI (AP) — Addressing what he calls a "growing opportunity gap" between people with and without advanced educations, Sen. Marco Rubio is calling for state-accredited alternatives to four-year colleges and income-based repayments for college loans. The Florida senator and possible 2016 Republican presidential contender also says Congress should establish an independent accrediting agency to assess free courses offered over the Internet and elsewhere as transferrable credits.

Olympic downhill king: Austria's Matthias Mayer
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Matthias Mayer shut his eyes for a moment, his day's work over. If he had trouble believing what had just happened as he stood before the crowd it was with good reason. The Austrian struck a big upset Sunday in one of the Olympics' marquee events, capturing the men's downhill and upending the elite of his sport.

Sans first lady, French leader to US on business
PARIS (AP) — France's suddenly single president arrives Monday in the U.S. for a state visit, hoping the glaring absence of his first lady won't steal the limelight from his focus on major policy issues with President Barack Obama. Francois Hollande, a bespectacled 59-year-old former Socialist party boss, will be highlighting France's shared interests with Washington on issues like Syria's civil war, Iran's nuclear program and terrorism in Africa.