AP Morning News Brief and Monday's Forecast

Posted: March 18, 2013

WINCHESTER-AREA WEATHER: Overcast with snow and rain this morning, perhaps another inch of snow accumulation. High today of 37, but a windchill of 27. Chane of rain after midnight. Low of 34. Rain and 52 on Tuesday.

News Briefs from the Associated Press

Syria opposition pushes to form interim government
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) — Syria's main opposition coalition began a push Monday to form an interim government to provide services to people living in parts of the country now controlled by rebel forces. The effort is the most serious yet by the forces opposing President Bashar Assad to establish a rival administration and bring together all the factions fighting Assad's forces on the ground.

Rape trial over, Ohio city remains under scrutiny
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The ordeal of an eastern Ohio community roiled by allegations of rape against two high school football players is far from over, despite the teens' conviction for the crime and their sentence to juvenile prison terms. The announcement of the verdict was barely an hour old Sunday when state Attorney General Mike DeWine said he was continuing his investigation and would consider charges against anyone who failed to speak up after the attack last summer, a group that could include other teens, parents, coaches and school officials.

AP EXCLUSIVE: Karzai opponents talk to Taliban
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan political parties united against President Hamid Karzai recently opened talks with the Taliban and U.S.-declared terrorist Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, hoping to broker peace ahead of next year's exit of international combat troops and a presidential race that will determine Karzai's successor, Taliban and opposition leaders have told The Associated Press. It's the first confirmation that the opposition has opened its own, new channel of discussions to try to find a political resolution to the war, now in its 12th year. And the Taliban too seem to want to move things forward, even contemplating replacing their top negotiator, two senior Taliban officials told the AP.

Tornado debris study could lead to better warnings
ATLANTA (AP) — Photos and mementoes that were snatched up and blown hundreds of miles during a Southern tornado outbreak two years ago are giving researchers new insight on how debris is carried by the storms and how it could threaten the public. A new study has documented how one photo traveled nearly 220 miles over Alabama and Tennessee, said John Knox, an associate professor of geography at the University of Georgia who led the research. That is among the longest-documented trajectories of tornado debris.

2 inmates escape from Quebec jail in helicopter
SAINT-JEROME, Quebec (AP) — Two Quebec inmates climbed up a rope into a hovering helicopter to make a daring daylight escape from a jail northwest of Montreal, authorities said, but both were later recaptured. Quebec provincial police said early Monday they arrested four people about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the Saint-Jerome jail from which the inmates escaped on Sunday. Two of those arrested were 36-year-old inmate Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau and 33-year-old inmate Danny Provencal.

2 killed when jet crashes into Ind. neighborhood
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Two people were killed when a private jet crashed into a residential neighborhood in northern Indiana and damaged three homes, becoming lodged in one of them, authorities said. The Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet flying out of Tulsa, Okla., hit the homes Sunday afternoon, heavily damaging the last one where the craft's cracked tail and fuselage could be seen hanging from the side.

Monitoring your kids on Facebook? That's so 2009.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Relieved your kids aren't posting embarrassing messages and goofy self-portraits on Facebook? They're probably doing it on Instagram and Snapchat instead. The number of popular social media sites available on kids' mobile devices has exploded in recent years. The smartest apps now enable kids to chat informally with select groups of friends without bumping up against texting limits and without being monitored by parents, coaches and college admissions officers, who are frequent Facebook posters themselves.

Justice official to be nominated to top Labor slot
WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to fill yet another second-term Cabinet vacancy, President Barack Obama is set to nominate Thomas Perez, an assistant attorney general, to be the next secretary of labor, the White House says. If confirmed by the Senate, Perez, who has been head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division for 3½ years, would take over the Labor Department as Obama undertakes several worker-oriented initiatives, including an overhaul of immigration laws and an increase in the minimum wage.

APNewsBreak: Celeb fracking group not registered
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Dozens of celebrities may be running afoul of the law as they unite under the banner of one group that is seeking to prevent a method of gas drilling in New York state. Artists Against Fracking opposes hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and boasts members including Yoko Ono and actors Mark Ruffalo and Susan Sarandon.

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