Morning News Brief and Monday's Weather

Posted: March 25, 2013

WINCHESTER-AREA WEATHER: A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY remains in effect until 6 p.m. today. Light to moderate snow is expected this morning before tapering off this afternoon. A high of 37 with windchills as low as 23. Overcast with a 50 percent chance of snow tonight and a low of 32.

Associated Press Morning Briefs for Monday, March 25, 2013
Syrian activists say senior rebel leader wounded

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A top Syrian rebel military leader was wounded and perhaps killed by a bomb stuck to his car, activists said on Monday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the blast targeted Col. Riad al-Asaad during a visit to the town of Mayadeen in eastern Syria.

The issue: Slowing the buildup of greenhouse gases responsible for warming the planet is one of the biggest challenges the United States and President Barack Obama face. The effects of rising global temperatures are widespread and costly: more severe storms, rising seas, species extinctions, and changes in weather patterns that will alter food production and the spread of disease.

EU finance ministers approve Cyprus bailout deal
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' Parliament president says a deal reached for his country to raise billions in order to qualify for an international bailout is a "painful one" for the island nation's people and a defeat for European solidarity. Yiannakis Omirou said Monday that Cyprus must work fast to reform its economy and leave the bailout as soon as possible.

A glance at the agreement for the Cyprus bailout
BRUSSELS (AP) — Authorities from Cyprus and the so-called troika of international lenders — the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund — reached agreement on a bailout loan for the country of up to 10 billion euros. A look at key parts of the deal: —Cyprus had to come up with 5.8 billion euros somehow to secure the bailout.

Both sides of gun debate make public appeals
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the loudest voices in the gun debate say it's up to voters now to make their position known to Congress. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and National Rifle Associate Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre claim their opposing views on guns have the support of the overwhelming number of Americans. They are looking at the next two weeks as critical to the debate, when lawmakers head home to hear from constituents ahead of next month's anticipated Senate vote on gun control.

Winning ticket for $338M Powerball sold in NJ
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The lottery fantasies of mansions, luxury boats and unlimited travel are over for most people. But for the owner — or owners — of the lone winning ticket sold in New Jersey for Powerball's $338.3 million drawing they're just beginning. New Jersey Lottery officials will release information on the ticket at a news conference Monday morning at the lottery's headquarters in Lawrenceville.

C. African Republic president overthrown by rebels
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Rebels overthrew Central African Republic's president of a decade on Sunday, seizing the presidential palace and declaring that the desperately poor country has "opened a new page in its history." The country's president fled the capital, while extra French troops moved to secure the airport, officials said. The rebels' invasion of the capital came just two months after they had signed a peace agreement that would have let President Francois Bozize serve until 2016. That deal unraveled in recent days, prompting the insurgents' advance into Bangui and Bozize's departure to a still unpublicized location.

Heart repair breakthroughs replace surgeon's knife
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Have a heart problem? If it's fixable, there's a good chance it can be done without surgery, using tiny tools and devices that are pushed through tubes into blood vessels. Heart care is in the midst of a transformation. Many problems that once required sawing through the breastbone and opening up the chest for open heart surgery now can be treated with a nip, twist or patch through a tube.