Morning News Brief and Tuesday's Weather

Posted: March 26, 2013

WINCHESTER-AREA WEATHER: With temperatures starting around the freezing mark and the wet roads, be careful of black ice first thing today. We'll warm up a bit today with temperatures expected to reach 43. Overcast and foggy this morning before becoming mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of precipitation. Partly cloudy and a low of 34 tonight. Starting tomorrow, it begins to clear up and gradually warm up. No precipitation in the forecast into the weekend and temperatures will make it into the lower 50s (which is still about 10 degrees below normal for the daily high). Sunrise today at 7:06. Sunset is at 7:30.

Associated Press morning news brief for Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Knox: "Painful" to have acquittal overturned
ROME (AP) — Amanda Knox says it's "painful" to have her acquittal on murder charges overturned by Italy's highest criminal court but she's confident in the truth, and says remaining questions about her case must now be examined by objective and capable prosecutors. In a statement Tuesday, Knox said the Perugia prosecutors' theory of her involvement in the murder of British roommate Meredith Kercher is "completely unfounded and unfair."

Calif. gay marriage argument at high court Tuesday
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is wading into the fight over same-sex marriage at a time when public opinion is shifting rapidly in favor of permitting gay and lesbian couples to wed, but 40 states don't allow it. The court's first major examination of gay rights in 10 years begins Tuesday with a hearing on California's ban on same-sex marriage. On Wednesday, the justices will consider the federal law that prevents legally married gay couples from receiving a range of benefits afforded straight married Americans.

Gay marriage by the numbers
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to begin hearing two days of arguments Tuesday in cases involving gay marriage. A look at the gay marriage issue by the numbers: — About 9 million: The number of Americans who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, according to a 2011 study by a scholar at the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute.

Syrian opposition takes seat at Arab summit
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Syrian opposition representatives took the country's seat at an Arab League summit that opened in Qatar on Tuesday, a significant diplomatic boost for the forces fighting President Bashar Assad's regime. In a ceremonious entrance accompanied by applause, a delegation led by Mouaz al-Khatib, the former president of the Syrian National Coalition, took the seats assigned for Syria at the invitation of the Emir of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who chairs the two-day summit.

Cyprus bank shutdown enters second week
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Banks across Cyprus remain locked Tuesday after financial authorities extended the country's bank closure, fearing worried depositors will rush to drain their accounts. The shut-down is hammering businesses, which have been without access to their funds for more than a week. All but two of the country's largest lenders had been due to reopen Tuesday, after being shut since March 16 while politicians figured out how to raise the funds necessary for Cyprus to qualify for an international bailout. Under the deal for a 10 billion euro ($12.94 billion) rescue clinched in Brussels early Monday, Cyprus agreed to slash its oversized banking sector and inflict hefty losses on large depositors in troubled banks.

Neighbors thrilled by NJ man's $338M Powerball win
PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) — Pedro Quezada's neighbors see a lot of themselves in the winner of the $338 million Powerball jackpot: hardworking, a family man, an immigrant, and someone who has known hard times. That's why they're so thrilled that one of their own has finally struck it rich.

US training Syrian moderates in Jordan: officials
WASHINGTON (AP) — For months now, the United States has been training secular Syrian fighters in Jordan with the goal of bolstering the array of forces battling President Bashar Assad's regime while at the same time strengthening the hand of moderates among the country's fractured opposition, American and foreign officials said. They said the effort is ongoing. The training has been taking place since late last year at an unspecified location, concentrating largely on Sunnis and tribal Bedouins who formerly served as members of the Syrian army, officials told The Associated Press. The forces aren't members of the leading rebel group, the Free Syrian Army, they said. The U.S. and others fear the growing role of extremist militia groups in the rebel ranks, including some linked to al-Qaida.

Gun in Colo. death matches Texas shootout weapon
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Nearly a week after the chief of Colorado's prisons was fatally shot at his front door, investigators have matched the gun in his slaying to one used by the prime suspect in a shootout with Texas authorities. The weapon match was a small part of a puzzle that authorities in two states are trying to piece together after suspect Evan Ebel was killed in Texas. They have yet to determine who shot corrections chief Tom Clements or why he was killed.

British teenage whiz strikes deal with Yahoo
LONDON (AP) — One of Britain's youngest Internet entrepreneurs has hit the jackpot after selling his top-selling mobile application Summly to search giant Yahoo. Seventeen-year-old Nick d'Aloisio, who dreamed up the idea for the content-shortening program when he was studying for his exams, said he was surprised by the deal. As with its other recent acquisitions, Yahoo didn't disclose how much it is paying for Summly, although British newspapers suggested the deal's value at several million dollars.