Morning News Brief, Plus Thursday's Forecast

Posted: March 28, 2013

WINCHESTER-AREA WEATHER: Overcast his morning before becoming partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. Another breezy day. A high of 46. Partly cloudy to clear skies Friday and Saturday with a high each day of 52. A 60 percent chance of rain Easter Sunday with a high of 59.

Associated Press Morning News Briefs for Thursday, March 28, 2013

SAfrica: Mandela in hospital with lung infection
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who became South Africa's first black president, has been admitted to a hospital with a recurring lung infection, South Africa said Thursday. Mandela, 94, has become increasingly frail in recent years and has been hospitalized several times since last year, most recently earlier this month when he underwent what a presidential spokesman described as a "successful" medical test. The Nobel laureate is a revered figure in South Africa, which has honored his legacy of reconciliation by naming buildings and other places after him and printing his image on national banknotes.

Cyprus banks to re-open; limits on transactions
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriots get their first chance to access their savings in almost two weeks when the country's banks reopen Thursday — albeit with strict restrictions on transactions — after being closed due to the country's acute financial crisis. Lines were starting to form outside banks Thursday morning ahead of the official opening for six hours at noon (1000 GMT). Systems have been frozen pending the official opening, and guards from a private security firm were reinforcing police outside some ATMs and banks in the capital, Nicosia.

However court rules, gay marriage debate won't end
NEW YORK (AP) — However the Supreme Court rules after its landmark hearings on same-sex marriage, the issue seems certain to divide Americans and states for many years to come. In oral arguments Tuesday and Wednesday on two cases involving gay couples' rights, the justices left open multiple options for rulings that are expected in June. But they signaled there was no prospect of imposing a 50-state solution at this stage. With nine states now allowing same-sex marriages and other states banning them via statutes or constitutional amendments, that means a longer spell with a patchwork marriage-rights map — and no early end to bruising state-by-state battles in the courts, in the legislatures and at the ballot box.

Gun control backers struggle to win some Democrats
WASHINGTON (AP) — It would seem a lobbyist's dream: rounding up votes for a proposal backed by more than 8 in 10 people in polls. Yet, gun control supporters are struggling to win over moderate Democrats in their drive to push expanded background checks for firearms purchasers through the Senate next month. Backed by a $12 million TV advertising campaign financed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, gun control groups scheduled rallies around the country Thursday aimed at pressuring senators to back the effort. President Barack Obama was meeting at the White House with gun violence victims.

German migrant program offers cautions for US
BERLIN (AP) — In gritty backstreets of Berlin, housewives wearing head scarves shop for lamb and grape leaves. Old men pass the time in cafes sipping coffee, chatting in Turkish and reading Turkish newspapers. More than three million people of Turkish origin live in Germany — the legacy of West Germany's Cold War-era program to recruit temporary foreign labor during the boom years of the 1950s and 1960s when the country rebuilt after World War II.

From a young age, no one could tame Evan Ebel
DENVER (AP) — From a young age, no one could tame Evan Spencer Ebel. His parents sent him to special camps in Utah, Jamaica and Samoa for children with behavioral problems. Neighbors in the middle-class suburbs west of Denver shied away from a kid they described as "a handful."

In a Chicago suburb, an indoor farm goes 'mega'
BEDFORD PARK, Ill. (AP) — Farming in abandoned warehouses has become a hot trend in the Midwest — with varying degrees of success — as more entrepreneurs worldwide experiment with indoor growing systems in attempts to grow more food locally. Now one facility, FarmedHere LLC in suburban Chicago, is attempting to take indoor warehouse farming to the "mega farm" level, in a region of the country known more for its massive hog, corn and soybean farms than for crops of boutique greens.

Lawyers appeal against Pistorius bail restrictions
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Lawyers for Oscar Pistorius appealed against some of his bail restrictions Thursday, saying the Olympic athlete might eventually need to return to track competition to earn money. Pistorius' lawyers say the double-amputee runner, who is charged with murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend on Feb. 14, is being treated as a flight risk by his bail restrictions even though a magistrate ruled last month that he was not when he released Pistorius on 1 million rand ($108,000) bail.

Heat's winning streak ends at 27 in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — The streak is over. The big prize is still out there. That's what mattered most to LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

Comedian Anderson still hurting from diving mishap
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Comedian Louie Anderson says he's been in pain all week from a recent diving mishap during a taping of the ABC celebrity diving show "Splash." Anderson, who weighs more than 400 pounds, was trying to do a flip from the 5-meter board when he slammed into the water, landing on his face and chest.