NOON NUGGETS: Thursday, April 4, 2013

Posted: April 4, 2013

With Wire Reports

Here's the midday look at what's going on in Winchester and beyond.

WEATHER:
It's clear and 43 in downtown Winchcester at noon. But the warm up is about to begin. We'll reach 50 with partly cloudy skies today. Low tonight of 37. Friday should reach near 60, even though it will still be a few degrees below normal for this time of year. Saturday will come back to 55. Then it takes off with a high of 66 on Sunday and the four following days expected to reach into the 70s.



LET'S STOP HERE

A pigeon sits on the helmet of a soldier during the farewell ceremony for Colombian troops that will serve at the Multinational Force and Observers (MCO),  in Bogota, Colombia. 

AP Photo / Fernando Vergara

 
MIDDAY STOCKS: Stocks are mostly higher in midday trading on Wall Street, making up some of their losses from the day before.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 12 points to 14,561 at midday Thursday. It fell 111 points Wednesday, its worst drop in more than a month.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose two points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,559. The Nasdaq composite was down four points at 3,214.

HEADLINES: US rate on 30-year mortgage slips to 3.54 pct.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages crept closer to their historic lows this week, a trend that could help the housing recovery strengthen.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for the 30-year fixed loan edged down to 3.54 percent from 3.57 percent last week. That's near the 3.31 percent reached in November, which was the lowest on records dating to 1971.

ALSO: Conn. governor set to sign gun control law

Army employee shot, killed at Fort Knox in Ky.

Ohio man sentenced to death for Craigslist plot

Rutgers alumni call for probe on coach's firing

2 with gang ties sought in Colo. prison boss death

Texas gov. to speak at memorial for slain DA, wife

Dad: WVa sheriff slaying suspect has mental issues

Worker thrown from Ala. dock where ship torn loose

Sticky-fingered thieves target sap in Maine

Volunteers make prom special for Alaska students

SOMETHING STRANGE: Police: NM man tried to cut off girlfriend's toe

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico shoe salesman accused of biting off part of his girlfriend's toe has been arrested again, this time for allegedly stalking the woman and trying to cut off her big toe with a cigar cutter.

Santa Fe police say the incident Monday was the third attack by 27-year-old Daniel Anaya on his now ex-girlfriend, who has moved to Albuquerque and had obtained a restraining order against him after two previous toe-biting incidents.

Police say Anaya, who used to work as a shoe salesman at a department store, tracked down the woman at her new home and attacked her, but she was able to fight back with a metal fork and escape.

Anaya was arrested that evening after he returned to Santa Fe and sought emergency medical treatment.

TODAY IN THE STAR: The former executive chef at Poblanos Southwest Grill -- who was fired Friday -- was arrested Tuesday for breaking into the city restaurant. STORY

One local man is accused of stabbing another three times with a 9-inch kitchen knife Tuesday night after the victim allegedly insulted his mother. STORY

IN FRIDAY'S STAR:
A Frederick County sheep gives birth to four lambs — a very rare occurrence.

Planning for Shenandoah University’s new Health and Sciences building is under way and should be ready by the fall of 2014.

Winchester School Board Personnel Committee compares various school division’s health insurance plans.

SPORTS:
Today
Baseball

Sherando at Handley, 5:30
James Wood at Skyline, 6
SVCA at Rappahannock Co., 7

Softball
James Wood at Skyline, 6
Millbrook at Heritage, 6
Sherando at Handley, 6:30

Boys' Soccer
John Champe at James Wood, 7:30
Warren County at Millbrook, 7:30

Girls' Soccer
Grace Academy at SVCA, 6
Millbrook at Warren County, 7:30

Boys' Tennis
Sherando at Handley, 4:30
Clarke County at Millbrook, 4:30

Girls' Tennis
Handley at Sherando, 5
Millbrook at Clarke County, 4:30

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