Morning News Briefs and Wednesday's Weather

Posted: July 3, 2013

WINCHESTER-AREA WEATHER: Numerous scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible (a 60 percent chance) throughout today and tonight. A high today of 81 and a low of 68 tonight. The chance of rain drops to about 30 percent on Thursday as the temperatures rise to the upper 80s. A low of 67. A similar forecast is in place right now for Friday through Sunday.

Morning News Briefs from the Associated Press for Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Egypt: Army chief meets commanders before deadline
CAIRO (AP) — A Defense Ministry official says army chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is meeting with his top commanders, hours before the military's deadline to the president and opposition to resolve the nation's political crisis is set to expire. The official, who gave no further details, spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.

Bolivian president's plane takes off from Vienn
PARIS (AP) — The plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales has taken off from Vienna's airport after it was rerouted there amid suggestions NSA leaker Edward Snowden might be on board. Bolivian and Austrian officials both say Snowden was not on Morales' plane, which left Moscow on Tuesday following a summit. Morales had suggested that his government would be willing to consider granting asylum to the American. Snowden is believed to be in a Moscow airport transit area, seeking asylum from one of more than a dozen countries.

White House delays key element of health care law
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's health care law, hailed as his most significant legislative achievement, seems to be losing much of its sweep. On Tuesday, the administration unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until after the 2014 elections, in a central requirement of the law that medium and large companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines.

Arizona fire investigators look at what went wrong
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Three days after 19 firefighters perished in a wildfire, questions over what exactly went wrong loomed largest. Investigators from across the U.S. will be working this week to try to answer that, examining radio logs, the site of the tragedy, and weather reports. They'll also surely be talking to the sole survivor of the blaze, who warned his fellow firefighters and friends when he saw the wildfire switch directions and head straight for them.

Obama leery of intervention in Mideast
WASHINGTON (AP) — From Egypt to Syria to Iraq and beyond, the Obama administration is determined to show it will only go so far to help save nations in chaos from themselves. President Barack Obama has long made it clear that he favors a foreign policy of consultation and negotiation, but not intervention, in the persistent and mostly violent upheavals across the Mideast. And he appears determined not to deviate this week even to help reverse turbulence in Egypt, one of the United States' most important Arab allies.

US drone kills 16 suspected militants in Pakistan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Unmanned U.S. aircraft fired four missiles at a house in northwest Pakistan before dawn Wednesday, killing 16 suspected militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The drone strike elicited a swift condemnation by the Pakistani government, which released a statement saying the strikes are a violation of its sovereignty.

Packing a picnic for this year's 4th? $6 per head
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — How much does it cost to pack a picnic this Fourth of July? That'll be $6 per person. That's according to the American Farm Bureau Federation, which launched an informal price survey this year looking at the cost of hot dogs, cheeseburgers and other Independence Day fare.

School records at issue in Zimmerman murder trial
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — The judge in the George Zimmerman murder trial will hear arguments from attorneys about whether to allow evidence about a college criminal justice course he took that included course work on Florida's self-defense law. Judge Debra Nelson is hearing the arguments from attorneys Wednesday morning outside the jury's presence.

Guatemala case casts spotlight on indigenous group
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Life for the indigenous Ixil Mayans in the mountains west of Guatemala City is worn and static like an old photograph. Seventeen years after the end of a civil war that saw hundreds of their villages razed and thousands of their loved ones killed, the Ixil people still live in mud-and-wood houses in the most rugged and isolated parts of northwestern Guatemala. Most of them have no drinking water, paved roads or basic services such as health and education.

Bailey's 2nd no-hitter sends Reds over Giants 3-0
CINCINNATI (AP) — Homer Bailey fretted for a moment as first baseman Joey Votto reached to pluck the ball out of the air for the final out. What next? Raise both arms in celebration. Bailey has this no-hitter celebration down pat — just like his idol, Nolan Ryan.