Morning News Briefs and Monday's Forecast

Posted: October 21, 2013

Winchester-Area Weather: A chilly start to the morning, just 40 degrees at 6:25, but waming up to the mid-60s under clear skies today. A low of 45 tonight. Partly cloudy and a 40-percent chance of rain Tuesday afternoon, a high of 59 and a low of 39. A 30-percent chance of rain on Wednesday and the temperature continues to drop with a high of 54 and a low of 34. Partly cloudy on Thursday and Friday with highs around 50 and overnight lows near or even below freezing.

Morning News Briefs from the Associated Press for Monday, October 21, 2013

With celebrations, NJ has 1st gay marriages
LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Same-sex weddings have begun in New Jersey, which has become the 14th state to recognize nuptials between gay partners. Weddings were held in several cities and towns across the state in the first minutes of Monday morning, as soon as a court order requiring the state to recognize gay marriage went into effect.

Despite setback, GOP has impressive budgetary wins
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats who gloat over Republicans' bad week in Congress might pause to recall that conservatives still own major victories from past budget showdowns. And these wins may again thwart Democrats' hopes of changing tax-and-spend policies in two-party talks beginning anew in the Capitol. Chief among them is Republicans' unified stand against tax increases, even in the name of deficit reduction.

Raymond becomes major hurricane as it nears Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Raymond strengthened to a Category 3 storm early Monday as swirled near Mexico's already soaked southern Pacific coast, bringing the threat of heavy and possibly dangerous rains a month after Tropical Storm Manuel caused widespread damage with floods and mudslides. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the newly formed storm had stalled south of Mexico but a general northward drift was expected that would bring the hurricane closer to the coast.

Confusion over long-delayed Syria conference
BEIRUT (AP) — Reflecting confusion in efforts to convene an international conference to end Syria's civil war, the Arab League chief announced on Sunday that talks will take place next month in Geneva, only to have the U.N. envoy flatly deny a date has been set. The bizarre diplomatic two-step between Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby and the U.N. envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, at a joint news conference added to the uncertainty surrounding the proposed peace talks. A decision over whether the long-delayed negotiations will happen at all could come at a meeting of the Syrian opposition early next month that will focus on whether to sit down with President Bashar Assad's regime.

70.3M records, 30 days: NSA report draws Paris ire
PARIS (AP) — The U.S. National Security Agency swept up 70.3 million French telephone records in a 30-day period, according to a newspaper report that offered new details of the massive scope of a surveillance operation that has angered some of the country's closest allies. The French government on Monday summoned the U.S. ambassador for an explanation. The report in Le Monde, co-written by Glenn Greenwald who originally revealed the NSA surveillance program, found that when certain numbers were used, the conversations were automatically recorded. The surveillance operation also swept up text messages based on key words, Le Monde reported, based on records from Dec. 10 to Jan 7.

At these coffee klatches, death is on the agenda
NEW YORK (AP) — It can be tough to get a conversation going if you want to talk about the late stages of dementia, your last will and testament or the recent passing of your mother. "When you're at a cocktail party and you lead off by saying, 'What do you think about death?' it'll be, 'C'mon, man, it's a party! Chill out!' says Len Belzer, a retired radio host from Manhattan.

Study: 15 percent of US youth out of school, work
WASHINGTON (AP) — Almost 6 million young people are neither in school nor working, according to a study released Monday. That's almost 15 percent of those aged 16 to 24 who have neither desk nor job, according to The Opportunity Nation coalition, which wrote the report.

Bacteria found in breast milk sold on Internet
CHICAGO (AP) — Human breast milk is sold for babies on several online sites for a few dollars an ounce, but a new study says buyer beware: Testing showed it can contain potentially dangerous bacteria including salmonella. The warning comes from researchers who bought and tested 101 breast milk samples sold by women on one popular site. Three-fourths of the samples contained high amounts of bacteria that could potentially sicken babies, the researchers found. They did not identify the website.

Review: New Surface tablets great for productivity
NEW YORK (AP) — Whether or not you like Microsoft's updated Surface tablets will depend on your needs. On one hand, the tablets can be great for working on the go, especially if you spring for a $130 keyboard cover. On the flip side, the new versions still lack the elegance and fun that iPads are known for and many Android-based tablets now offer. People used to the hundreds of thousands of apps on those devices will be disappointed.

Luck aces latest test in 39-33 win over Broncos
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck aced his latest test Sunday night. Going head-to-head against his predecessor with the Colts, the 24-year-old quarterback showed everyone he's more than a worthy replacement for Peyton Manning. He beat Manning at his own game.