Morning News Briefs and Monday's Forecast

Posted: January 13, 2014

Winchester-Area Weather: It's clear and 26 at 6 a.m. in Winchester, but expect above-normal temperaures today as the high will reach 54, nearly 15 degees above the average high temperature. Clear skies will give way to clouds and a 30-percent chance of rain. Possibilty of rain increases to 60 percent tonight and and overnight low of 39. Chance of rain and 50 on Tuesday. Overcast with snow and a chance of rain turning to all rain on Wednesdy afternoon with a high of 41. Then a clod night Wednesday night with a low of 27, but wind chills near 19.

Morning News Briefs from the Associated Press for Monday, January 13, 2014

After 5 days, W.Va.'s water crisis nears its end
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — For the fifth straight day, hundreds of thousands of people in West Virginia had to wash, cook and brush their teeth with bottled water, but officials promised the ban on tap water that was tainted by a chemical spill would soon be lifted. Over the weekend, tests showed levels of the licorice-smelling chemical used in coal processing were consistently below a toxic threshold, and in some samples, there was no trace of the chemical at all. As the tests were expected to continue Monday, there were still questions about how and why the leak occurred and whether the company, Freedom Industries, took too long to let state officials know about the problem.

Iran, world powers reach deal opening nuke program
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has agreed to limit uranium enrichment and to open its nuclear program to daily inspection by international experts starting Jan. 20, setting the clock running on a six-month deadline for a final nuclear agreement, officials said. In exchange, the Islamic Republic will get a relaxation of the financial sanctions that have been crippling its economy.

Thai protesters block roads in bid to shut capital
BANGKOK (AP) — Anti-government protesters aiming to shut down central Bangkok took over key intersections Monday, halting much of the traffic into the Thai capital's main business district as part of a months-long campaign to overthrow the democratically elected prime minister. The intensified protests, which could last weeks or more, were peaceful and even festive, as people sporting "Shutdown Bangkok" T-shirts blew whistles, waved Thai flags of various sizes and spread out picnic mats to eat on the pavement.

Israel holds memorial ceremony for Ariel Sharon
JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Israeli VIPs and international dignitaries attended a state memorial ceremony for the late Ariel Sharon on Monday, remembering the controversial former prime minister as a fearless warrior and bold leader who devoted his life to protecting his country's security. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair headed the long list of visitors who gathered outside Israel's parliament building for the ceremony. Later Monday, Sharon's body was to be taken from the Knesset to his farm in southern Israel for burial.

President's recess appointment power at high court
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans are squaring off at the Supreme Court over the president's power to temporarily fill high-level positions. The high court is hearing arguments Monday in a politically charged dispute that also is the first in the nation's history to explore the meaning of a provision of the Constitution known as the recess appointments clause. Under the provision, the president may make temporary appointments to positions that otherwise require confirmation by the Senate, but only when the Senate is in recess.

Southwest flight lands at wrong Mo. airport
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — A Southwest Airlines flight that was scheduled to arrive Sunday night at Branson Airport in southwest Missouri instead landed at an airport about 7 miles northeast — with a runway about half the size of the intended destination. Southwest Airlines Flight 4013, carrying 124 passengers and five crew members, was scheduled to go from Chicago's Midway International Airport to Branson Airport, airline spokesman Brad Hawkins said Sunday in a statement. But the Boeing 737-700 landed at Taney County Airport, which is also known as M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport.

Swedish doctors transplant wombs into 9 women
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nine women in Sweden have successfully received transplanted wombs donated from relatives and will soon try to become pregnant, the doctor in charge of the pioneering project has revealed. The women were born without a uterus or had it removed because of cervical cancer. Most are in their 30s and are part of the first major experiment to test whether it's possible to transplant wombs into women so they can give birth to their own children.

Michelle Obama to mark 50th birthday on Friday
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearing a milestone birthday, Michelle Obama exuberantly describes herself as "50 and fabulous." She's celebrating already and a big birthday bash is in the works. The nation's first lady hits the half-century mark on Friday and, by her own account, she feels more relaxed now that President Barack Obama's days as a candidate are over.

'Hustle' leads Globes, '12 Years' takes best drama
Amy Poehler made out with Bono, Tina Fey mocked George Clooney's taste in women and Matt Damon emerged, bizarrely, as the night's recurring gag. But at the end of a madcap Golden Globes (Fey toasted it as "the beautiful mess we hoped it would be"), the major honors soberly ended up with the favorites. David O. Russell's con-artist caper "American Hustle" led with three awards, including best film comedy. And despite missing out in the other six categories it was nominated in, the unflinching historical drama "12 Years a Slave" concluded the night as best film drama.

Brady-Manning, 49ers-Seahawks spice up title games
Familiar foes. Rivalry showdowns. Talk about a couple of juicy title-game tussles.