Noon Nuggets, Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Posted: April 3, 2013

with wire reports

WEATHER:  Sunny today with high near 46. Clear tonight.

Sunny Thursday with high near 55. Rain likely Thursday night. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

Rain likely Friday.


STOCKS: Signs of weakness in the job market and service businesses are sending stocks lower on Wall Street.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 50 points, or 0.4 percent, to 14,610 in midday trading.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index was down eight points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,561. Both indexes closed at record highs the day before.

The Nasdaq composite fell 15 points, or 0.5 percent, to 3,239.



Photo of the day



 Domenico Stinellis/Associated Press

 
A peck from the Pope
 
Pope Francis kisses a child as he tours St. Peter's Square at the Vatican in his popemobile Wednesday prior to his weekly general audience.
 
HEADLINES:

N. Korea refuses to let S. Koreans enter joint factory

Officials: Kerry to travel to Mideast this weekend

Scientists find hint of dark matter from cosmos

Conn. lawmakers to vote on gun control package

Israel, Gaza launch heaviest strikes since truce

Rutgers fires basketball coach Mike Rice  after a videotape airs showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice.

Rolling Stones announce 9-city tour


IN TODAY'S STAR:
 
Evans Home fills need for homeless children. (STORY)

Ex-SAAA director faces formal arrest Tuesday. (STORY)

Winchester home, Hawthorne, named to Virginia Landmarks Register. (STORY)

IN THURSDAY'S STAR:

How many school days have students missed this year for bad weather? Will they have to go to school longer in June to make up the time?

The 17-year cicadas are coming — but all the hatching in the Commonwealth will occur east of the Blue Ridge Mountains.



SPORTS TODAY:

Baseball

James Wood hosts Loudoun County, 6 p.m.

Softball

James Wood hosts Loudoun County, 6 p.m.

Boys' tennis

James Wood at Skyline, 4:30 p.m.

Millbrook hosts Loudoun Valley, 4:30 p.m.

Sherando at Spotswood, 7 p.m.

Girls' tennis

Handley hosts Fauquier, 4:30 p.m.

James Wood hosts Skyline, 4:30

Track and Field

Handley, Heritage, Hedgesville (W.Va.) at Millbrook, 5:30 p.m.

Sherando at James Wood, 5 p.m.