Noon Nuggets, Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Posted: February 20, 2013

with wire reports

WEATHER: It's currently 32 degrees in Winchester at noon. Sunny  and windy with gusts as high as 37 mph. Mostly clear tonight and blustery, with a low around 22. On Thursday, it will be sunny with a high near 39 and still a bit windy. A slight chance of snow and sleet after 1 a.m. Snow, freezing rain, and sleet likely Friday before 1 p.m., then rain and sleet likely.  Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

STOCKS: Stock indexes are slipping in midday trading after the government reported that housing construction slowed down during the first month of the year.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 33 points to 14,001 as of noon Eastern Wednesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped seven points to 1,523. The Nasdaq composite fell 20 points to 3,193.

The Dow closed at its highest level of the year Tuesday, bringing it within one percent of 14,164, the record high reached more than five years ago.

 

Robin Roberts returns to 'Good Morning America'  


Heidi Gutman/AP Photo/ABC
"Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts (shown here with co-anchor George Stephanopoulos) returned to the show this morning after  a five-month absence to undergo a bone marrow transplant.
 
HEADLINES: Pentagon notifies Congress of likely furloughs

Administration developing penalties for cybertheft

Jesse Jackson Jr., wife to appear in court

Gingrich: GOP failing to grasp new demographics

Court bars retrial of Michigan arson suspect

White House tries to keep immigration on track

First lady to launch 'Let's Move' tour in 3 states

Biden to honor police, firefighters with medals

Biden says a shotgun will scare off intruders

Critics in court to seek delay of NYC soda rule


IN TODAY'S STAR: Tenn. driver indicted in crash that killed Frederick County teacher. (STORY)

The No. 7 Millbrook boys' basketball team upset No. 2 Sherando in the Region II, Division 4 quarterfinals. (STORY)

Puerto La Union restaurant offers Italian, Salvadoran food. (STORY)


IN THURSDAY'S STAR:
Wayside Theatre holds a town hall-style meeting to discuss the theater's finances and fundraising campaign.

Frederick County educators, along with local authors, read to children as part of Read Across America.


MEETINGS OF NOTE: Frederick County Planning Commission, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Frederick County Administration Building, 107 N. Kent St.


SPORTS:

Boys' basketball

Region B, Division 2 Quarterfinals

No. 5 Clarke at No. 4 Stuarts Draft, 7