Noon Nuggets: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013

Posted: January 29, 2013

With Wire Reports

Here's what is happening today at noon:

It is currently 67 degrees (Yes, that's correct) with scattered clouds at noon in Winchester. It will stay this way through the day. A slight chance of rain tonight with a low of 48. Back up to 64 for the high on Wednesday, but rain is on the way and thunderstorms are possible.

Partly cloudy on Thursday and Friday as the cold temperatures return. High on Thursday of 43 and just 32 on Friday.

STOCKS: (AP) Stocks edged higher on Wall Street, pushing the Dow toward 14,000, as investors digested the latest round of earnings and economic reports.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 57 points to 13,939 points. The Standard and Poor's 500 rose 4 points to 1,505 points. The Nasdaq composite dropped a fraction to 3,153.

Stocks are approaching record levels after a rally that has pushed the Dow 6.2 percent higher this month and the S&P 500 up 5.3 percent, its highest level since December 2007.

Lion . . . Tiger and . . . Bear


Oh, My. Today's collection involves a sleepy six-month-old lion cub in the ring of Circus Krone in Munich; Tiger Woods blasting out of the sand en route to his eighth victory at Torrey Pines in California and his 75th career PGA Tour victory; and giant panda bear Ya Ya, whose reaching for some food at a recovery training base in northwest China's Shaanxi province. (AP Photos)

HEADLINES: Focus turns to Brazilian club safety after fire

Obama launches push for immigration overhaul

Egypt army chief warns state could collapse

Under pressure, Boy Scouts may ease no-gays policy

After gun crime, weapon history takes time to find

Confirming North Korean N-test almost impossible

Wash. vows to try to keep weed in state — but how?

In recaptured city in Mali, Islamists hunted down

Senate panel approves Kerry nomination

EXPENSIVE NICKEL: RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A humble 5-cent coin with a storied past is headed to auction and bidding is expected to top $2 million a century after it was mysteriously minted.

The 1913 Liberty Head nickel is one of only five known to exist, but it's the coin's back story that adds to its cachet: It was surreptitiously and illegally cast, discovered in a car wreck that killed its owner, declared a fake, forgotten in a closet for decades and then found to be the real deal.

It is expected to fetch $2.5 million or more when it goes on the auction block April 25 in suburban Chicago.

NUMBER OF THE DAY:  (107,326) -- The number of people in the Winchester metropolitan area, which includes Frederick County. That's a 2.69% increase in 2 years.  

TODAY IN THE STAR: A local family is displaced after spending much of the late morning and afternoon Monday watching their home burnSTORY

Want to help:
Donations for the Miller family can be dropped off between 3 and 6 p.m. at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 2732 Martinsburg Pike, Stephenson. The church can also be reached at 540-662-1269. There are two 17-year-old boys, a 19-year-old boy, a 4-year-old boy, a 6-year-old girl, a 5-month-old boy, a 26-year-old woman and a 24-year-old woman - in addition to a 50-year-old woman and a 61-year-old man.

IN WEDNESDAY'S STAR: Three local students are serving as pages this year during the Virginia General Assembly.

James Woood band members have been invted to play at Symphony Hall in Chicago.

Fundraising for Wayside Theatre is going well, especially with some ongoing donations.

SPORTS SCHEDULE: Sherando at Millbrook in a boys'-girls' basketball doubleheader. Millbrook's girls put a 58-game home winning streak on the line against the team that ended its 49-game district winning streak thrree weeks ago. Both Sherando's boys and girls are unbeaten in the Northwestern District.
The girls tip off at 6 and the boys follow at 7:30.

Boys Basketball
Handley at Skyline, 7:30
SVCA at Front Royal Christian, 7:30
Girls Basketball
Handley at Skyline, 6
Clarke County at Manassas Park, 7:45