NOON NUGGETS: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Posted: March 19, 2013

With Wire Reports

BREAKING NEWS: The BB&T in Middletown was robbed this morning. STORY

It is clear and 48 at noon in Winchester. High today of 52. Clear and windy tonight. A low of 30, with windchills around 20. Partly cloudy and breezy on Wednesday with a high of 48.

Blasting Out of the  . . . Snow?

Golfers try their hand at snow golf recently on Hole-in-the-Day Bay during the annual Gull Lake Frozen Fore in Nisswa, Minn. (AP Photo/Brainerd Dispatch, Kelly Humphrey)

MIDDAY STOCKS: Stocks are edging lower on Wall Street as worries about an unpopular bailout plan in the European nation of Cyprus cast a pall over financial markets.

A pickup in U.S. home construction sent the stocks of home builders higher.

The Dow Jones industrial average gave up an early gain of 62 points and was down 18 points to 14,445 at midday Tuesday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell four to 1,547. The Nasdaq composite fell eight to 3,228 points.

HEADLINES: Nevada training accident kills 7 NC unit Marines

In Colo., gun restrictions bring political peril

Teen gets 3 life sentences in Ohio school shooting

Late winter storm sends snow, sleet to New England

2 girls charged with threatening Ohio rape victim

Court backs student in textbook copyright case

Police: Fla. college student plotted an attack

Study: Therapy as good as surgery for knee repair

Deliberations resume in Mich. grandma's trial

High court rules for insurer in class-action suit

SOMETHING STRANGE: Police: Whistle-averse Pa. woman parks on tracks

MONONGAHELA, Pa. (AP) — Police say a drunk and disorderly woman so dislikes train whistles that she parked her car on some southwestern Pennsylvania railroad tracks to stop trains from coming through town.

Monongahela police Chief Brian Tempest said that 42-year-old Bridgett Dixon was "sick and tired of hearing the horn blowing" though, he noted, "she doesn't even live that close to the tracks."

Police found Dixon's car parked on the tracks, with the driver's door open and no keys in the ignition, about 11:30 Friday night. They found it after responding to a report of a woman screaming at a convenience store that her car was stuck on the tracks.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Dixon who faces a preliminary hearing March 2 on charges including risking a catastrophe.

A West Virginia man is dead following a two-car crash Monday afternoon involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81, nearthe Interstate 66 interchange. STORY

The family of a man who was shot and killed by police in Martinsburg, W.Va., last week says the hardest part of grieving is not knowing what happened. STORY

The Economic Development Authority discusses potential downtown sites for a conference center (Winchester Towers, Moose Lodge and -- the surprise -- a 15,000-square-foot addition onto the Braddock Street Autopark).

The Frederick School Board will select a person to replace the late Jim Harmon, who represented the Stonewall District.

LOCAL MEETINGS OF NOTE: Clarke County Board of Supervisors; 1 p.m. today, Joint Government Center. AGENDA

Winchester City Council work session; 6 p.m. today, Rouss City Hall. AGENDA

Frederick County School Board; 7 p.m. today, Frederick County Public School Administration Building. AGENDA