NOON NUGGETS: Monday, April 1, 2013

Posted: April 1, 2013

With Wire Reports

Here's what's happening in Winchester and beyond at noon on the first day of April.

It's 58 and mostly cloudy in downtown Winchester at noon. Breezy and a 30 percent chance of rain this afternoon with temperatures not expected to rise much higher than what they already are today. Partly cloudy and 34 tonight.

Partly cloudy with highs in the mid 40s Tuesday and Wednesday and lows around 30.


A pair of fans get into an altercation along the 15th fairway during the final round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Sunday  in Humble, Texas.
Three questions: 1- Guys, really? It's a golf tournament.
2- How come nobody's wearing shoes?
3- Is a fight at a golf tournament met with a not-so-thunderous golf clap after it's done?
Actually, make it four.
4- Does Bob Barker get the winner?

(AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer)


MIDDAY STOCKS: Stocks are edging lower on Wall Street after an industry group reported that U.S. manufacturing growth cooled in March.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down 22 points, or 0.2 percent, at 14,556 at noon Monday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped seven points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,562.

The Nasdaq composite fell 20 points, or 0.6 percent, to 3,246.

U.S. manufacturing kept growing for a fourth straight month in March, but at a slower rate, according to the Institute for Supply Management.

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SOMETHING STRANGE: Freezing weather wipes out German flea circus

BERLIN (AP) — An entire troupe of performing fleas has fallen victim to the freezing temperatures currently gripping Germany.

This is a 2005 file picture of a flea as it pulls a little cart at a flea circus performing at the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival.

Flea circus director Robert Birk says he was shocked to find all of his 300 fleas dead inside their transport box Wednesday morning.

The circus immediately scrambled to find and train a new batch so it could fulfill its engagements at an open-air fair in the western town of Mechernich-Kommern.

Michael Faber, who organizes the fair, told The Associated Press that an insect expert at a nearby university was able to provide 50 fleas in time for the first show Sunday.

Faber says he hopes they'll "get through this without any more fatalities."

Birk said it was the first time his circus had lost all of its fleas to the cold in one go.

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