Morning News Briefs and Monday's Forecast

Posted: September 30, 2013

Winchester-Area Weather: Today should offer the start of another pleasant week of weather, but another one short on rain. Look for partly cloudy skies and a high of 75 today. Partly cloudy and 54 for a low tonight. Highs will hover around 80 all week with partly to mostly cloudy skies. Lows each night around 55. Friday may present the best chance for some needed precipitation -- there is a 40-percent chance of rain on Friday as of now.

Morning News Briefs from the Associated Press for Monday, September 30, 2013
Health law challenge threatens government shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative challenge to the president's health care law has the federal government teetering on the brink of a partial shutdown. The Senate has the next move on must-do legislation required to keep the government open past midnight on Monday, and the Democratic-led chamber is expected to reject the latest effort from House Republicans to use a normally routine measure to attack President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

Israel's Netanyahu warns White House about Iran
JERUSALEM (AP) — Mortified that the world may be warming up to Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking an unpopular message to the White House and the United Nations this week: Don't be fooled by Tehran's new leadership. Netanyahu contends Iran is using conciliatory gestures as a smoke screen to conceal an unabated march toward a nuclear bomb.

Uneasy Gulf states weigh US-Iran overtures
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Lost in the blizzard of attention on Iran's cautious openings to the U.S. was another bit of noteworthy outreach by President Hassan Rouhani: Sending greetings to Saudi Arabia's king and appealing for more cooperation between the two regional rivals. Rouhani's message last week also carried a subtext for Saudi Arabia and the other Western-allied Persian Gulf states. As Iran's diplomatic profile rises with attempts to recalibrate its dealings with Washington, the Gulf rulers will have to make adjustments, too.

Hagel at DMZ: NKorea watching Syria developments
PANMUNJOM, Korea (AP) — Standing just steps from the heavily armed border with North Korea, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday that Pyongyang is closely watching the international response to Syria's use of chemical weapons against its own people. And, with North Korean soldiers eyeing his every move, Hagel told reporters traveling with him that the U.S. has no plans to reduce its military presence in South Korea, despite the ongoing budget crisis.

Red Cross: More missing Kenyans found after attack
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A spokeswoman for Kenya's Red Cross says "progress" has been made in finding some of the 59 people who were still missing after the Westgate mall attack. Wariko Waita said Monday that some were being reunited with their families, although she gave no details about numbers or where those people were found.

Chemical weapons inspectors outline Syria plan
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Inspectors who will oversee Syria's destruction of its chemical weapons said Sunday their first priority is to help the country scrap its ability to manufacture such arms by a Nov. 1 deadline — using every means possible. The chemical weapons inspectors said that may include smashing mixing equipment with sledgehammers, blowing up delivery missiles, driving tanks over empty shells or filling them with concrete, and running machines without lubricant so they seize up and become inoperable.

Airlines promise a return to civility, for a fee
NEW YORK (AP) — Airlines are introducing a new bevy of fees, but this time passengers might actually like them. Unlike the first generation of charges which dinged fliers for once-free services like checking a bag, these new fees promise a taste of the good life, or at least a more civil flight.

Popes John Paul II, John XXIII canonized April 27
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be declared saints on April 27, 2014. Pope Francis announced the date Monday during a meeting with cardinals inside the Apostolic Palace.

A final session of Walter White's 'Bad' behavior
NEW YORK (AP) — Any "Breaking Bad " fan could be forgiven for concluding that Sunday's finale held no major surprises. That's because this AMC drama series has delivered surprises, shock and OMG moments dependably since its premiere five seasons ago.

Rays, Rangers force AL wild-card tiebreaker
The Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers are pushing this regular season to game No. 163. On a Sunday punctuated by Miami's Henderson Alvarez pitching a no-hitter, Tampa Bay and Texas both won and wound up even, forcing a tiebreaker for the second AL wild-card spot.