Morning News Briefs and Thursday's Forecast

Posted: October 10, 2013

Winchester-Area Weather: Overcast and foggy today. Some 15 degrees below normal with a high of just 52. A low of 48 and foggy tonight. Rain and 57 for a high on Friday, with a low of 54. Chance of rain on Saturday and a high of 61. Slight chance of rain and 64 on Sunday.

Morning News Briefs from the Assoicated Press for Thursday, October 10, 2013

Libya's news agency: Abducted PM has been freed
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya's state news agency says Prime Minister Ali Zidan, abducted by gunmen at dawn, has now been freed. Government Spokesman Mohammed Kaabar told the agency, LANA, that Zidan has been "set free" and was on his way to his office on Thursday.

US holds out possibility of restoring aid to Egypt
WASHINGTON (AP) — While dissatisfied with Egypt's progress toward reinstating a democratic government, the U.S. is holding out the possibility of restoring hundreds of millions of dollars in aid if its Mideast ally moves toward free and fair elections. At stake: a sizable portion of the $1.5 billion the U.S. provides Egypt each year. Much of the aid is in military equipment, and at least a quarter-billion in cash assistance to the Egyptian government and $300 million in a loan guarantee are also now in limbo.

Poll: Health exchange rollout gets poor reviews
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's new health insurance marketplaces are drawing lots of rotten tomatoes in early reviews, but people are at least checking them out. Seven percent of Americans report that somebody in their household has tried to sign up for insurance through the health care exchanges, according to an AP-GfK poll.

Obama to seek opening with GOP leaders on shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is hosting top House Republicans to seek an opening in an impasse that has shuttered much of the government and threatens a catastrophic federal default. The White House meeting, set for Thursday, comes as House GOP leaders are contemplating advancing a short-term debt limit increase designed to calm jittery stock and bond markets and allow more time to untie the knot that has the government partially shut down for a 10th day and facing a first-ever default between Oct. 17 and the end of the month.

Azerbaijan announces election winner — before vote
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Something funny happened the day before Azerbaijan's presidential election: The election commission announced the winner. On Tuesday, a day before the voting began, the smartphone app of the Central Election Commission released results showing President Ilham Aliyev, whose family has been at the helm of the Caspian Sea nation for four decades, winning 73 percent of the vote.

EU awards top human rights award to Malala
BRUSSELS (AP) — European lawmakers have awarded their top human rights prize to Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last year. The European Parliament announced Thursday that 16-year-old Malala won the 50,000 euro ($65,000) Sakharov Award. U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden and a group of imprisoned Belarus dissidents were also in the running.

Impostor service animals posing growing problem
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's an easy law to break, and dog cheats do. By strapping a vest or backpack that says "service animal" to their pet, anyone can go in stores and restaurants where other dogs are banned, creating growing problems for the disabled community and business owners and leading to calls for better identifying the real deal. Those with disabilities are worried about privacy and the safety of their highly trained service dogs, while business owners are concerned about health violations and damage to merchandise from impostors abusing the system.

Kanye West, Jimmy Kimmel make nice after beef
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel quickly dispelled the idea their so-called rap feud was a publicity stunt during a sometimes uncomfortable appearance on the comedian's television show. Speculation that the rapper's anger over a "Jimmy Kimmel Live" parody skit that mocked him was staged was immediate after West lashed out at Kimmel in late September. But both said that their beef was authentic during a 30-minute interview on Wednesday night's show in which West discussed a range of topics including his artistry, paparazzi, family, fashion and the idea of celebrity.

Cardinals beat Pirates 6-1 in Game 5 to win NLDS
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright sprinted to the mound for the ninth inning, sending a message that he had plenty left. He pretended not to notice when the bullpen got busy, and he avoided eye contact with manager Mike Matheny. Without saying a word, the St. Louis Cardinals ace told them all to stand down, he had this one.