NOON NUGGETS: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

Posted: February 7, 2013

With Wire Reports

Here's what's happening today in Winchester and around the world at noon.

WEATHER: It's currently 32 degrees at noon in Winchester. Today will be cloudy with a high near 38. There's a  slight chance of rain, snow, and sleet after noon.

Snow, freezing rain, and sleet likely between midnight and 4 a.m. today, then freezing rain and sleet likely after 4 am. Patchy fog after 10 p.m.  Little or no ice accumulation expected.

Rain or freezing rain likely before 1 p.m. Friday, changing to all rain after 1. HIgh near 42. A chance of rain and snow showers before 7 Friday night. Saturday and Sunday look good, with no precipiation and temperatures in he high 30s.

STOCKS: Stock indexes are falling on Wall Street, pulling the Dow Jones industrial average further below the multi-year high it reached last week.

The Dow sank 127 points to 13,869 shortly before midday Thursday, a loss of almost 1 percent.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index was off 12 points at 1,500 and the Nasdaq composite gave up 27 points to 3,141.


A Salty Dog

Duma, a 7-year-old Jack Russell terrier, stands on a small boat operated remotely by her owner, Cliff Bode, of Chicago, while practicing for the Vancouver International Boat Show in Vancouver, British Columbia. Duma is performing three times a day at the show which runs from through Monday.  Below we see that Duma also works behind the boat, riding a wakeboard. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

HEADLINES: Lawmakers to get drone report before CIA hearing

Body of Alabama hostage-taker removed from bunker

Iran president tells U.S. to correct its attitude

$217 million Powerball ticket sold in Richmond

New England braces for major snowstorm

Rare baseball card brings $92,000 in Maine auction

Robin Roberts will be back at the "Good Morning America" anchor desk on Feb. 20.

IN TODAY'S STAR: Wayside Theatre board plans frank talk on the future. (STORY)

Local residents, business shrug off plan for 5-day-a-week delivery of mail. (STORY)

Rotary fundraiser to help grow reading garden in honor of former Winchester Circuit Court Clerk. (STORY)

Shenandoah University's endowment dropped 1.2 percent between 2011 and 2012.

Old Town Development Board holds an all-day retreat today.

SPORTS: National College Letter of Intent signings continue today as Clarke County's Rachel Sefton will sign at 3 p.m. to play soccer at Shepherd University. She joins Clarke teammate Aubrey Fletcher (STORY), James Wood's Amber Hawkins and Chris Alaniz (STORY), Millbrook's A.J. Bolden (STORY), and Sherando's Aaron Miller (STORY) in committing this week.

Postseason high school basketball begins tonight with a doubleheader at Clarke County. The girls will face Manassas Park in a quarterfinal game at 6. The boys will host their quarterfinal match-up with Madison County at 7:30.