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December 26, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

Early weather and community news

CULLMAN — Good morning, readers, here's what's happening locally:

Weather:

Today: Sunny, with a high near 47. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 25. Calm wind.

Upcoming events:

OA: Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 4:45 p.m. today in the Carriage House at Grace Episcopal Church. Info: 724-376-2124 or 256-352-1143.

Cullman City Schools Foundation awards: Nominations for the Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Service, and Promising Alumni awards are due Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. Nomination forms and a list of past recipients are available three ways. Contact Dawn Klinger at 256-590-3159 for a copy of the form sent by mail, visit the website at www.cullmancityschoolsfoundation.org/ or stop by the Central Office, 301 1st St. NE, Cullman 35055, to pick up a form.

Scale Back Alabama official weigh-in site: Medical Weight Loss by Healthogenics 3259 Alabama Highway 157 (Catoma Plaza) is an official weigh-in site for Scale Back Alabama. The program is a 10-week statewide contest held the first of each year to encourage Alabamians to get healthier by losing weight and exercising. The official registration and weigh-in dates are Jan. 20-24. To register, or for more information, contact the center at 256-739-4010.

10 Things to Know for Today

By The Associated Press

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. RUSSIAN SCIENTISTS SAY YASSER ARAFAT DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES

They say there is no indication that the Palestinian leader was poisoned by radioactive polonium.

2. WHY JAPAN LEADER’S WORLD WAR II SHRINE VISIT IRKS ASIAN NEIGHBORS

China and South Korea say it glorifies Japan’s militaristic past.

3. SILENT NIGHT, DARK NIGHT FOR SOME IN U.S., CANADA

Thousands of people left without electricity due to ice storms might not get power restored until Friday.

4. ANNIVERSARY OF MAO’S BIRTHDAY MARKED IN CHINA

Communist Party leaders pay tribute to Mao Zedong, and censors work to remove criticism of him from social media.

5. HOW AMERICANS ARE FEELING ABOUT 2013

A new AP poll indicates that 46 percent of respondents feel 2013 was about the same for them as 2012, 20 percent say it was worse, and 32 percent say it was better.

6. ABDUCTED DEVELOPMENT WORKER’S PLEA FOR HELP

Warren Weinstein, the elderly American kidnapped from Pakistan in 2011, has appeared in a new video asking President Obama to negotiate his release.

7. WHICH ETHNIC TRADITIONS AMONG MYANMAR’S TRIBES ARE DISAPPEARING

As Myanmar opens up after decades of military rule, tribes like the Chin and Maun give up customs like facial tattooing and use of tribal dialects.

8. WHAT REPUBLICANS AGREE ON ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL’S POTENTIAL

The GOP wants to use the overhaul’s bumpy trajectory as leverage in 2014 midterm elections, but can’t agree on a strategy for opposing it.

9. SENEGAL CHILD BEGGARS EXPLOITED BY TEACHERS

Authorities have yet to arrest anyone months after a fire killed eight children crammed into a room where they were living as Islamic religious pupils often forced to beg.

10. WHO IS TRYING TO BROKER PEACE IN SOUTH SUDAN

The presidents of Kenya and Ethiopia will meet with South Sudan’s president, hoping to mediate an increasingly deadly conflict.

 

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