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December 18, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

Early weather and community news

CULLMAN — Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:

Weather:

Today: Sunny, with a high near 54. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 33. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Best bets for today:

VFW Karaoke Night: The VFW 2214 will have a karaoke night at 7 p.m. at 112 Veterans Dr. SW, Cullman 35055. Admission is $5/person and anyone may attend. Info: Randy McGraw at 256-595-0836.

Winter Wonderland drive-through: Sportsman Lake Park’s 11th annual Winter Wonderland Christmas Light Display will be through Dec. 23, 2013 Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m.; 5 to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday, weather permitting. Admission is $5/vehicle; Santa will be here every night. Hot chocolate and candy canes will be served. Victorian horse and carriage rides are $4/person. For more information, contact the park office at 256-734-3052.

Phone calls from Santa: Cullman City Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor Phone Calls From Santa, with registration ongoing at the civic center, and children will receive calls from the jolly leader of the elves Dec. 23. Free, spaces limited. McGukin Civic Center 256-734-9157.

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. WHO WON THE MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT

Lucky ticket holders in San José, Calif. and Georgia will share the $636 million jackpot.

2. OBAMA SELECTS GAY ATHLETES FOR SOCHI DELEGATION

The move sends a clear signal to Russia about its treatment of homosexuals.

3. WILL THE FED END ECONOMIC STIMULUS

Not yet, say most analysts, as chairman Ben Bernanke wraps up his final Reserve policy meeting today.

4. COMPROMISE BUDGET SET TO PASS SENATE

President Obama could sign the bill today after a rare display of bipartisanship wraps up the spending package.

5. WHY ASTRONAUTS COULD BE WORKING CHRISTMAS DAY

NASA has ordered a series of urgent spacewalks to fix a broken cooling line at the International Space Station.

6. UN FEARS 500 KILLED IN SOUTH SUDAN

The fighting is believed to be “largely along ethnic lines”; The United States orders citizens to leave immediately.

7. WHAT TRIGGERED A DIPLOMATIC ROW BETWEEN INDIA AND THE US

An Indian diplomat was strip-searched after her arrest for filing false visa information on her New York housekeeper.

8. MORE TYPHOON AID FOR PHILIPPINES

Secretary of State John Kerry pledges an additional $25 million of relief while touring the devastated city of Tacloban.

9. HOW A BLIND MAN SURVIVED BEING HIT BY A SUBWAY TRAIN

The New York City man says his guide dog barked and tried to keep him from falling while witnesses called for help.

10. FACEBOOK BLAMED FOR PIER PLUNGE

A tourist glued to her Facebook feed was rescued after falling off a jetty in Australia.

 

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