CULLMAN — Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
Today will be sunny, with a high near 60. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.
Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 33. Calm wind.
Special entertainment: East Elementary students will perform an adapted version of “The Sound of Music” at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 and at 11 a.m. Nov. 17 at the school. Open to the public. $5 admission for patrons older than 5 years. All proceeds will go to future productions by the students (spring 2013: “Seussical Jr.”).
Arts and crafts show: The Vinemont Band Boosters will hold an arts and crafts show from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 16, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17, at the McGukin Civic Center, 510 5th St. SW, Cullman 35055. Free admission. Many items, including holiday items, will make great gifts! Concessions are available; lunch items include loaded baked potato and taco soup. Door prizes will be awarded; entertainment provided. Proceeds to benefit the Vinemont Eagle Band program.
10 Things to Know for Today
By The Associated Press
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about today (times in EST):
1. AN OFFER TO HOLD FIRE IN GAZA
Israel agrees to suspend its offensive while the Egyptian premier visits, but Palestinians keep firing rockets.
2. WOUNDED VETERANS JUMP OUT OF A FREIGHT TRAIN’S PATH
Four people died when the Texas parade float was hit at a railroad crossing.
3. HOW LONG IS TOO LONG TO TURN THE POWER BACK ON
The AP’s Jonathan Fahey reports power came back after Sandy a little faster than to victims of other storms.
4. “FISCAL CLIFF” SHOWDOWN AT THE WHITE HOUSE
The president meets congressional leaders facing a tricky path to compromise.
5. WHAT $4.5 BILLION OIL SPILL SETTLEMENT MEANS FOR BP’S BOTTOM LINE
It may sound like a lot — but consider that the British oil giant made $5.5 billion in one quarter.
6. PETRAEUS SPEAKS, BUT NOT ON SEX SCANDAL
The former CIA director testifies at 7:30 a.m. in Congress about the Sept. 11 attack on the Libyan U.S. Consulate.
7. HARDLY A MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR
Lost Beatles fans looking for the famous Abbey Road often find themselves at a drab train station with the same name.
8. HEALTH CARE BENEFITS, A LA CARTE
More employees face puzzling choices as employers move away from one-size-fits-all insurance.
9. JESSE & JOY ALMOST SWEEP LATIN GRAMMYS
The Mexican brother-sister duo and their pop hit ‘Corre!’ win four awards, but lose best album to Colombian rockero Juanes.
10. THE END OF TWINKIES?
Hostess Brands Inc. is to announce whether it will liquidate while workers are on strike.