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December 31, 2012

The Times' Morning Update for Monday, Dec. 31, 2012

Early weather and community news

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

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



Weather:



Today: Cloudy, with a high near 51. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Tonight: Rain. Low around 44. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

New Year's day: Rain. High near 52. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

Tuesday night: A 50 percent chance of rain before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Light north wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph after midnight.



Best bets:



Ring in the new year: Life Church in downtown Dodge City (471 Highway 69 S, Hanceville 35057) will have their annual ball drop at 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31, and countdown to midnight with numerous bands, free food, and a free giant blowup slide for the children. The giant ball is eight feet wide and covered with clear LED lights so it can be easily seen by all who attend.



Time to put on your dancing shoes: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2214 will hold a New Year’s dance from 8 p.m. to midnight. Advance tickets are $10 by Dec. 22; or $15 at the door. Info: Randy McGraw at 256-287-5650. All proceeds going towards the cost of the dance.





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. LAST DAY TO AVOID THE ‘CLIFF’

With the deadline less than 24 hours away, Congress remains at odds over tax rates for the wealthy and budget cuts to pay for Democratic proposals.

2. CLINTON HOSPITALZED WITH BLOOD CLOT

The secretary of state was admitted to a New York hospital after suffering a concussion earlier this month.

3.WHERE AL-QAIDA’S NEW OUTPOST IS

The AP’s Rukmini Callimachi reports that Islamists have built a stronghold in northern Mali.

4. DEADLY BUS CRASH ALONG TREACHEROUS STRETCH

Oregon police said an interstate was caked with ice when the tour bus crashed through a guardrail and down an embankment, killing at least nine people.

5. CHAVEZ SUFFERS A SETBACK

The Venezuelan president is in “delicate” condition after new complications following his cancer surgery.

6. HAPPY NEW YEAR, SAMOA

The tiny nation in the South Pacific is the first in the world to ring in 2013.

7. WHY A SUSPECT SAID SHE PUSHED A MAN IN FRONT OF NYC SUBWAY

“I thought it would be cool,” Erika Menendez told police.

8. BABY ON THE WAY FOR KIM AND KANYE

Kanye West broke the news on stage that Kim Kardashian is pregnant with the couple’s first child.

9. A BID TO BAN “SPOILER ALERT”

“Kick the can down the road,” “trending” and “bucket list” also top a list of overused words.

10. TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE FOR SUPER BOWL CHAMPS

The New York Giants routed Philadelphia 42-7, but failed to make the playoffs when Chicago beat Detroit.