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January 16, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013

Early weather, traffic and community news

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

Traffic:

Cullman City Street Department’s patch crews will be working on Ave. G, Waldrop St. NE and Convent Road.

Weather:

Today, plenty of rain. High near 41. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

Tonight, rain likely, mainly after 1 a.m. Cloudy, with a low around 34. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Tomorrow, expected rain and snow, so get out the gloves and rubber boots, prepare your car and adjust your schedule to allow for delays.

Best bets:

PALS meeting: People Against a Littered State (PALS) will meet at 8 a.m. in the Cullman County Economic Development Board Room, 325 Second Street SE, Cullman 35055, to plan the year’s events.

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:

1. OBAMA TO PROPOSE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN

The administration also wants Congress to ban high-capacity magazines like those used in Newtown, Conn.

2. NEARLY 6 IN 10 AMERICANS WANT STRICTER GUN LAWS

The Associated Press-GfK poll finds 84 percent of Americans also want a federal standard for background checks.

3. A RUSH-HOUR HELICOPTER CRASH IN LONDON

The aircraft went down near a major underground station and the British spy agency MI6, killing two.

4.  DREAMLINERS GROUNDED IN JAPAN

The Boeing Co. 787s are undergoing safety checks after an All Nippon Airways plane made an emergency landing in western Japan.

5. A WAY FOR ARMSTRONG TO GET BACK IN THE GAME

The World Anti-Doping Agency says he must confess under oath if he wants to reduce his lifetime ban from sports.

6. HOW HEALTHY ARE ENERGY DRINKS

A government survey says ER visits tied to their consumption doubled over the past four years.

7. THE PRICE OF A STUDENT ATHLETE

Public universities in big-time conferences like the SEC are spending more than $100,000 per athlete, about six times the per-student expense on academics.

8. WHAT 18 HUMAN HEADS WERE DOING AT THE AIRPORT

Seized by Chicago customs officials, the heads had been used for medical research in Italy and were being returned to be cremated.

9. FIND IT ON FACEBOOK

The social network, aiming to compete better with Google and other rivals, unveils a new search feature.

10. WHY ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ HAS HIGH RATINGS HOPES

The show, which returns Wednesday, is shelling out $36 million for superstar judges.

 

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