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December 11, 2012

The Times' Morning Update for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

Early weather and community news


The Cullman Times

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



Weather:



Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 46. North wind around 5 mph.

Tonight, expect partly cloudy, with a low around 27. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph.



Best bets:



Gentiva to host jewelry party: Gentiva Hospice and Home Health will hold a jewelry party from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the office at 1217 Cullman Shopping Center, Cullman 35055. All proceeds to benefit the senior angel tree for need hospice, home health, nursing home residents and needy elderly in the community during the Christmas season.

For more information, contact Mandi Lake at 256-339-9915 or Teresa Cook at 256-339-9271.



Senior Citizens’ dance at VFW: A country dance will be held at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at the VFW, 112 Veterans Ave., Cullman 35055. Concessions available — no alcohol or smoking allowed. Admission is $5, public welcome. Stoney Lonesome Band will be entertainment. Info: Jeanette Caples at 256-287-0221. VFW building rentals are available Sunday through Friday. Info: Commander Jerry Willibey at 256-347-0807. Proceeds cover cost of renting building.



CMS concert and art showcase: The Cullman Middle School Christmas Concert and Art Showcase will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 11, in the high school auditorium. The concert will feature the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade bands along with the CMS Chorus and Violins. Art created by CMS students will also be on display. Prelude music will be performed by the CMS piano students beginning at 6:25 p.m. Admission is free.



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. BRITISH BANK TO PAY RECORD FINE

HSBC’s agreement to pay $1.9 billion is the biggest ever in a case involving a bank.

2. WHY AMERICANS ARE AFRAID OF THE ‘FISCAL CLIFF’

Voters tell the AP they have tough financial problems and have no confidence that Washington can reach a deal.

3. CLASHES EXPECTED IN CAIRO

Supporters and opponents of Egypt’s Islamist leader planned to stage rival mass rallies ahead of a vote on a constitution that has polarized the nation.

4. MORSI LOOKS MORE AND MORE LIKE A DICTATOR

Some say it should come as no surprise: heavy-handed rule has a history in Egypt and in the region.

5. MEXICO PRESIDENT NOT BACKING DOWN FROM WAR ON DRUGS

Enrique Pena Nieto tells The AP’s Katherine Corcoran that legalization of marijuana in two U.S. states won’t keep him from prosecuting it in Mexico.

6. WHY INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING AT THE OWNER OF JENNI RIVERA’S PLANE

The Las Vegas company was involved in a federal drug investigation before the plane crash that killed the singer in Mexico.

7. SCALIA REBUTS CRITICS WHO SAYS HE IS ANTI-GAY

The Supreme Court justice says legislative bodies can ban what they believe to be immoral when asked about his rulings on sodomy laws.

8. ANOTHER JUSTICE SHARES PERSONAL SIDE

Sonia Sotomayor says her fear of dying young from diabetes kept her from having children.

9. APPLE TAKES AUSTRALIANS THE WRONG WAY

Police say the software giant’s mapping service is “potentially life-threatening” for sending drivers looking for the southern city of Mildura to a remote desert.

10. WHY ALAN ALDA WANTS TO KNOW WHAT TIME IS

The “MASH” star posed the question from his childhood to scientists as a visiting professor at a New York college.