Morning Update

Good morning, readers, take a look at what’s going on today:

Traffic:

The Cullman City Street Department will be making asphalt repairs on Johnson St. SW and Ackers St. SW.

Weather:

Today: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 60. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Best bets for today:

USDRC meeting: The U.S. Disaster Relief Command meets at 6:30 p.m. the last Monday of each month at Good Hope Town Hall, 134 Town Hall Drive, Cullman 35057. Volunteers are needed. Those interested are encouraged to attend. Info: Lt. Col. Dan Raley at 256-347-4732.

Of note:

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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. PRO-DEMOCRACY RALLIES SPREAD IN HONG KONG

Protesters defy calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing’s decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub.

2. AFGHANISTAN SWEARS IN NEW PRESIDENT

The inauguration of Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai marks the country’s first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban.

3. WHY JAPAN SUSPENDS RECOVERY WORK AT VOLCANO SITE

Toxic gases and ash force rescuers to call off their effort to bring down the rest of the victims, after earlier airlifting out eight more bodies by military helicopter.

4. IMMIGRATION POSES FRESH EDUCATION CHALLENGE

American schools scramble to offer “newcomer” programs and English help to teens crossing the U.S. border alone.

5. JURY SELECTION BEGINS IN ARIAS PENALTY RETRIAL

As prosecutors again seek a death sentence in the Arizona case that became a tabloid TV sensation, 300 prospective jurors will report to the courthouse in Phoenix.

6. WHICH RECRUITING TOOL ISRAEL’S MOSSAD USES NOW

One of the world’s most secretive espionage organizations revamps its website to include an online application option for those seeking employment.

7. FERGUSON DEMANDS HIGH FEES TO TURN OVER CITY FILES

Local officials charge nearly 10 times the cost of some of their own employees’ salaries for records relating to the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

8. NORTH KOREAN LEADER’S HEALTH FUELS SPECULATION

Many try to guess what’s behind Kim Jong Un’s recent disappearance from public view: gout brought on by a cheese obsession, or too much fried chicken and beer.

9. EMOTIONAL TOLL TAXES MILITARY DRONE OPERATORS

“It can be as impactful for these guys as someone in a foxhole,” says Air Force spokesman Tom Kimball.

10. HOW DEREK JETER ENDED HIS 20-YEAR CAREER

In his final at-bat, the Yankee captain hit an RBI-single, giving him a lifetime .310 average.

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