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September 3, 2013

NJN/am for Tuesday, September 3

It’s Tuesday, holiday time is over and it’s back to work…

Weather: Maybe rain, probably not. It will be mostly sunny and warm today with a high near 90 and a 20 percent chance of scattered showers. The rain moves out tonight with a low in the middle 60s. Mostly sunny again for Wednesday.

He’s done it again. Jeff Dennis, the Gardendale jeweler known for refunding customers’ money after Auburn was shut out in last year’s Iron Bowl game, will be handing out refunds yet again. His August promotion, whereby customers would get their money back on purchases if more than an inch of rain was recorded on Labor Day at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport, came true when the National Weather Service recorded 1.42 inches on Monday morning. Dennis said nearly 600 customers would get refunds of just under $90,000 in total, as soon as insurer Lloyd’s of London makes it official.

Backtracking on Syria. Just a day after Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States would likely launch an assault against Syria for using chemical weapons against its own people, President Obama announced on Saturday that he would seek approval from Congress instead, which might take some time since lawmakers are in recess. On Labor Day, Obama met with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and others to discuss the possible military action; McCain said a failure by Congress to approve would be “catastrophic.”

Sports: We call him “Jaboo.” Nick Saban may be referring to Hueytown native Jameis Winston as the one that got away, after the freshman Florida State quarterback made an impressive debut on national television Monday night in a 41-13 victory over Pitt. Winston threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score, and was 25-for-27 in passing for 356 yards. The former Golden Gopher is even better known for his baseball skills, which is partly how the Seminoles ended up signing him — promising “Jaboo” he could play both sports… Baseball: The Birmingham Barons wrapped up their regular season Monday with a 9-2 loss to the Montgomery Biscuits. They will begin play against the Tennessee Smokies on Thursday at Regions Field in the Southern League championship series. In the majors, Freddie Freeman drove home five runs with a home run and a double as the Braves trounced the Mets 13-5… Swimming: Diana Nyad became the first person ever to swim from Cuba to the United States without a protective shark cage. The 64-year-old took nearly 53 hours to go from Havana to Key West. It was her fifth try at the feat.

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