By Kent Babb Jan. 5 (Washington Post) -- NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Jameis Winston wore a party hat and held a giant cookie as he posed for photographs two days before the big event. For a moment, anyway, the Bowl Championship Series national title game was the second-most exciting thing about Monday to Winston. After a particularly interesting and occasionally turbulent year, the Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner also turns 20 on the same day he'll play for a national title. "I'm more anxious for it to be my birthday than the game," said Winston, whose unbeaten Seminoles will play Auburn at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif., for college football's greatest prize. "Because I know we're going to go out there and play good on Monday." Winston is nothing if not confident, and his maturity and poise helped push Florida State to 13 wins, most of them
Texas A&M University signed an agreement with Israel to plan a campus for the state-supported school in the Mideast nation, guided by Governor Rick Perry, who said he wants it to help bring peace to the region.
Two Federal Reserve regional bank presidents who have disagreed on the need for additional easing said any decision to taper bond buying should be accompanied by a limit on the size of the program or a timetable for ending it.