Friday, February 15, 2013

In Today's News, below: the crippled cruise ship and its passengers are finally home, where to see the asteroid online, videos of the meteor that hit Russia, Tiffany sues Costco, and even light drinking increases your cancer risk.

CRUISE SHIP FINALLY HOME
The 4000 people from the Carnival Cruise ship Triumph are finally OFF the boat. They docked in Mobile, Alabama last night, yelling and screaming with joy, after being stranded at sea with no power, no plumbing and limited food since last Sunday.
 
SEE TODAY'S ASTEROID ONLINE
Today's Asteroid day. The asteroid named 2012 DA14 is only about half the size of a football field, but scientists say when one hits, it explodes with the energy of a 2.5-megaton atomic bomb.  The last such impact struck a remote region of Siberia without warning in 1908, flattening 820 square miles of forest. If an object that big were to hit in just the wrong place, it could wipe out a city.
But, DA-14 is in a flight path to just cruise on by earth, around 1:30 this afternoon. You can watch NASA's live coverage starting at 1 Central time on NASA'S LIVE STREAM at NASA.gov 

READ MORE ABOUT THE ASTEROID

MORE SITES TO VIEW THE ASTEROID
Bareket Observatory in Israel is offering a free live webcast of the close approach on February 15 beginning at 20:15 UTC (2:15 p.m. Central Time in the U.S.), for a duration of about 3 hours. For more information, visit Baraket Observatory’s website. You’ll be automatically transfered to the live images, during the event.

Clay Center Observatory will offer real-time high-definition video, weather permitting, beginning at 1:00 UTC on February 16 (5 p.m. CST on February 15). Clay Center Observatory’s Ustream channel is here.

NASA Television will provide commentary starting at 19:00 UTC (1 p.m. CST) on February 15. The commentary will be streamed live online at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv and http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2.

Slooh Space Camera will cover the asteroid’s near-approach on Friday, February 15, with several live shows, free to the public, starting at 02:00 UTC on February 16 (8 p.m. CST). Find international times for Slooh at http://goo.gl/ythGd. Slooh will also have real-time commentary from their own Paul Cox, astronomer and author Bob Berman, and Prescott Observatory manager Matt Francis. Visit Slooh’s event page here.

Virtual Telescope Project, which calls itself “the most active facility in the world in astronomical science and education,” will also be following 2012 DA14 on February 15. Check out Virtual Telescope’s event page here.

METEORITE IN RUSSIA INJURES 500
In Russia, they're cleaning up today after buildings were damaged and more than 500 people were hurt, as a 10-ton meteor hit the atnosphere and broke into burning chunks of rock. Most of the injuries came from flying glass that broke from the shock waves.
SEE VIDEO OF METEORITES HITTING
ANOTHER VIDEO OF RUSSIAN METEOR

HEALTH: U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION APPROVES FIRST ARTIFICIAL RETINA
What amazing strides we're making in science: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first artificial retina, which could help some blind people see again.

WHAT YOU’RE LEAVING BEHIND AT AIRPORT SECURITY
Airline passengers are leaving a fortune behind at airport security checkpoints. In 2010, the loose change added up to 409,000 thousand dollars. Right now the Transportation Security Administration spends it on security operations, but a Florida lawmaker is proposing we give the money to the U.S.O. (United Service Organizations) for welcome centers for our U.S. military personnel. Our Tennessee Representative is on board with that.

NASHVILLE MAN TRIGGERS SNIPER SCARE
A large police presence responded to a south Nashville business after a man with a BB gun caused a scare of a possible sniper situation Thursday afternoon.
A witness reportedly saw the man on the roof of a building, holding what appeared to be a gun with a scope just before 3 p.m. in the 3000 block of Sidco Drive, near Armory Drive.
Josh Archer, manager of Dealers Warehouse, told Channel 4 News he was on the roof testing out a new BB gun by shooting at some small targets after work.
'It was stupid. I shouldn't have been up there," Archer said. "It was a mistake. I shouldn't have done it."
The building is in close proximity to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the headquarters of the Tennessee Army Air National Guard.
Multiple police units were dispatched to investigate. After questioning Archer, he was not charged with any crime

REMAINS IDENTIFIED AS CHRISTOPHER DORNER
Authorities have positively identified remains pulled from a burned out Southern California cabin this week as those of Christopher Dorner, the former LAPD officer who allegedly went on a killing spree until he was cornered by police.

COSTCO BEING SUED BY TIFFANY FOR SELLING FAKE TIFFANY RINGS
The discount warehouse chain Costco got something from Tiffany for Valentine’s Day: a lawsuit claiming it had sold diamond engagement rings falsely marketed in stores using the jeweler’s name. In an investigation, the lawsuit says, Tiffany found that Costco salespeople referred to the rings as Tiffany, but that the rings were not promoted as such online. The suit says, “Tiffany has never sold nor would it ever sell its fine jewelry through an off-price warehouse retailer like Costco.”  As a result, the suit says, there are “hundreds if not thousands of people who mistakenly believe they purchased and own a Tiffany engagement ring from Costco.” Tiffany wants costco to give up any profit it's made from the sales, plus damages.

CHRYSLER EXPANDS RECALL OF TRUCKS AND SUVS
Chrysler is expanding its recall of pickups and Sport Utility Vehicles. That makes more than 370-thousand vehicles worldwide recalled due to a loose fastener which could cause your rear axle to lock up and make you lose control of the vehicle. (They started with Dodge Dakotas and Ram trucks last year.)

EVEN LIGHT DRINKING INCREASES CANCER RISK
If you don't want cancer, consider your drinking habits. Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine and the School of Public Health say alcohol is a large contributor to cancer deaths, causing about 20-thousand cancer deaths a year: mostly breast cancer in women, mouth and throat cancer in men. And it doesn't take a lot, only a drink or so a day can do the damage.

WE WILL SOON HAVE MORE MOBILE DEVICES THAN PEOPLE
2013 is expected to be the year the mobile devices outnumbered people. A new (Cisco) report says the number of smartphones, tablets, laptops and internet-ready phones will exceed number of humans this year. The current world population is 7 billion, and we're expected to exceed 7 billion smartphones and tablets this year, led by huge growth in use in Asia, the Pacific and Africa.

OBAMA HONORS SANDY HOOK TEACHERS TODAY
President Obama will honor the murdered Sandy Hook Elementary School teachers today, presenting the families of the Principal, school psychologist, and teachers with the Presidential Citizens Medal.

TOYOTA SETTLING LAWSUITS OVER SAFETY ISSUES WITH CARS
Toyota is settling with 29 states over safety issues related to unintended acceleration.  The automaker will pay out some 29-million dollars as part of the deal.  The automaker is also pledging to make vehicle information more accessible.

VOTE ONLINE FOR NICKELODEON'S KIDS' CHOICE AWARDS
Voting is open now for 22 categories in the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards…. Including favorite TV Show, Reality show, Video game, App, and favorite music group.You can also choose whether you think "Call Me Maybe," "Gangnam Style," "We are Never Ever Getting Back Together" or "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction should be song of the year. The awards will air March 23 with Josh Duhamel hosting.

REBA MCENTIRE THRILLED TO HAVE KELLY CLARKSON AS DAUGHTER-IN-LAW
Two very powerful voices are about to become family members! Kelly Clarkson is engaged to Reba McEntire's stepson, Brandon Blackstock. Reba said in an interview this week she's, "thrilled to death" about it. "To have my buddy as my daughter-in-law, I mean, who could ask for more?"

CAPTAIN COOK'S GUN SELLS FOR 227-THOUSAND DOLLARS
An Australian man is getting a lot of bang for his buck.  On Thursday a pistol owned by Captain James Cook sold at auction for 227-thousand dollars.  The firearm is a brass Continental Flintlock by Dutch gunmaker Godefroi Corbau.  The winning bid was well above the top pre-sale estimate.  Leski Auctions, who sold the pricey piece, expected to get between 100-and-200-thousand dollars for the gun.  Cassandra Hilber, a spokeswoman for the auction house, says the buyer was a private collector from Victoria, Australia.  But it wasn't just Aussies gunning for the weapon.  Hilber says "there was a lot of interest from New Zealand as well." 
     In 1770 Captain James Cook became the first recorded European to make landfall on the Eastern coastline of Australia.  He is credited with claiming Australia for Great Britain as well as making the first maps of New Zealand's coastline.  It's not known whether Cook was carrying the pistol when he first made contact with Australia.