Monday, August 5, 2013

SECURITY CONCERNS CLOSE U.S. EMBASSIES AROUND THE WORLD
Almost 20 U.S. embassies and consulates in largely Muslim countries will remain closed this week due to possible terrorist attacks.  The State Department says it's just being cautious, after an al-Qaeda threat. The threat reportedly was specific about how enormous the attack by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula would be. 

ALARM CLOCK SHUTS DOWN FLORIDA AIRPORT
There was a security scare at a Florida airport this weekend: security experts called the bomb squad when they heard beeping coming from a piece of luggage. Was it a timer on a bomb? Turns out it was an alarm clock someone had forgotten to turn off before packing it. Two floors of the Palm Beach Airport were evacuated and closed for several hours ... while bomb experts found the alarm and hit the snooze button... or whatever they did to make it get quiet. 

HEALTH: YOU SMOKE, YOUR KIDS ARE MORE LIKELY TO
No matter how many times you say it, scientists say your kids will NOT 'do as you say, not as you do....'.   Another study finds parents' actions to be the most influential of anything else in a child's life. .. this time it's about smoking. 20% of kids with parents who smoke, also pick up the habit. Only 10% of kids with non-smoking parents do.

TITANS SELL OUT FIRST PRESEASON
The Tennessee Titans' first preseason game of the year is sold out.  They'll host the Redskins Thursday night at 7. The Titans hit the road for the game after that, August 17th game against the Bengals.

GRAND OLE OPRY, RYMAN HIRING ON THURSDAY
There's another job fair this week that you need to know about. I'm telling you about it now, so you can get your resume' together. It's a job fair Thursday, 3 to 7, to fill jobs at the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium. Positions include Opry ambassadors, ticketing representatives, venue hosts, tour guides and horticulture techs. The job fair will be held in the Acuff House near the entrance to the Grand Ole Opry House.) 

TERMINALLY ILL TODDLER SERVES AS BEST MAN AT PARENTS' WEDDING
A Pennsylvania couple with a terminally ill baby... got married Saturday... so the baby could be part of the ceremony. Sean and Christine say they'd planned to get married next summer, but changed the date when doctors told them their two year old son, Logan, has just weeks to live. They said he was their best man at the wedding.... and mom carried him down the aisle. (They also have a one year old daughter together. )

POST OFFICE CONSIDERS ALCOHOL DELIVERY
The Postmaster General wants the post office to start delivering alcohol. There's lots of money in it... at least 50 million a year... to deliver mail-order wine, beer and spirits. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says that's on his wish list... to come up with flat rate packages for the booze, as the agency looks at new ways to raise revenue and save money after losing $16 billion last year…

TRAIN DERAILMENT FORCES EVACUATIONS IN LOUISIANA
About 100 homes are evacuated in Lawtell, Louisiana after a train derailed there and started leaking chemicals. More than 20 cars went off the tracks. 

CAN HACKERS SPY ON YOU THROUGH YOUR TV?
This is SO weird to know.... New York Senator Charles Schumer says savvy computer hackers can SPY on you in your home... if your TV has a built-in microphone and camera. The senator says he's asking electronics manufacturers to create a security safeguard for televisions like that when they're connected to the Internet.

LOCAL: GRAY'S PHARMACY ON MAIN STREET IN FRANKLIN RE-OPENS AS RESTAURANT
After nearly a decade of being closed, a piece of history along Franklin's Main Street is back.  The former Gray's pharmacy property has reopened as a restaurant.  The first floor is a dining room, the second floor is a music venue and the third floor is a meeting area. They turned the old neon sign back on last night.

MEN MORE THAN FIVE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
Men are more than five times more likely to be killed by lightning strikes in the United States than women, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control. Nearly 34-hundred Americans were killed by lightning from 1968 through 2010, and 85 percent of them were male. No explanation on why. The CDC did say that deaths for both males and females is declining… mostly because we know a about warning signs, such as the hair standing up on your head just before a strike. (The CDC excluded deaths indirectly caused by lightning, like homes set on fire, or falling trees.)

TALKING ROBOT ASTRONAUT HEADS TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
(At 2:03 the man says Hello, Kirobo (in Japanese...) then the little robot answers, and then answers a few more questions. Waay cool! )
Kirobo, the first-ever talking robot astronaut... is heading to the International Space Station this week ahead of his human companion, Japanese astronaut Kochi Wakata, who takes over as ISS commander in November. The robot has been built to hold conversations with astronauts on long space voyages. The little robot is just over a foot tall, and the name Kirobo comes from the words Hope and Robot. It'll communicate with the new space station commander in Japanese, keep a record of its conversations with the Commander and relay messages between the ground and the station. Back here on earth, it's thought that Kirobo's future generations will be used as companions for older or more isolated people who crave interaction with another being.

GasBuddy.com figured out that the Toyota Prius is the cheapest car to drive at just 7.2 cents a mile.

3 IN 10 PEOPLE LOOKING FOR WORK WHILE AT WORK
A new survey says that 3 out of every 10 workers is looking for a job while on the job.

MORE BOOMERANG KIDS LIVING WITH PARENTS
If you like to keep score, a record 21.6 million millennials live with their parents.

CELEB TIDBITS
ELLEN TO HOST OSCARS
Ellen DeGeneres says "It's official!" She is going to host the Oscars next year.

BRIAN WILLIAMS TAKES TIME OFF FOR KNEE SURGERY
After a football helmet to the knees in high school and 35 years of pain, NBC news anchor Brian Williams is going to take some time off and get a new pair of knees.

JOY BEHAR LEAVES 'THE VIEW'
Joy Behar's last day on "The View" is this Friday.

TITANS SELL OUT FIRST PRESEASON
The Tennessee Titans' first preseason game of the year is sold out. They'll host the Redskins Thursday night at 7, at LP Field. 

BASEBALL SUSPENSIONS TO BE ANNOUNCED TODAY
Major League Baseball is expected to announce suspensions today for players ties to the Biogenesis scandal.  The bans are reportedly going to be revealed at noon Eastern time.  New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is the biggest name expected to get a suspension for buying and using performance-enhancing drugs.

SAN DIEGO MAYOR GOES INTO SEX REHAB TODAY
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner enters sexual harassment rehab for two weeks starting Monday and he says he'll keep up on city business with daily briefings.  Ten women have come forward claiming Filner sexually harassed them in some form over the years and he's facing one civil lawsuit as a result.