Monday, July 8, 2013

PILOT OF ASIANA AIRLINES PLANE WAS TRAINING
Officials investigating a jetliner crash in San Francisco have determined that Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was traveling “significantly below” the target speed during its approach and that the crew tried to abort the landing just before it smashed onto the runway. What they don’t yet know is whether the pilot’s inexperience with this type of aircraft and at this airport played a role. Two 16-year-old students from China were killed, 51 other people injured.

TWO YEAR-OLD DRINKS LAUNDRY STAIN REMOVER
A two-year-old Greenbrier boy is in critical condition at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, after he drank nearly an entire bottle of stain remover Saturday night. The incident has been turned over to the Department of Child Services for investigation.

FREE BACKPACKS FOR IMMUNIZATION RECORDS
Metro Schools start back in less than a month. And to make sure that all students get to stay at school, Mayor Karl Dean says the city will give away backpacks filled with school supplies to seventh graders who have their required immunizations.  School and health officials are trying to avoid last year's mishap where nearly half of the seventh graders showed up on the first day of school without their vaccine documentation, and were sent home.
        
RAINFALL TOTALS 4 INCHES OR MORE
In the past week, we got 4 inches of rain in the Nashville area, and News2 Meteorologist Justin Bruce says some spots east of I-65 got more than 9 inches of rain in the last few days.  

TWO SWIFT WATER RESCUES IN TENNESSEE THIS WEEKEND 
The rain has caused some big problems. There've been two water rescues just this weekend: 11 adults and chilren pulled from the Little River in east Tennessee after the water rose and their tubing day went bad. They were left, clinging from trees in the stream, trying not to get swept away till rescuers got there. And two boys were rescued from the Manson Pike Dam yesterday, where they were swimming and the currents got too strong.

SINKHOLES FROM THE RAIN
The rain is also being blamed for an 8-foot sinkhole that opened up in East Tennessee -- in Bristol. Nobody fell into that one.  

SINKHOLE IN OHIO SWALLOWS WOMAN’S CAR
A 60 year old woman in Toledo, Ohio was driving home from running errands Thursday, when her 2010 Chevy Malibu suddenly plunged into a massive sinkhole that opened up in the road. The elementary school principal says she cried out, “Jesus, Jesus!” as her car fell. Once she hit bottom, she was able to get out and climb a ladder to safety.

GOOGLE DOODLE CELEBRATES UFO LEGEND
It's been 66 years since the reported UFO crash near Roswell, New Mexico. The city celebrated with a UFO Festival over the weekend. And if you get a minute at work, check out today's Google Doodle. It's a little interactive game with an alien crashing to earth, and you click to help him find things to put his craft back together. That's at www.google.com

CRISIS HOTLINE GETTING MORE CALLS THAN EVER
Tennessee's crisis hotline is getting more calls than ever.... including more calls from children and teenagers. It's not clear whether more people are in need, or that more people are becoming aware the hotline is there. If you need someone to talk to, even if it's not at the point where you're considering suicide... you can still call. The Crisis hotline is (615) 244-7444, and it's answered 24/7.

KERRY IN CRITICAL CONDITION
Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of Secretary of State John Kerry, is in critical condition at a Boston hospital. The 74 year-old was taken there by ambulance, but no word yet on why. Heinz Kerry survived breast cancer a few years ago. (In 2009.)

PAULA DEEN FANS ASK CRACKER BARREL TO TEAM UP WITH CHEF
Fans of Paula Deen have reached out to a Tennessee company to help the disgraced cooking star. People have overwhelmed Cracker Barrel's Facebook page with requests for the Lebanon-based restaurant to pair up with the cook.
Deen was dropped by The Food Network, Wal-Mart, Target and other companies after admitting to using racial slurs years ago.  Cracker Barrel has sold Deen merchandise in the past but a spokesperson said they were not involved in any current agreements with her. Cracker Barrel has been involved in several racial discrimination lawsuits of their own, in the past ten years.... including a $100 million federal lawsuit in 2009.

RUBEN STUDDARD TO STAR ON "THE BIGGEST LOSER"
Remember Ruben Studdard, the season two "American Idol" winner? He's been confirmed as one of the contestants for this Fall's 15th season of 'The Biggest Loser.' The 35-year-old says his family has a history of obesity-related health issues, and he wants to lead the way for them to get in shape.

BIRTHDAYS TODAY INCLUDE JADEN SMITH
If you're celebrating a birthday today you share it with actor Jaden Smith, the son of Will and Jada... he's 15, and has an estimated net worth of 8 million dollars. 

WILD BLUEBERRIES HELP DIGESTION, UMAINE RESEARCHERS REPORT
Now consider the source: researchers from Maine, the top producer of wild blueberries, but scientists there say wild blueberries are good for your digestion, promoting the growth of good bacteria.

REALTOR ACCUSED OF DUMPING DEAD ANIMALS IN NEIGHBOR'S YARD
A Pennsylvania realtor has been fired after allegedly trying to sabotage the sale of her neighbor's house... by knocking down the for sale sign, then dumping dead snakes and mice in the yard, and even cutting down tree branches and leaving them on the lawn. She says she didn't do it. The surveillance video reportedly shows otherwise. 

AT THE BOX OFFICE: "DESPICABLE ME 2" WINS
Tops at the box office this weekend: "Despicable Me 2."  Johnny Depp's "The Lone Ranger" bombed. Way, way behind what they'd hoped for in ticket sales. It wasn't necessarily because the movie was bad, it was because the brand of "The Lone Ranger" didn't capture the attention of the younger audience. It was too old, being based on a Western that debuted on TV in 1949. 68% of the audience was over 25. The trouncing for Disney was especially painful because of the high cost of "The Lone Ranger," which reportedly cost at least $225 million to make. Made by the same team that created the lucrative Disney franchise "Pirates of the Caribbean" (the four film series that grossed $3.7 billion worldwide), the head of distribution for Disney said, "We thought it would appeal to a broader audience than it did." 

JUSTIN BIEBER TWO HOURS LATE. AGAIN.
How is this even POSSIBLE that people keep putting up with this? Justin Bieber was two hours late to the stage at his show in Iowa last night. Parents and teens booed him as he came onstage.

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT STARTS CUTS TODAY
Nearly 650-thousand civilian Defense Department workers in the U.S. start making less money today.  They're starting three months of furlough days and will be working 20-percent fewer hours.  The furloughs are part of the government's sequester spending cuts.