Monday, March 31, 2014

AFFORDABLE CARE SIGNUP DEADLINE AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT
It's deadline day for Americans to sign up for health insurance at healthcare.gov. If you don't have health insurance, midnight tonight is the deadline to at least start the process, at www.healthcare.gov or by calling the Marketplace call center: 1-800-318-2596.
You'll then have until April 15th to make a final choice, or face penalties when you file taxes next year. The Department of Health and Human Services says  two-million Americans visited the www.HealthCare.gov website, just over the weekend. 

FREE, LOCAL HELP TO GET HEALTHCARE
And There's help available if you're not sure how to go about getting the health insurance: There are volunteers at several locations in our area, ready to help walk you through it.
HERE ARE HELP LOCATIONS AND HOURS
Volunteers will be available to help Monday at the Nashville Main Library on Church Street from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Family Children’s Service at 201 23rd Ave. from 6:30-11 p.m., Green Hills Library at 3701 Benham Ave. from 7-11 p.m. and the Madison Clinic of United Neighborhood Health Services at 615 Due West Ave. in Madison from 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

MUDSLIDE LATEST
A number of families are still waiting to hear about loved ones missing since last weekend's massive mudslide in Washington state.  Church-goers in the area said prayers Sunday for the 21 confirmed victims of the disaster and 30 other people still listed as missing and feared dead. 

MISSING PLANE LATEST
And Searchers from more than a half-dozen nations are running out of time as they look for signs of that missing Malaysian jetliner.  The plane's so-called "black boxes" are designed to send out signals for about 30 days, and Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared 23 days ago. 

HEALTH: LOWER RISK OF HEART DISEASE AMONG MARRIEDS
Marriage may be good for the heart.  A New York University study shows there is a lower risk of heart disease among married couples. Five-percent less likely to develop cardiovascular diseases compared to single people. 

WOMAN SHOT WHILE DRIVING NEAR NORTH NASHVILLE SCHOOL
A woman shot by a stray bullet in North Nashville is recovering. She says she was near Kipp Academy yesterday afternoon when a bullet came through her car door, hitting her in the leg. She's going to be okay... but so far police don't know who did the shooting, so no arrest.

BAND TEACHER SUSPENDED FOR DUCT-TAPING STUDENT TO CHAIR
A Michigan band leader has been suspended for duct-taping a female high school student to a chair. The teacher, Brian Sullivan, says he was trying to get the student to keep her feet flat on the ground while she played, to improve her posture.  Now Sullivan is on paid leave, and some parents are upset that his suspension may put the band's upcoming Disney World trip in jeopardy next month.

GENERAL MOTORS CEO GOES BEFORE CONGRESS
It's looking like General Motors approved ignition switches linked to more than a dozen deaths, even though the parts didn't meet the company's specifications. A report from the House Energy and Commerce Committee also indicates that the automaker considered addressing the ignition switch problem, but decided not to. The CEO of General Motors has to do some explaining to Congress to do today about why the company allegedly waited for years as more people died.

MCDONALD'S FREE COFFEE FOR NEXT TWO WEEKS
We may have a food fight on our hands. Now that Taco Bell has announced it's serving breakfast, and has found 400 men named Ronald McDonald to appear in ads promoting it, McDonalds has announced that they'll give you free coffee. They're handing out free 12 ounce cups of coffee to their customers, every breakfast-time for the next two weeks. Through April 13th.

TWO SHOT IN HOME INVASION IN GOODLETSVILLE
A homeowner was shot and killed and another person injured in a home invasion in Goodlettsville Saturday night. Police are looking for two black males, last seen in a light colored pickup.... The pair reportedly shot the homeowner, 76-year-old Jack Davis, and his 64-year-old friend, who survived. Davis died at the scene. 

CHER IN NASHVILLE TONIGHT
Speaking of lines: you MAY find some if you're in downtown Nashville tonight.. CHER is in concert this evening at Bridgestone! Should be a good night to people watch!

SECRET SERVICE MISCONDUCT SCANDAL SPREADS
The Secret Service misconduct scandal is widening. Besides that agent who was found passed-out drunk in an Amsterdam hotel just before President Obama's visit, Friday, The Washington Post reported 2-officers suspected of drinking had a car accident this month in Miami during a presidential visit there.

VETERANS GROUP WANTS HELP CUTTING SUICIDE RATE AMONG VETERANS
A veterans group is urging America's lawmakers to take action on cutting the soaring rate of suicide among veterans.  The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America estimates nearly 19-hundred veterans have already taken their own lives so far this year. 

FINAL FOUR SET
The teams are set for the men's Final Four.  Florida, Connecticut, Wisconsin and Kentucky are all heading to North Texas for Saturday's national semifinals at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.

BASEBALL SEASON STARTS
The 2014 Major League Baseball season gets going in a big way today, with 26 teams playing ball.  The defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox open their season in Baltimore against the Orioles. The St. Louis Cardinals begin defense of their National League championship facing the Reds in Cincinnati. 

GUY FORGETS ABOUT YACHT, LEAVES IT PARKED FOR TWO YEARS.
You ever buy something, then forget you had it, and find it later, tag still on? Well rich people do that, too... only with larger items. Police in Sweden finally tracked down the owner of a luxury yacht that had been left in a harbor for two years -- because the owner had just forgotten he had it. He said, Oh, I thought I sold that a couple of years ago. He'd left the KEYS hanging on the yacht, in plain sight.

NOAH TOPS BOX OFFICE
It's a flood of cash for "Noah" at movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada.  The epic biblical-inspired film starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins raked in 44-million dollars to dominate the box office during its debut weekend.  Second place went to the futuristic thriller "Divergent," which earned more than 26-million dollars. 

ROAD RAGE KARMA GUY FOUND, ARRESTED AFTER VIDEO GOES VIRAL
A Florida man was arrested for reckless driving after a video titled "Redneck Roadrage/Instant Karma" went viral on YouTube.
Authorities identified the man, who can be seen hanging out of his window and flipping off the driver in the video, and Tampa police arrested 33-year-old Jeffrey White for leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, and failing to wear a seatbelt.
The woman behind the video said she was sorry she laughed when he sped past her and then crashed, but said it was kind of funny.  She defended herself for filming while driving, saying she didn't even know he flipped her off until later because she had been watching the road.

POPE FIRES THE BLING BISHOP
Pope Francis had to fire a German bishop known as the "Bling Bishop" after he spent over $43 million to renovate his house.

ABC CANCELS CHRISTIAN SLATER/STEVE ZAHN DRAMA
ABC has announced they're cancelling the Christian Slater/Steve Zahn drama "Mind Games" after just 5-episodes.

HARRY POTTER SPINOFF 'FANTASTIC BEASTS' WILL BE TRILOGY
J.K. Rowling may be back in the series business.
On the heels of her Harry Potter franchise, Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will become a trilogy, according to The New York Times.  In its profile of Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara, the executive says that the fantasy story will consist of "three megamovies."
A call to Warner Bros. was not immediately returned, though the studio announced the movie in September, along with Rowling as the screenwriter.