Thursday, February 13, 2014

WINTER STORM KNOCKS OUT POWER
Around a half million people still were without electricity by bedtime last night in Georgia, North and South Carolina after a winter storm barrelled through. Icy tree limbs and gusty winds knocked down power lines, and has crews working as fast as they can to get things back to normal. At least 12 deaths across the South have been blamed on the weather, which could bring more than a foot of snow to parts of the Northeast Thursday.

SECOND PERSON DIES FOLLOWING PACKAGE EXPLOSION
That exploding package in Lebanon has caused a second death. The 72 year old woman, Marion Setzer, who had been in critical condition at Vandy, has passed away from her injuries. Her husband, 74-year-old Jon Setzer died when the package exploded at the couple's home on Monday.
Local AND federal officials are investigating, and are warning residents that the package bomb, found in the couple's mailbox, may not be an isolated attack, since they still don't know why someone would target the Setzers.

OBAMA BEING SUED OVER SPYING
Senator Rand Paul is suing President Obama over the National Security Agency's spying. The Kentucky Republican is accusing the President, top intelligence officials and the NSA of violating the 4th Amendment to the Constitution, which bans unreasonable search and seizure.  

COMCAST BUYS TIME WARNER
Comcast is set to buy Time Warner Cable and become the biggest cable TV provider in the country. The massive deal is worth more than 44-billion dollars. 

MICHIGAN BOY HAS A MILLION LIKES
There's a big surprise in store for that Michigan boy we told you about yesterday, Colin, who has an autism like disorder, and told his mom he didn't want a birthday party because he has no friends to invite. As of yesterday, more than a million people had LIKED the Facebook page his mom is going to surprise him with on his 11th birthday next month. She wrote on the page that she almost got caught.. because she was sitting there, reading the messages people have written, and she was crying, when Colin walked in and said, Mom! What's wrong! lol.  We posted it on our mix facebook page yesterday morning in case you still want to leave your birthday message for the kid or just read about it.

NEW STUDY SAYS MAMMOGRAMS ARE NOT SAVING LIVES
A new study of nearly 90,000 women suggests mammograms have little impact on breast cancer death rates among women between 40 and 59 - a controversial finding that challenges current recommendations and common practice in the U.S.
Here's the problem: It's estimated that for one woman's life to be saved by a mammogram, 2,000 women are screened, leading to 200 anxiety-provoking false positives and 10 unnecessary surgeries. The X-ray also exposes women to small doses of radiation.
     But forgoing mammograms can also be risky, according to a 2013 study that found seven out of 10 women who died from breast cancer had never had the test. Half of them were younger than 50.
    So what should women take away from the debate? That mammography is not the only tool. A clinical breast exam performed by a skilled doctor or nurse, and monthly self-exams can help you spot changes and get them checked out.

I LOVE THIS VIDEO. AMBULANCE CAN'T GET UP HILL, NEIGHBORS SCRAPE ICE OFF ROAD, BY HAND..
As it often does, adversity brings out the best in some people. Some people in an Atlanta area neighborhood saw an AMBULANCE sliding and struggling to get up a hill, to help someone... but the ice had it stranded. What did those residents do, they ran into their homes and cars and got their little plastic windshield ice scrapers, dumping kitty litter on the road, and some are behind the ambulance, pushing.
And it worked. Way to help each other!

GEORGIA SHERIFF POSTS TONGUE-IN-CHEEK POST ABOUT CANCELING VALENTINE'S DAY BECAUSE OF STORM
A sheriff in Georgia is canceling Valentine's Day, saying snow and ice should push the annual celebration back to next Tuesday.  Oconee [[ oh-CONE-ee ]] County Sheriff Scott Berry let northern Georgia know Wednesday night that the winter storm rolling through the south was making the area a "no Valentines Day Zone" until next week.
 In his humorous Facebook post, Berry said men were "exempt from having to run out and buy lottery scratchers and Hershey bars" as last minute gifts.  A dispatcher for Oconee County tells "CNN" he thinks the sheriff was just trying to fight boredom, as emergency personnel have been mostly snowed-in at department headquarters since Tuesday.

OBAMA BEING SUED OVER SPYING
Senator Rand Paul is suing President Obama over the National Security Agency's spying. The Kentucky Republican is accusing the President, top intelligence officials and the NSA of violating the 4th Amendment to the Constitution, which bans unreasonable search and seizure.  

WINTER STORM
That winter storm left 500 thousand people without power in several southern states, and is now moving on to the Northeast.

GIANT SINKHOLE OPENS AT CORVETTE MUSEUM IN BOWLING GREEN, KY.
And in case you haven't seen it yet, there's now VIDEO of that giant sinkhole opening up at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky... and it's just jaw-dropping to see the floor cave in, and those super-expensive, rare cars falling in. We've posted the video on our mix FACEBOOK page.  The sinkhole is estimated to be around 40 feet wide and 20-30 feet deep.

MEXICAN STATE BANS SPECIFIC NAMES FOR BABIES TO PREVENT BULLYING IN FUTURE
Parents in the Mexican state of Sonora will no longer be allowed to name their children "Facebook," ''Rambo" or 59 other now banned given names. Lawmakers say the new rule is to keep children with weird names from being bullied later. (Other odd names that are now banned, include "Juan Calzon," or "Juan Panties," a girl named "Marciana," or "Martian," and a boy called "Circumcision." Sonora is across the border from Arizona )

FORMER NEW ORLEANS MAYOR CONVICTED
Turns out former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who many people remember for his passionate please for help after the levees broke during Hurricane Katrina, used that situation to his advantage. Nagin has been convicted of corruption, for taking bribes to let certain businesses get the rebuilding work afterwards. 

BACON WEEK IN ATLANTIC CITY
And WHO knew about this and didn't tell me? It's bacon week in Atlantic City! They've got special bacon treats everywhere, including chocolate covered bacon, bacon ice cream sundaes and a BLT with a full pound of bacon on it.

NEW ZIPPERS COMING OUT. THIS COULD BE AS BIG A DEAL AS VELCRO WAS
Since its invention about 100 years ago.. the zipper hasn't really changed. Until now. And it's all because the inventor wanted to create something that his physically challenged uncle could use. The all-new MagZip uses magnets at the bottom of the zipper, so you don't have to THREAD the little metal piece into the other side of the zipper to get it started. It just pulles together and you pull. almost anyone can do it. Jackets and sweatshirts with the Magzip go on sale later this year.

NEW LAW MAY LET PET LOVERS BURY PETS IN PEOPLE PLOTS
Pet lovers celebrate their animals' birthdays, take them on family vacations and even include them in their wills. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that people would want to spend the afterlife with their furry friends.
However, in most cemeteries, pet remains aren't welcome. But a bill on its way to Virginia's House of Delegates could change that, at least in one state.
Republican lawmaker Israel D. O'Quinn has submitted a bill to Virginia's General Assembly that would allow pets and their owners to be buried together.

SNOW MESSAGES GIVE PATIENTS AND FAMILIES HOPE AT MN HOSPITAL
Huge messages left in the snow on the frozen Mississippi River are giving patients at St. Cloud Hospital a lift.    You can't make out much at ground level, but from the hospital windows, patients and family members can clearly see someone's tramped down the snow to make the words Love, and Believe. Each time there's fresh snow, there's a new message. 

HOUSE OF CARDS, SEASON TWO OUT ON FRIDAY

"UNAPOLOGETIC" BARBIE APPEARS IN "SI"s" 50TH SWIMSUIT ISSUE
Barbie is making a splash in "Sports Illustrated's" latest swimsuit issue.  The iconic doll, who has been the subject of much criticism over her molded plastic body throughout the years, is appearing in the magazine's 50th anniversary issue without apology.  In a statement to "The New York Times," Barbie doll maker Mattel says posing in the issue "gives Barbie and her fellow legends an opportunity to who they are, celebrate what they have done and be unapologetic."  In fact, Mattel is using the hashtag "Unapologetic" as the theme of its campaign - a move that has sparked some discussion, for and against, online. 
In one blog post, one critic said "It's easy to be unapologetic about your body when it is considered to be the absolute ideal standard of beauty in the society in which you live."  Another Twitter user questioned whether "Unapologetic" is appropriate for a child's toy.  Others, meantime, are voicing support for the campaign, making cases for why she might be the most feminist doll around. 
In helping "Sports Illustrated" celebrate the 50th anniversary of its swimsuit edition, Barbie sports a new version of the black-and-white swimsuit she wore upon her debut in 1959.  The magazine hits news stands next Tuesday.

GOPRO FALLS FROM THE SKY... CATCHES SOMETHING FUNNY AT END OF VIDEO .
 

 GALLATIN MAN BEN BRILEY'S INTVW WITH FOX 17.. HE'S ON AMERICAN IDOL
 

AMAZON HIRING
Amazon says it is hiring more than 2,500 full-time workers at its order fulfillment centers... including the Murfreesboro location.  They're expected to announce the hiring information today. (Wed.)

APPLE FANS GETTING SNEAK PEEK AT NEW IPHONE
Apple fans are getting a sneak peek at what might be the new iPhone.  "MacRumors" reports several leaked photos were shared this week on Twitter by someone in China who claims they show the iPhone 6.  The smartphone is expected to be released in September, but may show up sooner in response to Samsung's Galaxy S5.  

BIEBER'S MOM TRYING TO INFLUNCE HER SON
Justin Bieber's mother apparently is trying to stay close to her son in the midst of his latest string of scandals and brushes with the law.  A source is telling "E! News" that the pop star's mother Pattie Mallette is "genuinely concerned" for the 19-year-old, and has been speaking with him "almost every day."  

MASSIVE BREACH AT TARGET CAUSED BY:
The massive systems breach at Target is being traced back to a malicious email.  Cyber-security blogger Brian Krebs says the hackers likely sent a malware-laced phishing email to a vendor who did business with the retailer.  Thieves were then able to use the stolen vendor credentials to gain access to the credit and debit card information for about 40 million Target customers. 

NASHVILLE RESOURCE CENTER OPENING FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS
City leaders are opening a Victim Resource Center for those affected by domestic violence.  A spokeswoman says the facility will open in the Ben West Building by August.  The 33-hundred-square-foot center is described as a safe place where counselors can meet with victims of domestic violence as their cases go through the criminal justice system.

WEATHER POSTPONES VANDERBILT GAME TO TODAY
The basketball game between Vanderbilt and South Carolina canceled because of the weather will be played today.  The two teams were scheduled to play on Wednesday at Colonial Life Arena, but the game was postponed when the roads were too icy for teams and fans to get to the stadium.  Vanderbilt has won four of its last five games and is 13-and-9 for the season.

ITS NATIONAL RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS WEEK
National Random Acts Of Kindness Week -- February 10-16.
http://www.actsofkindness.org