Thursday, September 13, 2012
USED iPHONES FLOOD THE MARKET
If you've wanted an iPhone but weren't ready to pay the high price... now may be your time. With the release of the new Apple iPhone 5, old iPhones are flooding the market. eBay and Craigslist are full of them.
APPLE iPHONE 5
And about the new iPhone 5: it's said to be thinner and faster, it runs on the super-fast LTE network, the screen is taller, the phone has a metal back instead of breakable glass, and if you've ordered one it ships September 21st. It's estimated that about 6 million people will snap up new ones.
APPLE PASSBOOK MAY LET YOU KISS YOUR CARDS AND COUPONS GOODBYE
And if you GET an iPhone, there's an app called PASSBOOK that's getting a lot of attention. It lets you put all your digital coupons, groupons, plane and concert tickets and loyalty cards like your grocery discount card, in one place, and just use your iPhone as a digital wallet.
CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH ASTEROID
Earth will have a close encounter with a large asteroid tonight. The asteroid QG-42 -- which is the size of a 14-story building -- will shoot by within seven-and-a-half times the distance to the moon... which is really close, in the vastness of space.
TENNESSEE WOMAN SHOT IN HEAD BY SON, CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE
A Tennessee woman who was accidentally shot in the back of the head by her 11-year-old son now faces charges of child abuse for leaving the gun under the mattress, where the child was able to reach it. The boy already has brain damage from being in a car crash last year, and his father was charged with child abuse in that case. Now both parents, 37 year old Daniel Duggan, and 35 year old Stacy Duggan, have been charged with endangering the boy. Makes you wonder what the rest of that kid's life is going to be like with parents who are having such a hard time keeping him safe.
PAULA POUNDSTONE AT TPAC SAT
Paula Poundstone brings her standup act to TPAC this Saturday... we'll have a little chat with her tomorrow morning at about 640.
MYSTERY AT LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL HAS PARENTS DEMANDING ANSWERS
Parents are not happy with the principal of Cheatham County's Sycamore High School after he fired wrestling coach, Steve Hamblin, and the parents say it's a mystery to them why he did. They got the explanation that the school prefers head coaches be faculty members and, "we've decided to go in a different direction," though Hamblin appears to have done nothing wrong, took the wresting team to the state championship for the first time ever last year, and parents and students love him. The parents say they're not letting a great coach go without a fight, or a better reason.
TEXAS WOMAN TO UNDERGO DOUBLE ARM TRANSPLANT
A Texas woman will get the first ever double arm transplant performed in the United States. Forty-four year old Katy Hayes lost all four limbs to a flesh-eating bacteria after she gave birth to her third child in 2010. This surgery may let her again hold her own children in her arms.
PROTESTS GROW ABOUT VIDEO
Protests are spreading across the Middle East and North Africa as anger grows in the Muslim world over an Internet movie, believed to have been made in the U.S., that ridicules the Prophet Muhammed. Protesters this morning stormed the grounds of the American embassy in Yemen. Police opened fire but protesters ran through the grounds and set fire to vehicles.
MARINES HEADED TO LIBYA
Dozens of U.S. Marines are on their way to Libya to increase security after Wednesday's attack on the consulate killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Two Navy destroyers are also on the way.
WOMAN'S EX FOUND LIVING IN HER ATTIC
A South Carolina woman knew SOMETHING had been living in her attic for about two weeks, but thought it was a raccoon or a squirrel. Turns out it was her ex-boyfriend.
She'd had him help her install some doors in her house a year ago, and he apparently kept a key for himself, and just moved in.
He didn't need a bathroom, he had some large plastic CUPS!
When the woman's son caught him up there, he calmly walked down the attic steps, smiled, and left while everybody in the house still had their mouths hanging open.
BONNAROO AND CMA MUSIC FEST NOT ON SAME WEEK NEXT SUMMER
Instead of one CRAZY week of festivals this summer, we'll have two. The CMA Music Festival will be June 6th through 9th, and Bonnaroo will be June 13th through 16th. This is the first time since 2008 that they won't both be held the same week.
KATHY BATES HAS DOUBLE MASTECTOMY
Oscar winner Kathy Bates is opening up about a health setback. The 64-year-old "Misery" star took to Twitter Wednesday to reveal that she is recovering from a double mastectomy. Bates says she was diagnosed with breast cancer two months ago. The diagnosis came nine years after Bates battled back from ovarian cancer through surgery and chemotherapy. Bates, whose NBC series "Harry's Law" was canceled in May after two seasons, showed a bit of humor while sharing the news about her breast cancer diagnosis and mastectomy via Twitter Wednesday. She tweeted, "I don't miss my breasts as much as I miss Harry's Law," then signed off saying, "Thanks for the sweet tweets. Y'all kept me going."
WEST NILE VIRUS OUTBREAK CONTINUES, WORST IN TEXAS
The West Nile virus outbreak is showing no signs of slowing down. There are now more than 26-hundred reported cases of West Nile virus across the U.S., along with 118 deaths from the illness. More than 50 of those deaths are in Texas. The number of cases rose by about 30-percent over the course of a week. The CDC says more than half of the cases of West Nile virus are from a severe strain that can lead to meningitis [[ men-in-JYE-tiss ]] and encephalitis [[ en-sef-ah-LYE-tiss ]]. The West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes.
SUPER SIZED SOFT DRINKS BAN DECISION IN NYC
Super-sized soft drinks could be 86'd in New York City today if Mayor Michael Bloomberg gets his way. Bloomberg wants to ban the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16-ounces to combat obesity in the city. If the Board of Health approves the plan, larger sodas will no longer be sold at restaurants, movie theaters and sports stadiums in New York City.
NYC MAYOR PRAISES MCDONALD'S DECISION TO POST CALORIE COUNTS
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is weighing in on a recent decision by McDonald's to start posting calories counts at all its U.S. restaurants. Bloomberg says, "Obesity is the second-leading cause of preventable death after tobacco, and is the only major public health issue in America that is actually getting worse." He adds that consumers will now have more information about the choices they make and he thanked McDonald's CEO Don Thompson for his leadership on this important public health issue.
JFK WORKERS CHARGED WITH STEALING FROM PLANES
Nearly 20 workers at New York's JFK International Airport are charged with stealing thousands of bottles of liquor and other items from airplanes. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says 15 present and former truck drivers and three security guards stole tens of thousands of mini-bottles of liquor, cigarettes and duty-free items worth about 750-thousand dollars, then sold the stolen items on the black market.
NASHVILLE WOMAN HELD FOR TERRORIST THREATS HAS TUBERCULOSIS
The woman accused of making terrorist threats to a co-worker is now quarantined because of a medical condition. The attorney for Amal Abdullahi says the 29-year-old has been diagnosed with possible tuberculosis. Abdullahi was arrested on Friday after she allegedly told a co-worker that America is full of unbelievers who should die and that she should "pick up a gun and shoot" her other co-workers.
MAN SUES CITY OF NASHVILLE FOR SENDING HIM TO WOMENS' PRISON
A man who dresses as a woman is suing the city of Nashville for locking him up in a women's prison for three years. Karla Brenner says he was harassed by female inmates and even fondled by an inmate. He was convicted of felony theft, but says even though he uses a woman's name and wears woman's clothes, officers knew he was a man before they sent him to women's prison.