Tuesday, April 30, 2013
BOSTON MARATHON LATEST
There may be another suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation. At least one device used in the deadly attack has been found to have traces of female DNA on it. Though it's not clear whether it might be enough to link the device to someone, investigators have removed bags of evidence from the home of the widow of bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING SUSPECT GETS HIGH-PROFILE ATTORNEY
The surviving suspect, meanwhile, has a new attorney on his defense team: Judy Clarke, the lawyer who defended the Arizona shooting rampage gunman, the so-called Unabomber Ted Kaczynski and Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph.
HEALTH: CAFFEINE GUM REVIEWED BY FDA
Federal health regulators are reviewing a Mars Wrigley chewing gum with added caffeine to find out how the stimulant affects children. The company says it's marketing the gum to people 25 and older, but the FDA wants to know what'll happen if kids and teenagers chew it. The Alert Energy gum has 40 milligrams of caffeine in each piece, about the equivalent of a half-cup of coffee.
HEALTH: CALL FOR HIV TESTING
A call is being made for HIV testing for all Americans aged 15 to 65. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force wants the screenings regardless of whether people are considered to be at high risk, hoping that the recommendations will trigger coverage for the tests under the Affordable Care Act.
WOMAN FINDS TINY GREEN FROG IN CAN OF MEIJER BRAND GREEN BEANS
An Indiana woman says she was serving her family green beans recently, opened the can, dished them out, and her son asked, "Mom, what's this?" It was not bacon. It was a tiny green frog that had apparently been canned with the beans. She took the Meijer brand beans to the health department and they confirmed it. She sent the beans back to the company and they sent her an apology letter and 50 bucks. There was no health threat, but the woman says she's completely put off of green beans, now.
NASHVILLE FAMILY SUES OVER SON'S INTERNET PICTURE
A Nashville family is suing a Florida radio station and a website owner for putting photos of their son, who has Down Syndrome, online, with captions like 'Retarded News,' and other derogatory comments. Adam Holland's parents are suing for 18 million dollars saying the altered photo is malicious and inflammatory, and that the Florida station didn't have rights to use it.
METRO HEALTH DEPARTMENT PREPARING FOR MOSQUITO SEASON
Last year, there were 33 cases of mosquito-spread West Nile virus in Tennessee. The Metro Health Department is trying to get those numbers down this year. They'll have workers out in Goodlettsville this weekend, helping people identify trouble spots on their properties where mosquitoes could breed and spread illness. Health officials especially urge you to protect yourself especially at dusk when mosquitos are most active, by by wearing mosquito repellent and covering exposed skin.
Mosquito season in Tennessee begins in April and lasts until the first hard freeze.
HEALTH: FEMALES MORE PRONE TO ACL INJURIES
If you have a girl in sports, you need to make sure she's especially focused on stance, footwork, balance and stretching before she plays, because health experts say girls are more prone to knee injuries -- especially ACL injuries -- than boys. They say it has to do partly with the girls' "center of balance" shifting more during puberty than boys' do.
MAYOR DEAN'S BUDGET TO BE UNVEILED TODAY
Metro Council is expected to get a look at Mayor Karl Dean's budget proposal today. Mayor Dean says it does not include a tax increase, but it does keep Nashville moving forward.
MICHAEL JACKSON TRIAL UNDERWAY
The Michael Jackson wrongful death trial is under way in Los Angeles. The Jackson family is suing AEG Live for 40-billion-dollars, blaming the concert promoters for contributing to Michael's drug overdose death in 2009.
CENTENNIAL NURSE ARRESTED
A nurse was arrested at Centennial Hospital this weekend after coming in to work drunk.... then coming BACK to work, after hospital employees sent her home in a cab. That's when cops got involved and found a marijuana pipe and drug residue in 41 year old Brandy Leigh Dalton's shirt pocket. (She's facing charges of drug possession and trespassing.)
MORE CHARGES POSSIBLE IN OHIO RAPE CASE
A grand jury meets today to determine whether more charges should be filed in the Steubenville, Ohio rape case. Two high school football players were found delinquent last month in the rape of a 16-year-old girl. This investigation is to see whether others, including coaches and school administrators, should be charged for knowing what was going on, and not getting the girl help. Instead they took cellphone pictures and videos, talked about it on Facebook, texted about it, and some even threatened the victim.
LOCAL 13-YEAR-OLD ACCUSED OF SEXUAL BATTERY
And a 13-year-old is facing sexual battery charges for allegedly fondling female students at his school. Police say the boy inappropriately touched several girls in a hallway at Rucker Stewart Middle School while other students watched. The boy is being held in a juvenile detention center, and if found guilty could be placed on the sex-offender registry.
BUDWEISER UNVEILS BEER GLASS THAT CONNECTS YOU ON FACEBOOK TO YOUR DRINKING BUDDIES
Toasting with new friends just got a slightly creepy upgrade. Budweiser has unveiled what they're calling the "Buddy Cup," a pint glass with a built-in chip that connects to Facebook. So you CLINK your cup with someone ese's, and you're automatically FRIENDS on Facebook.
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS MOVIE
Even though she's starring in the TV series Nashville right now, actress Connie Britton says it's still possible there'll be a "Friday Night Lights" movie. She played one of the lead roles in the NBC series that ended its five-season run in 2011.
MICHELLE OBAMA INSPIRING WOMEN TO WORK ON THEIR ARMS
Know what's the hot new body part that everybody's working on? Upper arms, apparently inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama's amazing upper arms. But, we're not getting them like she did, with diet and exercise: more than 15-thousand of us did it with surgical upper arm lifts last year. (The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says that more than 15-thousand people, 98-percent of them women, got an upper arm-lift in 2012.)
HEALTH: LAWSUIT FILED OVER YOSEMITE HANTAVIRUS OUTBREAK
A major lawsuit has been filed involving the Hantavirus outbreak inside Yosemite National Park last year. The three-point-25 million dollar lawsuit alleges Cathy Carrillo of Chino, California contracted the virus while she was staying in Curry Village last June. She claims to have a million dollars' in medical bills and is suffering with diminished capacity in her lungs. Carrillo is suing DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite.
The outbreak triggered a global scare among the many people who visit Yosemite. Three people died and several other people got sick.
JURY DELIBERATIONS START TODAY FOR ABORTION DOCTOR
Jury deliberations are set to begin today (Tuesday) in a Pennsylvania courtroom in the murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. The 72-year-old faces four first-degree murder convictions in the death of four babies that survived abortions and a third-degree murder conviction in the death of a woman undergoing an abortion.
PASSENGER SPACE SHIP CLOSER TO REALITY
A passenger spaceship aimed at taking those with a good amount of cash into the stars has taken another step towards service. Virgin owner Richard Branson says the six-passenger craft known as "SpaceShipTwo" completed its first rocket test flight Monday in California's Mojave Desert. Branson says more tests will be conducted to get the ship some 62 miles from earth with commercial service starting in about a year.
TONY NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING
The stage is being set for this year's Tonys. The Broadway community was up early this morning to hear the nominations announcement for the 67th Annual Tony Awards. Jesse Tyler Ferguson of ABC's "Modern Family" and Broadway star Sutton Foster will announce the nominees from New York City.
PLANES COLLIDE OVER CALIFORNIA
Two small planes collided over Ventura County, California yesterday afternoon... sending one plane plummeting into the mountains and killing a pilot. The other plane that had three people on board, was able to make an emergency landing on a golf course.