Tuesday, December 17, 2013

PRESIDENT OBAMA ASKS TECHIES IF THEY CAN HELP FIX HEALTHCARE.GOV
President Obama will sit down today with the heavyweights of the tech world to see if they can help fix Healthcare.gov.  Obama will meet with executives from Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, and other leading technology companies to talk about ways to improve the government's healthcare website.  The October 1st rollout of www.Healthcare.gov was really messed up.   

SENATE TAKES UP BUDGET DEAL TODAY
The Senate will take up the big budget deal today.  The bipartisan deal passed the House last week... if it's approved by the Senate... it'll fund the federal government for two more years.  A procedural vote is expected today and a final vote could come tomorrow.

EXPERTS SAY NO HEALTH BENEFITS FROM MULTIVITAMINS
There's another report out on whether vitamins are good or bad. The latest editorial, published in the journal "Annals of Internal Medicine," the editorial claims that research does not show a health benefit to taking most vitamin supplements and that they don't seem to prevent death or disease. 
The editorial's authors are from Johns Hopkins University, the University of Warwick and the American College of Physicians. 

MEGA MILLIONS UP TO MORE THAN HALF A BILLION DOLLARS
Millions of Americans are lining up to take their shot at a Mega Millions jackpot worth more than half-a-billion dollars.  Tonight's big drawing will be worth at least 586-million dollars, with a lump sum payoff of $295 million. Lottery officials, however, say the jackpot is expected to actually go higher than 600 million dollars by the time tonight's drawing is held.
There's a page set up so you can see what your yearly income would be if you won that lottery: since it's paid out in an annuity. Odds are better that you'll become a movie star or be elected president, than that you'll win.

TONIGHT'S TV: VOICE FINALE
The Voice is nearly over for this season. OneRepublic performs on tonight's season finale, and the winner of the singing competition is chosen tonight on NBC.

TWO NASHVILLE STORES SHUT DOWN, OWNER CHARGED WITH SELLING ILLEGAL DRUGS
Metro police have padlocked two Nashville businesses and charged the owner of the stores with selling synthetic marijuana. The stores, Kwik Stop Super Mercado on Smith Springs road and Nashville Discount Tobacco and Beer on Dickerson pike, both are owned by the same man. Cops say the 36 year old sold 20 packages of the synthetic pot to an undercover officer.

WATERTOWN MAYOR'S SON ARRESTED IN METH BUST 
And the son of the mayor of Watertown has been arrested for making and possessing methamphetamine. He and another man were caught with all the supplies and the dope when they were pulled over for a registration violation in Lebanon.

ANTI-BACTERIAL SOAP INDUSTRY CHALLENGED BY FDA
If you want to stay healthy, stop touching your face.. and wash your hands with soap and water. That's been the advice for years. In the past few years we thought we'd maybe kill a few more germs and use anti-bacterial soap. Now the FDA says regular handwashing with regular soap is just as effective, and the antibacterial soap makers are being told to prove their ingredients are not harmful. Recent studies suggest the ingredient triclosan in anti-bacterials could interfere with human hormone activity.
  
NSA SURVEILLANCE PROBABLY ILLEGAL
A federal judge says the National Security Agency's sweeping electronic surveillance program is probably illegal.  The judge ruled yesterday that the program that collects massive amounts of information on who's calling whom appears to violate the Fourth Amendment against unreasonable searches.  

FACEBOOK STARTS VIDEO ADS THIS WEEK
I hate those video pop-up ads that start when you open a page on a website! And, guess what: Facebook starts those video ads THIS week. They'll just play, automatically, in your newfeed starting Thursday. 

FACEBOOK ADDING CLICK TO DONATE
Facebook is also starting something that'll help non-profits, as well as add to the company's database of information. They're letting non-profits and fundraisers add "click to donate" buttons on their pages. That makes it easy for you to give to your favorite charity, but it also gives Facebook a larger base of information about its users with credit cards attached to their accounts.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS SET TO EXPIRE END OF YEAR
If you've been on the EXTENDED unemployment for months and months... the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development wants to make sure you know those extended federal unemployment payments are over. They end at the end of this year. You'll go back to getting what the rest of Tenensseans are eligible for, the standard, state-paid, 26 weeks of benefits.  If you need a job, you can go to Jobs4TN.gov. That's jobs-the number 4-tn.gov, where they say they've got mroe than 90,000 jobs listed. You can also get help there with job placement, training referral, Internet access, and other workshops.

TECH EXECUTIVES WANT LIMITS ON SURVEILLANCE
Technology executives are expected to press their case for new limits on government surveillance when they meet with President Obama Tuesday.  Some 15 corporate leaders, including those from Apple, Google and Facebook are looking to curb the ability of the NSA to collect emails, address books and other communications of users around the globe. 

TRUMP FOR GOVERNOR?
Donald Trump says he is nearing a decision on whether he will seek the Republican nomination for governor of New York.  Trump is being recruited by a group of GOP state lawmakers who are hoping he will challenge Governor Andrew Cuomo.

BINGE VIEWING NOT SOLITARY
And binge viewing isn't necessarily a solitary activity. 51 percent of people who say they stream several episodes of a particular show at a time, say they've saved them to watch with at least one other person.