Tuesday, December 3, 2013

WHITE HOUSE TO PROMOTE AND GIVE UPDATE ON HEALTHCARE.GOV SITE
The White House will again be pushing the Affordable Care Act today.  President Obama is expected to make a speech this afternoon, to try and get everbody pumped up about the relaunch of the healthcare website, and to talk about what's being done to make it better.

SPEED A FACTOR IN SUNDAY'S TRAIN DERAILMENT IN BRONX
A new report by the National Transportation Safety Board shows the operator of the train that derailed in the Bronx may simply have not been paying attention.  Engineer William Rockefeller reportedly told investigators he "zoned out" as the Metro North Hudson line train was approaching a 30-mile-an-hour curve Sunday.  The train was going 82-miles-an-hour when it jumped the tracks, killing four people and injuring more than 60 others.

REPORT: NURSING SHORTAGE, AS WANNA BE STUDENTS TURNED AWAY 
Want to know what the hot new business may be? Opening nursing schools. Some state officials are saying there's not only a lack of nurses, but a lack of PLACES for them to train, so people who want to go to nursing school, are turned away. Often two thirds of applicants or more, told there's no room.

CYBER WEEK SALES UP. ONE-THIRD OF TRAFFIC FROM SMARTPHONES, TABLETS
Black Friday is over, Cyber Monday is over... sales were up 20% over last year's Cyber Monday...  by the way... but the shopping is not over. More than half of those who took part in a CareerBuilder.com poll say they'll be shopping online, at work, at least once in the next few weeks.

ZOMBIES ARE STILL HOT
AMC WORKING ON WALKING DEAD SPINOFF
And Zombies are still hot this year. Not only are there toy options showing up everywhere, like  kids' pellet guns with the zombie survival kit package. And the zombie series the Walking Dead is more popular than ever... ratings are higher than ever. And there are rumors that AMC is working on a spinoff of "The Walking Dead" that would be prequel to the current series.

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR CHOICE SCHOOLS
If you're hoping to get your child into a magnet or charter school, todays' the deadline to get that application in. You can get the info at mnps.org, or at Metro School's central office on Bransford.

STUDENT, TEACHERS DIAGNOSED WITH SCABIES
Uh-oh, something contagious going around at Hillwood High School. They're going through disinfections and cleanings there, after two Hillwood teachers and a student were diagnosed with Scabies over the Thanksgiving weekend. The itchy skin condition is highly contagious and spread through physical contact.

VIN DIESEL SPEAKS ABOUT CO-STAR KILLED IN CRASH THIS WEEKEND
"Fast and Furious" star Vin Diesel has made his first public comments about the death of his co-star Paul Walker. During a memorial yesterday,  Diesel  referred to Walker as his brother, and an angel. The actor died in a fiery crash over the weekend in California. Walker was apparently the passenger in a Porsche that crashed into a pole and burned. His racing team partner was driving. Police say speed was a factor in the crash, though there may also have been mechanical problems. Paul Walker was 40. The 7th Fast and Furious was only about halfway finished... so no word yet on how producers will deal with the death of its star.

CONGRESS ON PACE TO PASS FEWEST LAWS OF ANY CONGRESS IN HISTORY
The Congress that already has all-time low approval ratings is on pace to be the least productive in U.S. history. Since it convened in January, the 113th Congress has passed fewer than 60 new laws. At the current pace, that would make them end the year with the fewest new laws since official records were started in 1948.  

ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP WANTS RULING ON CHIMPANZEE
An animal rights group wants a court to rule that a chimpanzee is legally a person.  The Nonhuman Rights Project filed a motion in a New York court asking that a chimp named Tommy be recognized as a legal person, which would give him the right to liberty.  

TOP BABY NAMES
The list of top baby names for 2013 is out today.  The website BabyCenter.com lists Jackson as the top boy's name.  Among girls, Sophia is in the top spot for the fourth year in a row.  


TSA PRE-CHECK IN USE FOR BUSY HOLIDAY SEASON AT NASHVILLE AIRPORT
http://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck
If you flew out of the Nashville airport this weekend, you may have noticed some people getting to cut in front of you in line, walking straight up to the metal detectors and the screening area, and NOT having to take off their shoes, and undress. Those were probably people who had taken advantage of the new TSA Pre-check program. You pay a fee, the Transportation Safety Administration checks you out, in advance, and you breeze through security at the airport. 

MOBILE TECHNOLOGY BIG PART OF CYBER
All those smart phones and tablets were put to use this weekend, spending money.... Smartphones and tablets accounted for nearly a third of all Cyber Monday traffic.

BETTY WHITE PLAYS 'NUTCRACKER' ON LATE, LATE SHOW
Part of the fun of the holidays is all the holiday shows and TV specials. Tonight there's a new National Geographic show starring Betty White. It's called, "Betty Goes Wild." The 91-year-old stopped by the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson last night to promote it in her own unique way. Betty was dressed as a character from the Nutcracker Ballet. She joked that she had hit hard times and started dancing to make a little money.

SORRY I MUGGED YOU… 35 YEARS AGO
This is a very reflective time of year.  We look back on things, good memories, old loves, the time we MUGGED THAT GUY when we were a teenager! So this fellow, Michael, robbed another man 35 years ago: took his bus pass and his wallet. Michael got caught and did his time. But Michael says it's bothered him every day of his life since then. He recently FOUND the guy on Facebook and apologized. His victim, Claude Soffel, is now a life coach, and wrote Michael back, saying, "Clearly you're a, 'bigger man' today, so let us now, jointly, put this in its proper place, behind us." 

PHOTOS CAPTURE LUKE BRYAN DRINKING AND DRIVING
And before you fall for it, and get all in an uproar over singer Luke Bryan drinking and driving... yes, someone posted photos of him behind the wheel of his truck, with a beer in hand. But police say he was on his own property when the photos were taken... five months ago, and it's apparently not illegal to have a beer and drive on your own private property.

CAPITOL TREE LIT TONIGHT
http://www.trackthetree.com/
Tonight the 88-foot-tall Christmas tree outside the U.S. Capitol will be lit. Led lights. The tree was transported to the nation's capital all the way from Washington state.