Tuesday, February 26, 2013

SCIENTISTS SAY 72 IS THE NEW 30
Researchers say improvements to human longevity are making 72 the new 30. The study looked at how the odds of dying at specific ages have changed over time. They say the down side is the increase in life expectancy is leaving industrialized economies ill-prepared to handle the cost of providing retirement income to so many for a long period of time. The study is published in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States."

BLIZZARD LATEST
The National Weather Service says a blizzard of "crippling" and "historic" proportions is burying the Central U.S.  Kansas Texas and Oklahoma,
Airlines have cancelled more than 14-hundred flights because of the storm, and two airports in Texas were completely shut down.

MAN CAUGHT MAKING VIDEOS OF SCHOOL KIDS AND POSTING
Parents and students at Hume Fogg High School on Broadway were horrified to hear that a man had been making cell phone videos of the children at the school, then posting them online under captions like, 'Teen cutie leaving school,' and 'Teens at bus stop.' Cops say Earl Arnold, Jr, didn't break any laws, but when he said they could search his cellphone, they found pornographic photos of a child under 10, and arrested him. The videos taken of the high school girls were taken down from www.youtube.com and Arnold's account was terminated for violating terms of use.

LACK OF SLEEP LEADS TO HIGHER RISK OF DISEASE
A new study finds a lack of sleep can lead to a higher risk of diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.  The study (published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) found even a week of inadequate sleep can alter the activity of hundreds of genes in your body, shutting off those that renew and regenerate cells. You're supposed to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night to be your healthiest.

DWTS LINEUP ANNOUNCED
"Dancing With The Stars" has announced its season 16 lineup. The season premiere will be Monday, March 18th, on ABC. See the CELEBRITY LINEUP HERE.

WHAT'S JARED DOING NOW, 15 YEARS AFTER THE SUBWAY DIET?
And can you believe it's been 15 years since Jared lost all that weight and start promoting Subway? The young man's whole life changed at that point. Since then, Jared Fogle has become a mini-empire, starring in more than 300 Subway TV commercials; writing one autobiographical book and considering a second book aimed at children; emerging as a motivational speaker who pulls in $5,000 to $10,000 for personal appearances while amassing a net worth that may exceed $15 million. (Estimated by www.celebritynetworth.com).

SIXTH-GRADER WINS LAWSUIT OVER SCHOOL PHOTO
Remember your school photos? Wear your nice clothes, comb your hair, try not to get dirty at recess and still you get your photo back and there's a little something on your forehead? Like a THIRD EYE!? 
Tilde Nörgaard, a Swedish sixth grader, recently won a lawsuit against the company that produced her school photos, because hers came back with a third eye that had somehow been photo-shopped onto her forehead near her hairline. She's been awarded cash damages and a copy of the photo with the eye taken off.

IKEA SAYS NO HORSE MEAT IN MEATBALLS IN THE U.S.
You've probably heard the stories about horsemeat in meatballs at Ikea stores, so they're clarifying: yes, it did happen in some European stores, but not in stores in the U.S. Just so you'll know.

MINDY MCCREADY FUNERAL TODAY
A private funeral for singer Mindy McCready will be held today in Fort Myers, Florida. McCready was found dead at her home in Arkansas on February 17th.

METRO ANIMAL CONTROL SPEAKING OUT ABOUT EUTHANASIA CONTROVERSY
The Metro Animal Shelter is speaking out after an online petition was started... demanding reform for their euthanasia policy.
Last year, Davidson County Animal Control took in more than 10 thousand dogs and cats, they say only 1700 were considered adoptable after passing medical and temperament tests, and of those, 1200 were adopted. That means more than 9000 animals that went in, but didn't come out, which has people upset, though the shelter says what's happening is that they're forced to take any and all animals that come in, and they can't adopt sick, aggressive or injureded animals, or those whose owners have requested they be euthanised.

SEE THE PETITION HERE

NASHVILLE TEACHER KILLED IN CAR ACCIDENT 
McMurray Middle School kids and teachers are remembering a teacher who died this weekend. Police say 28 year-old Carol Lampley was on her way home from a Predators game when she died in a car wreck. Police say there's no evidence alcohol was involved, but she was not wearing a seatbelt. She leaves behind a husband and an 18-month-old baby.

TEEN DRIVER DEATHS UP
Teen driver deaths were up 19-percent in the first half of last year. No word yet why. The long-term decline in teen driver deaths coincided with a historic, although more gradual, decline in traffic fatalities overall. That decline also appears to have been arrested. A report last week by National Safety Council said traffic fatalities rose 5 percent last year. It's the first increase since 2004 to 2005.

PLUTO'S MOON MAY GET 'STAR TREK' NAME
SETI had been asking for name ideas for a moon around Pluto, and the overwhelming winner was "Vulcan" the name of the fictitious homeworld of "Star Trek's" Mister Spock. ( Vulcan got more than 174-thousand votes.)

MARRIED WITH CHILDREN CHILD IS MARRIED. AGAIN.
Christina Applegate, who got her big break in showbusiness on Married With Children, just got married. Again. She and her longtime boyfriend tied the knot this weekend. They already had a child together.
 
MAN CHARGED WITH FELONY FOR RELEASING BALLOONS
So, this guy in Florida was trying to do something romantic for his girlfriend, and he released 12 heart-shaped helium balloons into the sky over a Motel 6 parking lot. He got a hug. Then, he got arrested and charged with a felony. Under the Florida Air and Water Pollution Control Act, it's illegal to release balloons. They can travel hundredfs of miles, and often end up in the ocean where they're fatal to the sea turtles, birds, dolphins and whales that may eat them. (The balloons block the digestive tract, causing the animal to starve.)

TB OUTBREAK IN LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles police officers are being told to wear masks and take precautions in the Skid Row area due to a large tuberculosis outbreak.  LAPD say officers need to minimize face-to-face contact with people in the area as they deal with what some health officials are calling the largest TB outbreak in a decade.  Public health officials are searching for over 45-hundred people who may have been exposed to the disease.  The CDC has sent scientists to Los Angeles to help figure out how the tuberculosis cases are spreading and determine the steps needed to stop the outbreak.  So far, 80 cases of TB have been identified in the Skid Row area.  Eleven people have died from the disease in the region since 2007, most of them homeless people.

MAN ASSAULTS MURFRESBORO WOMAN IN HOME BREAK-IN
Police are looking for a man who broke into a Murfreesboro apartment and assaulted the woman there for nearly half an hour, as he searched for cash. The 42 year old woman says her 3 year-old baby was with her during the incident, but the child wasn't hurt.

ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY SINCE TRAYVON MARTIN DEATH
  People in New York City and Orlando, Florida are rallying today on the one year anniversary of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The Florida teenager was shot to death by George Zimmerman last year in an Orlando suburb.