Tuesday, July 2, 2013

FEWER TRAVELING THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND
What are you doing this weekend? AAA Travel reports fewer of us are traveling this weekend, but it seems to be because the fourth falls on a Thursday, and many of us have to get back to work on Friday.
You know what that means, right? Nobody's going to get anything done on Friday except talk about the fireworks, and how tired they are. 

FIREWORKS RETAILERS TO WATCH FOR SUSPICIOUS-ACTING BUYERS
As you make your weekend plans, even though we have a chance of rain on July 4th, firefighters say you should have a fire extinguisher, and the hose, nearby. Every year there are fires started by fireworks, and almost always, injuries -- mostly small children are hurt. Doctors say you should NEVER give your child a sparkler. They can cause serious burns and eye injuries.
    And Fireworks retailers are being urged to be on the lookout for suspicious-acting buyers. Since the Boston Marathon Bombings, officials have increased their attention to all things explosive. The National Explosives Task Force says fireworks sellers should watch for customers who ask for commercial grad fireworks or ask how to take apart of modify the regular ones they buy. 

NO MORE CARDBOARD IN NASHVILLE TRASH
When you're bagging up your trash from this weekend, keep in mind we're no longer supposed to put cardboard in the trash cans in Nashville. You're supposed to recycle it. 

PRESIDENT WRAPS UP HIS POWER AFRICA TOUR
President Obama is winding up his three-nation tour of Africa.  He's been there talking about a new plan called "Power Africa," an initiative to invest $7 billion in U.S. taxpayer money to help bring electricity to sub-Saharan Africa. He says our country will benefit by helping THEM reach their potential.

HEALTH: NIGHT SHIFT WORKERS MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP CANCER
Women who work the night shift for 30 years or more could be twice as likely to develop breast cancer. Canadian researchers think artificial lighting interferes with certain chemicals in your body and triggers the growth of tumors. The artificial light upsets your body's natural sleep cycles and hormone activity.

BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG COMMEMORATION UNDERWAY
200-thousand people are expected in Pennsylvania this week to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

AMERICANS LESS HEALTHY THAN THEY THINK
A new study finds most of us are in denial about our own health. Aetna surveyors found that 67% of us think we need to lose 25 pounds. Actually it's more like 50, to be healthy. And more than half of us think we can be healthy even if we're overweight. Overweight is the opposite of healthy. (Everything has to work harder, you're closer to getting cancer, blowing out your knees, having a heart attack, stroke, dementia and dying early.)

ARIZONA FIRE
This deadly fire blazing in Arizona is not likely to be the last firefighters deal with there. 75% of the state is under severe drought, or worse. As of this morning the Yarnell Hill fire was zero percent contained. It killed 19 firefighters on Sunday, 14 of whom were in their 20s. 

SNOWDEN LOOKING FOR ANOTHER SANCTUARY
Edward Snowden is giving up his request for asylum in Russia. The former national security contractor’s employee abandoned his request after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned him to stop leaking information about U.S. surveillance if he wanted to stay.  

NASHVILLE CHILDREN'S THEATRE REACHES GOAL
The Nashville Children's Theatre is thanking everyone who helped it reach its fundraising goal. The non-profit was about 70 grand short of making budget, and says it would have had to cut programs to put on free shows for schoolkids, among other things. 

CMA CEO STEPS DOWN
Steve Moore, the CEO of the Country Music Association is resigning after nearly four years, to "pursue other other opportunities." 

MAN OF STEEL DATING BIG BANG BABE
Henry Cavill's love life just got super-charged with Big Bang's babe! After his 10-month relationship with actress Gina Carano  fizzled in May, the Man of Steel hunk, 30, is now dating Kaley Cuoco, sources reveal exclusively to Us Weekly . "They are totally hot for each other," a pal says of the British actor and Big Bang Theory starlet, 27, who split with musician Bret Bollinger this past winter. Although the movie and TV stars are keeping the romance hush-hush for now, Cuoco dropped a major hint to her 1.4 million Twitter followers June 14: Tweeting a photo of herself gazing adoringly at a Man of Steel poster, she urged her fans to see the mega-successful Superman reboot. "It's fantastic in every way," she raved.

TEXAS MEGAPREACHER ASKS CONGREGATION FOR 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR HELICOPTER MAINTENANCE
Bishop I.V. Hilliard of the New Light Christian Church has his Texas congregation talking after he sent out a newsletter asking his congregation for a special donation so that he could replace the blades on his helicopter. The Bishop flies back and forth to his six church locations, and says the helicopter needs maintenance like any other vehicle, and suggested to congregants that when they sow "a $52 transportation favor seed believing in 52 days or 52 weeks you will experience breakthrough favor!"

CHER SAYS TOM CRUISE ONE OF TOP FIVE LOVERS
Cher says Katie's ex-husband Tom Cruise has some serious bedroom skills. "I've had just the greatest lovers ever! He was in the top five."

AVRIL LAGIGNE MARRIES
After a big pre-wedding party weekend in in Cannes, France, Avril Lavigne and her fiance Chad Kroeger were officially married yesterday.

ASHTON AND DEMI SAY THEY WILL MARRY
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are quietly telling friends that, yes, some day, they will get married.

RUBEN STUDDARD TO STAR ON 'THE BIGGEST LOSER'
Ruben Studdard is returning to the world of reality TV.  The season two "American Idol" champ has been confirmed as one of the contestants on the upcoming 15th season of "The Biggest Loser," according to "The Hollywood Reporter."  Studdard will be the first famous face to compete on the original NBC weight loss program.  The singer, who earned the nickname of the "Velvet Teddy Bear" during his 2003 season on "Idol," has spoken about his weight issues in the past.  The 35-year-old told "People" that he wants to make an effort to be healthy as his family "has a history of high blood pressure, diabetes and heart-related issues."  The magazine says that Ruben started putting on weight again after his divorce last year.  "The Biggest Loser" will return to NBC in the fall.