Wednesday, June 19, 2013

FIRES IN WESTERN UNITED STATES
Hot temperatures plus high winds are making it difficult for fire crews to gain the upper hand on wildfires throughout the Western United States. The most devastating is still the Black Forest Fire in Colorado.
In Arizona, a wildfire burning about 100 miles north of Phoenix grew to five-thousand acres in just a matter of hours yesterday.

GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE STOPPED TERROR PLOTS
The National Security Agency is explaining its surveillance efforts, and said in a House hearing that it's helped agents stop more than 50 terror plots since 9-11, including plans to blow up New York City subways and the New York Stock Exchange. 

OHIO DAYCARE WORKER DRUGGED CHILDREN WITH SPIKED PANCAKES
An Ohio woman is facing six counts of endangering children after she allegedly drugged the children she kept at her home daycare to make them sleep. The 37 year old put melatonin and benedryl in the little kids' pancakes, including those she fed to her own two-year-old.

HEALTH: OBESITY NOW CLASSIFIED AS DISEASE
Obesity is more than a health issue, it's now classified as a disease by the American Medical Association. That's expected to dramatically change the way the medical community handles it, and could mean treatments to prevent it or cure it, could be covered by health insurance. About one in three people in America are overweight or obese.

ALARM CLOCK SHREDS YOUR MONEY TILL YOU GET OUT OF BED
Are you the kind of person who has a really hard time waking up in the morning? There's a new alarm clock that may work for you. It's a combination alarm clock/paper shredder. You load it the night before with money: say, a 5 or a 10 -- or a 20 if you need some extra motivation -- and when the clock goes off, if you don't get up and turn it off immediately, it shreds the cash.
         
PARENTS OF CHILD WHO DIED IN HOT CAR SPEAK OUT TO PREVENT OTHER DEATHS
What do you do after you accidentally cause your baby's death by leaving him in a hot car? Local mom Stephanie Gray is coping by trying to keep it from happening to other kids. Last August, she dropped off three of her children at school, and thought she'd dropped off baby Joel at daycare. She realized her mistake later that day, when it was too late.
She and her husband are encouraging all parents to put something that they'll need for the day into the back seat with their kids, like one of your shoes! 38 kids die each year from being left in hot cars.

U.S. PREPARES FOR TALKS WITH TALIBAN
The U.S. is preparing for formal talks tomorrow with the Taliban. Talks that could, hopefully, lead to the end of the war in Afghanistan.  

DONOR MATCHING RESCUE MISSION DONATIONS
For a lot of us, doing something about the homeless means we roll up the car windows and lock the door when we pull up to a corner where a homeless person is selling a newspaper.
One local person, who wants to remain anonymous, is offering to try and help as many homeless people as possible by matching donations made to the Nashville Rescue Mission through the end of this month, up to a possible 150-thousand dollars. 

OREGON OFFICIALS MAY USE HORSES AS 'BLOODHOUNDS' IN SEARCH AND RESCUE
Some women in Oregon are leading a movement to get horses involved in search and rescue operations, and not just as transportation. They say horses have a great sense of smell and can be used in the same manner as bloodhounds. Horses also have a height advantage to catch scents on the wind. The women got their local sheriff's attention with a demonstration in which a horse sniffed out a volunteer hidden on a 13 acre tract of land in just 3 minutes.

HEALTH: AMA WANTS TO BAN MARKETING ENERGY DRINKS TO KIDS
The American Medical Association wants a ban on marketing energy drinks to children. The AMA says high-caffeine beverages can cause heart problems and other health issues -- especially in kids under 18 -- and that children shouldn't be targeted with the sales pitches. Teenagers, who tend to stay up late, are a large part of the market for energy drinks and coffees.
The AMA provides medical and public health recommendations and lobbies government. Any ban on advertising would have to be legislated or enacted by Congress, state governments or a regulatory agency. The industry could also agree to a voluntary policy limiting marketing.

CHRYSLER AGREES TO PARTIAL RECALL, STILL SAYS JEEPS THAT HAVE KILLED 51 PEOPLE ARE SAFE
After initially defying federal regulators, Chrysler executives changed their mind and agreed to recall some of the older model Jeeps that have fuel tanks that could rupture and cause fires in rear-end collisions. So far 51 people have died in fiery crashes in the Jeeps with those tanks behind the rear axle.

NBA PLAYOFFS GO TO GAME SEVEN
The NBA Playoffs are going to game seven. The best of seven series between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs is tied at three games each, and game seven is tomorrow night in Miami.

MAJORITY OF AMERICANS LIKE GIVING, RECEIVING GIFT CARDS
And next time you're agonizing over what to give someone, this may help you: a new survey finds 70% of people say they feel  "very satisfied" when they get a gift card. And 91-percent intend to give someone a gift card in the next three months.

DID YOU WATCH BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS?
Is it an annual tradition for you to watch the Boston Pops fireworks concert on TV? Apparently that's become a thing of the past. So, for the first time in over 20 years, CBS will not be putting the July 4th Boston Pops Fireworks show on national TV.

WINNER, AND CHER'S TV RETURN ON THE VOICE
The Voice has a new winner!  Danielle Bradbery is The Voice.
The 16-year-old country singer from Cypress, Texas, triumphed in the fourth-season finale of the NBC singing competition, winning the viewer vote Tuesday over the other two finalists: Michelle Chamuel, 26, and the Swon Brothers, Colton, 24, and Zach, 27.
Chamuel finished second and the Swon Brothers came in third.

CHER ON LAST NIGHT'S 'THE VOICE'

And even though it's been more than ten years since Cher's last live performance or her last album... fans say the 67 year old did a great job on last night's season finale, performing "Woman's World," her first single from her new album.