Public File 2010
If you didn't know there was a census this year.. You will after today. The bureau is
rolling out a 340 million dollar media campaign blitz. Starting with a road tour kicking
off in Times Square. The tour will crisscross more than 150-thousand miles nationwide
through April to promote the benefits of completing the census. It's the most money ever
spent on pimping the census.
Keeping us safe in the skies and all around! President Obama is set to unveil some key
changes today on national security; he'll continue meetings today, like the one last night
concerning the attempted plane attack. With 20 fellow top officials on how to prevent a
repeat of the botched Christmas day attack on a Detroit plane. The white house says some
of the changes will include 'upgrading' the infamous terrorist "watch list".
President Obama says the U.S. will stop transferring Gitmo detainees to Yemen, in light
of the botched Christmas day terror attack on a Detroit plane. The white house also says
Yemen isn't capable of handing more detainees right now. He also said that the
administration is still committed to closing the facility.
01/07/2010 The grand jury received new information concerning the Nigerian man
accused of trying to blow up a plane in Detroit on Christmas. Sources are saying, border
patrol found out about his suspected terror ties while he was on the plane. The L.A.
Times is reporting agents planned to question the suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab
when he landed. But had they found out about it sooner, he could have been questioned in
Amsterdam before he boarded the plane.
01/08/2010 Four people are dead and five are hurt after a worker at a transformer
manufacturing company opened fire on his co-workers and then turned the gun on
himself. Cops say the shooter; Timothy Hendron was part of a group of employees who
were suing ABB over retirement benefits.
01/11/2010 First New York City cuts out Trans fat, then they made restaurant chains
show calorie counts on menus, now Mayor Michael Bloomberg is going after salt nation
wide. Bloomberg is set to unveil new plans today to encourage food manufacturers and
restaurants to stop shaking the salt. He wants to cut salt by 25 percent over the next five
years, and has received support from other cities and states.
01/12/2010 Unfortunate numbers from the department of veterans affairs have been
issued and the number of vets taking their own lives went up 26 percent from 2005 to
2007. Officials say most of them served in Iraq and Afghanistan. They did however
release a 'little bit' of good news... vets who used the department's health care were less
likely to kill themselves.
01/13/2010 The National Defense Department's report on the Fort Hood shootings isn't
due out until tomorrow, but we're getting a sneak peak today. D.O.D says suspected
shooter Major Nidal Hasan, was promoted despite his supervisor's concerns about his
extremist views on Islam and odd behavior. The report will also show that the military
and a terrorism task force didn't share information to determine if he was threat.
01/14/2010 The devastation in Haiti continues. Rescue workers in Haiti are struggling
this morning to clear the rubbles as they look for more people trapped in debris. Officials
estimate that more than 100,000 people have died in the 7.0 initial quake. The capitol
city, Port-Au-Prince has been destroyed as well as most hospitals. About 3 million
people, one-third of Haiti’s population, were affected by the quake in some way. Because
of the devastation caused by the act of nature, the World Bank has promised
$100,000,000 in emergency aid.
01/15/2010 It’s a big day on Capitol Hill; congressional leaders hope to reach an
agreement on a ‘final’ healthcare bill today. President Obama and the Democrats met
yesterday to hammer out the details surrounding the Bill. They won the support from the
labor union for a revised tax on high-cost insurance plans, if this Bill passes more than 30
million uninsured Americans would get coverage.
01/18/2010 Martin Luther King jr’s F.B.I. file made public? Well if it was left up to
Senator John Kerry it would be. Kerry will announce a bill this week that addresses the
issue of releasing thousands of F.B.I. documents on the life and death of Doctor King.
The bill calls for creating a Martin Luther King record collection at the National
Archives, it will include all government records related to King, and it will also require
that they create a review board oversee the process.
01/19/2010 Due to the devastation that has befallen Haiti; the Federal Government just
announced it will ease the requirements for adoption from Haiti. The State Department is
working with the Department of Homeland Security to clear the red tape for nearly 300
pending adoption cases. 200 of these cases have already been accelerated and 24 children
have been placed with American families.
01/20/2010 Haiti Update Since last weeks initial quake over 72,000 bodies have been
found, with over an expected death toll of 200,000 and as of late, 28 Americans are also
confirmed dead. In an effort to help over 12,000 U.S. troops, and 3,500 U.N.
Peacekeepers have been dispatched to Haiti to aid in the devastation that has taken place.
01/21/2010 The Justices are meeting in an unscheduled session to issue opinions about
campaign dollars. Normally the High Court schedule these sessions months in advance,
but nothing has been normal about how they’ve been handling the campaign finance case
to undo limits on corporate spending.
01/22/2010 Big Bank vs. White House Congress will decide to debate President Obama’s
new banking rules. If approved, banks won’t be able to use the normal public’s deposits
to speculate on Wall Street, meaning they would have to have more cash on hand. If
passed, this will limit how influential banks can be.
01/25/2010 Many question if job depression is at its most evident with the nations largest
retailer slashing more than 11,000 jobs at its Sam’s Clubs. The chain is getting rid of
about 1,200 membership recruiting jobs and 10,000 product demonstration jobs. But the
good news is that the company is set to hire just as many positions as was laid off.
01/26/2010 President Obama seeks to put a three year freeze on spending. The freeze will
include all funding for education and health systems, but exclude the Department of
Defense and Homeland Security. The White House believes that in implementing this
freeze, over 250 billion dollars will be saved.
01/27/2010 Hunger in America. New numbers show that one in every five households ran
out of money to buy food at least once last year. The Food Research and Addiction
Center wants the Federal Government to do more to help keep food on American
01/28/2010 President Obama’s first State of the Union, the President’s main concerns in
his address was small business, heath care, jobs, and unemployment. All topics that got
President Obama elected into the White House, during his historical presidential race.
01/29/2010 The Pentagon has a plan for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. The Defense
Secretary Robert Gates just announced that preliminary steps must be taken ‘inside the
military’ before congress can develop a plan concerning the rights of gays to serve openly
in the military.
02/01/2010 Toyota the car company known for its reliability and practicality has started a gas
pedal recall on over 2.5 million cars in the U.S. and over 8 million worldwide. Toyota states that
they will be suspending production for at least a week.
02/02/2010 President Obama’s team is breaking down the numbers for congress on the
President’s new 3.8 trillion dollar budget today. If approved, those on Social Security would get
another $250.00 check, American’s unemployment benefits will be extended, also 3 billion will be
given to education, 1 billion to upgrade the ‘No Child Left Behind’ program, another year of tax
credits for the middle-class, $400.00 for singletons, and $800.00 for couples. The budget has a
high public approval rating, but many factors concerning the budget remains unseen.
02/03/2010 President Obama’ top military man will present his plan on how to rollback ‘Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell’. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to call for no longer discharging people
who are sexually “outed” by others. Gates was interested on creating a military counsel to work
out all details concerning the plan.
02/04/2010 Violence against women is the new topic on the table for the Senate. The Senate
Foreign Relations Committee wants to increase funding for shelters, as well as other domestic
violence and sexual assault victims. If approved, the act would also help prevent and respond to
violence against women and girls in crisis situations, like the Haiti earthquake.
02/05/2010 The eleven year Space Station Project coming to an end! The countdown is on for the
final night-time-shuttle launch. The endeavor will blast off from Kennedy Space Station just after
4:30 a.m. Sunday morning. The shuttle will haul a new room full of life support equipment and
another room with a lot of windows to the International Space Station.
02/08/2010 The final countdown! While you were sleeping, space shuttle endeavor lit up the sky
in NASA’s last nighttime launch. The six members of the crew blasted into space just after 4:00
a.m. this morning to deliver an observatory to the International Space Station. There remain only
four launches left for the shuttle program.
02/09/2010 Toyota officially announced a recall this morning on thousands of its Prius and Lexus
hybrid cars due to brake problems. The company is recalling 133,000 Prius hybrids and 14,500
Lexus H-S 250H vehicles in the United States alone. The recall is also spreading to Europe,
bringing the total to 437,000 recalled vehicles worldwide.
02/10/2010 New numbers from Haiti this morning arrived, almost a month after the quake; the
government has updated the death toll to around 230,000, with bodies still being counted. This
toll does not victims buried by their families or in private ceremonies. Also a new poll was taken
showing 60% of Haitians lost a love one in the disaster.
02/11/2010 Honda has joined the ranks of the recall club. Honda has added 440,000 cars
worldwide to its recall list this morning, bringing the total to 950,000 cars being recalled because
of faulty airbags. The list of cars include; 2001 and 2002 Accord, Civic, Odyssey, CR-V, Pilot and
the 2002 Acura T-L and C-L. A total of 11 people have been injured so far in the United States
due to these airbags.
02/12/2010 The late Ted Kennedy's son says he's done with politics this morning. Patrick
Kennedy just announced he won't be running for a 9th term. The Rhode Island representative
says his life has taken a new direction. But that he'll continue to fight for those suffering from
depression, addiction, autism and PTSD.
02/15/2010 New info this morning about the Alabama college professor charged with murder
after shooting six co-workers. Amy Bishop was investigated, but never charged in an attempted
mail bombing when she worked at Harvard 17 years ago. She also shot and killed her 18 year old
brother in 1986 but it was ruled an accident. Cops haven't confirmed a motive in last Friday’s
shooting that killed three people.
02/16/2010 Big news for the war on terror this morning, one of Osama Bin Laden's friends has
been captured. The Taliban's top military leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, was taken down in
Pakistan during a secret mission by Pakistani and American forces. He's now being questioned,
specifically about Osama Bin Laden's whereabouts.
02/17/2010 Aspirin could be the next best defense against breast cancer. A new Harvard
Medical School study shows, aspirin reduced the risk of breast cancer spreading by 60% in
survivors who took it two to five days a week. Popping aspirin also lowered the risk of dying by
71-percent. Most of the women in the study were already taking aspirin to prevent heart attacks
02/18/2010 President Obama will meet with the Dalai Lama at the White House today… even
though china is pouting about it. They says the meeting could do more harm than good to
already strained ties between the two countries. Why should we care what China feels? Well…
Team Obama needs Beijing's help in dealing with Iran and North Korea's nuclear issues, we also
need their help to improve the world's economy. By the way, all U.S. Presidents since 1990 have
met the Dalai Lama.
02/19/2010 The head honcho of Toyota is about to get grilled. Ah-Kee-Oh, head of Toyota has
agreed to meet with Congress next Wednesday to explain the company’s safety problems. The
auto maker has recalled more then 6,000,000 vehicles in the U.S. alone for problems involving
accelerator pedals becoming stuck.
02/22/2010 It looks like Toyota executives gave themselves a big pat on the back for cutting
costs on safety. The memo written by a Toyota executive, bragged about saving 100 million
dollars in 2007 by getting the Feds to 'ok' just replacing floor mats for the Camry and Lexus E-S
as a solution to the sticky gas pedals. Other memos allege Toyota knew about the problem in
2003, five years before they told the feds.
02/23/2010 It's a showdown between President Obama and insurance companies on Capital Hill.
Obama wants to limit rate hikes, just one of many details of a new health care overhaul plan he'll
announce today. The proposal would give the Feds power to deny extraordinary premium
increases, roll them back or even demand consumer rebates. This plan comes after some
insurance companies have hiked premiums as much as 39 percent recently. Lawmakers from
both sides are set to meet Thursday in a televised summit. They'll be mulling over Obama's
ideas that include; coverage for over 31 million Americans, more money for people to buy
insurance, and keeping insurers rates hikes down. The plan does not include a public option.
02/24/2010 Voting day! Senators will be busy voting on the jobs bill today. The bill has been
scaled-down to a 15 billion dollar plan that includes exemptions in payroll taxes and tax breaks for
businesses to buy new equipment. Majority leader Harry Reid also wants a separate bill to extend
unemployment benefits before they expire Sunday.
02/25/2010 After passing the jobs bill yesterday, Senators are now putting together an
unemployment benefits, state aid, and tax break package to hit the floor next week. Senate
Democrats are also in works of getting a bill together to boost small business lending by using the
leftover bailout money
02/26/2010 Vice President Joe Biden will unveil a new plan to protect your hard earned money
into your golden years. Biden will announce a plan today that'll help protect workers' retirement
savings accounts from conflicts of interest of financial advisers who manage their 401(k)s and
individual retirement accounts.
03/01/2010 Starting today no more federal unemployment benefits for more than one million
people, all because of Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning held up the vote. “I'm trying to make a point
to the people of the United States of America” he believes extending the benefits would only
increase the American deficit. Another vote is set this week.
03/02/2010 President Obama is flexing his guns to get the job done when it comes to healthcare.
His health care strategy comes out tomorrow. The White House says the President is backing an
"up or down vote" if needed. And word is, the House will pass the Senate bill and send it to
Obama. A package of changes would then be passed under reconciliation rules with only 51
03/03/2010 The D.C. courthouse is expecting long lines today as same-sex couples can officially
'apply' to get married. After they apply, couples have to wait a full three days before they walk
down the aisle. But there is a storm cloud brewing; a small group of people say the same-sex
decision should have been left up to voters, now they trying to get it on a future ballot.
03/04/2010 President Obama has made his final offer, outlining his health care plan. He says the
country is ready to get it done. “They are waiting for us to act. They are waiting for us to lead.
And as long as I hold this office, I intend to provide that leadership” Obama wants a vote within
the next few weeks. He also says he supports reconciliation, which could pass the bill with only
03/05/2010 Update on that pentagon shootout, the metro station is closed this morning as cops
investigate. The suspect involved in the shootout has died at the hospital; cops say 46 year old
John Patrick Bedell was trying to get inside the building when he opened fire right at the entrance
near the Pentagon Metro Station. Two security officers were grazed, but managed to fire back,
killing him. No word yet on why he opened fire.
03/08/2010 Defense top dog Robert Gates is in Afghanistan today meeting with his
commanders. This is taking place as the U.S. intelligence at home is trying to confirm if an
American militant suspect was taken down in Pakistan. Pakistani officials have contradicted each
other on whether the man is 31-year old Adam Gadahn from California. But one thing is for sure,
he's a big dog in Al-Qaida's I.T. department and appears in videos threatening the U.S.
03/09/2010 Shooting near school… One Ohio State University Employee is dead and two other
employees are hospitalized after an early morning shooting in a building near campus. The cops
say the shooter "is in custody." All Ohio State students have been notified of the incident by
email... But cops say the campus is secure and classes will be held today.
03/10/2010 Senators should be 'voting on the 140 billion dollar bill to extend jobless benefits
sometime this week. It also includes several tax cuts that are set to expire soon; like cuts for
teachers who buy school supplies out of their own pockets, cuts for small businesses that pay
workers called to active duty and cuts for restaurants and business improvements.
03/11/2010 The job bill got passed. House leaders will tackle the newly passed jobs bill from the
senate this week. The 149 billion dollar plan would extend unemployment benefits and healthcare
dollar to the end of 2010, businesses would get 25 billion in tax breaks that expired last year, and
states would get 25 billion to cover Medicaid.
03/12/2010 If you're taking a road trip this weekend… here's some good news to keep in mind.
Traffic deaths are down from last year to the lowest lever since 1954. Highway deaths dropped to
just under 34 thousand, the Feds say that while this is exciting news, far too many people are still
dying on the roads. Road safety advocates agree, saying that it takes three years of steady
decreases before you can say that the roads are safer.
03/15/2010 Healthcare will be brewing a storm of controversy on Capitol Hill this week. The
White House is confident, saying, this is the 'final' countdown to passing the reform heath care
bill. President Obama is heading to Strongsville, Ohio today for a third campaign-style
appearance to drum up support. But word is… There still aren't enough votes to pass the bill.
03/16/2010 It's now up to Congress to upgrade the Bush era “no child left behind” program. After
President Obama outlined how he wants to improve schools, his blueprint calls for all students to
meet "college and career-ready" standards by 2020. Annual tests will not just be in reading and
math, schools will be rewarded on progress, not just achievement, and principals at the lowest
performing schools will be replaced.
3/17/2010: Brake problems in some Hondas are forcing 412,000 vehicles to be recalled.
3/18/2010: Barack Obama has given Democrats a March 18th deadline for the House to pass the
Senate version of a healthcare reform bill.
3/19/2010: Should husbands give their wives a salary for housework?
3/22/2010: His Bedtime Body Language. The position your guy sleeps in most often can reveal
surprising clues to his personality, relationship M.O., and deepest sexual desires. We crack the
3/23/2010: 10 states are lined up to sue over reform. The attorney generals form Florida,
alabama, nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and
Washington are upset about the bill requiring people to buy health insurance.
3/24/2010: 10 Places NOT to Use Your Debit Card. Debit cards have different protections and
uses. Sometimes they're not the best choice. Sometimes reaching for your wallet is like a multiple
choice test: How do you really want to pay?
3/25/2010: Defense secretary Robert Gates will announce today new changes for 'don't ask, don't
tell' that will protect gay troops.One will be.. outings by third parties may no longer be automatic
grounds for separation.. especially if the person making the claim has a grudge against the
suspected gay member. Gates' changes can be put in place without congressional approval.
3/26/2010: A new study shows Breast Cancer Survivors can have children after battling the
disease and won't be at any higher risk of dying from cancer.
3/29/2010: True Dating Confession: "I Secretly Wish My Boyfriend Would Lose Weight"
3/30/2010: Should moms do their kid’s college application work?
3/31/2010: A federal bond hearing will be held this afternoon in Michigan for the nine members of
Hutaree, a radical militia facing charges including seditious conspiracy and attempting to use
weapons of mass destruction. the small group of anti-government extremists, which had twice
previously helped cops search for missing people, were arrested over the weekend by the f-b-i for
planning to levy war against the U.S.
04/01/2010 President Obama will be in Portland, Maine, today defending the new health care
law... But it's not healthcare that Obama's getting flack for this morning. Environmentalists are
fuming over Obama's decision to allow oil and gas drilling in some Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico
waters. They say it goes too far, republicans say not far enough! Meanwhile the latest U.S.A.
today--gallup poll finds 50% of Americans would not currently support Obama's reelection, 46%
say they would. Then again, the average approval rating of the top Congressional leaders of both
parties hovers in the low 30's!
04/02/2010 Federal prosecutors are fighting to keep eIght Michigan militia members of Hutaree
behind bars while awaiting trial, calling them, "a dark-hearted group with evil intentions." They're
accused of plotting to kill cops and start a war against the U.S. But their Court-appointed defense
attorneys say the government lacks enough evidence against them to keep them locked up. The
Judge in the case is expected to rule before the Easter holiday.
04/05/2010 Has the Tiger scandal blown over? Tiger tees off in Augusta, this after his surprise
roll up to the course yesterday for a round on the back nine. But at two this afternoon Woods will
finally answer questions from the media. Hopefully he got some t.v. training so he won't look so
stiff in front of the cameras this time.
04/06/2010 Officials have 'stopped' the search for four missing miners in West Virginia because
the air conditions are just too dangerous. Instead they'll be boring holes in the mine for the next
two day to allow the methane to escape. Officials have confirmed 25 miners died in the explosion
at the Upper Big Branch Mine about 30 miles south of Charleston, West Virginia. But the missing
miners could have breathing devices and make their way to safety chambers that have even food
and oxygen for four days. No word on what caused the explosion, but it is the latest in a string of
problems for the Massey energy company which runs the mine. It's been fined for several
incidents at its 44 facilities.
04/07/2010 What was the cause behind the collapse of the mine? While investigators try to
pinpoint what caused the blast, experts say the mine has a shady safety record. The Upper Big
Branch mine has had 124 safety violations so far this year; two of them were slapped on Monday
before the blast. The violations include ventilation, dust, and too much methane gas violations.
There were more than 500 safety violations in 2009 and the company shelled out more than
$900,000 in fines.
04/08/2010 President Obama just made history… He just signed a big nuclear arms treaty with
Russia. The new 'Start' treaty will cut both countries nuclear arsenal by about a third. But it also
sends a strong message that Russia and the U.S., which owns more than 90% of the world's
nuclear weapons between them, are serious about a nukes-free world.
04/09/2010 As President Obama heads back home today after signing the arms deal with
Russia… the fight begins with the Senate to get them to approve it. Republican senators are
worried about three things; whether the agreement is verifiable, does it make us weaker and is
the administration committed to preserving our own weapons stash. The deal needs a two-thirds
04/12/2010 Keep nukes away from terrorists! That's the message today and tomorrow as
President Obama hosts world leaders asking them to join the fight against nuclear terrorism.
Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been greeting several international leaders at
the White House all weekend. 47 nations will be at the summit, possibly being the biggest
gathering of world leaders in the U.S. since 1945.
04/13/2010 Top dogs from the U.S. State Department are heading to Russia today to push
officials there to continue to allow Americans to adopt Russian kids. This comes after outrage
after a Tennessee woman decided to ship her adopted seven-year-old boy back to Russia alone,
with a note saying, the boy was psychotic and tried to set their home on fire. No word yet on if
she'll be charged.
04/14/2010 We're keeping an eye on the developing story out of China this morning, were
several strong earthquakes killed 400 people in the West Central area. At least 10,000 people
have been hurt and many more are trapped in the collapsed houses made of mud and wood
that’s common in the area. The strongest quake registered 6-point-9 magnitude.
04/15/2010 Good news for the 200,000 people who lost their unemployment benefits last
week! The senate cleared the final hurdle on extending the benefits last night and the bill is
expected to be pass today or tomorrow. The people benefitong from this are set to get more than
300 bucks a week from the feds.
04/16/2010 The kidnapping charges against nine American missionaries once held in Haiti have
been dropped this morning. As you may remember, the group involved claimed they were trying
to help children get adopted after the massive earthquake. But the group's leader, Laura Silsby is
still in a Haitian jail and she faces prosecution.
04/19/2010 Toyota will cut a big check for not telling the feds about the sticky gas pedals. The
feds say the automaker agreed to pay it's 16.4 million dollar fine. Meanwhile, the company is
sending out another recall, this time for 600,000 Sienna minivans. It says the spare tire carrier-
cable could rot, causing the spare to fall off. This is for Siennas made since 1998.
04/20/2010 It's official… Toyota is recalling the 2010 Lexus gx 460. The automaker 'suspended'
sales last week after consumer reports issued a 'do not buy' due to rollover problems. Now
Toyota says Lexus dealers will update the software for the vehicle stability control. All dealers
should have the upgrades in house by the end of the month.
04/21/2010 More than 25% of young Americans are too fat to fight. That’s the word from a group
of ex-military who just released a new report stating the number one reason potential young
recruits don’t qualify for the military is because of obesity. The group calls it a potential national
security threat and wants Congress to pass a law for better nutrition in school lunches.
04/22/2010 The fire is still burning this morning after an explosion on an oil rig off the Louisiana
Coast. The coast guard is still looks for 11 missing workers and it was confirmed that one-
hundred workers from the deepwater horizon rig made it ashore on boats. Seventeen others were
flown to nearby hospitals, four in critical condition and no word yet on what caused the explosion.
04/23/2010 Another challenge for the Catholic Church today; an Illinois man is suing the Vatican
and the Pope, demanding names of priest who abused. Arthur Budzinski, who spoke through at a
press conference in Milwaukee, says he was abused by a priest who is now dead. That priest is
accused of molesting up to 200 boys at a school for the deaf in Wisconsin. No comment from the
04/26/2010 The first ever cancer-treatment vaccine could be "green lighted" this week! The food
and drug administration will decide on whether to allow "Provenge" on the market. The creators
say the vaccine can help prevent or stop prostate cancer by mobilizing a patients own immune
system against tumors. Most doctors agree... "Provenge" could open doors for immunity against
a wide range of cancers!
04/27/2010 42,000 gallons a day.. That's how much oil is spewing into the Gulf of Mexico right
now. The rig's owners, along with the coast guard, are sending 30 more ships to contain the leak
again today. Good case scenario, the slick could stay at sea for the next three days and
eventually evaporate, breakdown and sink, or get cleaned up.
04/28/2010 The new plan to clean up the oil spill in the gulf coast this morning... Set it on fire!
The well's owner, B.P. is racing to shut it off, but 42,000 gallons of oil are still leaking every day.
And the slick is getting too close to land for comfort, so starting this morning crews will start a
controlled burn using fire-proof booms. The oil could hit the shoreline this weekend if the burn
04/29/2010 The nation will honor a civil rights legend today, activist Dorothy Height. President
Obama will deliver the eulogy during the service at the Washington national cathedral this
morning. Height was the president of the council for negro women for 41 years. She died last
week at the age of 98.
04/30/2010 The Feds are stepping in big time today to help with cleaning up the Gulf Coast as
the oil mess has reached the shore. Besides tog cabinet members from the Obama
administration heading to the area today, the navy has already sent more than 60,000 feet of
inflatable boom to help rope off and collect the spill. It shipped seven skimming systems to scrape
the oil off the surface of the water. and it sent 50 civilian contracts to help crews there. And
President Obama says he's taking steps now to ensure this doesn't happen again. As many as
210,000 gallons of oil a day are pouring into the Gulf and it could take weeks to clean it up.
05/03/2010 BP's underwater robots still can't stop that oil leak in the Gulf, which is adding to their
tab. President Obama promises BP will be coughing up the dough for this bill. That was the word
as he toured the area yesterday. Today the attention is turning to fishermen who are losing their
livelihood and rescuing the wildlife due to the 210,000 gallons of oil that is still spewing from
what's left of the rig that exploded April 20th.
05/04/2010 The FBI is searching the apartment of the U.S. citizen arrested early this morning
who's accused of buying that SUV that was loaded with explosives in Times Square, NY. But now
30 year old Faisal Shahzad claims that he acted alone, the Pakistani born man will be in court
today to hear the charges against him. Even though the J.D.didn't say what those charges would
be, and they didn't say if he's the man we see in this surveillance video. Cops arrested him just
before midnight at JFK as he tried to board a plane to Dubai.
05/05/2010 Calm winds in the Gulf Coast are keeping the oil out in the water and away from
shore, it's good news for the crews trying to clean up the mess. Mean while, they plan to install a
100-ton containment dome today, they'll drop it over the well and if it works, the underwater
container would hold the leaking oil until it could be safely pumped into an oil tanker on the
05/06/2010 Immigration reform is now one of the top priorities for President Obama. Obama
wants democrats and republicans to work together to design a comprehensive immigration bill the
right way. He's referring to Arizona's controversial immigration law that has sparked huge
demonstrations like the one last night in Phoenix.
05/07/2010 For 17 days crews in the Gulf of Mexico have tried everything to clean up that oil spill.
Yesterday, they tried burning it off again. Early this morning crews lowered that containment
dome underwater, some 5,000 thousand feet. They're hoping the box will collect at least 85
percent of the oil spewing and funnel it up to a tanker.
05/10/2010 President Obama will announce his Supreme Court nominee, and it looks like more
girl power is headed to the bench. Word is he's picked Elena Kagan. Right now, Kagan's the U.S.
solicitor and at 50 years of age, she would be the youngest justice. She's never served as a
judge, but was dean at Harvard Law School. If Kagan is confirmed, she would be one of three
female justices on the bench.
05/11/2010 Just as he boarded a plane to Portugal this morning, Pope Benedict made a very
powerful statement about the sex abuse scandal. When answering a reporter's question about it
the Pope said the crisis of sexual abuse of children by priests should make the Church
acknowledge the "terrifying" truth that its greatest threat comes not from outside enemies but
from "sin within the Church".
05/12/2010 Crews are hoping that the new top hat' dome contains the 210,000 gallons of oil
spewing in the Gulf. It's smaller than the original containment dome that didn't work because ice
crystals formed inside. This one is just 5-feet tall and engineers will be able to pump in methanol,
in the hoping of keeping those crystals from forming. Meanwhile, oil execs are back on the hot
seat in D.C.
05/13/2010 More flack against Arizona due to that controversial immigration law. L.A. city officials
just joined San Francisco, Oakland and several other California cities to boycott Arizona. This
means that the city departments will not sign any new contracts with Arizona companies. If this
occurs it will cause a big blow to Arizona’s economy, right now L.A. has 56 million dollars in
contracts with Arizona companies.
05/14/2010 Space shuttle Atlantis takes her final voyage into space. Today Atlantis will carry
equipment for the international space station on a 12-day mission. After Atlantis blasts into space
at 2:20 a.m., only two more missions are left before the shuttle program is scheduled to end
BP's top executive hopes the hot seat will be cooler today on Capitol Hill as he
testifies about the company cleaning up the oil spill. BP executives says the
mile-long tube they stuck into the broken oil pipe 'appears to be working,
believing the technique will suck up most of the 4 million gallons of oil that has
been pouring out and then siphon it to tankers above.
President Obama will set up a special commission to investigate this oil spill. This
as BP executives has to answer even more questions on Capitol Hill today. The
presidential commission will look into what caused the spill, how BP handled it
and other rig safety and regulatory issues.
President Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon have several key
issues to settle during their state meeting at the White House today. It'll be a day
of hot topic; on the table is the economy, drugs and of course immigration.
Calderon is already in disagreement about Arizona's new immigration law, calling
BP claims it's making progress containing the oil spill this morning, but some Gulf
Coast states and Cuba are worried it's too late. Louisiana's Governor says some
of the thick oil is washing into the marshlands. And now researchers confirm the
crude has seeped into the loop current that could take it to Cuba, around Florida
and beyond. That's why U.S. and Cuba diplomats are meeting today to talk about
The Senate finally passed financial reform for Wall Street. Senators approved a
consumer protection agency and new ways to watch for risks in the money
market. The bill has to be merged with the House version, but could land on the
President's desk by July 4th.
It's getting real ugly between North and South Korea this morning. South Korea’s
President just announced he's suspending trade with the North over claims that
North Korea sank one of the South's battleships. This morning President Lee
Myung-Bak asked the North to apologize, but the north denies it sank the ship.
Meanwhile President Obama told our military to get ready to coordinate with
South Korea if needed.
The Feds are one step closer to repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell"
policy this morning. House leaders approved an agreement last night with the
White House, and possibly the Pentagon, that would set the stage to end the
policy by this week. Full implementation wouldn't happen until the end of this
year, to early next year. The Senate Armed Services Committee and the Full
House could vote on it as early as Thursday.
Secretary of State Hilary Clinton is in Seoul, South Korea this morning, trying to
keep the peace. As North Korea freezes relations with the South. She just
wrapped up a visit to Beijing, China yesterday which is North Korea's number
one ally. She wants to work with them on getting the north to simmer down. The
North is upset about the South talking noise about them sinking its warship last
A new report says the number of attempted terror attacks on the U.S is at an all-
time high. The new Department of Homeland Security note comes just weeks
after the botched Times Square car bombing. Officials say there have been
more attempted attacks in the past nine months than in "any other previous one-
year period". They also have to keep a closer eye on homegrown terrorism than
President Obama heads to the Gulf coast today to get a closer look at what's
now being called the worst oil spill in U.S history. New numbers out this morning
show why. U.S. federal scientists say between 18 and 39 million gallons of crude
oil have leaked since the rig explosion 39 days ago. And right now between 12
and 19-thousand barrels a day are leaking.
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President Obama will meet with his new 'oil spill commission' today. This as BP
says they are back to the drawing board and as residents worry about the effects
the oil may have on the upcoming hurricane season.
The oil slick is getting bigger and it's moving. More fishing ground is closed this
morning. More than a third of the Gulf is off limits.This as the Attorney General
promises to bring those responsible to justice, saying “Our environmental laws
are very clear and we have a responsibility to enforce them and we will do so.”
Meanwhile BP plans to install this containment dome this morning over the
broken pipe to hopefully stop the leak. But they better hurry. The coast guard
says the oil is washing up on the Alabama, Mississippi and Florida panhandle
coasts. They also say 34.3 million gallons of oil has leaked into the Gulf, Three
times the amount of the Exxon Valdez spill.
White House aide Rahm Emanuel has been called up to testify at Rod
Blagojevich's corruption trial, which starts today. Word is Emanuel was recorded
in conversations with Blago about Obama's vacant senate seat. Prosecutors also
say Blago tried to extort money out of Emanuel, who was a congressman at the
time, over a state grants to a school in his district. Blago says he's innocent.
President Obama has been getting a lot of flack for not being emotional enough
and not doing enough about the spill. Obama says he knows ultimately this is
about the people, and we know that too...so we want to show you how this oil
spill affects you. New model from National Center for Atmospheric Research
shows it is likely to extend along thousands of miles of the Atlantic coast and into
the open ocean as early as this summer. There are health risks once the oil
reaches your shore. Experts say you should stay away from oil on the beach and
in the water, however, they say limited contact is nothing to worry about. But
exposure to large amounts can cause breathing problems, skin irritation and
swallowing it can make you sick. Seafood prices are skyrocketing; one Florida
restaurant is reporting shrimp is up $1 per lb, oysters are up $2 per 50 lb. bag,
and crab as much as $3 more per pound. The oil spill is also hurting animals.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration have confirmed at least one dead dolphin and one dead sea turtle
have visible signs of oil damage. So far, 29 dead dolphins and 227 dead sea
turtles have been collected within the BP oil spill area, but the vast majority have
not been tested for oil.
Hundred of thousands of Chrysler vehicles are rolling dirty this morning. The
automaker is recalling 285-thousand '08 and '09 Dodge Caravan and Chrysler
Town & Country cars because they could possibly catch fire. The Feds say the
wiring could short circuit and cause a fire. Thankfully there is no word on anyone
getting hurt. This is on top of the 35-thousand 2007 dodge caliber and jeep
compass recalled because of sticking gas pedals.
Day 50 and the broken oil pipe is still leaking, officials say the cap on the well is
capturing a half-million gallons a day. Officials think there are between 25 and 39
million gallons of oil floating in the gulf right now. Meanwhile, the Feds want to
remove the 75 million dollar cap on liabilities for oil companies.
The Feds confirmed plumes of oil floating underwater and a second leak from a
rig damaged since hurricane Ivan hit in 2004. They say the 14 gallons of oil
leaking a day has created a ten mile long slick.
Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, is a free man this morning after Arizona
prosecutors dropped 'all' the rape charges against him. He had been accused of
arranging the marriage of two girls younger than 18 to their older male relatives,
who were their half cousins. Apparently the two 'victims' didn't want to pursue the
case anymore. But Texas prosecutors still want to extradite him for more serious
More bad news for the disaster in the Gulf... New numbers from the Feds show
there is more oil spewing out of this broken pipe than originally thought. The
Feds say now up to 40-thousand barrels a day are leaking instead of the 19-
thousand they originally thought.
President Obama will be in the Gulf Coast area today and tomorrow. And for the
first time, he'll host a roundtable to discuss the impact the spill had on
everybody’s lives. It'll give Obama a clearer picture before his meeting with BP
officials Wednesday, when he pushes them to set up a fund to pay for damage
claims from the spill, this is getting a huge thumbs up from people in the area.
“We have to do something. If you look at what's going on with the economy and
the state of Alabama and Mississippi, Louisiana, and now Florida, we're going to
have to have some level of compensation.” - Obama. After he tours the Gulf, the
President then heads back to Washington where he'll address the nation from the
oval office tomorrow night at 8.
This just in... an American on a mission to "find Osama Bin Laden" is now parked
Pakistani police say the 52 year old California man was found walking from
Pakistan toward the Afghanistan border packing a pistol, a sword, night-vision
equipment and Christian books!
He reportedly told cops he was looking for Osama Bin Laden and has been since
So far the U.S. Embassy is being pretty tight lipped.
Obama says it's time for the company that caused to largest environmental
disaster in history to pay up. He is to set aside whatever resources are required
to compensate the workers and business owners who have been harmed as a
result of his company's recklessness. The escrow fund will be controlled by a
third party. He also just appointed Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to lead the
recovery efforts and deployed 17-thousand National Guard troops to help. It'll be
all hands on deck because now the feds say between 1.5 and 2.5 million gallons
of oil are leaking every day.
BP's CEO Tony Hayward will be on the hot seat, where lawmakers promise to rip
him a new one over this oil spill disaster. Representative Bart Stupak wants
lawmakers to drill Hayward over what they're calling a pattern of risky behavior in
order to save money and make up time for the drilling project being behind
schedule. Meanwhile, the company is backtracking this morning and apologizing
for the chairman saying BP cares about the 'small people' of the Gulf. BP's
representative says he misspoke. BP is also setting up that claims fund to shell
out 20 billion dollars to compensate victims.
While you were sleeping a Utah death row inmate was put to death by firing
squad. Ronnie Gardner was convicted of murdering two people 25 years ago and
chose to die by "firing squad" before Utah banned it. Gardner was strapped to a
chair and hooded with a target over his chest. Five executioners did the job. The
last firing squad execution in the u-s was 14 years ago.
DC Councilwoman supports making restaurants show a letter grade based on
their most recent health inspection. Many health departments across the US are
creating such programs that either display the letter grade in the restaurant or
online. The C.D.C. says, every year about 1,000 outbreaks of food-borne illness
occur and about half of which involve meals from a restaurant. Here are some
places that are starting the grading: NYC restaurants will start displaying letter
grades in July. Camden County, N.J., posted a database in April where users
can search for inspections and receive e-mail alerts when their favorite
restaurant is inspected Grand. Prairie, Texas, began posting letter grades online
The man who pleads "guilty" to trying to blow up Times Square says the U.S.
needs to watch out! After entering his plea yesterday in federal court, Faisal
Shahzad said "more attacks" are coming unless the U.S. pulls out of Muslim
countries. He also told the judge he didn't care if children died in the explosions,
because "it's a war". Shahzad faces life in prison for the conspiracy and
terrorism charges, he'll be sentenced in October.
The White House is working on a new moratorium this morning on offshore
drilling after a judge blocked the temporary ban. Team Obama plans to show
some big time evidence why the ban is needed, but Louisiana governor Bobby
Jindall says he thinks the feds should listen to the experts about this, and the ban
will do more harm then good.
A New Orleans judge may decide "today" whether a government ban on
deepwater drilling will continue. Earlier this week, the judge, struck down the
ban, declaring it "arbitrary and capricious”. The judge has investments with oil
companies down in the gulf. Team Obama filed paperwork last night asking the
decision be delayed "until" an appeals court can review the case later this
summer. We'll see if the judge obliges.
Day 67 and the oil is still spewing. BP says the cost of the response is now more
than 2.3 billion dollars and climbing. But fishermen and environmental officials
are worried about something else now, saving the wildlife. Bluefin Tuna could be
added to the endangered species list, it only breeds in the Gulf of Mexico and
Mediterranean. There are 7 species of sea turtles in the world, five are in the
Gulf. Also five-thousand dolphins are set to give birth there this season and it's
breeding season for brown pelicans, which is the Louisiana state bird.
Health insurance relief will be heading to some later this week. 30 states have
signed up for the federal health care plan to help people with pre-existing
conditions that can't get coverage. But some of those states like California and
Michigan are working through some red tape. And that means some people won't
get a chance to sign up Thursday. Check with your state to see when you can
Senators are confirming that General David Petraeus is to lead the Afghan war.
The vote approving him should be a slam dunk. But some drama is expected to
come from lawmakers not happy about the nine-year-old war in Afghanistan.
Petraeus would replace General Stanley Mcchrystal who resigned last week over
comments he and his aides made trashing the administration.
Iconic interviewer Larry King announced via twitter last night he will be stepping
down. He will step out of his show later this year, because he wants to spend
more time with his wife and young children. King recently almost divorced his
wife, but later worked things out.