DEFENSE WANTS RAPE TRIAL VERDICT TOSSED
Defense attorneys in the Vanderbilt University rape trial want the guilty verdicts thrown out. The attorneys say it's because one of the jurors failed to disclose that they'd been the victim of a sex crime more than 12 years ago.
ILLNESS CLOSES PERRY COUNTY SCHOOLS
There's another Tennessee School system closed today because of illness. This time, Perry County Schools, because of flu-like illnesses. Not just the kids. One on five teachers were also out yesterday. So Perry county is closed through Monday.
CDC INSTALLS CAMERAS IN LABS
After some big goofups that could have had serious consequences, the Centers for Disease Control now has cameras in its most dangerous labs to make sure workers are following safety rules. The agency in Atlanta has had several potentially serious mistakes in the past few months... including a lab employee accidentally working with a live Ebola virus, and scientists unknowingly sending potentially live anthrax to a low-security lab.
15 CHEMICALS LINKED TO EARLY MENOPAUSE
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis say they've found 15 chemicals found in common household items, that may send women into menopause about four years early. That means it's seriously changing things in your body! They say the 15 chemicals that do the damage are in pesticides and in flexible plastic products, like tablecloths, upholstery, shower curtains and garden hoses.
HEALTH: EXERCISE MORE IMPORTANT THAN WEIGHT?
If you're not going to do both, is it better to weigh less or to exercise? British researchers say they've found if you want to live longer, and be in a good enough shape that you ENJOY living, it's exercise. No matter your weight, if you MOVE some each day, even a 20-minute walk each day, you add some time to your life.
MITT ROMNEY TO RUN AGAIN?
Will Mitt Romney run for President again? The two-time Republican presidential candidate is expected to let his supporters know today whether he'll make another run for the White House.
HOWARD GENTRY RUNNING FOR MAYOR
Howard Gentry is entering the race to become Nashville's next mayor. Gentry is a former vice-mayor and the current Davidson County Criminal Court clerk. In 2007, he was about 400 votes shy of making the runoff in the election that Karl Dean ultimately won.
CDC URGES MEASLES VACCINATIONS
You can't get onto social media without seeing something about it pretty quickly... the vaccinate debate.
The Centers for Disease Control is urging everyone to get vaccinated against measles, after an outbreak that apparently started at Disneyland in California, and now has spread by people who went back home to other states. More than 90 people have been diagnosed with measles so far, and in Arizona up to a thousand people may have been exposed to it.
Measles had been declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, but the number of cases has risen in recent years, sparking a controversy over the so-called anti-vaccination movement.
DAD ASKS SCHOOL TO BAN UN-VACCINATED KIDS
The father of a child cancer survivor in California is FURIOUS that his son's school won't ban kids who haven't been vaccinated. California lets parents choose, that's where the outbreak has started. The dad says his 6-year-old's immune syetem is compromised, and it's not fair for him to be exposed to potentially fatal illnesses at school, when it's just not necessary. The school says they're "monitoring the situation."
ALTERNATIVES TO THE SUPERBOWL
And while millions around the world will be watching the Superbowl on Sunday, some people will be checking out what's on the OTHER channels, including the Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl, the Hallmark Channel's Kitten Bowl, and the YouTube Halftime Show.
KATY PERRY REVEALS HALFTIME SHOW THEME
Speaking of halftime... Katy Perry's revealed a little about what she'll be doing during her halftime show... she says it'll make you 'roar' with animals, including a lion and a shark.
EDDIE MURPHY IS RETURNING TO SNL FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1984
Huge news for Saturday Night Live fans who are a little more 'vintage,' Eddie Murphy is ending his 30-year SNL absence and is going to be back on the show, to help celebrate SNL's 40th Anniversary. The special will air February 15th.