Thursday, March 27, 2014
In today's news, below: A recall of a popular weight-loss drug, a new scam going around in Franklin, should breastfeeding moms drink alcohol? and another possible big step against autism.
The numbers of the missing and dead in the Washington State mudslide are changing. They now have 25 people confirmed dead, and about 90 still missing after Saturday's massive slide. At least 200 people are still searching through the huge field of debris and mud that in some places is 20 feet deep. (There are also about 30 more people listed as 'possibly' missing.)
MISSING PLANE LATEST
New satellite images show a much larger suspected debris field where Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is believed to have crashed weeks ago. The images provided by Thailand show some 300 floating objects in a remote section of the southern Indian Ocean, though search planes are grounded today because of bad weather.
RECALL! GLAXO RECALLS WEIGHT-LOSS DRUG ALLI, AFTER REPORTS OF TAMPERING
GlaxoSmithKline is recalling all supplies of its non-prescription weight-loss drug Alli in the United States and Puerto Rico, the company said on Thursday, after reports that some bottles had been tampered with. The British group, which believes that some supplies may not contain authentic Alli, is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the retailer-level recall. News of the tampering first emerged on Wednesday.
GSK has received inquiries from consumers in seven U.S. states about bottles containing tablets and capsules that were not Alli, with a range of tablets and capsules of various shapes and colors reported. Alli is a turquoise-blue capsule.
LATEST SCAM IN FRANKLIN
Another local community is getting hit by scammers. This time it's the Franklin area, with crooks calling and posing as electric company workers, threatening to cut off service unless the victim loads up a MoneyPak card, basically a prepaid cash card, and gives them the card info so they can take the cash out. Some people have fallen for it, but police say NEVER pay someone over the phone unless YOU have initiated the call. Ever. Never, ever.
MOM ARRESTED FOR BREASTFEEDING WHILE DRINKING, WAITRESS WHO TURNED HER IN GETS FIRED
This has started a BIG controversy! I'd love you to weigh in on this, so we've posting it on the Mix Facebook page, too.
Should a mom be able to have some alcoholic beverages, and then latch a baby on and breastfeed? A mother in Arkansas was arrested for doing it, charged with child endangerment, but then released because it wasn't proven that she was drunk. The waitress who reported the mom to police says she was concerned about the three or four drinks the mother had had, getting into the baby's system. Now there's a big controversy over whether it's okay for moms to drink and breastfeed, or whether it should be illegal. The waitress who reported the mom was fired, by the way, but says she'd do it again. They're doing specials about it, and interviewing both of the women on 20/20 tonight.
SOME DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS NOW TAKING PETS
If you were in an abusive situation, would you leave, if you had to leave your beloved pet with your abuser to possibly take his anger out on? Women's shelters say many women don't leave their abusers because shelters don't take pets, just women and kids. So, some are starting to work with animal shelter people, to add animal shelter space to women and childrens' shelters. They think more women will get help if they know their pets can will be safe, too.
HEALTH: AUTISM STARTS IN THE WOMB
Scientists say autism begins in a baby's brain development while they're still in the womb. A new study in the "New England Journal of Medicine" shows brain development in the womb contributes to a child's likeliness to have the disorder. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego and the Allen Institute for Brain Science say these findings reinforce the need for early identification of autism.
COUPLE ARRESTED FOR ANGER MANAGEMENT FIGHT
And a couple in South Carolina have BOTH been thrown into jail for beating up on each other... in a fight that started when HE hit HER over the head with a BOOK from his anger management class. FAIL!
CHICAGO SUBWAY DRIVER DOZED OFF BEFORE TRAIN CRASH
A Chicago subway driver admits she fell asleep, and caused the train derailment crash that injured more than 30 people on Monday. There's more than six-million dollars in damage. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating everything, including her work record, whether it's happened before, and how many hours her bosses had her working.
DRAMA AS JOHNNY CASH'S GREAT NIECE LAID TO REST
There was some drama at the funeral of Courtney Cash in Cookeville on Wednesday. Police were called to keep the peace after the family reportedly told Cash's boyfriend, Austin Johnson, to leave. Johnson and 23 year old Cortney Cash had reportedly been out partying all night with the friend who later attacked them, killing Cortney. Officials believe Meth may have been involved in the whole thing.
FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN BOSTON
Firefighters across the country are sending positive thoughts and prayers to families of the two firefighters killed and the 13 others injured fighting a huge fire in Boston. The men who died were able to save people on the upper floor of the burning building, but then got trapped, themselves.
NORTHWESTERN FOOTBALL PLAYERS WIN RIGHT TO UNIONIZE
In a potentially game-changing moment for college athletics, the Chicago district of the National Labor Relations Board ... ruled that Northwestern football players qualify as employees of the university rather than student athletes, and can unionize, and have union leaders negotiate for them. There'll be a lot of appeals before this is all over with.
CONDOLEEZA RICE FOR PRESIDENT?
There's speculation that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice could be a Presidential candidate for the Republican Party. Rice has headlined three Republican fundraising events in the past three weeks... fueling rumors about a possible run for the office... especially, after, earlier this month, saying she's looking forward to the day the nation elects a woman president.
NORTH KOREAN MEN FORCED TO GET KIM JONG-UN HAIRCUT.
Reports have surfaced that men in North Korea are now required to get the exact same haircut as their dictator leader Kim Jong-un. The state-sanctioned guidelines were introduced in the capital Pyongyang about two weeks ago, and are now being rolled out across the country. A North Korean now living in China says the look is pretty unpopular at home and noted, "Until the mid-2000s, we called it the 'Chinese smuggler haircut'."
Haircuts have been state-approved in North Korea for some time - until now people were only allowed to choose from 18 styles for women and 10 for men.
North Korea's state TV previously launched a campaign against long hair, called "Let us trim our hair in accordance with the Socialist lifestyle".
ANOTHER PLANET IN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM
Some people had a hard time letting go of Pluto... when we found out it's not a major planet in our solar system. But that's how we learned it in school!
But, feel better, scientists now say there's something else to geek about. They've discovered another planet. It's a dwarf planet, 80 times farther from the sun than Earth is, out past Pluto. That means one of its orbits around the sun ... or one of its years... takes 42-hundred of our earth-years.
L'WREN SCOTT ESTATE GOES TO MICK JAGGER
Fashion designer L'Wren Scott's has left everything she owned to Mick Jagger. L'Wren, Jagger's longtime girlfriend committed suicide last week, and court documents filed in New York yesterday show she wants the Rolling Stones frontman to have her entire estate, worth nine million dollars.