Thursday, December 18, 2008

Medical Myths debunked...that story tonight on The CBS Evening News

 

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"Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art."
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DID YOU KNOW?
A Hindu temple dedicated to the rat goddess Karni Mata in Deshnoke, India, houses more than 20,000 rats.


TONIGHT ON THE CBS EVENING NEWS

Here’s an early look at what we are working on for tonight’s broadcast from Anchor and Managing Editor, Katie Couric:

Hi everyone,

We'll begin tonight with important new rules that could really help out anyone who has a credit card. Federal regulators today announced changes that will protect many consumers from interest rate hikes on existing balances. The new rules, which take effect in 2010, may also lead to lower finance charges for many credit card users. Randall Pinkston reports.

Next, Sharyl Attkisson examines the donor list from Bill Clinton’s charity foundation. The former president disclosed the full list today as part of the confirmation process for his wife, Hillary, who’s nominated for secretary of state. Sharyl reports the Clinton foundation received millions from Saudi Arabia and other foreign governments. Where else did some of the charity money come from? We'll show you the exclusive report tonight.

There’s a new rating system for nursing homes in America. It’s similar to restaurant or car rating systems - and it even has five stars. But why are some experts and elder-care facilities worried about whether the system is really fair? Wyatt Andrews has the story.

As national jobless numbers rise, many states are increasingly ill-equipped to pay the rising numbers of unemployment checks. Kelly Wallace reports on how some states are bridging the gap - sometimes, at their own expense.

Remember those little tips your mom used to give to help you stay healthy? Like always wearing a hat when you go out in the cold? Or-- that too much sugar makes kids hyperactive. Well, Richard Schlesinger takes a look at a study that debunks a lot of Mom’s rules - and says they're nothing more than medical myths.

Finally tonight, I first met Pearce Quesenberry in August, when I was preparing to co-host Stand Up To Cancer. At the time, this brave 11-year-old was fighting an aggressive form of brain cancer with a 50 percent mortality rate.

Tonight, I’ll revisit Perce and her family. I don’t want to spoil it, but let’s just say you won’t want to miss this very happy update.

See you later, Katie

For more information on these stories, please click on the following links:

Fed Takes Swipe At Credit Card Rules
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Clinton Group Got Millions From Overseas
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And here's an early look at one of the stories we are working on for Friday’s broadcast: It's the busiest time of year for this secret Santa. He's working hard. Spreading goodwill...and big bills....to people in need. Don't miss ASSIGNMENT AMERICA, Friday night only on The CBS Evening News.
If you would like more information on any of these stories or the broadcast, please click on the following address and e-mail us: evening@cbsnews.com


TONIGHT ON DAVID LETTERMAN

Join Dave tonight with Actor Will Smith… Plus musical guests Of Montreal!


FRIDAY MORNING ON THE EARLY SHOW

Maggie Rodriguez, Julie Chen and Harry Smith, and Russ Mitchell will anchor the EARLY SHOW from New York. Dave Price will bring us the weather.

In addition to the top news of the day, we will also feature the following stories

IS IT TIME TO REFINANCE? - With mortgage rates at an all time low, many Americans can't help but pinch themselves... But are these rates too good to be true? Or is now truly the time to refinance? Joining us will be Whitney Tilson of Tilson Mutual Funds to give you advice on when you should refinance your home, and what you can expect from the future of mortgage rates.

JENNIFER ANISTON IN OUR STUDIO! - Actress Jennifer Aniston is starring in the new comedy “Marley and Me” with actor Own Wilson, that premieres in theatres on Friday. She will talk to us about the film, her life as a tabloid headline, how she stays so fit and about that sexy new photo on the cover of GQ magazine!

JULIE CHEN ON $100,000 PASSWORD - One of TV’s classic game shows returns this week to CBS after undergoing a big money makeover. Regis Philbin’s Million Dollar Password game show partners up celebrities with contestants for a new high-stakes game. Our very own Julie Chen got the opportunity to compete against Phil Keoghan, host of Amazing Race - we’ll bring your viewers the highlights of the hilarious competition.

KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR HOME WHILE YOU’RE AWAY - Going away on vacation for the holidays, or just to visit family? There are new ways for you to keep an eye on their house or apartment this season! Natali Del Conte from CNET will show us some new high tech devices that can be used around your home for protection and security.

LABRADOR RETRIEVERS AS PETS - Labrador retrievers are the most popular dog breed in the U.S. according to the American kennel club. And their popularity will only increase with the release of the upcoming movie "Marley and Me" staring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. It’s a high energy comedy about a wild Labrador puppy that wreaks havoc everywhere he goes. We’ll have a few Labrador puppies in our studio to show how easy they are to train!

AUTHOR JOHN ALTER - In an interview with ,b>60 Minutes last month, President-elect Obama said he is reading a book about F-D-R's first 100 days in office. Publishers and reporters scrambled to figure out exactly which book he was referring to. Turns out... it was Jonathan Alter's, The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope. Author and Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter will join us to talk about his book.

If you would like more information on any of these stories or the broadcast, please click on the following address and e-mail us: earlyshow@cbs.com


SATURDAY ON 48 HOURS MYSTERY, 10pmET/9CT

Here’s an early look at what’s coming up on Saturday’s 48 HOURS MYSTERY, Power, Passion and Poison:

Kathy Augustine lived life in the fast lane. She was smart, ambitious, full of energy…and tough as nails. By the mid 1990s, she was a rising star in Nevada Republican politics and she would eventually be elected to the office of State Controller. But while Kathy was popular in some circles, she was also a controversial figure. Her cut-throat approach to politics was well known and she’d made many enemies, even within her own party. So in July of 2006 when Kathy Augustine mysteriously and very suddenly died, her friends and family members were suspicious. Doctors first suspected she’d had a heart attack, but lab tests later revealed that at the time of her death, Kathy had a powerful paralytic drug called Succinylcohline in her system. If administered with intent, the drug can virtually paralyze your body until you are unable to breathe. So the question now was, who injected Kathy Augustine with that drug? Troy Roberts has more on this intriguing case which takes a shocking twist, on Saturday’s 48 Hours Mystery, Power, Passion and Poison.

48 HOURS MYSTERY airs Saturday at 10pmET/9CT

If you would like more information, please click on the following address and e-mail us at: 48hours@cbsnews.com


SUNDAY ON 60 MINUTES, 7:00PM/6:00PM CT

Here’s an early look at one of the stories 60 MINUTES is working on for this Sunday’s broadcast

Even as Transportation Security Administration officials beef up airline security with expensive new technology, a prominent security expert, Bruce Schneier, who has advised the TSA, tells Lesley Stahl the TSA’s efforts are largely “security theater” -- a show to make passengers feel safe. Schneier says truly effective security starts before the airport, with intelligence on terrorists, in a <B.60 MINUTES report to be broadcast Sunday, Dec. 21 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT).

“Security theater,’ It’s a phrase I coined for security measures that look good, but don’t actually do anything,” says Schneier, referring to the security measures that irritate airline passengers every day and that have cost billions of dollars.

That assessment angers Kip Hawley, the Bush Administration’s outgoing head of the TSA. “This isn’t theater. This is war,” he tells Stahl. Hawley argues that all the security and especially the technical improvements have made people safer. But Hawley admits continued high failure rates on tests conducted by government inspectors who smuggle bomb parts through checkpoints. “Our results have improved,” Hawley says. “Knives and guns do not present a big problem for us now. We have to continue to work to get at even the smallest pieces of an IED.”

The extra measures Hawley points to and Schneier discounts have cost $40 billion since the 9/11 attacks, money spent mostly on the hiring and training of 50,000 new federal screeners at airports. But lately, the TSA is spending even more to upgrade airline security checkpoints with more sensitive x-ray machines and better training and police-style uniforms for its screeners. It is also spending $160 million a year on over 2,000 undercover officers posted at checkpoints to read people’s facial expressions and body language. TSA claims they can help spot potential terrorists.

“There’s not a lot of truth in that,” says a skeptical Schneier, who tells Stahl such surveillance has some value. “In all seriousness, we are safer if the bad guys believe we’ve got this piece of magic.” Schneier believes that terrorists will always be a step ahead as far as getting through security. “We take away guns and bombs and the terrorists use box cutters…confiscate box cutters and cork screws and they put explosives in their shoes…take away liquids and they are going to do something else,” he says.

So what is effective? Schneier points to the capture of would-be bombers with liquid explosives in London before they ever got to the airport. “They were captured because of investigation and intelligence. If you want to deal with the terrorist threat, you’ve got to do it before they get to the airport,” Schneier tells Stahl. Click here for an excerpt.

No matter what critics charge, the TSA isn’t easing up on the security measures that can make travel an irritating hassle. People may be inconvenienced, but, says Hawley, “These people are trying to kill us. They got on the planes on September 11, 2001, killed 3,000 people,” he says. “We understand the American public doesn’t have 9/11 in the front of their mind. But it’s why the TSA was created: to never forget,” he tells Stahl.

 



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