Monday, December 22, 2008

Were soldiers exposed to a deadly carcinogen? That investigation tonight on The CBS Evening News With Katie Couric



“Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”
-Oscar Wilde

The largest number of movie theaters in one city was 986 in New York in 1913.


Here’s an early look at what we are working on for tonight’s broadcast of The CBS Evening News from Early Show Anchor, Harry Smith, in for Anchor and Managing Editor, Katie Couric

Good afternoon, everyone. This is Harry Smith filling in for Katie.

Call it The Big Freeze. A band of severe cold weather stretched across the northern United States over the weekend - and today it's causing power outages and snarling traffic across the Midwest and Northeast. What does this mean for holiday travelers? Dave Price has the story.

Who can blame shoppers for staying home and out of the cold this past weekend? But that was bad news for store owners. Retail sales were down on the normally booming Super Saturday. And as Kelly Wallace reports, customers now have the upper hand - meaning huge bargains are available for anyone who doesn’t mind doing a bit of negotiating.

Next: Did a military contractor expose American soldiers in Iraq to a deadly carcinogen? Armen Keteyian has our exclusive investigation.

In health news, Bill Whitaker examines the health hazards of being a bit pudgy. A new study shows that if you're just a few pounds overweight, you could be upping your risk of heart disease.

Finally, earlier this year we met a family who used to donate to food banks - but in the middle of the economic downturn, they found themselves losing their business and having to rely on the government and food bank handouts themselves. Now, this holiday season, Seth Doane visits them again - and finds a lot more hope … and a lot more cheer.

I hope you join us tonight, Harry

For more on two of the stories noted above, please click on the following links:

Big Chill Freezes Travelers Nationwide
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Toyota Posts 1st Operating Loss In 70 Yrs.
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And, here’s a look at one of the stories we are working on for Tuesday’s broadcast of The CBS Evening News Times are tough.....and many families these days are having trouble affording the most basic necessities...most of all, food. We'll go inside the growing problem of hunger in America...That story Tuesday night, only on The CBS Evening News.

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Join Dave tonight with Actor, Dustin Hoffman and Musical Guest, Todd Rundgren


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

In addition to the top news of the day, here are some of the stories we are working on

ROGER DALTRY AND PETE TOWNSEND OF THE WHO - The Kennedy Center Honors recipients are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts. This year’s honorees are Morgan Freeman, George Jones, Barbra Streisand, Twyla Tharp and founding members of The Who, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. Tuesday, we kick off a series of profiles of the honorees, starting with seminal rockers Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. Julie Chen had a chance to sit down with them when she attended the award ceremony, and she will bring us her interview with these rock and roll legends.

BE YOUR OWN BARISTA - In these rough economic times, many of your viewers are trying to cut costs and save money, even in the littlest ways possible. But one thing many people definitely can’t do without - is their morning coffee! So how can you save a few extra dollars and still get your daily dose of caffeine? We’ll give you tips on making at home delicious coffee drinks that are just as good, if not better than any of your favorite coffee chains or shops.

THE BEST ELECTRONIC DEALS - In our series, Batteries Not Included, CNET Senior Editor Natali Del Conte has been taking us through the best of the best of electronic accessories. Tuesday, we will talk about great accessories for your cell and your camera, and will tell you where to find the best deals on these electronics.

THE THREE PRIESTS PERFORM! - Father Eugene O'Hagan, Father Martin O'Hagan and Father David Delargy are not your ordinary Roman Catholic priests... When this Northern Irish trio is not fulfilling their priestly duties... their out cutting albums, signing million-dollar recording contracts and touring the world. This year, The Priests released their debut album, and with a little help from above, it may be on its way to becoming a worldwide hit. They will join us to sing a Christmas classic, "O Holy Night” and other favorite holiday tunes.

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