Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Will OPEC raise oil prices? What will that mean for U.S. drivers? That story tonight on The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric

 

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TONIGHT ON THE CBS EVENING NEWS

Here’s an early look at what we are working on from Anchor and Managing Editor of The CBS Evening News, Katie Couric

Hi everyone,

We'll begin tonight's broadcast with new revelations surfacing about the alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme run by former financier Bernard Madoff. The list of alleged victims keeps growing, and now includes several Hollywood bigs. Meanwhile, in Washington, the SEC chairman Christopher Cox ordered an internal investigation into whether his agency missed signs of trouble with Madoff’s investments. And although Madoff avoided jail for now, remaining free on bail, he had to run the gauntlet of press when returning home to New York. Bob Orr has the full story.

Despite legal and legislative challenges to his office, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is still standing - and fighting. Today, our Cynthia Bowers asked President-elect Barack Obama about releasing records of any communications with Blagojevich - and we'll show you what he said tonight.

Next: OPEC announced its biggest production cut in history today. The cartel plans to subtract 2.2 million barrels a day from its output. OPEC hopes to drive the price of a barrel to roughly double what it is today. Oil producers in Russia and elsewhere said they would follow suit - but what will it mean for U.S. drivers? Elizabeth Palmer has the story.

Later this week Bush administration plans to auction off more than 100,000 acres of public land in Utah to allow oil-and-gas drilling. Conservation groups are suing the government, trying to block the sale of what they call a cultural treasure. Wyatt Andrews has the story and will show us an interview with Robert Redford, who calls the sale "morally criminal."

Finally, what do you get when you plunk 28,000 pipes down next to the women's department of a giant retail store? A huge holiday tradition that's music to Macy's ears. We sent Richard Schlesinger to Philadelphia to scope out the world's largest pipe organ.

See you tonight! Katie

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

Madoff Appears In Court, Assigned Curfew
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And here's an early look at one of the stories we are working on for Thursday’s broadcast: Back in September we introduced you to this brave young lady who was battling cancer. So, how is Pearce Quesenberry doing now? We decided to follow up...and she has some amazing news to report! That story and much more, Thursday 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 Actress Jennifer Aniston… Plus musical guests Broken Social Scene!


THURSDAY MORNING ON THE EARLY SHOW

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

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

DATING ETIQUETTE FOR THE HOLIDAYS - The Holidays can be stressful enough-add in dating issues-and you're in for one confusing time. To help us work through some of these holiday dating dilemmas will be Cosmopolitan Editor in Chief Kate White and Men's Health editor Matt Bean.

WHAT YOU SHOULD EAT BEFORE BIG EVENT - Have a big event coming up this holiday season? If you’re trying to look great and fit into that special dress… Samantha Heller of Health Magazine will tell you the dos and don’ts of eating…plus the foods that you SHOULD eat that will actually help you look great!

INSPIRE YOURSELF WITH A NEW STYLE - Isaac Mizrahi isn't one to follow the trends, he sets them. He has been designing clothes for over 20 years, has won four CFDA Awards, and is the creative director at Liz Claiborne. His recent feat is a new book called How to Have Style. It is based on Isaac’s philosophy and belief that inspiration leads to creating a personal fashion style. It is not a book filled with impossible-to-achieve makeovers. How to Have Style will help you achieve the look you’ve always wanted. He will be joining us in the studio to talk about his new vision.

DO IT YOURSELF GIFTS - Looking for a creative homemade gift to give this season? Chris Kimball will give you some ideas for make-your-own Hot Chocolate mix, Pancake mix, and Italian Salad Dressing mix. Not only do these make unique gifts that are a nice change from cookies and chocolates, Chris says the final products taste much better than if you used a store-bought mix. She’ll be in our studio to show how it’s done.

PARTY PLANNER: COLIN COWIE HOLIDAY GET TOGETHER - Party planner of the stars, Colin Cowie will join us to talk about some easy and affordable ways to spice up your table decorations this season. He will show you 7 different styles for different purposes and tally up the prices, so you can save money and make a memorable party…

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



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