This program is 29 minutes long
(White House: Peter Alexander) The heated debate over guns examined; details given about President Obama's coming trip to Minneapolis. Mayors Against Illegal Guns Action Fund TV ad featuring NRA's Wayne LaPierre advocating background checks shown. [Today, on Fox, LaPIERRE - speaks against background checks.] [Former astronaut Mark KELLY - speaks out.] [On "This Week," Matthew DOWD- criticizes the Obama picture of him skeet shooting.] Obama's comments on the Boy Scouts allowing gays noted.
(Istanbul: Richard Engel) Israel's stake in the civil war in Syria examined; details given about Israel's attack on a convoy of weapons bound for Hizballah in Lebanon from Syria. [At international security conference in Munich, Israeli defense minister Ehud BARAK - opposes weapons systems going into Lebanon.] The current instability in the Middle East reviewed.
(Timbuktu: Rohit Kachroo) The assault by French fighter jets against Al Qaeda-aligned militants in Mali reviewed; scenes shown from Timbuktu where west African troops are helping secure the city.
(New York: Michelle Franzen) The death in Turkey of American tourist Sorai Sierra, who had gone missing while vacationing in Istanbul, featured; photo and surveillance video shown; details given about Sierra's background. [Sierra NEIGHBOR - reacts.] [Husband Steven SIERRA- says she did not get on the flight home.]
(Midland City, Alabama: Gabe Gutierrez) The ongoing hostage standoff in rural Alabama where a five-year-old autistic boy is held by kidnapper Jimmy Dykes featured; details given about Dykes' attack on a school bus on which he killed the bus driver and grabbed Ethan.
(Los Angeles: Miguel Almaguer) The ballooning student debt examined; financial debt statistics cited. [USC grad student Astrif SOLIZANO- talks about her debt and her fears after graduation.] [CNBC Scott COHN- explains the debt problem.] [USC student Sydney GUILLAUME- comments on debt.]
(New York: Nancy Snyderman) A study in the "New England Journal of Medicine" on the myths, presumptions and facts about dieting examined; details given about some of the myths and some concerns about the study. [On the street, several PEOPLE - talk about diet concepts.] [University of Alabama at Birmingham Dr. David ALLISON- talks about the evidence or lack of evidence.] [Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Dr. Joseph SKELTON- talks about weight loss.] [New York University Dr. Marion NESTLE- analyzes the evidence and conflicts of interest.]
(Parsippany, New Jersey: Brian Shachtman) The Vince Lombardi trophy for the winner of pro football's Super Bowl that is made by Tiffany and Co. examined; scenes shown of its construction in Parsippany, New Jersey, from a sheet of silver. [Tiffany executive Tom O'ROURKE - talks about the trophy made by local craftsman.]