This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Brian Ross) The call from advisers to President Obama for a halt to monitoring phone messages and to rein in the NSA surveillancce/spying examined; details given about President Obama's defense of the NSA program in preventing terrorism attacks and the revelations from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. [Panel member Richard CLARKE- says the program has not been essential to preventing terrorism attacks.] [Senator Patrick LEAHY - cites the message to the NSA: you've gone too far.] [August 9, OBAMA - defends the NSA.] [ACLU state attorney Alexander ABDO- says the NSA has run amok.] [Journalist Glenn GREENWALD- says Snowden is vindicated.] ACLU parody video mocking the NSA shown.
(New York: Rebecca Jarvis) What the Federal Reserve's take on the economy means for your money and a forecast of a lowering unemployment rate with steady interest rates examined.
(New York: Linsey Davis) The two winners in the Mega Millions Lottery jackpot after two-and-half months featured; photos shown of winner Georgian Ira Curry with the second winner buying a ticket in San Jose. [Georgia lottery director Debbie ALFORD- says the winners were excited; explains the winner's reaction.] [Winning ticket seller Jenny's Gifts and Kid Wear owner Thuy NGUYEN- reacts to his own million dollars.]
(Washington: Jim Avila) A new "Journal of the American Medical Assn." report on blood pressure guidelines for those over 60 examined; statistics cited. [Cleveland Clinic Dr. Richard KRASUSKI- talks about the guideline goals without overmedicating.] [American Heart Assn. president-elect Dr. Elliott ANTMAN- opposes relaxing standards.]
(Chicago: Alex Perez) The amazing rescue in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, of a man trapped on the end of a huge construction crane due to a fire below featured; scenes shown of the rescue by helicopter. [Search and rescue technician Sgt. Cory CISYK- comments on the copter operation.]
(Vatican City: Robin Roberts) The "people's pope, Pope Francis, on the day of his last message this year, featured; scenes shown from Rome of the pope and the crowds and the reporter meeting the pope.
(Studio: Richard Besser) The spiralling cost of cancer drugs examined; price statistics cited. [Leukemia patient Patsy THOMPSON- calls the costs unfair and unethical.] [MD Anderson Cancer Center Dr. Hagop KANTARJIAN- cites the pharmaceutical industry's profitability.] A statement from drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb about Sprycel'a pricing quoted. How this cancer drugs are game-saving drugs noted.
(Washington: John Donvan) Some of ABC's Barbara Walters' 10 most fascinating people of the year reviewed; scenes shown of Walters with President Bill Clinton, Paris Hilton, Martha Stewart, Tiger Woods, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Siegfried, Sarah Palin, k.D. lang and others.