This program is 29 minutes long
(New York: Stephanie Gosk) The New Year’s Eve event in New York City’s Times Square featured; scenes shown of the crowds, the police presence; details given about security precautions and plans for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to trigger the ball drop. [FBI assistant director in charge George VENIZELOS- says New York is the number one US target and we maintain these events like something’s gonna happen.] [2 WOMEN – comment.] The cold weather noted.
(Chicago: Kevin Tibbles) The impact of the winter weather reviewed; scenes shown of traffic accidents in Minneapolis, the frozen Chicago River, snow, the ice rink in Ann Arbor, Michigan before tomorrow’s NHL Winter Classic, hockey fans; details given about the closing of the Spirit Mountain ski area in Duluth because of the cold. [Several PEOPLE – comment.] [The Weather Channel’s Chris WARREN- warns about a major snowstorm in the Northeast.]
(Sochi, Russia: Jim Maceda) Concerns about security for the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia following 2 deadly suicide bombings in Volgograd featured; scenes shown of police in Volgograd, the blast sites; details given about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s response; photo shown of bombing suspect Pavel Pechyonkin; video message from his parents shown. [US speed skater Tucker FREDRICKS- reacts.] [US Olympic Committee CEO Scott BLACKMAN- comments.]
(Washington: Peter Alexander) The progress in enrolling for health insurance plans reviewed.
(Boston: Ron Mott) The gains in the housing market featured; statistics on home prices cited. [Homeowners Justin & Helen ARCHER– comment on their search for a bigger home.] [Bankrate.com financial analyst Greg McBRIDE- says fewer underwater homeowners will open up more housing transactions.] [Yale University professor Robert SHILLER- says home prices are rising in the normal range.] [Realtor Kathleen SULLIVAN- predicts the price increase in the new year will still go up.]
(Denver: Gabe Gutierrez) Colorado's preparations to begin sales of marijuana for recreational use tomorrow featured; details given about the restrictions & regulations. [MAN – comments.] [Shop owner Robin HACKETT- cites the price for an ounce.] [Evergreen Apothecary co-owner Tim CULLEN- describes his preparations.] [University of Denver professor Sam KAMIN- says no other substance is treated the same way.] [420 Bus Tours Rocco JERSHKOBICH- describes pot tourists.] [Drug Free America Foundation Calvina FAY- says it’s going to be a huge disaster.]
(San Francisco: Miguel Almaguer) The identification of the illness that is killing bald eagles in Utah as West Nile virus featured; details given about the belief they became infected from eating Eared Grebes on the Great Salt Lake. [Eagle rescuer Taylor SCHULTE- says it’s what America stands for.] [Utah Wildlife Resources Leslie McFARLANE- says it’s very rare.]
(No location given: Matt Lauer) Discussion held with Medal of Honor recipients about their service and their sacrifice; details given about the heroism of S/Sgt. Leroy Petry, Spec. Ty Carter, Spec. Salvatore Giunta, and retired Col. Jack Jacobs. [PETRY, CARTER, GIUNTA, JACOBS – talk about being in combat; explain what the medal means; describe what makes them afraid today; comment on what should be said to servicemembers.]