This program is 29 minutes long
(Moscow: Jim Maceda) The Volgograd attacks 5 weeks before American athletes begin arriving for the Sochi Olympic Games reviewed; scenes shown of the blown-out bus, yesterday’s train station blast; details given about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s response and the suspicion the attacks were inspired by Chechen warlord Doku Umarov, who has called for disrupting the Olympics by killing civilians. [Security expert Charles HECKER- comments on security around Sochi.] [Center for Strategic and International Studies Andrew KUCHINS- worries about a series of concerted attacks.] The US offer of cooperation with Russia on security noted.
(Studio: Lester Holt) Live conversation held with NBC News counterterrorism analyst Michael Leiter about the terror threat. [LEITER - outlines what the US can do.]
(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The FAA’s selection of 6 states for the development of commercial drones featured; details given about Amazon’s proposal to deliver packages via drone; map shown of test sites. [FAA administrator Michael HUERTA- comments on understanding the safety of these aircraft.] [Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Ron GEORGE- says this is a Kitty Hawk moment in the history of aviation.] [Representative Adam SCHIFF- comments on privacy concerns and drones with cameras.]
(The Weather Channel: Kelly Cass) The latest blast of frigid weather and the forecast for New Year’s Eve presented; maps shown.
(London: Martin Fletcher) The latest efforts to rescue the research ship trapped in the ice in Antarctica featured; scenes shown of the stuck ship, a helicopter from the Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon; details given about the failure of 3 icebreakers. [Expedition members John BLACK, Naysa BALCAZAR-CABRERA, Alicia GUERRERO, expedition leader Chris TURNEY- comment on the situation.]
(Studio: Nancy Snyderman) New guidelines recommending that older heavy smokers should get an annual CT scan to detect lung cancer reviewed. [Patient Leslie KINGON- comments.] [Mount Sinai Medical Center Dr. Claudia HENSCHKE- reacts.] The drop in the cost of these scans noted.
(Trenton, New Jersey: Anne Thompson) A follow-up report on the One Simple Wish organization that grants wishes to children in foster care presented; scenes shown of the donated items. [Founder Danielle GLETOW- says it is about one child.] [14-year-old Blessing WILLIAMS – talks about her dance lessons.] [Actress/former foster child Cassidy MACK- comments on granting Blessing’s wish.]