This program is 28 minutes long
(Washington: Tom Costello) The impact of this storm featured; scenes shown of flooding in Miami, snow in the Carolinas and Virginia; details given about the impact on retailers the week before Christmas. [Miami residents MAN, Irene JOHNSON– react.] [Washington, DC Department of Transportation John LISLE- comments on preparations for the snow.] [Air TRAVELLER – comments.] [RETAILER – says it will affect our business.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Studio: Al Roker) The weather forecast presented; maps shown.
(Copenhagen: Anne Thompson) The outcome of the climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark featured; details given about the tension between the US and China and about what was and was not agreed on. [President OBAMA - says we can act boldly and decisively in the face of a common threat; says treaties are only as strong as the countries’ commitment to participate.] [The Climate Group, China director CHANGHUA Wu- calls Obama’s words humiliating.]
(Capitol: Kelly O’Donnell) Republican efforts to block the health care reform bill featured; details given of the prolonged discussion on a defense spending bill and the holdouts by Democratic Senators Ben Nelson and Jim Webb; scenes shown of Senator Robert Byrd being wheeled onto the floor. [Senators Harry REID, Mitch McCONNELL, John McCAIN, John KERRY – offer criticism.]
(New York: Robert Bazell) The increase in autism cases examined; CDC survey findings cited. [CDC’s Catherine RICE- comments on the increase.] [Autistic boy’s mother Diane MARSHALL- notes the difficulty of having an autistic child.] [Autism Speaks co-founder Bob WRIGHT- says we need a major effort on research and treatment for autism.]
(Los Angeles: George Lewis) The opening of "Avatar," the most expensive movie ever made, featured; excerpts shown. [Film critic Henry SHEEHAN- predicts it will be the highest grossing movie of the decade.] [Director James CAMERON – says we knew it was going to be expensive.] [Hollywood.com Paul DERGARABEDIAN- predicts the 3-D effects and digital creatures will have long-term effects on technologies.] [Aintitcoolnews.com Harry KNOWLES- says it’s one of the most tremendous science fiction films he’s seen.] [Movie GOER – reacts.]
(Canton, Georgia: Roger O’Neil) The Wreaths Across America effort to place Christmas wreaths at the graves of fallen servicemembers across the country featured; scenes shown from cemeteries; details given about the beginning of the program when Morrill Worcester laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery. [WORCESTER, 2 KIDS – praise the veterans.]