This program is 29 minutes long
(Reagan National Airport: Tom Costello) The impact of the storm on travel reviewed; scenes shown of highway accidents in Tennessee and on Interstate 95, snow in the Northeast, ice on Cape Cod, people sleeping in airports; details given about the shutdown of the government and schools in Washington, DC and the government’s new rules to limit the time passengers can be stranded on planes; statement from the Air Transport Assn. quoted. [Cape Cod MAN, travelers Jennifer BENZ, Juanita ORTIZ– react.] [Passenger Link CHRISTIAN- recalls being stranded on the tarmac in Rochester, Minnesota last summer.] [Transportation Secretary Ray LaHOOD- comments on the airline rules.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) The headline of tomorrow’s “Daily Mail” about the snow in Europe shown.
(London: Stephanie Gosk) The suspension of the Eurostar trains linking London and Paris when a breakdown stranded trains in the tunnel under the English Channel featured; scenes shown from London’s St. Pancras station and passengers who were trapped on the trains; details given about an electrical failure caused by the weather. [Several TRAVELERS, college student Lauren PLITKINS– react.] [Eurostar COO Nicolas PETROVIC- comments on what happened.] Flight delays and cancellations noted.
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Louisville: Janet Shamlian) The impact of the weather on holiday shipping and shopping featured; details given about the increase in online sales due to the weather and extended hours for Target and Toys R Us; statistics cited. [UPS Airlines president Robert LEKITES- comments on rerouting flights.] [Comscore chairman Gian FULGONI- notes retailers have been aggressive in putting deals on Twitter and Facebook.] [Storehouse Partners retail analyst Patty EDWARDS- says we may see more discounting.] [SHOPPER – comments.]
(Capitol: Kelly O’Donnell) The Senate’s vote on the health care bill featured; scenes shown of senators arriving at the Capitol after midnight; details given about what will change in health care. [Senators Tom COBURN, Tom HARKIN, Ben NELSON, Harry REID - comment.]
(New York: Robert Bazell) The rise in thyroid cancer among women examined; statistics cited; details given about treatment and the role of radiation as a cause. [Patient Brooke WESTBROOK– comments.] [Emory University School of Medicine Dr. Amy CHEN- says we need more investigation as to the possible causes.]
(Tehran: Ali Arouzi) Unrest in Iran after the death of Ayatollah Hossein Montazeri, a critic of the hardliners and defender of the opposition, featured; scenes and photos shown of the funeral and protests in Qum; details given of his role in the Islamic revolution and the reform movement.
(Bunnell, Florida: Roger O’Neil) The Giving Store, where children in need get gifts to give, featured. [10-year-old Alana WILLIAMS- comments.] [Flagler County, Florida Giving Store Sherry CALDERARO, Mary Ann KIRBY- comment on the joy of giving and what Christmas is all about.]