LOS ANGELES, CA -
Leonard Nimoy, the actor who portrayed Mr. Spock on Star Trek, has died at the age of 83.
Nimoy, who made famous the catchphrase: live long and prosper on the show, had been hospitalized at UCLA medical center with breathing difficulties days earlier. He suffered from COPD.
BOSTON, MA -
The nor'easter in our area heads to Canada next, but not before it dumped almost 2 feet of snow on a town just north of Boston overnight.
It stopped in our nation's capital by early morning, and in New York by late morning. Central Park was covered in 6 inches, while Boston was hit with 15".
While the snow has stopped, it leaves bitter cold in its wake. An HLN reporter stood outside in Chicago with a large thermometer reading -20°F.
Even the salt workers are putting down on the roads isn't working, because salt doesn't actually melt anything if it's below 20°F.
According to FlightAware.com, which tracks flight cancellations, more than 2,000 flights have been cancelled for Friday. For Thursday, more than 2,600 flights were cancelled.
It is estimated that 1 in 3 Americans are impacted by this storm, either in being covered by snow, or by travel.
6abc is forecasting just 4°F tonight for our area, the coldest temperature since January of 2009.
Make sure to tell us what it is like in your area!
By Ben Wolverton (@BWolvertonWBNC)
WASHINGTON, DC -
While giving a speech today on Heathcare.gov in the Rose Garden, President Obama stopped mid sentence to put his arm around a pregnant woman who almost fainted. (VIDEO below)
"This happens when I talk too long," Obama joked as the woman smiles. Another woman comes and helps the woman away.
The crowd applauded and Obama continued. CNN interviewed the woman, named Karmel Allison, via phone. See the video below.
By Ben Wolverton (@BWolvertonWBNC)
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
The Lincoln Memorial was splattered by paint by vandals early Friday morning, and the monument will be closed until it is cleaned up.
Police say they were alerted around 1:30am Friday that vandals had splattered green paint on the leg and base of the 19 foot tall Lincoln monument, and that the attraction is now closed.
There were no descernable letters or markings, and they hope to have it opened sometime today.
The statue honoring our 16th president has a lot of history behind it, being dedicated in 1922, Lincoln sits in a nearly 100 foot tall marble column facing the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol. It is also where, in 1963, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King gave his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.
More than 6 million people visited the Lincoln Memorial in 2012.
By Marisa Murphy (@MMurphyWBNC)Morgan Lake
CALVERT COUNTY, MARYLAND -
What would you have done if your car drove off the side of a bridge, plunging 40 feet into the water?
Ask 22 year old, Morgan Lake, a Calvert County Maryland resident whose car was hit by a tractor-trailer twice, straddled the concrete wall of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and soon falling over. Her car quickly filled up with water and she made the decision not to die in the water, quoting, "you can do this." She climbed out of the car through a shattered window and swam to safety.
She survived with what they thought were minor fractures, but turned out to be just bumps and bruises. Morgan was released from Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore on Saturday the 20th.
By Marisa Murphy (@MMurphyWBNC)
PADDINGTON, LONDON -
This past weekend, Kate Middleton was admitted to the St. Mary's hospital in London, and today, she gave birth to a 8lbs 6oz baby boy. She gave birth on July 22nd, at 4:22 pm.
The name of the baby has not yet been released.
The boy is third in line to the throne after father Prince William and grand father Prince Charles. If the baby had been a girl, it would have made history as the first girl to keep her place in line, even if she were to have a brother later.
When the baby was born, the Green park held a 41 gun salute and the Tower of London, a 62 gun salute.
PRESCOTT, Az - 19 firefighters were killed yesterday fighting the Arizona wildfire. They were part of an elite squad to fight the blaze and according to the Prescott Fire Chief, the entire crew was lost, and it took the lives of 20 percent of the Prescott Fire Department.
It was also the deadliest day for firefighters since the attacks on September 11th.
ATLANTA, Ga - In a recent CNN interview with Former President Jimmy Carter reveals he feels that celebrity chef Paula Deen should be forgiven.
Amid allegations that Deen used racial slurs, many of her sponsors and partners have dropped her, including the Food Network, where she hosts several cooking shows, her main job. Her fans have called for a boycott of the network, something Deen said in her Today Show interview that she does not condone.
"She was maybe excessively honest in saying that she had in the past... used this terrible word... I think she has been punished, perhaps overly severely for her honesty... [s]he's apologized profusely."
Carter remembers when the word was used all across the nation, not just in the south, where Deen is from. He is referring to the age of segregation.
Carter advised her to wait for "the dust [to] settle and make apologies."
Carter was asked about several issues during the interview, including the recent gay marriage decisions, something he says should be nationwide, and the NSA and Edward Snowden, who Carter defended.
He also talked about organized religions that use their belief system to oppress women worldwide.
QUEENS, NY - According to a recent issue of magazine "The New Yorker," Bert & Ernie, who live on Sesame Street, might come out.
The cover is called "Moment of Joy" (see above), and shows Bert and Ernie cuddling as they watch a TV. On the screen appears to be members of the United States Supreme Court, which recently ended the Defense of Marriage Act, and ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional in favor of gay marriage.
There has been lost of speculation about the pair's relationship, prompting a 2011 petition urging the two to marry. Sesame Street answered the speculation with a statement on their Facebook page, stating that the characters were just "best friends."
They also said that though the Sesame Street Muppets(tm) possess many human traits and are identified as males, "they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation."
Gay marriage is in fact legal in New York, where Sesame Street takes place.
A scary new trend among children: Picking on kids with food allergies.
While forcing a fellow student to eat a peanut, or rubbing peanut butter cracker crumbs through someone's hair may be just obnoxious bullying to most, but to the 5.9 million children in the U.S. that suffere from life-threatening food allergies, it's deadly.
There was a time when bullies on gave wedgies or took kid's lunch money, but now they are using food as a weapon.
Between 1997 and 2007, food allergies have gone up 18 percent, with only eight foods making up 90 of the allergies, those being: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish, and shellfish.
What do you think about this new trend?
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