At least one person has died and two others were wounded
when a man opened fire at an office complex in Phoenix yesterday, and a manhunt is
continuing for the shooter. Police do
not believe it was a random shooting, and they have identified the suspect as
70 year old William Harmon – who is to be considered armed and dangerous. The shooting reportedly came over a contract
Kidnapping Standoff Continues
Police in Alabama
say the man who shot a bus driver and took a five year old boy hostage
yesterday was due in court yesterday to face charges in another shooting
incident. According to neighbors, Jimmy
Lee Dykes is a retired truck driver and has quite a volatile reputation since
moving to the area about a year ago. The
standoff continues this morning, but by most accounts the boy is not in danger.
A 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit northern Chile yesterday afternoon. Fortunately it did not trigger a tsunami, and
so far the reports are that damage has been minimal.
Giffords and Guns
congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly testified before a
Senate Committee yesterday about gun violence.
Remember Giffords was shot at a Tucson
mall two years ago, and the couple has since formed a gun control group called
Americans for Responsible Solutions.
Boeing’s Bad Batteries
The problems that Boeing has been having with the batteries
in their jets may be having a bigger impact on one corner of Family Life Nation. Tucson
is the home of the company that makes the battery charger, and the FAA has
called for an investigation into why the batteries aren’t working. No flights have been canceled, but that’s
because their 787s have been grounded.
Now there’s some evidence to suggest that Boeing knew there were issues
before the first batteries failed.
One million Toyotas are being recalled. Included in the list
are some Corolla and Lexus models. The Corollas airbag can deploy unexpectedly.
The Lexus windshield wipers don’t work when there’s a lot of snow. To see
if yours is a part of the recall, click here.
Catch a (REALLY BIG) Wave
We don’t talk much about surfing, but have you seen the
pictures of what may be the new world record for biggest wave surfed? It still has to be confirmed, but Garrett
McNamara has reportedly ridden a 100-foot wave off the coast of Portugal. That would better his current record of 90 feet
that was set back in 2011.
Does God Have a Favorite Team?
Who’s going to win the Super Bowl Sunday? Maybe the better question is “Who does God
want to win?” A new poll from the Public
Religion Institute says that 1 in 4 Americans believe God influences the
outcome of sporting events. Perhaps more
interesting is the breakdown of the numbers.
White, evangelical Protestants are most likely to believe God has a hand
in sporting events – almost 40-percent, compared to 29-percent of Catholics and
19-percent of folks in mainline denominations.
Top Mega-Church Cities
A new study by the Barna Group says Las
Vegas is the most mega-church oriented city in America. Nearly one in three Christians in Vegas go to
a church with at least 1,000 people.
Other cities in the Top 5: Baton Rouge,
Tampa/St. Pete, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Houston. The least mega-church oriented city: Salt Lake City, Utah.
Full Disclosure at Work?
If you work in an office, chances are you get to know some
of the more intimate details of each other’s lives – like how your kids are
doing in school. Some offices are taking
that to the next level, by letting employees in on things like company
financial details, peer performance reviews, and in some cases even the
individual pay of everybody in the office.
According to the Wall Street Journal, companies that use this
“Warts-and-All” approach say it builds trust among workers and makes them more
aware of how their contribution affects the whole company.
Finances & Economy
Expired Tax Reduction Affecting Spending
The hike in the payroll tax has had a bigger impact on the
economy than expected. New research
shows that when the government dropped the payroll tax rate for Social Security
to 4-percent, people didn’t think they’d use as much of the extra cash as they
did. Now that the rate is back up to
6-percent, people are realizing just how much they miss that cash – and they’re
making more cuts to their spending as a result.
That study was done by the Federal Reserve Bank in New York and found that tax cuts spread out over
time lead us to spend more than one-time lump sums.
Are you trying to eat better on a budget? Josh Elledge of
Savings Angel says Use coupons. Use them on sundries and other items you don't
care which brand you have. Apply that saved money toward healthier food
choices. Click here for more information.
A down day on Wall Street Wednesday as the DOW JONES was off
by 44 to close at 13,910. The S-and-P
500 was down 6 and the NASDAQ fell 11 – however that was before Facebook stock
tumbled by as much as 10-percent at one point after the close. That’s when the company released their fourth
Deep Sleep and Your Memory
The old grey matter ain’t what it used to be. It’s no secret that your memory skills
decline as you age, even in those who don’t have issues like Alzheimer’s. Now a new study shows one of the reasons for
that – is that the older you get, the less deep sleep you get. Researchers compared a group of 20 year olds
to a group of 70 year olds and found that the older group was 50-percent less
able to remember things after sleeping.
Do you snack in between meals? Nutrition Expert Doug
Ingoldsby says listen to your body.Try to snack on things that are real
food. Sweet cravings are put into the human body for a reason. The reason
is because when you have a nutritional deficiency, you naturally crave sweets.
Back before we started engineering food, where did God put the sweet things? He
put it in the fruit. But also in the fruit, you find your antioxidants,
vitamins, minerals and amino acids. If you’re craving sweets, grab an apple
instead of a piece of cake.