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DIRECTORS PAGE NEXT AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
HEADLINES------------- TEASE ONE------------
HL1) COAST GUARD INVESTIGATION-trxSOTVO TZ1 A SECRET WEAPON FOR PMS-VOTOPS
HL2) WINTER WEATHER-trxVO TZ1 B LION SCARE-NATSVO
HL2) LITTLE GIRL WINTER-trxSOTVO FWC MANATEE WARNING-VO-WIPE
HL3) TARGET SCAM-trxVOTOPS FWC MANATEE WARNING-SOTVO
HL4) LION SCARE-trxVOTOPS STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP
STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP FORECAST-PHC
FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL SECRET WEAPON FOR PMS-OC VO WIPE
BREAKING NEWS-CLIP SECRET WEAPON FOR PMS-SOTVO
COAST GUARD INVESTIGATION-SOTVO-WIPE GEOTAGGING DANGERS-OC VO WIPE
COAST GUARD INVESTIGATION-SOTVO GEOTAGGING DANGERS-SOTVO
BREAKING NEWS-CLIP BULLIED KIDS NOT ACTIVE-OC VOWIPE
BANK ROBBERY-OC SS RED UNDERWEAR LUNAR YEAR-VOWIPE
ROBERT FAIELLA HEARING-OC VO WIPE LION SCARE-VO TOPS
ROBERT FAIELLA HEARING-SOTVO LION SCARE-SOTVO
DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
MARCO BOAT CRASH NEW DETAILS-OC TEASE TWO------------
MARCO BOAT CRASH NEW DETAILS-LL PKG TZ2 A TARGET LINK-SOTVO
FM DRIVEBY NEW DETAILS-BNR-VO TZ2 B GIRL SCOUT EMBEZZLES-VOTOPS
BAD WX IN ATLANTA COVERAGE-2SHOT ANIBOX TARGET LINK-OC
a) stranded in atlanta-votops TARGET LINK-TCMON
b) kids sleeping in schools-votops TARGET LINK-PKG
c) people stranded at home depot-votops TARGET LINK-TCMON
FLOOD INSURANCE VOTE-OTS LOOKING FOR WARM WEATHER HOMES-OC VO
SCOTT'S BUDGET-OC VO NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
CONNIE MACK NOT RUNNING-OC VO TEASE THREE------------
PARVO OUTBREAK-OTS TZ3 A SOUTHERN STORM-SOTVO
CHAR CO MISSING MAN-OTS SS(2) TZ3 B SICK SHIP RETURNS-VO
CREDIT CARD THIEVES-OC VO TZ3 C HERO 10 YEAR OLD-SOTVO
OBAMA MINIMUM WAGE-OC VO CLOSE-2SHOT


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00:39;46 they looked like they were ready for combat.

THERE'S A SITUATION ON FORT MYERS BEACH RIGHT NOW.

IT'S BREAKING AT 5--

FIND OUT WHAT LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES ARE LOOKING FOR--

AND WHAT CRIME TAPE IS SURROUNDING.

RIGHT NOW- SNOW IN THE SOUTH BRINGS TRAFFIC TO A STANDSTILL.

PEOPLE STRANDED FOR HOURS IN THEIR CARS AND ON SCHOOL BUSES.

SOT/LITTLE GIRL "I was super scared if I don''t get home to my parents I will freak out."

WE'LL SHOW YOU SOME OF THE AMAZING VIDEO.

REMEMBER THE TARGET HACKING?

ABC-7 HAS UNCOVERED SCAMMERS ARE NOW *TARGETING* PEOPLE WHOSE INFORMATION WAS ALREADY COMPROMISED.

YOU'LL GET DETAILS IN TODAY'S SMART SHOPPER.

AND KIDS ON VACATION GET THE SCARE OF THEIR LIVES WHEN THEY GET SOME UNEXPECTED ATTENTION FROM A PAIR OF LIONS.

WHAT THE PARK SAYS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED.

ABC 7 NEWS AT 5 STARTS RIGHT NOW. Return to index of stories...


HL1) COAST GUARD INVESTIGATION-trxSOTVO


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HL2) WINTER WEATHER-trxVO


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HL2) LITTLE GIRL WINTER-trxSOTVO


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HL3) TARGET SCAM-trxVOTOPS


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HL4) LION SCARE-trxVOTOPS


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STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP


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FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL


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BREAKING NEWS-CLIP


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COAST GUARD INVESTIGATION-SOTVO-WIPE


At first I thought it was a training exercise, and then we saw

the big Sheriff's boat go by, coast guard boat and then lots of

unmarked cop cars. 00:39:32

WE START WITH BREAKING NEWS.

WE'RE WATCHING A SITUATION UNFOLD ON FORT MYERS BEACH.

WE'RE SEEING ARMED LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES AND U-S COAST GUARD MEMBERS.

WITNESSES NEAR THE DOCK SAW THEM WEARING FULL TACTICAL GEAR.

THEY DREW THEIR ASSAULT RIFLES.

POSITIONED.

READY FOR ACTION.

BUT RIGHT NOW THEY'RE KEEPING DETAILS SECRET--

ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE HURRICANE BAY AREA OF THE BEACH.

WE HAVE SEEN CRIME TAPE UP SURROUNDING A BOAT.

OUR CREW TALKED TO WITNESSES WHO WATCHED ANIMAL SERVICES TAKING AWAY A PITBULL. Return to index of stories...


COAST GUARD INVESTIGATION-SOTVO


00:40:33 we've seen them do rescues, and stuff but nothing like that.

Not where they have their guns out and everything. Definitely

different. 00:40:42

00:39;46 they looked like they were ready for combat. Helmets, guns,

the whole nine. They had it all. 00:39:53

WE HAVE A CREW THERE GATHERING NEW DETAILS.

THEY'VE SEEN SOME PEOPLE BEING GET QUESTIONED BY DEPUTIES.

THEY JUST CONFIRMED THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE WATER-BORNE STRIKE TEAM WAS INVOLVED.

STAY WITH ABC 7 AS THIS STORY DEVELOPS. Return to index of stories...


BREAKING NEWS-CLIP


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BANK ROBBERY-OC SS


HAPPENING NOW.DEPUTIES ARE ON THE SCENE OF A BANK ROBBERY IN EAST NAPLES.

JUST INTO THE ABC7 NEWSROOM -

DETECTIVES GAVE US THESE PHOTOS OF THE ROBBER.

THEY SAY HE WENT INTO THE REGENTS BANK ON U-S 41 EAST BEFORE THREE THIS AFTERNOON - SHOWED THE TELLER A GUN AND DEMANDED CASH.

ABC7 CREWS ARE ON THE SCENE

STAY WITH US FOR THE LATEST ON AIR AND ONLINE - ABC-7.COM. Return to index of stories...


ROBERT FAIELLA HEARING-OC VO WIPE


NEW AT 5 --

A CAPE CORAL MAN CALLS HIMSELF THE BIT COIN KING.

WELL NOW HE'S FACING FEDERAL CHARGES.

ROBERT FAIELLA WAS ARRESTED MONDAY FOR MONEY LAUNDERING --

IN A WAY YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF.

AUTHORITIES SAY THE CAPE CORAL MAN EXCHANGED CASH FOR BITCOINS TO BE USED ANONYMOUSLY ON AN ILLEGAL DRUG WEB SITE CALLED "SILK ROAD."

"BITCOINS" ARE A VIRTUAL CURRENCY THAT OPERATES OUTSIDE GOVERNMENT AND BANKING REGULATION.

TODAY --

A JUDGE GRANTED FAIELLA BOND AND ORDERED HIM TO REMAIN ON HOME DETENTION WITH A MONITORING DEVICE. Return to index of stories...


ROBERT FAIELLA HEARING-SOTVO


david Braun/defense attorney: we're very happy he was released on bond, we're very glad he has the conditions he has because he does suffer from a lot of medical problems and he has handicaps

FAIELLA FACES UP TO TWENTY YEARS IN PRISON IF CONVICTED.

HIS CO-DEFENDANT -- CHARLIE SHREM -- IS A LEADER IN THE BITCOIN MOVEMENT.

HE'S C-E-O OF THE COMPANY BIT-INSTANT.

AUTHORITIES SAY SHREM HELPED FUNNEL THE MONEY TO SILK ROAD. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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MARCO BOAT CRASH NEW DETAILS-OC


ALL NEW AT FIVE -

ABC-7 IS LEARNING MORE ABOUT A DANGEROUS WATER CHANNEL WHERE A BOATER RAN AGROUND IN COLLIER COUNTY.

THE CRASH SENT A 71-YEAR-OLD WOMAN.

ABC-7'S BRYAN ANDERSON IS ON ISLES OF CAPRI NEAR WHERE IT HAPPENED WITH THE DANGER ON THE WATER.

BRYAN. Return to index of stories...


MARCO BOAT CRASH NEW DETAILS-LL PKG


CHANNEL MARKER 27A IS OFF THE COAST HERE NEAR KEEYWAYDIN.

AND TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA HOW DANGEROUS SITUATIONS LIKE THIS CAN BE.

IT'S LIKE GOING FROM WATER SUDDENLY TO DRY LAND INSTANTLY.

---VO---

THE AVERAGE SPEED IN THESE INNER CHANNELS IS 30 MILES PER HOUR ACCORDING TO THE COMPANY TOW BOAT U-S.

IF YOU USE NEWTON'S LAW OF MOTION THAT'S A 60 MILES PER HOUR IMPACT.

THE 71 YEAR OLD NAPLES RESIDENT YESTERDAY WAS GOING FROM MARCO TO NAPLES WHEN THEY RAN AGROUND.

IT HAPPENED AROUND 4 YESTERDAY AS THE WATER WAS HEADING OUT FOR LOW TIDE.

EVEN IN HIGH TIDE, THOUGH, WE SAW TODAY THE WATER IS ONLY ABOUT A FOOT AND A HALF DEEP THERE.

HER HUSBAND SAYS IT THREW HIS WIFE FORWARD INJURING HER WRISTS ON A TABLE ON THEIR BOAT.

SHE WAS MEDFLIGHTED TO LEE MEMORIAL AS A PRECAUTION.

TOW BOAT CAPTAIN MIKE HEBERT SAYS SHE'S FORTUNATE IT WASN'T WORSE.

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CAPT. MIKE HEBERT, TOW BOAT U-S

20:18:45-:50

Mass in motion, you're going to bounce off your counsel. You might get pitched from the boat.

BUTT TO

20:18:53

Just think about walking into a wall at your house.

THIS IS THE SECOND BOAT TO RUN AGROUND AT THE VERY SPOT CAUING TRAMA ALERTS IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS.

AT 5:30, YOU WON'T BELIEVE HOW MANY RESCUES CAPTAIN HEBERT SAYS HE RESPONDED TO THERE IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS.

ON ISLES OF CAPRI, BRYAN ANDERSON, ABC7. Return to index of stories...


FM DRIVEBY NEW DETAILS-BNR-VO


NEW TONIGHT --

WE'VE DISCOVERED NEW DETAILS ABOUT *HOW* FORT MYERS POLICE TRACKED DOWN AN ACCUSED KILLER.

JAMES BROWN FACES MURDER CHARGES --

IN THE DRIVE-BY SHOOTING OF 17-YEAR-OLD ALEXIS WILSON THIS WEEKEND.

ACCORDING TO NEWLY-RELEASED ARREST REPORT --

SEVERAL WITNESSES FIRST IDENTIFIED BROWN -- WHO GOES BY BABY JAMES -- IN A PHOTO LINEUP!

THEN --

POLICE USED BROWN'S CELL PHONE TO TRACK HIM TO THE JACKSON STREET APARTMENTS.

THEY ARRESTED HIM MONDAY NIGHT.

THE VICTIMS SAID BROWN MAY HAVE BEEN TARGETING A RIVAL GANG MEMBER WHO IN A CAR HE WAS FOLLOWING. Return to index of stories...


BAD WX IN ATLANTA COVERAGE-2SHOT ANIBOX


ABC7 IS FINDING A LOT OF AMAZING VIDEO THAT SHOWS YOU EXACTLY WHAT PEOPLE IN THE SOUTH ARE DEALING WITH TONIGHT.

THIS WILL REALLY MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE THERE.

BUT TRUST MEAN -- WITH THIS WEATHER -- YOU DON'T WANT TO BE.

IN ATLANTA -- THOUSANDS OF CARS STILL SIT STRANDED TONIGHT ON THE HIGHWAY.

TAKE A LOOK!

DRIVERS SAT FOR HOURS IN THEIR CARS WAITING FOR TRAFFIC TO CLEAR.

THE MAYOR SAYS THE CITY HAS DEALT WITH ALMOST 800 CRASHES SINCE THE SNOW BEGAN FALLING.

SOME HUNKERED DOWN IN THEIR CARS OVERNIGHT.

OTHERS ABANDONED THEM --

DESPARATE TO GET WARM.

AND LOOK AT THIS.

SLICK ROADS FORCED THOUSANDS OF ALABAMA STUDENTS TO SLEEP IN THEIR SCHOOLS.

TEACHERS AND SCHOOL WORKERS KEPT THE CHILDREN ENTERTAINED WITH VIDEO GAMES - AND RAIDED THE CAFETERIA FOR FOOD.

HOME DEPOT OPENED ITS DOORS.

THEY LET PEOPLE STAY INSIDE 26 STORES IN ALABAMA AND GEORGIA.

A SPOKESPERSON SAYS HE'S HEARD STORIES OF CUSTOMERS WATCHING MOVIES IN STORE BREAK ROOMS.

AT ONE STORE, WORKERS OPENED UP AN INDOOR GARDEN AREA TO BE A QUIET AREA FOR READING.

WE HAVE MUCH MORE ON THE WINTER WEATHER COMING UP ON ABC-7 NEWS AT 5:30. Return to index of stories...


a) stranded in atlanta-votops


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b) kids sleeping in schools-votops


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c) people stranded at home depot-votops


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FLOOD INSURANCE VOTE-OTS


A STORY WE'RE WATCHING CLOSELY!

THE SENATE COULD VOTE AGAIN AS EARLY AS TODAY --

ON A PLAN TO DELAY FLOOD INSURANCE HIKES FOR FOUR YEARS.

IT STAVES OFF SOME FLORIDIANS HAVING TO FACE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN INCREASES TO THEIR FLOOD INSURANCE.

THOSE INCREASES STEM FROM A 2012 LAW --

CUTTING FEDERAL SUBSIDIES TO THE PROGRAM.

AGAIN, TOOK MULTIPLE VOTES IN THE SENATE.

AND IT STILL FACES AN UPHILL BATTLE IN THE HOUSE.

BUT THIS ONE MATTERS TO YOU AND FLORIDA.

WE'LL KEEP WATCHING IT. Return to index of stories...


SCOTT'S BUDGET-OC VO


THREE THINGS JUMPED OUT FROM FLORIDA GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT'S NEW BUDGET PLAN --

EDUCATION, TAX CUTS, AND WATER QUALITY.

THE GOVERNOR WANTS TO ADD MORE THAN A HALF BILLION DOLLARS TO PUBLIC EDUCATION.

HE'S PROPOSING A HALF BILLION MORE IN TAX CUTS.

AND HE'S TALKING ABOUT TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS PAYING FOR EFFORTS TO IMPROVE WATER QUALITY.

THE GOVERNOR WANTS TO ADD 130-MILLION TO THE BUDGET AS A PART OF EVERGLADES RESTORATION.

THAT INCLUDES LIMITING THE IMPACTS OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE FRESH WATER RELEASES INTO THE CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER.

HERE'S HOW THIS WORK.

HE'LL SEND THE BUDGET TO THE LEGISLATURE.

THEY'LL TWEAK IT.

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CONNIE MACK NOT RUNNING-OC VO


ABC7 IS CONTINUING TO FOLLOW WHO WILL FILL THE DISTRICT 19 SEAT LEFT OPEN BY TREY RADEL.

TONIGHT ABC7 CAN TELL YOU A WELL-KNOWN SOUTHWEST NAME AND FACE WON'T BE IN THE RUNNING.

ABC7 REACHED OUT TO FORMER CONGRESSMAN CONNIE MACK.

HE CONFIRMED TO US THAT HE WILL NOT ENTER THE RACE.

HE REPRESENTED OUR AREA FROM 2005 UNTIL RADEL TOOK OFFICE IN 2013.

IN 2012.MACK RAN FOR U-S SENATE AGAINST BILL NELSON AND LOST.

RADEL AND MACK ARE CLOSE FRIENDS. Return to index of stories...


PARVO OUTBREAK-OTS


PET OWNERS --

LISTEN UP!

ABC7 LEARNED --

MORE PUPPIES AND YOUNG DOGS IN LEE COUNTY ARE COMING DOWN WITH PARVO-VIRUS.

THAT'S A DEADLY DISEASE CAUSING SEVERE VOMITING, DIARRHEA, AND LETHARGY.

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.

YOU CAN GET A VACCINE TO PREVENT THIS.

IT COSTS 10 DOLLARS.

LEE COUNTY DOMESTIC ANIMAL SERVICES ADDS GETTING THE VACCINE IS MUCH CHEAPER THAN TREATING THE VIRUS. Return to index of stories...


CHAR CO MISSING MAN-OTS SS(2)


A PORT CHARLOTTE MAN MISSING FOR ALMOST A WEEK COULD BE IN SERIOUS DANGER.

JOHN SIMMONS FAMILY REPORTED HIM MISSING ON SUNDAY.

HE DIDN'T SHOW UP FOR DINNER.

HE WAS LAST SEEN ALIVE ON THURSDAY.

FAMILY FOUND HIS CELL, KEYS AND A NOTE IN HIS HOUSE ON WABASH AVENUE.

OFFICERS ARE NOT SAYING WHAT HE WROTE.

THEY DO WANT TO FIND HIM.

SIMMONS DRIVES A WHITE 2000 FORD F-150 TRUCK WITH A RED STRIPE.

IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING CALL CHARLOTTE COUNTY DEPUTIES OR CRIMESTOPPERS. Return to index of stories...


CREDIT CARD THIEVES-OC VO


AN UPDATE TO A STORY ABC7 BROUGHT YOU ALL NEW LAST NIGHT AT 11 -

DEPUTIES SAY AN ANONYMOUS TIP LED THEM TO A MARRIED COUPLE WHO THEY SAY USED STOLEN CREDIT CARDS.

SIXTA RIVERA AND ALFREDO MEDINA ADMIT THEY STOLE CREDIT CARDS FROM AN UNLOCKED CAR IN LEHIGH ACRES.

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SHOWS THEM ON SPENDING SPREES IN WALMART AND WALGREENS.

DEPUTIES CONFRONTED THE COUPLE AND THEY TURNED THEMSELVES IN. Return to index of stories...


OBAMA MINIMUM WAGE-OC VO


TODAY --

PRESIDENT OBAMA ECHOED WHAT HE SAID DURING LAST NIGHT'S STATE OF THE UNION --

AGAIN LOBBYING CONGRESS TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE.

TODAY HE TOURED A COSTCO IN MARYLAND.

THAT STORE ALREADY PAYS EMPLOYEES MORE THAN MINIMUM WAGE.

WORKERS START AT 11-50 AN HOUR.

THE AVERAGE JUMPS TO 20 AN HOUR!

THE PRESIDENT WANTS MINIMUM WAGE BUMPED TO MORE THAN 10 BUCKS AN HOUR.

TOMORROW THE PRESIDENT WILL SHARE A SIMILAR MESSAGE IN WISCONSIN AND TENNESSEE. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE ONE------------


CRAMPS.

HEADACHES.

BLOATING.

MOOD SWINGS.

ALL SOMETIMES UNBEARABLE SYMPTOMS OF P-M-S.

TONIGHT - ABC7 REVEALS THE SECRET WEAPON FOR THAT TIME OF THE MONTH.

NATS OF LIONS ROARING

REMEMBER HE'S THE KING OF THE JUNGLE.

SEE EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO SOME CHILDREN WHEN THEY "POKED" THE LION IN THE WILD. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A SECRET WEAPON FOR PMS-VOTOPS


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TZ1 B LION SCARE-NATSVO


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FWC MANATEE WARNING-VO-WIPE


ABC-7 HAS LEARNED A LARGE GROUP OF MANATEES --

ARE TAKING REFUGE IN THE WARM WATERS OF ORANGE RIVER TONIGHT.

BUT MARINE EXPERTS WORRY --

THAT COULD PUT THE GENTLE SEA COWS IN DANGER.

THE WARMER WATER COMES FROM THE DISCHARGE OF THE F-P-L POWER PLANT THAT'S UPSTREAM.

FISH AND WILDLIFE WORRIES ABOUT BOATERS.

SOME DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE NO WAKE ZONES IN THAT AREA.

THEY'LL FLY THROUGH THERE --

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FWC MANATEE WARNING-SOTVO


31:40 "Obviously when you get out into the main channels you've got a lot more boat traffic and a lot faster speeds so I mean when these manatees are migrating back to the grass flats people need to be aware of their surrounding and just use caution."

ABC-7'S CAMERA FOUND A FEW MANATEES BEARING SCARS THAT BOAT PROPELLERS CREATED. Return to index of stories...


STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP


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FORECAST-PHC


THIS WEATHERCAST HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE ABC7 WEATHER STAFF.

IT IS NOT A VERBATIM OF WHAT IS BEING SAID, BUT IS THE FORECAST FOR OUR AREA. Return to index of stories...


SECRET WEAPON FOR PMS-OC VO WIPE


BLOATING, FATIGUE AND HEADACHES.

JUST A FEW OF THE SYMPTOMS THAT COME WITH P-M-S.

NOW RESEARCHERS SAY THEY'VE UNCOVERED A NEW-OLD REMEDY.

ACUPUNCTURE.

AS MANY AS 80 PERCENT OF WOMEN DEAL WITH PMS.

RESEARCHERS LOOKED AT 8 STUDIES ON ACUPUNCTURE.

THEY FOUND IT REDUCED SYMPTOMS BY 78 PERCENT WITHIN 2 TO 4 TREATMENTS.

ACUPUNCTURISTS SAY IT IS SOMETHING TO CONSIDER IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A

DRUG-FREE WAY TO TREAT YOUR SYMPTOMS. Return to index of stories...


SECRET WEAPON FOR PMS-SOTVO


CG: Jamie Starkey/Cleveland Clinic

"So, patients will typically come in to see an acupuncturist if they've been on

medication that's not working. They can use acupuncture to start tapering down

off of their medication, or to eliminate the need to use medication

altogether." :12

IN ALL OF THE STUDIES, RESEARCHERS SAY THEY FOUND NO MAJOR SIDE-EFFECTS. Return to index of stories...


GEOTAGGING DANGERS-OC VO WIPE


NEW TONIGHT --

HEAR THIS WARNING ABOUT THE APPS ON YOUR SMART PHONE.

DID YOU KNOW --

CERTAIN APPS TELL STRANGERS WHERE YOU ARE --

EVEN WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT IT.

THESE APPS USE TECHNOLOGY CALLED GEOTAGGING.

IT ENHANCES HOW THE APPS WORK FRO YOU --

BUT IT CAN ALSO REVEAL YOUR EXACT LOCATION.

FOR EXAMPLE --

LOOKING ON AN APP CALLED BANJO --

WE COULD SEE EVERYONE WHO HAD GEO-TAGGING TURNED AND WHO WAS POSTING.

ON TWITTER TRAVIS SICKLE POSTED HE WAS ABOUT TO EAT CHICKEN AND WAFFLES.

EMBEDDED IN THAT MESSAGE?

HIS EXACT LOCATION. Return to index of stories...


GEOTAGGING DANGERS-SOTVO


"To know where everybody is. I know the World's connected today but sometimes maybe you don't want to be connected. Maybe you just want to be going about your day. If people know where you are, it's kind of freaky."

ABC7 CAN GIVE YOU A SIMPLE FIX.

CHECK THE SETTINGS ON YOUR PHONE AND TURN OFF GEOTAGGING SERVICES. Return to index of stories...


BULLIED KIDS NOT ACTIVE-OC VOWIPE


KIDS WHO ARE BULLIED ARE LESS LIKELY TO BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE.

A NEW REPORT SAYS THOSE WHO ARE TEASED DURING GYM CLASS OR WHILE PLAYING SPORTS EXCERCISED LESS A YEAR LATER.

THE STUDY LOOKED AT FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADERS.

IT HELD TRUE FOR KIDS WHO WERE OVERWEIGHT AS WELL AS THOSE WHO AREN'T.

RESEARCHERS SAY IT SHOWS THE IMPORTANCE OF POLICIES THAT DISCOURAGE BULLYING. Return to index of stories...


RED UNDERWEAR LUNAR YEAR-VOWIPE


IN CHINA --

YOU'LL FIND THE LATEST FASHION TREND BENEATH YOUR CLOTHES.

RED UNDERWEAR HAS TAKEN OVER --

BECAUSE OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

RED TRADITIONALLY REPRESENTS GOOD LUCK AND PROSPERITY.

IT ALSO GIVES YOU THE POWER TO FIGHT OFF EVIL SPIRITS.

PEOPLE BELIEVE.

IN FACT --

ONE STORE SAYS IT SELLS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PAIRS OF RED UNDERWEAR EVERY YEAR!

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LION SCARE-VO TOPS


A SCARE FOR TOURISTS IN SOUTH AFRICA.

AND IT'S ALL CAUGHT ON A CELLPHONE.

A TOO-CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH A PAIR OF LIONS AT A NATIONAL PARK IN SOUTH AFRICA.

CHILDREN LEANING OUT OF THE CAR TO GET PICTURES OF THE LIONS- WHEN THEY'RE QUICKLY REMINDED WHO IS KING OF THE JUNGLE. Return to index of stories...


LION SCARE-SOTVO


W

NATS OF LIONS ROARING

YOU SEE THOSE KIDS SCRAMBLING TO GET BACK INSIDE.

THE PARK SAYS IF THE LION HAD DECIDED TO ATTACK- THERE WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ENOUGH TIME FOR THOSE CHILDREN TO ROLL UP THE WINDOW.

THE PARK'S RULES CLEARLY STATE THAT NO PART OF THE BODY MAY PROTRUDE FROM THE CAR.

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TEASE TWO------------


13:26:29 Bobby DeJohn - TARGET SHOPPER

"People will do whatever they can to get you these days."

ALL NEW TONIGHT -

YOU AND TARGET ARE ONCE AGAIN TARGETS.

WHAT HACKERS ARE DOING THIS TIME TO GET YOUR INFORMATION.

ABC7'S SMART SHOPPER TALKED TO THE EXPERTS TO FIND OUT WHAT -- IF ANYTHING -- WE CAN DO.

AND COOKIE SALES STOLEN.

TONIGHT - THE WOMAN WHO STOLE FROM THE GIRL SCOUTS SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO LEAD.

HOW THE SCOUTS GOT TO THE BOTTOM OF THE EMBEZZLEMENT. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A TARGET LINK-SOTVO


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TZ2 B GIRL SCOUT EMBEZZLES-VOTOPS


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TARGET LINK-OC


IT'S ONE OF THE LARGEST STORE DATA BREACHES IN HISTORY.

TARGET HIT BY HACKERS.

ARE YOU ONE OF THE ROUGHLY 70 MILLION PEOPLE WHO GOT AN EMAIL FROM TARGET ABOUT YOUR INFORMATION BEING COMPROMISED?

IF SO, BE CAREFUL.

SCAMMERS ARE AGAIN TARGETING TARGET.

THIS TIME IT'S ONLINE.

ABC7 SMART SHOPPER CHLOE MORRONI JOINS US LIVE.

CHLOE - ASIDE FROM AVOIDING OUR FAVORITE STORE ALL-TOGETHER IT SEEMS THERE'S NOTHING WE CAN DO? Return to index of stories...


TARGET LINK-TCMON


TARGET SAYS IT'S STOPPED AT LEAST 12 SCAMS THAT WENT OUT TO ITS CUSTOMERS EMAILS AND FACEBOOK PAGES, BUT THERE ARE MORE OUT THERE. Return to index of stories...


TARGET LINK-PKG


LAURA BARBER SHOPS AT TARGET ALL THE TIME AND USED HER DEBIT CARD THERE DURING THE SECURITY BREACH OVER THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON…SO HER BANK DIDN'T TAKE ANY CHANCES. THEY CANCELLED HER OLD CARD AND SENT HER A NEW ONE.

19:10 -:19

"It was a really great thing for them to send it to us because we weren't expecting it and we didn't know how to handle the situation."

BUT THE SITUATION HAS BEEN A REAL MESS FOR MILLIONS, SO IN A RECENT EFFORT TO GAIN BACK SOME TRUST, TARGET SENT AN EMAIL TO CUSTOMERS OFFERING FREE CREDIT MONITORING FOR A YEAR.

11:03 - 11:08 Amanda Thesier - TARGET SHOPPER

"I understand they're trying to put a stop to the credit card scam and all that stuff but it's obviously not working."

HERE'S THE PROBLEM, SCAMMERS ARE ALSO ON THE PROWL SENDING OUT SIMILAR EMAILS TRYING TO GET YOUR CARD INFORMATION.

13:26:29 Bobby DeJohn - TARGET SHOPPER

"People will do whatever they can to get you these days."

12:13- 12:17 Amanda

It's sad; I think people need to seriously get a life."

TARGET IS WARNING PEOPLE NOT TO OPEN AN EMAIL THAT LOOKS LIKE IT CAME FROM THEM…IF YOU ALREADY DID, TARGET HAS POSTED A COPY OF THE EMAIL IT SENT ONLINE, SO MAKE SURE THE EMAIL YOU OPENED, THE ADDRESS IT CAME FROM, AND THE LINK YOU CLICKED ALL MATCH UP…IF THEY DON'T, AND ESPECIALLY IF YOU CLICKED A LINK TO AN EXTERNAL WEBSITE AND ENTERED PERSONAL INFORMATION, YOU NEED TO ACT NOW.

BUT TO KEEP THAT FROM HAPPENING, GO TO CREDITMONITORING.TARGET.COM DIRECTLY TO ENROLL IN THE FREE CREDIT MONITORING.

AFTERALL, AS LAURA SAYS, IT'S BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY.

21:10

"Just really watch your email make sure you're contacting the right people." Return to index of stories...


TARGET LINK-TCMON


TARGET ALSO WANTS TO EMPHASIZE, IT WILL NEVER EMAIL A CUSTOMER AND ASK FOR PERSONAL INFORMATION LIKE A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION.

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LOOKING FOR WARM WEATHER HOMES-OC VO


COLD WEATHER IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY IS GOOD NEWS FOR FLORIDA.

WHEN COLD WEATHER HITS- PEOPLE LOOK FOR HOMES IN WARMER CLIMATES INCLUDING RIGHT HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

REAL ESTATE WEBSITE TRULIA SAYS BETWEEN DECEMBER FIRST AND NOW THERE WAS A HUGE SPIKE IN HOME SEARCHES.

WITH EVERY 10 DEGREES THE TEMPERATURE DROPPED - HOME SEARCHES INCREASED BY 2-POINT-6 PERCENT.

THERE WERE ALSO TWICE AS MANY SEARCHES FOR

WARM WEATHER WINTER VACATIONS. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE THREE------------


NAT: this is absolutely, positively ludicrous

LITTLE GIRL SUPER CUTEoff the school bus: "I was super scared."

ICE.

SNOW.

AND SERIOUS WINTER WEATHER CHAOS.

THE SOUTH CAN'T HANDLE IT --

BUT THEY'RE GETTING IT.

TONIGHT --

SEE THE NASTY BACKUPS IN MAJOR CITIES --

WHERE CHILDREN WERE FORCED TO SLEEP AT SCHOOL OVERNIGHT.

FROM THE SHIP TO THE AMBULANCE.

TONIGHT - THE ALMOST ONE THOUSAND PASSENGERS SICK ON BOARD A CRUISE ARE BACK ON LAND.

THE NASTY NOROVIRUS OUTBREAK AND WHAT PASSENGERS ARE DOING RIGHT NOW.

It was late at night and super cold out and their garage was open and something just didn't feel right."

HIS TEN-YEAR-OLD INTUITION THEN KICKED IN.

IN ABC7'S NEXT HALF HOUR --

HOW THAT GUT FEELING SAVED AN ELDERLY WOMAN'S LIFE. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A SOUTHERN STORM-SOTVO


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TZ3 B SICK SHIP RETURNS-VO


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TZ3 C HERO 10 YEAR OLD-SOTVO


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CLOSE-2SHOT


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