Top of the List: The great gun debate, flufighters and adorable puppy power

Here are the stories creating buzz on January 16, 2013.

1.     THE GREAT GUN DEBATE:  Today President Barack Obama announced a $500 million program he believes will reduce gun violence.  The program included 23 executive actions which do not require Congressional approval.  Among them, requiring Federal agencies to make more information available for background checks and directing the Centers for Disease Control to research gun violence. 

President Obama also said he plans to introduce legislation by next week that would include a ban on assault weapons and limits on high capacity magazines, both would require Congressional approval. 

"If there is only one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there is even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try," he said.

The gun lobby is fighting back, they released an online video that calls the President an "elitist hypocrite" for having armed Secret Service agents guard his own children, while being against armed guards in schools. 

In the last month the National Rifle Association has added more than 250-thousand members.  The NRA has more than 4.5 million members.

2.     FLU FIGHTERS:  Finally something all Americans agree on, they don’t want to get the flu.  A New York soccer team is taking measures to make sure that doesn’t happen. They are banning high fives and fist bumps, but are offering up the alternative of elbow shaking.  Madi Rosegarten, 16, agrees with the decision.

"Handshaking definitely feels more intimate but I think if we’re elbow shaking for good reason, it’ll benefit us," Rosegarten said.  

The Sundance Film Festival in Utah is handing out thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer.  Pop band One Republic is also getting in on the action with a hand washing song that ironically has gone viral.  In the song, they sing "wash your hands til their super duper, you just used a filthy public pooper."  The song is a humorous departure from the theory of singing happy birthday to make sure you are washing your hands for an appropriate amount of time.  All are great ideas, but doctors say the best way to protect yourself is still a flu shot.

3.    STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE:  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been back at work for a week after a concussion and blood clot landed her in the hospital, but her husband Former President Bill Clinton says she’s got a lot of life left.  While speaking at a health conference in California, Clinton said "I tell her that she still has time to have three more husbands after me, so I think she’ll live to be a 120."

4.    CIRQUE DE SO-LAID OFF:  A slew of circus performers are about ready to hit the unemployment line.  Word on Wednesday is that Cirque du Soleil is letting go as many as 600 employees.  The move comes after four major shows closed during an 18-month period. 

5.    PUPPY POWER!  An adorable 3-month-old Chihuahua mix was rescued by lifeguards after falling 80 feet off a San Diego cliff.  He was taken to the veterinarian, and despite his injuries he is doing well.  Bonus, with his big ears he’ll be able to really savor the cat fights between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj on tonight's American Idol debut.


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