Top of the List: Valentine's Day gender gap, and a mother's cruise ship frustration

Here are the stories people were buzzing about on February 14, 2013

1.  MACBOOK MARKDOWN: If you’ve been saving up to buy a Mac you’re in luck. The computer giant has slashed the prices of two of its laptops.  The $200 discount applies to two versions of the 13-inch Macbook Pro that also have newly updated processors.  The prices are now $1,500 and $1,700. 

Ken Colburn, President of Data Doctors said there are a few reasons the prices came down.  First there is a lot of competition from something called an Ultrabook which is a look-alike laptop and the computer market as a whole is also declining.  Colburn went on to say "the biggest reason they reduced the price was the cost of components went down so they are passing it to their customers."  If you purchased one of the computers with a markdown in the past 14 days, you can return it to the store for a refund on the difference.

2.  FROM GOLD MEDALS TO IRON BARS:  Shock in South Africa as an Olympic hero is accused of murdering his girlfriend.  Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius, known as Blade Runner, has been charged with shooting Reeva Steenkamp inside his home. 

Pistorius made history in London last year when he became the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics.  Steenkamp was a model and law school graduate who used her twitter account to speak out against rape and abuse.  In one of her last tweets, she talked about Valentine’s Day saying "What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow?  It should be a day of love for everyone."

3.  A  MOTHER'S FRUSTRATION:  A woman whose daughter is stranded on the cruise ship Triumph turns to social media to get answers.  Lani Corbett set up a Facebook page for those who were in the same situation. 

"I set the page up simply as a place for people to go to voice their concerns, fears and to try to get more information and provide others with more information.  And it’s ballooned and taken off and I can’t keep up with it anymore," she said.  

The List also spoke with Misty Brumm, who has been on the ship since a fire in the engine room caused it to lose its propulsion system, power and sewage capabilities.  She is keeping a positive outlook and said the crew has been awesome.  

"There's nothing I can do about it. I mean it's been boring, and I've been going to bed when the sun goes down because its been so dark," she said.  

EXCLUSIVE: Hear more of Jan Jeffcoat's interview with Misty Brumm

More than 4,000 people have been stuck on the boat in the Gulf of Mexico on Carnival’s Triumph since Sunday.  Passengers will receive a full refund and an additional 5-hundred dollars.  The ship has been taken out of commission until April.

4.  BIG VALENTINE'S DAY HOOK-UP:  It’s official. US Airways and American Airlines are combining to form the largest airline in the world.  The $11 billion move takes the number of major US airlines down to four.  The combined company will operate under the American Airlines name. 

The List’s Conor Knighton explains what this means for passengers.

"In the short term, there’s nothing to worry about.  It’s completely safe to buy tickets on either airline.  If you have tickets purchased, go about your travel as planned.  It will take months for the merger to be approved and many more months for it to actually happen," said Knighton.

Conor went on to say you shouldn’t be concerned about your miles.  Next week Conor will share the smartest ways to use those miles.

5.  SEXPECTATIONS:  On this day of love a new survey shows a big gender gap in how the day is viewed in the way of sex, money and romance.  Approximately 75 percent of men who watch a romantic movie or go to dinner, think they are going to have sex.  Only 40 percent of women feel the same way.  It begs the question to us, how is this different than any other day?

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