Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 11, 2014
March 11, 2014
No winner in Friday night's drawing for the Mega Millions Lottery. That means tonight's drawing is valued at $309 million ($169 million cash value). Mega Millions is played in 43 states, Washington DC and the US Virgin Islands. Chances of winning the big prize are 1 in 258.9 million.
Our diminishing natural resources:
Could a Fukushima-type meltdown happen here? Maybe so, but after Japan's Fukushima crisis in March, 2011, the nuclear industry went out of its way to downplay the likelihood of a similar crisis occurring at home.
Emails within the U-S Nuclear Regulatory Commission reveal a campaign to suppress American fears of a nuclear meltdown, even as the agency was unsure of the safety of U-S plants.
The NRC emails were released yesterday via the Freedom of Information Act. They show that the agency declined to address reporters' questions about a worst-case scenario and tried to dissuade the press from using its own data on earthquake risks. It even actively hid Japanese engineers from reporters visiting the NRC's operations center in Maryland to distance itself from Fukushima. (Maiman)
LINDSAY LOHAN is clean, sober and stinky. Sources tell the National Enquirer that the rehabbed redhead has suffered from a severe case of athlete's foot for years and the odor is horrible, not to mention embarrassing. Apparently she's refused to dine at a traditional Japanese restaurant because she didn't want to remove her shoes and grossed everyone out at a party in Hollywood. (Lee)
Ratings for LINDSAY LOHAN's first reality show were OK, but not great.
Preliminary Nielsen ratings show Lindsay's story pulled in more than 693-thousand viewers for OPRAH WINFREY's network on Sunday night. That's pretty good for the network --up 57 percent over "Oprah's Master Class" ratings for the same time last year-- but not for some of the other cable channels. "The Walking Dead," gets around 12 million viewers and even re-runs of "Duck Dynasty" and "Law & Order: SVU" average around two-million viewers.
If DANIEL CRAIG has his way, ADELE will sing the theme song for the next James Bond movie. The Confidential gossip column in the New York Daily News says the actor asked the film's producers to reach out to Adele to see if she'll do it. So far, no response. Adele won a Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar for her "Skyfall" theme.
FYI: If she says yes, Adele will be only the second artist who has done more than one Bond theme. SHIRLEY BASSEY is the champ. She's done three Bond theme songs: "Goldfinger," in 1967; "Diamonds Are Forever," in 1971; and 1979's "Moonraker." (Marino)
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