May 19th, 2009
10:51 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Swine Flu Vaccine in Sight?

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Penny Manis
AC360° Senior Producer

A NYC hospital says a 16 month-old boy died last night with flu-like symptoms and the Center for Disease Control is looking into whether the baby may have had swine flu.

CDC officials are warning that there already could be up to 100,000 Americans infected with this flu strain-meanwhile South Korean scientists say they’re close to a breakthrough on a possible vaccine. This vaccine has not yet been approved by health authorities in the United States or the World Health Organization.
Sanjay Gupta will check all this out for you tonight.

Hey gas guzzlers- hold onto your seat belts: President Obama, Gov Arnold Schwarzeneggar and Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm will announce a plan today for stricter fuel-economy standards in an effort to cut down on pollution… we’ll let u know what it means for you.

Congressional Republicans continue to stoke the flames over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s accusations that the CIA lied to her about water boarding. Will Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele use this issue to rally the base when he speaks at a gathering later today?

Remember Michael Vick, the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback, who was jailed for lying about financing a dog fighting ring and participating in the executions of poorly performing pit bulls? Tomorrow he will be released from a federal penitentiary into home confinement.

He’ll serve the last couple of months of his sentence at his house, closely monitored by court officials. His challenge now is to show that he is sorry for his actions. Would you give him a second chance? Joe Johns asks this question tonight.

Randi Kaye updates you on the dogs that were seized in this dog fighting scandal. At the time, some groups had called for all the dogs involved to be euthanized but a judge ordered them to be evaluated for rehabilitation potential and placed with animal-care groups. How many of them have made a comeback?

Let me know what other stories are catching your eye today, and see u tonight at 10pet!

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Michael

    Why are you not covering the historic decision by the Supreme Court of the United States NOT to review the case brought before them by three counties in California challenging the current CA State Medical Marijuan laws...

    By their decision not to review this case they have effectively steered the way clear for the remaining 37 states to make this medicine available to their constituents. SCOTUS had the opportunity to strike down this law as it conflicts with Federal Laws on marijuana possesion and distribution. By not intervening SCOTUS has essensially agreed that the Federal Government is not in business to control how state administers medical treatments. The Controlled Substances Act was designed to mitigate recreational abuse not to force Doctors into medical treatments that the Legislative Branch determines is appropriate.

    The Federal Governement currently provides medical marijuana to 8 citizens of the US, but continues to say that there are no medical uses for treatment in the US; keeping marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance. This is hypocritical at best and is more than enough of a reason for the Federal Government to re-look at the current classification of Marijuana.

    May 19, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  2. Marlene

    This flu will do what other normal flus have done, some llve, some die. As for Vick. House arrest not enough (pretty nice house I'm guessing), but his guards should be some bad ass pitbulls ,not the sweet family pet kind. Ones that would have been put down because worms like vick messed them up.

    May 19, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  3. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Good Morning Penny

    My heart goes out to people whose lives have been taken from this swine flu epeidimic and to thier families. That poor woman who died and never got to hold her newborn baby is so sad . I thought it wasn't that bad or just an oridinary flu but it seem much more serious i hope they make a vaccine that will stop it . The dog fighting is so cruel how can poeple be so stupid to animals like that for money ? I thinks it's so sick and cruel I am g;lad they have placed the abused dogs in better homes that's good news so they will never get hurt again .

    Thanks for the buzz
    Michelle D.

    May 19, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  4. Cindy

    It's so sad that the swine flu has taken another life. Even more so sad that it was a baby. From the way the media has lost interest in the story it made you think the flu had gone away. But now we see that it is as rampant as ever and we better still be taking precautions.

    I knew about Vick getting out today and being put under house arrest. It is a shame what he did to those dogs but he can't stay in prison for ever. There are people who kill other people that don't do life. Yes it was a heinous crime but he did his time and is doing what the law says.

    I saw a report and a magazine article in Sports Illustrated on the dogs that they abused and most of them are doing very well now. Some even have been placed with new homes already!


    May 19, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  5. earle,florida

    The "Swine Flu" is a big problem in the world today,and could become even bigger if we don't stop comparing apples,to oranges! This thing is mutating fast, and flu season is right around the corner which could give this viral-strain enough momemtum to become an epidemic. Lastly, Micheal Vicks has done his time,afterall, prison is meant to rehabilitate,isn't it? They should start looking into the promoters of ,"human cage fighting" ,when one of these brain-damaged fighters drops dead in the arena of this modern day barbaric gladiators phenominum ! This is the same as pit-bull fighting except the human dies slowly from head injuries,...what gives?

    May 19, 2009 at 9:27 am |