(Image source: WHDH)

BY NATHAN BYRNE

Flu season hit early in the United States, and it hit hard. The CDC’s flu advisory report shows 41 states with “widespread activity.” That report takes into account the number of areas in a state reporting flu cases.

Boston is one of the hardest-hit cities. WHDH explains why it’s been declared a flu emergency.

“The mayor making the bold move after learning already this year — 700 people in Boston have the flu.”

The state of Massachusetts is reporting 18 flu-related deaths.

President Obama will nominate Jack Lew as his next treasury chief this afternoon. Former deputy treasury secretary Roger Altman told the crew on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” this morning he thinks Lew is qualified — because he’s been the Office of Management and Budget’s director twice, he’s been chief of staff and he’s “extraordinarily familiar with Congress.”

“If you think about the issues ahead, which are largely fiscal, he couldn’t be better prepared. He has the confidence of the president. He’s going to be smoothly confirmed. Those are critical criteria.”

The media’s spending a bit of time on another of Jack Lew’s unique traits — putting their mouths where your money is. Current TV poked some fun at Jack Lew’s “John Hancock.”

“And are you ready to see that signature on your money? That is Jack Lew’s signature and it could be on your dollar bill very, very soon.”

The official announcement is set for 1:30 Eastern time.

A study on how much food we waste produced results one doctor calls, “staggering.” Let’s start with some numbers from the BBC.

“Half of all the food grown in the world is thrown away, according to new research. It’s found that in Britain, householders waste nearly 500 pounds worth of food every year.”

All together — that’s two billion tons. The report singles out Europe and the U.S. as the world’s top two offenders. Sky News shares some of the reasons why.

“ … buy one, get one free offers — which people never end up eating. Religiously sticking to over-strict sell-by dates.”

The study found consumers aren’t fully responsible for the waste. It also claims 30 percent of vegetables in the U.K. weren’t harvested because of how they looked.

And ‘The Hunger Games’ was a big winner at last night’s People’s Choice Awards. MSNBC says the awards also offered a redemption of sorts for one funnyman.

“… notching up five wins including ‘Favorite Movie.’ Adam Sandler, who was recently nominated for eight Razzy awards won ‘Favorie Comedic Actor,’ so maybe that evens out ‘That’s My Boy.’”

Top News Headlines: U.S. Flu Outbreak Widespread

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Jan 10, 2013

Top News Headlines: U.S. Flu Outbreak Widespread

(Image source: WHDH)

BY NATHAN BYRNE

Flu season hit early in the United States, and it hit hard. The CDC’s flu advisory report shows 41 states with “widespread activity.” That report takes into account the number of areas in a state reporting flu cases.

Boston is one of the hardest-hit cities. WHDH explains why it’s been declared a flu emergency.

“The mayor making the bold move after learning already this year — 700 people in Boston have the flu.”

The state of Massachusetts is reporting 18 flu-related deaths.

President Obama will nominate Jack Lew as his next treasury chief this afternoon. Former deputy treasury secretary Roger Altman told the crew on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” this morning he thinks Lew is qualified — because he’s been the Office of Management and Budget’s director twice, he’s been chief of staff and he’s “extraordinarily familiar with Congress.”

“If you think about the issues ahead, which are largely fiscal, he couldn’t be better prepared. He has the confidence of the president. He’s going to be smoothly confirmed. Those are critical criteria.”

The media’s spending a bit of time on another of Jack Lew’s unique traits — putting their mouths where your money is. Current TV poked some fun at Jack Lew’s “John Hancock.”

“And are you ready to see that signature on your money? That is Jack Lew’s signature and it could be on your dollar bill very, very soon.”

The official announcement is set for 1:30 Eastern time.

A study on how much food we waste produced results one doctor calls, “staggering.” Let’s start with some numbers from the BBC.

“Half of all the food grown in the world is thrown away, according to new research. It’s found that in Britain, householders waste nearly 500 pounds worth of food every year.”

All together — that’s two billion tons. The report singles out Europe and the U.S. as the world’s top two offenders. Sky News shares some of the reasons why.

“ … buy one, get one free offers — which people never end up eating. Religiously sticking to over-strict sell-by dates.”

The study found consumers aren’t fully responsible for the waste. It also claims 30 percent of vegetables in the U.K. weren’t harvested because of how they looked.

And ‘The Hunger Games’ was a big winner at last night’s People’s Choice Awards. MSNBC says the awards also offered a redemption of sorts for one funnyman.

“… notching up five wins including ‘Favorite Movie.’ Adam Sandler, who was recently nominated for eight Razzy awards won ‘Favorie Comedic Actor,’ so maybe that evens out ‘That’s My Boy.’”

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