Grounded by a volcano

April 16, 2010 1:33:11 PM PDT
Talk about a pain in the ash. The fallout, literally and figuratively, from the volcano in Iceland continues tonight. Much of Europe tonight virtually a no-fly zone. And the major airports aren't expected to re-open until Saturday morning, at least.

The international airline trade association estimates the shutdown is costing airlines about $200 million a day. And the poor people who are stranded in cities far from home, with no way to get back - you really feel for them. Even the trains in those cities are booked. We talk a lot about how the Internet and television have linked the world; but it is air travel that also links us - or keeps us apart - as we've seen with this volcano ash.

To see pictures of the plume and the trail, CLICK HERE.

We'll have the latest on the volcano, tonight at 11. And our Meteorologist Lee Goldberg, once again offering his unique look and explanation of how the ash is traveling from west to east.

Also at 11, Nina Pineda tonight has the surprising story about how used car sellers don't have to disclose any recalls on the vehicle. Now, some lawmakers are trying to change that, after some buyers came to 7 On Your Side for help.

We're also looking at the warning from former Pres. Bill Clinton, in a speech today, that words matter, and that the vitriol and hate-filled language of some of these Tea Party fanatics could set the stage for violence ala Oklahoma City. The 15th anniversary of the federal building bombing is next week.

Clinton today mentioned radio talk show peeps keeping people in "white heat" in the time leading up to the bombing. "They understood that emotion was more powerful than reason," said Clinton.

And guess who the first to respond, angrily, was? The de facto leader of the Tea Party, and a radio talk show host. Rush Limbaugh. He tried to turn the tables on his old nemesis, saying Mr. Clinton has "set the stage for violence." And if that occurs, said Limbaugh, blame will be "squarely on the shoulders of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama."

Oh boy.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers (in for Scott Clark) with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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