If you asked the producers of Nightly News (and we did) how many occasionally rely on sleeping pills, far more than a few (try 99%) would say they indulge. A lot of us don't think it is indulgence, but rather necessity. So today's news about some of the most popular sleeping pills brought all of us to attention. The FDA is calling for new warnings for 13 different prescription sleeping aids -- Ambien and Lunesta among them. The big risk -- engaging in potentially harmful behavior like "sleep-driving" while on the drugs, and then having no memory of the experience. There is a lot more to this and we will have a full wrap up for you tonight, along with some other big health news involving heart attacks and a potential shortage of cancer doctors.
From Washington tonight, Pete Williams will have more on the fallout over the firing of the federal prosecutors and what seems to be an evolving explanation from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Roger O'Neil will look at an effort underway to get all of us to switch from traditional light bulbs to more environmentally friendly ones. And Bob Faw has a fascinating piece tonight about a recently discovered new world of microscopic marine life. Scientists are looking at whether this world could help us develop new antibiotics or even new energy sources.
We will see you tonight.