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Networks Plan Special Coverage of JFK Moment of Silence

The networks are planning special reports this afternoon marking the moment Pres. John F. Kennedy died, 50 years ago today. A moment of silence is planned for 1:30pmET, followed by the singing of “America the Beautiful” by the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club. The network special reports will begin at 1:25pm.

Bob Schieffer, who was in Ft. Worth/Dallas 50 years ago today, will anchor the report for CBS News from Dallas. George Stephanopoulos anchors for ABC News with Cokie Roberts in New York and Byron Pitts in Dallas.

Brian Williams will anchor a special report for NBC live from Dealey Plaza in Dallas, joined by Tom Brokaw in New York. NBC’s special report will begin with audio of the original 1963 news bulletin from Don Pardo, who is still with NBC as the announcer for “Saturday Night Live.” WATCH:

Elizabeth Vargas Leaves Rehab

ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas is out of rehab and back home. This afternoon she tweeted:

Vargas began treatment for alcohol addiction last month. “I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol, and feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming,” Vargas said in a statement midway through her treatment. “I am so thankful for the love and support of my family, friends and colleagues at ABC News.”

Vargas, who has been with ABC since 1996, co-anchors “20/20″ alongside David Muir and she often fills in for Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America.”

She is expected back on the air as early as next week.

ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas in Rehab for Alcohol Abuse

ElizabethVargas“20/20″ co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas is in a treatment facility for alcohol abuse, the Daily news reports.

“Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction,” Vargas says in a statement. “I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol, and feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming. I am in treatment and am so thankful for the love and support of my family, friends and colleagues at ABC News.”

Vargas, who has been with ABC since 1996, has been in treatment for a few weeks and will be in rehab for a few more.

“We are proud of the steps Elizabeth has taken and are pulling for her recovery,” an ABC spokesman says. “We look forward to having her back home at ABC News where she has done so much distinguished work over the years. Elizabeth is a member of our family and we will support her in every way we can.”

Vargas co-anchors “20/20″ alongside David Muir and she often filled in for Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” when Roberts was on medical leave for her bone marrow transplant. In January 2006, she was paired with Bob Woodruff to co-anchor “World News Tonight.” That was cut short when Woodruff was seriously injured while on assignment in Iraq.

“Like so many others, I will deal with this challenge one day at a time,” says Vargas. “If coming forward today gives one other person the courage to seek help, I’m grateful.”

Shots Fired at LAX

A gunman opened fire this morning at Los Angeles International Airport, injuring at least three people and prompting a terminal evacuation and a ground stop at LAX.

Fox News was the first to report the news at 12:42pmET. CNN was next at 12:44pmET and  MSNBC followed at 12:46pmET. For the first several minutes, both Fox and CNN focused on the terminal’s evacuation and “reports” of shots, while MSNBC’s Alex Wagner reported there was an “active shooter at Terminal 3,” sourcing a senior government official.

>More: ABC News’ David Muir anchored a special report starting at 1:05pmET. NBC and CBS both produced a special reports beginning at 1:13pmET. Lester Holt anchored for NBC and Jeff Glor anchored for CBS. Muir went on the air with a second special report at 1:52pmET.

>More: The business networks are also reporting on the shooting.  CNBC and FBN both reported the news at 12:47pmET and Bloomberg TV was next at 12:55pmET.

>More: Shepard Smith has taken over anchoring FNC’s coverage from the Fox News Deck. Fox Sports reporter Bill Reiter, who was an eyewitness to the shooting, told Smith, “I called my wife to tell her goodbye, perhaps, and certainly tell her that I loved her and our kids. I think someone asked me to get off the phone and be quiet. People were screaming. A short time later, I don’t know how long — time sort of both sped up and slowed down — we pushed our way through an exit door, ran onto the tarmac.” Read more

The Countdown to Fusion

ABC’s David Muir anchored “World News” from Miami this evening from the Newsport, a combined newsroom/studio complex for Univision News and the new cable network Fusion, which launches tomorrow evening. As part of the launch, ABC and Univision, the partners in the joint venture, are taking part in a programming crossover in the morning. Merrill will be at “Good Morning America” in Times Square covering that part of it.

Fusion debuts at 6:57pmET with a short launch video, followed at 7pmET by “America with Jorge Ramos.” Starting Tuesday, the network — a mix of news, pop culture and satire — begins a full day of programming. See the schedule here.

Here’s Muir’s behind-the-scenes look at Fusion.

The Ticker: Muir, Krauthammer, Crowley

  • Ahead of the Monday launch of Fusion, David Muir will anchor “ABC World News” from Miami tonight and tomorrow.

  • Bret Baier anchored “Charles Krauthammer: A Life That Matters” on Fox News this weekend. The Fox News contributor talked about his family and his education, sharing that his father — who spoke nine languages — carried around Krauthammer’s second-grade report card in his pocket. “His motto for us was, I want you to know everything. I want you to learn everything,” Krauthammer said.

  • CNN’s Candy Crowley is pulling for the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series. “I’ve always been one of those people that can’t bear to watch. So I keep myself occupied doing other things,” she tells the Charlotte Business Journal. “But definitely rooting for them.”

Networks Plan Sandy Anniversary Coverage

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News networks are planning special coverage ahead of the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. The storm made landfall Oct. 29, 2012.

NBC

Brian Williams will join David Gregory on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.” On the “Today” show, Matt Lauer reports from the  Rockaways area of New York City and Al Roker will be live along the Jersey Shore. Williams will anchor “Nightly News” Tuesday from Breezy Point in Queens, much of which burned to the ground on the night of Oct. 29. Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Stephanie Gosk, Katy Tur and Dylan Dryer will all contribute reporting for NBC News.

ABC

Amy Robach will report from Breezy Point and Ginger Zee will be at the Jersey Shore for all ABC News programs and platforms. David Muir, Aaron Katersky and Dan Kloeffler will contribute reports as well.

CBS

A spokesperson says the network will cover the anniversary “within our regularly scheduled news broadcasts.”

FNC

FNC senior correspondent Rick Leventhal will report from several New Jersey towns, providing updates on the rebuilding process. Additionally, “Special Report with Bret Baier” will provide coverage Monday and Tuesday looking back on the devastation and its aftermath.

FBN

Elizabeth MacDonald will host “Sandy: One Year Later,” a day-long, special on Monday. MacDonald will be live from Belle Harbor, NY to explore what homeowners are facing a year after the disastrous storm.

This Week In Lists: Eligible Bachelors, Biggest News Stories

MuirGotham Magazine counts down New York’s 100 most eligible bachelors. Among the TV news personalities recognized: ABC’s David Muir, Fox’s Rupert Murdoch, CBS and PBS anchor Charlie Rose, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith and ESPN’s Nate Silver. See all of the eligible bachelors, here.

Meanwhile, TV Guide‘s Stephen Battaglio counts down the 60 biggest news moments of all time. The assassination of JFK, the Moon landing and the 9/11 attacks all made the list, but there are some other surprises. Read the full list here.

The Ticker: George Will, David Muir, Oprah

  • Per Playbook, George Will will make his debut as a Fox News contributor on “Special Report with Bret Baier” tonight. He will make his “Fox News Sunday” debut this weekend, after more than 30 years with ABC News.

  • After being featured in a report from ABC News anchor David Muir, the Himalayan Cataract Project–a non-profit that helps people with vision problems in developing countries get surgery to help them–says it has raised almost $140,000. ABC News has more.

Woman Tries to Ram White House Gate, Takes Police on Chase Through Capitol Hill


The U.S. Capitol building is on lockdown after multiple gunshots were reported in the area at 2:20pmET.

MSNBC was the first cable news network to report the news at 2:26:08 p.m. Fox News was seconds later at 2:26:26 p.m., followed by CNN at 2:28:28. All three networks went immediately to phone interviews with their reporters in D.C.: MSNBC talked with Luke Russert; Fox News interviewed senior producer Chad Pergram and CNN called in photojournalist John Bodnar.

The Capitol Hill police have issued a “shelter in place” order. According to Fox News senior White House correspondent Ed Henry, Congressional staffers are being told to to “close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows.” Fox News is reporting there are “several people injured.”

> Update: ABC News, CBS News and NBC News are all producing special reports. David Muir is anchoring on ABC, Norah O’Donnell on CBS and Brian Williams on NBC.

ABC News is reporting a female suspect is dead on the scene at the U.S. Capitol.

Saying “we’re told that this is over,” NBC’s Pete Williams reports the female suspect tried to drive through the White House gate and was chased to Capitol Hill by the Secret Service. The lockdown has been lifted.

> More: Fox News will have an expanded edition of “Special Report with Bret Baier” from 6 to 8pmET tonight.

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