11 Things You Need to Know: Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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(WXIA) -- Two fathers under arrest for two different crimes, a second dry ice explosion at a major international airport and the season premiere of "The Biggest Loser" top today's list of the 11 things you need to know.

An Acworth father is in jail, charged with cruelty to children and may end up facing murder charges in connection with the death of his 12 year old son. Investigators said Paulding County deputies responded to a 911 call Friday night and found Eric Forbes unconscious. They said he had been physically abused. Eric died later that night. The boy's father, 32-year-old Shayaa Forbes has been charged in the case. http://on.11alive.com/1eo9QC2

Forty-five year old Timothy Taylor pleaded guilty Monday to simple battery, reckless conduct and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after police said he was recorded encouraging his 12 year-old daughter to fight a 14 year-old girl at a school bus stop in Clarkston. Police said Taylor drove his daughter to a school bus stop to have her fight a classmate. http://on.11alive.com/1ghHsG8

Norman the Scooter Dog, who was able to push himself along on board a scooter over a distance of 100 feet in just over 20 seconds at a Marietta charity event last July has just rolled into the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest dog on a scooter. http://on.11alive.com/1eocJmk

An Olympic weightlifter and an American Idol winner are among the contestants in the 15th season of "The Biggest Loser" which premieres tonight on NBC and 11Alive. Alabama native Ruben Studdard won the second season of American Idol and Holley Mangold represented the US at the 2012 London Olympics. "The Biggest Loser" airs tonight at 8:00 on 11Alive. http://on.11alive.com/1enQexZ

For the second time in 24 hours, a dry ice explosion has raised concerns at Los Angeles International Airport. Officials said that in addition to the second dry ice explosion, two other dry ice bombs were found overnight in an employee bathroom at the airport. No one was hurt in either incident, but security officials in Los Angeles have tightened restrictions as they search for those responsible. http://on.11alive.com/1ghHEoG

More than 600 air traffic controllers based in Atlanta are finding themselves short of money as they're being forced to work with reduced pay since the government shutdown started. National Air Traffic Controllers Association vice president Victor Santore said controllers are caught in the middle of the fight. "It's a standoff," he said. "And both sides seem to be backing up and punting, and we seem to be the football right now." Controllers will receive half-check this week, and if the shutdown goes on, may be forced to go without a paycheck entirely. http://on.11alive.com/1ghHJZD

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) sounded optimistic when talking to reporters about progress toward a deal to end the federal shutdown and extend the debt ceiling, which is moving toward a deadline of Wednesday night at midnight. The government shutdown is in its 15th day. http://on.11alive.com/1ghHLRd

Moonshine is being found more and more at liquor stores and some bars nationwide. Four different cocktails made with the backwoods beverage are on the menu at national barbecue chain Famous Dave's, including a margarita, sangria, punch and what they call a "fire-n-ice tea." Other establishments are bringing out moonshine and encouraging creative combinations, with brands available across the nation - except in Utah. http://on.11alive.com/1eod9sY

Sweetwater Brewery announced this morning that next year's 420 Fest - which will be celebrating its 10th anniversary - will move from its long-time home in Candler Park to Centennial Olympic Park. The annual festival started as a small celebration in 2004 with live music, art, food, workshops and a non-profit village and has grown over the years. Nearly 60,000 people attended in 2013 and that number is expected to grown in 2014. http://on.11alive.com/1eodcoL

House Republican leaders said this morning that they would push their own bill to reopen government and raise the debt limit. Earlier this morning, Senate leaders were confident that a proposal in that body would be acceptable to House Republicans and lead to reopening government and preventing a default on the nation's debt. The debt ceiling deadline is tomorrow night at midnight. http://on.11alive.com/1ghHLRd

NBC announced this morning that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have signed to host the 2014 and 2015 Golden Globe Awards, broadcast each January. "Tina and Amy are two of the most talented comedic writer/performers in our business and they were a major reason the Golden Globes was the most entertaining awards show of last season," said Paul Telegdy, president, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. http://on.11alive.com/1ghI0f1

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