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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.
- In his inaugural address Monday, President Obama alluded to gun control. That follows his proposal of packages last week to try and curb gun violence. And this month, bills to place a ban on assault weapons are expected in the House and Senate. Some states aren't waiting on Washington – two already took steps at gun control. But New York and Maryland are heavily Democratic. Gun restrictions are a tougher sell in states controlled by Republican legislatures, like Virginia. Bruce Jackson is on the board of directors of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. He says people need to remember gun owners cut across a wide range of backgrounds:
"A lot of people think when you go to a gun show, all you're gonna see is mouth-breathing, camo-wearing, red-necked, fat, old, white guys driving pickup trucks. And that's not true. Basically, it's a big swath of humanity."
- Tomorrow, Apple releases its much-anticipated earnings report. There's buzz in the business world as analysts wonder if it will explain signs of weakness in the tech giant's stock. But where the iPhone is concerned, there's no weakness. It's the device everyone wants to get their hands on. Or steal to re-sell. Last year, 4,000 Apple products were stolen in New York City. Will Knight, with MIT Technology Review, says there's a big black market for the phone:
"Particularly in China, Africa or South America. They're a very popular device, and the used devices can often sell for a lot less than the new ones, so there's a lot of demand."
- There's new and encouraging news out today about the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. That's the neurodegenerative brain disease that can follow multiple hits to the head. Several NFL players suffered from CTE, but went undiagnosed until after they died. Three players, including Junior Seau, died of suicide. Now a small study indicates scientists may have found a new way of scanning the brain for signs of the disease within living people. CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta says scientifically, it's a very important step:
"It's very important in the world of the scientists and researchers who have been looking for something like this for some time."