What's happening today and what will be the talk around the watercooler.

Weird news: A 69-year-old hiker said he was saved from a mountain lion by a bear, and he escaped with minor injuries. The California man said a mountain lion attacked him but fortunately grabbed his backpack instead of his head, and a mother bear who was nearby fought with the cougar and then chased it off. The hiker said he thought the mountain lion was stalking the bear's cub.

Watercooler talk:  Alicia Silverstone's video of her chewing food before giving it to her baby is sparking debate about the process. See a video report here:


What’s happening today:

- Spain's new government will release the country's 2012 budget today. Spain is on the verge of needing a bailout, experts say, so this budget could affect the stock markets worldwide.

- Former President Bill Clinton hosts the fifth annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting today and Saturday. Attending the meeting will be more than 1,000 students from all over the world.

Opening bell: The Dow opened at 13,145.82 today. The market had a good day Thursday, rising 19.61 points.

Motivational quote: "Ask yourself this question: Will this matter a year from now?" - Richard Carlson

GateHouse News Service