March 10th, 2009
11:22 PM ET

On the Radar: Shopping for medical care abroad

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Millions of Americans are not only broke; they're sick. But what if you need surgery - and can't afford it? What do you do? Increasingly, the answer for many Americans is: grab your passport and hop on a plane.

Almost a million Americans a year are traveling half-way across the world to get medical treatments in places like India, where the average costs for procedures can be just 10 percent of U.S. prices.

Wednesday, our week-long series on President Obama's plans for health care focuses on the boom in medical tourism.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta investigated hospitals in Delhi that are destinations for American medical tourists. What he found might surprise you: facilities stocked with state of the art medical equipment and highly-trained surgeons.

If the medical skills and equipment are so great at these Delhi hospitals, how can the care be so much cheaper? What are they doing that the U.S. isn't? Are there lessons U.S. hospitals can learn from India's private hospitals?

All good questions.

Sanjay will have answers Wednesday at 10 p.m. eastern.

See you then!

Filed under: 360° Radar • Cate Vojdik
March 10th, 2009
10:13 PM ET

At least 10 dead in two-town Alabama shooting spree

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At least 10 people were killed Tuesday in a shooting spree that spanned two small southern Alabama towns, state officials confirmed. The gunman, and the wife and child of a sheriff's deputy were among those killed.

1 of 3 The shooting started in a neighborhood in Samson, a town of about 3,000 about 15 miles north of the Florida border, just after 4 p.m. (5 p.m. ET) and ended 12 miles away at a manufacturing plant in Geneva, said Alabama state Sen. Harri Anne Smith, who represents Geneva County.

"He was shooting at just ordinary people going about their business," Smith told CNN, saying she had been briefed by state and local law enforcement.

The gunman was killed at the plant, though it remained unclear whether he shot himself or was shot by someone else.

Smith said the wife and child of a Geneva County sheriff's deputy were killed in the shooting spree.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment
March 10th, 2009
09:58 PM ET

Beware Northern Ireland's growing violence

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Nic Robertson
CNN International Correspondent

As good as the Catholic Sinn Fein leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness were in convincing their IRA colleagues it was time to put down their weapons a decade ago, they were never going to win over all the hard liners.

In the run up to the 1998 peace agreement between Northern Ireland, mostly protestant Unionists who favored keeping Northern Ireland part of Britain and the mostly Catholic Republicans who fought to unite the province's 6 counties with Ireland, Adams and McGuinness worked at leading a united IRA out of the battle.

They failed because some in the IRA believed their leadership was selling out to the British Government. Giving up on the fight before they had a united Ireland. So a minority split with the IRA leadership calling themselves the ‘Real IRA.'


Filed under: 360° Radar • Global 360° • Nic Robertson
March 10th, 2009
09:56 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Madoff to Plead Guilty

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Lawyers for Bernard Madoff say the ex-money manger will plead guilty this week to 11 felony counts, including stock fraud, perjury and money laundering. Those charges are all connected to the greatest fraud in Wall Street history that wiped out fortunes, ruined lives and caused so much suffering. Madoff, who is perhaps the most hated man in America, is facing up to 150 years in prison.

Madoff had told authorities he'd scammed investors in a $50 billion ponzi scheme. But today prosecutors said the dollar amount is actually much higher. We'll have all the details tonight.

How much jail time do you think Madoff should get? Share your thoughts below.

Plus, we have breaking news out of Alabama tonight on a shooting rampage that's left ten people dead. Investigators say a gunman opened fire in at least four locations before killing himself. What was the motive? We'll look into that at the top of the hour.

Also tonight, we dig deeper on Pres. Obama's education reform plan. He laid out his vision earlier today, calling for more charter schools, greater teacher accountability and parental involvement.

Join us for these stories and more starting at 10pm ET.
See you then!

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
March 10th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 3/10/09

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Tonight on AC360°, there are reports that singers Chris Brown and Rihanna are in a recording studio working on a duet. That's even though Brown is accused of brutally beating Rihanna, punching her repeatedly in the face until she was bloody. He also allegedly threatened to kill her. Oprah Winfrey warns Rihanna he will hit her again. Tonight, we look at the question: Why do battered women go back to the men who attack them? Let's keep this live blog going on this topic. We'd love to hear your thoughts. Sound off below.

Want to know what else we're covering tonight? Read EVENING BUZZ

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
March 10th, 2009
05:56 PM ET

Baghdad suicide bombing

A suicide bomber targets a reconciliation conference where Sunnis and Shiites were meeting. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

Filed under: Global 360° • Iraq • Nic Robertson
March 10th, 2009
05:46 PM ET

Beat 360° 3/10/09

Ready for today's Beat 360°?

Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption and our staff will join in too.

Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite!

Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

Disgraced Wall Street financier Bernard Madoff leaves US Federal Court after a hearing on March 10, 2009 in New York. Madoff has agreed to plead guilty to 11 counts of fraud, his lawyer said in court. (Getty Images)

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
March 10th, 2009
05:08 PM ET

Pre-existing conditions reform

Editor's Note: In 44 states, it's legal for health insurers to deny coverage to people who have previously been sick, or charge them more for treatment. Even a surgery that happened a decade ago could count.

Now, President Obama wants to require that health insurance companies cover pre-existing conditions. Here is Dr. Sanjay Gupta's report on how the issue affects people - like Jim Matthews.

March 10th, 2009
05:07 PM ET

Tensions high on Tibet anniversary

Jaime FlorCruz
CNN Beijing Bureau Chief

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Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule and the chasm between Beijing and critics of its Tibet policies remains deep and wide.

Pro-Tibet supporters have marched in London and other cities to mark the anniversary. "Tibetans have had enough Chinese rule," said Matt Wiskase, a protest organizer in London. "They emphatically reject Chinese rule in Tibet and they want to be free."

The Dalai Lama said Tuesday that the Chinese government has made life "hell on Earth" for Tibetans during the half-century since a failed uprising against its rule in 1959.


Filed under: China • Raw Politics
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