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Forty years ago today, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the moon for the first time. The former Apollo 11 astronauts will meet with President Obama in the Oval Office to commemorate the anniversary. But after this “giant leap for mankind,” the space program still provokes some controversy. Some think space exploration costs the U.S. too much money, while others say it’s essential and that it should move forward. Would you like to see a mission to Mars?
Is there such a thing as medical apartheid? Not in our backyard, right? Well, we may be wrong. Some of New York’s finest hospitals are running clinics that many patients say provide evidence of a two-tier health system – separate and unequal. A 2005 report found that African Americans, Latinos and the very poor receive a comparably low level of care in certain clinics. In this special report, Dr. Sanjay Gupta visits patients to learn about a lawsuit they’ve filed fighting for parity in the health care system.
A video of a U.S. soldier captured by the Taliban was posted on the internet over the weekend. The Pentagon identified the soldier as a 23-year-old from Idaho and said he was captured on June 30 in southeastern Afghanistan. The Taliban has threatened to kill him if foreign troops continue targeting civilians in the region. We’ll have more on what’s really going on in Afghanistan and how the U.S. might respond.
The Health Care debate keeps heating up this week. President Obama is prepping for his Wednesday prime time address on the issue. Michael Steele, the head of the RNC, will speak out against Obama’s plan today and is expected to outline core GOP principles for health care reform. Are you getting dizzy yet? We’ll break it down and tell you what it means for the average American tonight.
And what’s five-feet long, has a razor-sharp beak and can weigh up to 100 pounds? A giant squid. It’s also know as the Humboldt squid – and there are thousands of them along the shallow waters of San Diego’s coast. Scientists are concerned; this type of squid has been known to attack humans. What’s causing the squid invasion? More answers tonight.
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