The Michael Jackson autopsy report is complete. Tonight find out when the details will be shared with the world. Plus, a dozen people stranded for several hours today on a roller coaster in 90-degree heat. A thrill ride? Not way.
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As President Obama tries to push through his health care reform, that includes ambitious plans to provide insurance for the estimated 50 million Americans without coverage, we look at how other countries around the globe handle citizen's health care needs.
All Canadians have health care coverage through the government. 70 percent of healthcare is publicly funded and 30 percent privately. Every province runs its own health care budget, although the federal government supplements some provinces that are not as prosperous as others.
It's a cost-effective system. Only 10 percent of GDP is spent, compared to nearly 16 percent of the US economy. And Canada only spends some $3.895 per person a year. Canada does have its problems, however, such as long wait times for some treatments and a shortage of doctors; Canada has 1 doctor for every 526 people, compared to 1 for every 416 people in the United States.
Germany has one of the oldest universal health care systems in the world, founded in 1883 by country's first chancellor Otto von Bismarck. Everyone must be covered and everyone should get equal treatment.
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Federal Aviation Administration
– What is NextGen? –
NextGen is an umbrella term for the ongoing, wide-ranging transformation of the United States’ national airspace system (NAS). At its most basic level, NextGen represents an evolution from a ground-based system of air traffic control to a satellite-based system of air traffic management. This evolution is vital to meeting future demand, and avoid to gridlock in the sky and at our nation’s airports.
NextGen will open America’s skies to continued growth and increased safety while reducing aviation’s environmental impact.
These goals will be realized through the development of aviation-specific applications for existing, widely-used technologies such as Global Positioning Satellite (GPS). They will also be realized through the fostering of technological innovation in areas such as weather forecasting, data networking, and digital communications. Hand in hand with state-of-the-art technology will be new airport infrastructure and new procedures, including the shifting of certain decision-making responsibility from the ground to the cockpit.
When fully implemented, NextGen will safely allow more aircraft to fly more closely together on more direct routes, reducing delays, and providing unprecedented benefits for the environment and the economy through reductions in carbon emissions, fuel consumption, and noise.
Read more about NextGen and new innovative initiatives from the FAA to revamp air traffic control.
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CNN Senior White House Correspondent
After several days of uncertainty, the Obama administration now believes that a CIA missile strike did kill Pakistan's Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, according to a senior U.S. official.
"He's dead," the senior U.S. official said flatly, adding that intelligence officials have told President Obama they are convinced Mehsud perished in last Wednesday night's attack.
The death comes after a dramatic escalation of the number of unmanned drones the CIA is using for missile strikes in the rugged South Waziristan tribal region where Mehsud was killed. The CIA recently requested an increase in drones from five to nine that were tracking Mehsud and it was approved by the White House shortly before his death, according to the senior U.S. official.
The senior U.S. official said the government is convinced they got Mehsud based on various indicators on the scene of last week's strike. It was an extremely warm night and a short, stocky man meeting Mehsud's physical description sought refuge from the heat on the roof of the home of Mehsud's father-in-law, according to the official.
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It's a tough summer break for many lawmakers back home from Capitol Hill. They're meeting voters at town hall meetings that have turned into brawl fests as both sides of the health care debate share their opinion. There's been a lot of shouting and shoving and not a lot of talking or debating. Tonight we'll take you to several town hall meetings. Who's showing up at them? Is the anger staged or is this simply democracy at work? What do you think? Share your thoughts below.
Also tonight, new insight on the deadly mid-air collision over the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey on Saturday. Did the crowded airspace contribute to the tragedy? Erica Hill went up in a plane to investigate. She's keeping them honest.
And, we'll take you to Mexico where the cartels aren't just dealing drugs. Authorities say they're also kidnapping and imprisoning people who are desperate to come to America. It's a violent and lucrative business. The drug cartels demand ransom. And, if it can't be paid the consequences are dire. Michael Ware reports on their human trafficking trade.
Plus, the Michael Jackson autopsy report is complete. But police don't want it released just yet as they continue their investigation into the singer's death. Investigators are trying to determine if anyone should be charged in Jackson's death. Meanwhile, there are new twists and turns in the legal battle over Jackson's estate. A judge weighed in on a couple of thorny issues. We'll have all the details for you tonight on AC360°.
Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10pm ET. See you then!
The New York Times
Mexican drug trafficking cartels “represent the greatest organized crime threat to the United States,” according to a recent Justice Department report. The cartels have waged increasingly violent battles with one another, as well as with the Mexican government, which began an aggressive crackdown in 2006.
Click here for an interactive of areas under cartel influence and dispute.
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A judge has delayed at least for a few hours his consideration of deals involving the Michael Jackson estate while he considers whether he should appoint a lawyer to represent Jackson's three children.
Lawyers for the pop singer's estate and the companies involved in the deals warned a delay could cost the estate millions and derail plans for a documentary of Jackson's last days.
Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, raised objections Monday morning to contracts between her son's estate and concert promoter AEG Live, which promoted Jackson's London, England, shows, and merchandiser Bravado.
Even as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff was saying he may wait another week to approve the deals, Sony Pictures issued a news release Monday announcing it would deliver the movie - "This Is It" - to theaters starting October 30 "with the full support of The Estate of Michael Jackson."
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Comedian Kathy Griffin and Levi Johnston arrive at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards on August 9, 2009. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Forget moose hunting…now I’m all about cougar hunting.
Joe Bartlett, Portales, NM
Hey! Maybe we can give Demi and Ashton a run for their money!?
E. Benjamin Skinner
World Policy Journal
Human trafficking may be just the latest topic du jour among U.S. foreign policy elites and UN humanitarian types, but mention the underlying crime—slavery—to foreign officials and the reaction is often
confused and explosive.
“For God’s sake, don’t go talking about brutal slavery here,” says Jay Kumar, the Social Secretary of Araria, one of the poorest districts in Bihar, the poorest state in India. Waving his finger, speaking from his one-room office building, Kumar, whose position required him to respond to allegations of child labor, is instead categorically denying that the two dozen recently freed child slaves that I had met in his district were ever in bondage. Kumar explains: “You see, poor people are not rational, so I compare them to monkeys.”
He then told me a story. On a sweltering day, a mother monkey left her baby on the hot earth in order to climb a tree and keep from scalding her own feet. This, he said, is why parents give their children to human traffickers.
Since 2001, when I began investigating modern-day slavery worldwide, I found that while public officials always condemned slavery as an abomination, few acknowledged that it actually existed in their jurisdictions.
Instead, “traditional caste relationships” were omnipresent, as were “intertribal abductions,” “underage sex workers,” mere “child laborers” or “backward poor people.” But slavery, universally-recognized as a crime against humanity, was a chimera, a relic of a bygone era.
Visit the World Policy Institute online to read more on issues like this one.