In our Big Interview tonight Anderson talks to Dennis Quaid who has made it his mission to raise awareness about the risks of medical errors. In 2007, his newborn twins almost died as a result of a medical error at a hospital when they were given an accidental overdose of a blood thinner.
Quaid has produced a documentary called “Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm,” which airs on the Discovery Channel on April 24. He hopes that by sharing his story he can help prevent medical accidents from happening to others.
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More than 1 billion people all over the globe will observe the 40th anniversary of Earth Day today, which promises to be the largest since that first event in 1970. In 2010, the environmental challenges we face are global and call for new solutions.
Forty years ago we were reactive. In 1969, the year before the first Earth Day, two environmental disasters grabbed the country's attention: a massive oil spill coated the coast of Santa Barbara, California, and the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio, grew so polluted that it actually caught fire.
Forty years later, with climate change looming and no strong international agreement in place despite the Copenhagen Climate conference, environmental activists are taking a proactive stance. They are arming themselves with the internet and social media to create another grass-roots movement for change, even larger than the first.
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On Monday, the Arizona House voted Monday by a 31-22 margin to require all presidential candidates to prove they were born in the United States in order to meet the constitutional requirement. The measure still has to be considered by the Arizona state Senate before it can become law.
White House aides are scoffing at the move, which would force President Obama to show his birth certificate to get on the state's ballot in 2012 for his likely re-election battle.
What do you think? Is this a legitimate idea or a waste of time? Let us know!
Program Note: Don't miss Anderson's conversation with Abbie Dorn's mother tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.
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Yesterday, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled that the parents of a woman who communicates largely by blinking have the legal right to fight on her behalf. She is trying to see her 3-year-old triplets.
Abbie Dorn 34, was left unable to move or speak because of a series of medical complications while giving birth to the children in 2006. Dorn now lives in South Carolina with her parents. Abbie and her husband, Dan, eventually divorced in a proceeding that left decisions over custody, visitation, property and child support unsettled.
A trial is set for May 13. Dan Dorn has refused to allow the children to visit their mother, arguing that it would be detrimental at their age.
We're reporting on the issue tonight. In the meantime, we found a wealth of information and resources about parenting with disabilities. The National National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families (also known as Through the Looking Glass) is a non-profit agency that provides services, information and referrals, consultation, training, materials, and research programs concerning families in which a parent, grandparent, or child has a disability or medical issue.
Find more information on the organization – and its resources – here...
Experts say it could be weeks before the backlog is fully cleared.
With more flights beginning to take off on schedule, airlines are attempting to clear the backlog of passengers who have been waiting for days because of the volcanic ash cloud over Europe.
But with tens of thousands waiting to travel, there are questions over who gets to go first and how long the delays will last.
How are airlines prioritizing ticket allocation?
Other than a few special cases, most airlines are prioritizing those with pre-existing tickets for scheduled flights. In some cases, empty seats on these are being filled by customers with urgent travel needs. Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific says it is giving priority to unaccompanied minors and students heading back to the UK to sit exams. Singapore Airlines is fast tracking those with "special needs," the elderly and those with infants or young children. Rochelle Turner, head of vacation research for consumer watchdog Which?, says any prioritizing is at the discretion of individual flight operators. "The elderly, the sick, frequent flyers - it's entirely up to the airline who goes first."
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