FROM Christina Jewett
Drug delaying puberty linked to bone problems in early adulthood An investigation into a drug prescribed to girls who start puberty early found long term consequences. Now in their 20s, some young women who took the drug are experiencing signs of menopause and other major health problems.
Rampant Fraud in Southern California Rehab Clinics Southern California’s become the center of a drug-rehabilitation racket, that specializes in charging the state’s Drug Medi-Cal program for so-called “ghost clients,” including dead people, jail inmates and others who just never show up. That’s the conclusion after a year of effort by the Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN. Part One aired last night on “Anderson Cooper 360.” Part Two is tonight and Part Three will be on tomorrow.
Hantavirus Outbreak at Yosemite Hantavirus is a rare cause of disease, but it can be deadly, as visitors to Yosemite Valley are finally been warned. Eight have contracted the mouse-borne ailment since June and three have died. The National Park Service says 22,000 might have been exposed—10,000 of them visitors from around the world. Christina Jewett reports on health and welfare issues for California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting.
Whooping Cough Makes a Comeback in California First, California's officially declared epidemic of Pertussis , or Whooping Cough, is the worst such outbreak since the 1950's. It's an awful, sometimes deadly, disease that can suffocate infants who cough so hard they can't catch their breath. And it's highly contagious. Since the 1940's vaccinations have reduced the deaths from Whooping Cough almost to zero. Public health officials are urging parents to vaccinate their children, but in California, parents can easily opt out by signing what are called "personal belief waivers." We hear more from investigative reporter Christina Jewett, LA County Public Health Director Jonathan Fielding and To the Point producer Katie Cooper, who spoke with several parents in Santa Monica.
Nineteen People Indicted in Massive Mortgage Fraud Case From New York to California, FBI and IRS agents had the sad task of telling victims of mortgage fraud they’d lost their homes—to people who claimed they were protecting them from foreclosure. In Sacramento, federal prosecutors said 19 people have been indicted in a case of what the US Attorney calls “unmitigated greed.”
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."