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.”
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.