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July 3rd, 2009
01:23 PM ET

The high cost of standing up your doctor

We all lead hectic lives - what happens when you forget a doctor’s appointment? One man says it cost him a few hundred dollars! But is it legal for doctors to charge patients for missed appointments? And is it fair? Senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen answers viewer questions.

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July 3rd, 2009
12:47 PM ET

Waiting for Jackson's Memorial

Reporters stake out the Los Angeles' Staples Center, where fans will gather Tuesday for Michael Jackson's memorial service. Click below to see footage captured by CNN's Don Lemon outside the venue.

Filed under: Behind the Camera... • Don Lemon
July 3rd, 2009
12:38 PM ET

Tyler Perry Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Saturday, June 27, the Atlanta Urban League hosted its first "Spirit of the League" awards luncheon at the Atlanta Marriot Marquis. Producer and actor Tyler Perry received the lifetime achievement award from AUL President Nancy Flake Johnson. CNN intern Lauren Collins covered the event for CNN. Click through her photos below for more on the awards ceremony.


Filed under: Don Lemon
July 3rd, 2009
12:11 PM ET

When Dads are Jealous of Moms

A recent survey finds that fewer fathers want to be stay-at-home parents after the baby showers and diaper cakes. The number who would give up their jobs – if their spouses could support the family comfortably – has dropped substantially over the past few years. Career Builder says in this economy, more and more dads are focused on financial stability.

Our Josh Levs spoke with a diverse group of dads about how the economy is impacting them. They opened up about topics you rarely, if ever, hear men discuss publicly: Are you jealous of stay-at-home moms? Are you a better dad than yours was? If you’re a “successful” father, what will you have achieved?

We hear from a stay-at-home father; a single dad whose first wife died when their two children were babies; a father who adopted a daughter with his male partner; and two dads in more traditional situations.

We’d love to hear your story. Weigh in with your comments below.

And join Josh Levs, Betty Nguyen, TJ Holmes and Reynolds Wolf tomorrow morning in the CNN Newsroom, beginning 6am ET/3am PT.

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Filed under: In the Newsroom • Josh Levs • Reynolds Wolf
July 3rd, 2009
12:10 PM ET

Survival of the Fittest: African Immigrant Starts Baby Food Business

Agatha Achindu, 42 years old, started her business three years ago when she couldn't find
fresh, organic baby food for her first born. She dropped a six figure salary to follow her passion.
Check out our latest "Survival of the Fittest" story.

Read more about Agatha's business and the pros and cons of starting your own business during a recession.

July 3rd, 2009
09:48 AM ET

Defending the defenders of America

It's the 4th of July weekend. We will celebrate America's independence. There will be fireworks, barbecues and likely some quality time by the pool. And that's all good.

Here's a little food for thought while you're firing up the grill and slathering on the sun screen this weekend.

This week on CNN NewsRoom we've been focusing on the men and women who have sacrificed a lot to protect our freedom-America's veterans. Is enough being done to help them deal with health care, PTSD and other issues?

Watch as Kyra Phillips interviews Department of Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary Tammy Duckworth who is herself a wounded veteran.

July 3rd, 2009
09:47 AM ET

Declare what Independence Day Means to YOU

During this holiday weekend, take time to read the Declaration of Independence- all of it.  As you do- tell us- what does independence mean to you?  Who is the most patriotic person you know?

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.


Filed under: Nicole Lapin • Tony Harris
July 3rd, 2009
08:07 AM ET

Honoring Those Who Have Sacrificed

As the U.S. gets ready to celebrate Independence Day, let’s not forget about the many people who have sacrificed for the U.S.

Those who currently serve in the military…

Those who have served in the military in the past…

Those who have sacrificed for the U.S. in some other way…

We’d like to honor each of you.

Please take a moment to share with us the story of someone who has helped bring Americans the freedoms they enjoy today.

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Filed under: Heidi Collins • Tony Harris
July 3rd, 2009
07:18 AM ET

What International Hot Spot Worries You Most?

Just this week…

The U.S. launched a major offensive in Southern Afghanistan to fight the Taliban.
North Korea test fired four short-range missiles.
Honduras’ president was ousted in a military-led coup.
U.S. combat troops withdrew from Iraqi cities; bombings and violence continued.
Three leading Iranian reformists questioned the legitimacy of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government (which has been under fire since a June 12 election.)

Afghanistan, North Korea, Honduras, Iraq, Iran or someplace else – which international hot spot worries you most right now?

Post your comments below.

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Filed under: Heidi Collins