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August 16th, 2009
11:31 PM ET

Los Zetas: Trafficking in Human Misery

CNN's Michael Ware travels to Mexico to report on the country's most powerful and feared drug cartel, Los Zetas, and their lucrative new business in smuggling humans. Afterward, Ware discusses the grisly business with CNN's Don Lemon.

Filed under: Don Lemon
August 16th, 2009
02:24 PM ET

Answering your health care questions

All week, you've submitted questions on the Health Care Reform Bill.

Here were your top nine concerns.

1. "Death panels"– What kind of power will health care reform give the government

2. Abortion – Is it true that the plan will require taxpayers to subsidize abortions?

3. Illegal Immigrants – Will illegal immigrants be covered under the reform bills?

4. Medicare for Seniors – Will there be cuts in medicare?

5. Bank Accounts – Will the government have access to our bank accounts?

6. Keeping your current plan – Can people keep their own health insurance if they want to?

7. Coverage for college students – Will college students be covered under their parents' health insurance policies?

8. Perscription drugs – We haven't heard much about prescription drugs. Are they covered?

9. Dental – What about dental insurance? Is it included?

Here are our answers.

Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield • Josh Levs
August 16th, 2009
04:44 AM ET

What We Are Working On This Morning....

A lot going on in the CNN newsroom this morning. A 7.0-magnitude quake struck off the western coast of Indonesia's Sumatra Island. There's no word of injuries or damage yet. Plus, we are also following the developing story of John Yettaw, the American who had been sentenced to seven years of hard labor in Myanmar. He has left Myanmar with Senator Jim Webb. We are awaiting remarks from Senator Webb and we will bring them to you live starting at 5:30am ET/2:30am PT.

Birmingham's mayor offered a blanket pardon Tuesday to thousands of demonstrators who were charged during the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Many Blacks say they carry their misdemeanor record with them as a badge of honor. Mayor Larry Langford said he expects many will reject the mass pardon for that reason, but he felt it was important to offer. Gwendolyn Happling-Webb is rejecting the pardon. We’ll speak with her live as well as the mayor of Birmingham.

This Wednesday President Obama will participate in a call-in and audio webcast with 25 faith leaders to encourage their congregations to support health care reform. Religious organizations are joining the President in an effort to emphasize the moral argument for his reform plan. They kicked off a 40 day campaign and held prayer vigils and rallies in 45 cities. We will speak with two faith leaders about this campaign in our Faces of Faith segment with T.J. Holmes.

Plus, Reynolds Wolf is tracking two tropical storms. Watch for these stories and more this morning on CNN Newsroom with T.J. Holmes and Betty Nguyen starting at 6am ET/3am PT.

August 16th, 2009
04:41 AM ET

Model for health care reform?

Grand Junction, Colorado is getting a lot of national attention for its health care model.  Our Betty Nguyen spoke with the mayor of Grand Junction and a doctor who was at the forefront of making this health care plan a reality.  And we're told it's had a major impact on that city.

What's your take? Leave your thoughts below the video.

August 16th, 2009
03:59 AM ET

America's Top Honor

Watch Betty Nguyen and T.J. Holmes every Saturday and Sunday morning in the CNN Newsroom starting at 6am ET/3am PT.