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welcome to "world news." tonight, flu lessons. students already heading back to class, as schools scramble to prevent swine flu and there will be no vaccine until late fall. crash questions the deadly collision over the new york's hudson river. no supervision lying low over that river. capture or kill. u.s. targets terrorists in afghanistan getting money from the drug trade. capture them or kill them. health check. furious words of flying for end of life care. we have a fact check and a soldier's heart beats on, giving we have a fact check and a soldier's heart beats on, giving life after his death. captions paid for by abc, inc.
good evening. stew debts are always nervous on the first day of school. where will i sit? who will eat lunch with me. what is the teacher like? but this year it is the school administrators who are nervous? can be prevent h1n1 swine flu, how virulent is it going to be in children go back to school tonight and they said the virus is ready to explode. we're looking at a big mess. steve osunsami where classes begun today. >> reporter: good evening. in this county, handing out hand sanitizer hoping to keep students safe. in atlanta's public school where's more than 50,000 students started classes this morning, they're teaching
students ways to avoid the swine flu virus with signs and slogans to wash their hands like clean gene and teach germs a lesson. >> we don't want them coughing into their hands, prefer them to cough into a tissue or elbow. when you shake hands and coughing you'll spread germs. >> reporter: outside the city, nina morgan is sending her son nicholas to the eighth grade. she says she's really worried about october and november, when the flu season has always been a problem. jtsdz talked about no high fiving. instead we'll do that. >> reporter: they stress personal hygiene, keeping surfaces clean. they will keep schools open if there's an outbreak.
>> we're just going to have to go by what information we're provided because it changes very rapidly as the cdc and others become more aware of what we're dealing with. >> reporter: at this private school across town -- >> be careful. >> reporter: student th leads were told not to share food or towels. if they cough or have a headache they are not allowed to practice. students with the slightest fever. >> we'll keep checking every fever we have we have to test to make sure we don't have swine flu on our hands. >> reporter: the beth weapon is to make sure americans are immunized and fully protected. steve osunsami, thanks. divers searching for bodice the accident brought to light that there is no supervision over low-flying planes in this very crowded air space.
abc's lisa stark in hoboken, new jersey. >> reporter: in 60 feet of murky water divers were able to find the wreckage of piper lancer. >> some parts separated from the helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft at the time of the collusion, we'll continue to look for all of the aircraft parts. >> reporter: remains of two of the nine victims have not yet been recovered. as the search continues, police release some anxious 911 calls from eye witnesses to the mid air collision. >> it was struck by a small plane and the helicopter went straight down. i'm not sure what happened with the plane. >> reporter: the accident led to calls for more restrictions in the low altitude corridor over the hudson where aircraft operate on their own without direction from air traffic control. >> right now we're flying through what is called this exclusion zone over the hudson river, below 1100 feet. it's where pilots are responsible for seeing and avoiding other pilots for talking to each other, so they know where other pie lots are.
>> reporter: pilot paul dudley has flown here for 25 years. >> your primary need is to scan and listen, and this is not unsafe at all. >> reporter: scanning for other aircraft, listening for pilots calling out their positions. and in this helicopter, extra protection from an on-board tracking system. >> each of those triangles represents another aircraft. >> reporter: it's not known in the aircraft in saturday's accident had such a system. most don't. there have been an average of 11 mid-air accidents a year in the u.s. >> they occur in different places for different reasons. certainly there's a common theme of people not being aware of each other. >> reporter: the ntsb made numerous recommendations, many of which had not been implemented. lisa stark. abc news, hoboken new jersey. next to a blunt pentagon order. dozens of drug lords in afghanistan are to be taken dead or alive. captured or kills.
a senate report provides details of a plan that targets narcotics traffickers whose drug minie finances the taliban. chief investigative drive ross. >> the military got the green light for the program in october. according to a senate report there are 50 afghan drug lords on u.s. hit list r. prime targets for what some call battlefield assasinations. this operation in may is skulled a turning point as they land in taliban-controlled poppy fields in tproffer convince. he and 60 of his men were killed. until recently the ci ask and military worked with businesses that helped the taliban. >> we have to sut off the fuel.
it's based on drug money. we shut off all of the other primary funds. >> reporter: now any drug trafficker tied to the taliban is in the crosshairs of the u.s. military. the report from the senate foreign relations committee says it does not authorize targeted assassinations away from the battlefield. with most of the country considered part of the battlefield especially in poppy growing areas, the u.s. military killed or captured several on the hit list. >> what we realized clearly, we weren't going to get out of afghanistan until our military became more actively and more aggressively engaged. >> reporter: the senate report also found massive corruption in all levels of government and the operation in may. soldiers discovered and destroyed tons of opium they say beare long to the drug lord they killed. he was described as a former police chief with close ties to the family of the afghan president karzai.
u.s. officials have long considered president karzai's proper to be corrupt, something he denied but the senate report found there was no evidence that could be used in court against him and that other evidence gathered by intelligence agencies was too sensitive to be made public because it would expose secret sources and methods. charlie. this was a tragically violent day in iraq as terrorist bombers took advantage of the u.s. military pullback from iraqi cities. the worst attack was in a shiite committee near mosul. two truck bombs exploded flattening more than a dozen homes killing 28 people, injured 138. mr. were also nine bombings in baghdad, pushing the total killed to at least 48, nearly all of them shiites. also overseas a powerful typhoon that struck taiwan left hundreds missing. the storm purportedly dumb pd six feet of rain off china
yesterday. rains toppled a liver r riverside hotel and washed away homes and billings as residents sled. and there were mudslides one buried most of the rent dens of a village. as many as 600 are reported missing. president obama wrapped up a quick summit. leaders of three countries in mexico. met with leaders of mexico and canada. called three amigo summits but the talks begun with a host of new concerns including the swine flu. jake tapper has more from guatalahara, mexico. >> reporter: on the surface, the meetings looked collegial. >> good morning and buenos dias. >> reporter: and, in the country that hosted the first n1h1 outbreak, they pledged continental cooperation to stave off the h1n1 flu. >> this challenge transcends borders and so must our response. >> reporter: but even in mexico the president could not escape the battle over health care reform in u.s. a canadian reporter asked about
criticisms that his proposed fixes will lead to a canadian style system with long waits for treatments and referrals. >> i don't find canadians particularly scary but i guess some of the proponents of form think they make a good boogie man. >> reporter: one woman went to the u.s. to treat for a brain tumor showed up in the tv ad for the president's plan. stephen harper told abc news that he did not know the details of the story. >> are waits too long? your country? >> responsibility for the health care waits in our country are responsibility of provincial governments. >> reporter: but he observed. >> if you're prepared to spend an unlimited amount of money you are prepared to do unplimted things. >> reporter: a gallup poll from last year indicated 73% of canadians had confidence in the health care system with 63% of american people having confidence in theirs.
president obama plunges back into the debate at a town hall meeting tomorrow. 123467 jake tapper, thanks to you. secretary of state hillary clinton is in the midst of a 11-day tour in africa. in congo. she was asked a question that she thought involved her husband's opinion on an issue? >> you want me to tell what my husband thinks? my husband is not secretary of state, i am. so you ask my opinion, i will tell you my opinion. i am not going to be channeling my husband. >> the question turned out from the student. the translator mistranslated it. it involved president obama's opinion. the student apologized. still all of that health care in the last days of the life. then back to the bad old days of the wild west.
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upset with what they think they've been told or think they've been told in the thousand or so pages of proposed legislation. tonight we begin an occasional series to fact check, what's really in the bills? tonight, so-called end of life questions for patients and their families. here's abc's kate snow. >> reporter: the accusations are shocking. >> reporter: inflammatory -- >> adolph hitler called his program the final solution. i kind of wonder what we're going to call ours. >> reporter: and often incorrect. >> i don't want the government to do it for me. >> right now it seems there's an intentional effort to distort what's in the legislation. and that's confusing, the depublic debate. >> reporter: at issue a ten-page section of a thousand page health care reform bill. would reimburse a doctor for talking with a patient every five years about what kind of care they want near the end of life. form percent alaska governor
calls this down right evil. they would have to stand in front of an obama death panel so the bureaucrats would have to decide whether they're worthy of health care. the facts, provision creates no such panel, call force a consultation between an individual and practitioner. how did this misinformation start? >> vicious assault of elderly people. >> reporter: former lieutenant governor betsy mccoy's comments spread and seniors asked pointed questions. >> this is read as every five years you're told how you can die. >> well, that would be kind of morbid. >> reporter: the facts, the intent of the measure is not for doctors to tell patients what to do but give doctors more incentive to talk to patients about all of their options. in lacrosse, wisconsin, such end of life consultations are already common. >> by the time we completed it, her health had started to fail. >> reporter: ann kottnaur knows her mother margaret, who has parkinson's, and some dementia, wother die at home than in a nursing home. >> so we knew from a long time
ago that that was her wish. >> reporter: if lacrosse is any example, people do often choose limits on care for their final months. and the fact is that saves money. in lacrosse, medical spending in the final year of life averages $18,000. the national average, $25,000. those figures are at the crux of an args umt against the house bill. that any focus on cost cutting will push people toward decisions to limit care. >> there should never be any doubt as the whether you end of life decisions are influenced by its effect on the united states treasury. but again the counter argument for proponents on this measure, and there are republicans among them say that is a false argument. they are patient driven. they are available to anyone but not mandatory. patients dictate what te want, not the cost of the procedures. >> kate snow with a fact check. we'll occasionally do that. still ahead, modern day cattle
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now ranchers face a threat familiar to their 19th century predecessors, rustlers, steeling cattle at a rate not seen in many years. south of tulsa. ryan owens found one cattleman especially hard hit. reporter: rancher ted alan thought he seen it all. >> come on girls. don't be bashful. rtd then his cows started disappearing. >> when you can't find them. and they can't fly, somebody had to help them. >> reporter: he's lost a dozen in the last year. now he counts them every day. >> 15, 30 -- >> reporter: jeff emerson counts too. cattle rustlers stole nearly a hundred thousand dollars in his livestock. >> over a 90 day time period, 30 give or take a few two or three. >> reporter: wow, over 90 days! last year, more than 6,000 head of cattle were stolen in texas and oklahoma. that's triple the number from
the year before. >> primarily the economy because a lot of people are out of work and it's just easy to steal cattle. >> reporter: at auction, rustlers can get full price for a stolen cow. often $1,000 a head. the buyer has no clue he just bought from a thief. special rangers watch for anything suspicious. >> i had a case a couple years ago, guy showed up in a little subcompact, opened the trunk and they pulled out two calves. that was kind of the clue that they were stolen. >> reporter: it wasn't long ago a rancher would never worry about locking a gate like this. the recession changed that. notice how the chain is old and rusty. the heavy duty lock is brand new. >> we are going to force them to cut the fence. the good thing is we are patrolling the fences two or three times a day and every night. >> reporter: ted allen says he's prepared to do even more. >> guard myself with a smith and wesson. a man would hate to shoot
somebody over a lousy cow but i probably would. and i hit what i shoot at. >> reporter: ranchers forced to defend themselves from a crime they thought existed only in old westerns. ryan owens, abc news, bixby, oklahoma. and there will be more of ryan owens reporting on modern day rustling, tonight on "nightline." ahead on "world news" he gave new life to a fellow american. ever worn your clothes in the shower?
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national cemetery last friday. served two tours in iraq and the first in afghanistan when he was severely wounded in a fight with the taliban. ten of the enemy were killed and ben was credited with saving lives of six in the pla ton. awarded the purple heart and service medal. he was flown home to walter reed but died there april 18th. he made clear his intention to be i an organ donor. >> that's something he and i felt strongly about that we wanted to do. >> reporter: his mother was allowed to designate a recipient if she knew someone in need on the waiting list. she did. a close friend of a cousin had been waiting for through months. against long odds she turned out to be a good match. two days after ben's death judy had ben's heart. >> jill, in her absolute darkest
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