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A decade ago, 4.5 million bottles of wine, valued at a quarter of a million dollars, went up in flames
at a Vallejo warehouse. The fire was the desperate act of a respected wine collector trying to erase
all traces of his years defrauding the wine lovers who trusted him. Among the destroyed collection
were 175 bottles of a rare 19th century wine made by the ancestors of journalist Frances
Dinkelspiel. In her new book "Tangled Vines," Dinkelspiel exposes the dark history of California's
wine industry from arson to enslavement and even murder.
About 57 million North Americans play fantasy sports, where they draft imaginary teams of professional athletes and earn points based on how those athletes perform in real life. But the daily fantasy sites like DraftKings and FanDuel, which focus on a day or week of games rather than an entire season, have recently come under fire. A DraftKings employee has been accused of winning $350,000 based on insider information, and DraftKings and FanDuel are now facing a federal investigation into whether they are essentially online gambling. The New York Attorney General also wants to forbid the sites from taking money from New York residents - a move the two companies are fiercely fighting. We take a look at the nascent world of daily fantasy sports and the debate it has fueled.
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President George H.W. Bush was a modest man who wasn't afraid to break from the Republican party or to compromise with opponents, according to historian Jon Meacham. "Destiny and Power," Meacham's new biography of the 41st president, includes criticism of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, who Bush says served his son George W. Bush poorly. The critical comments come at an awkward time for George H.W. Bush's other son, Jeb, who continues to struggle in his bid to become the Republican presidential nominee.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters Monday that he expects lawmakers to have a "healthy debate" about defunding Planned Parenthood, but that he does not anticipate a government shutdown over financing of the reproductive health services group. The announcement follows last week's shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic that left three dead and nine injured. We'll discuss the ongoing campaign against Planned Parenthood and how the shooting may shape our national dialogue about abortion and gun violence.
17% of American kids are obese. That puts them at risk for health problems such as heart disease, asthma, and diabetes. It also comes at an emotional cost: obese kids get teased more than others and are often excluded from group activities. We'll discuss the latest research on nutrition and obesity in children and hear about the best ways to talk to kids about their weight, and help them lose it.
Leaders from nearly 200 countries are meeting in Paris starting Monday to forge an agreement to limit greenhouse-gas emissions. Many climate watchers are hopeful that an agreement can be reached, but the long standing rift between rich and poor countries over who should pay for the move to green energy remains. Forum will preview the talks and discuss the latest science on climate change.