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ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: The three-day marathon at the U.S. Supreme Court continues today. The court will hold its second day of hearings on President Obama's health care law. Today, the lawyers and justices will spar over whether the individual mandate is constitutional. That's a requirement that everyone carry health insurance, and it's a central tenant of the law.
And our last word in business today is: billion euro real estate. That's how much artist Frank Buckley's Dublin apartment cost. In theory, he actually got the materials for free from Ireland's central bank.
The walls, furniture and detailing in his apartment are all made from bricks of shredded euro notes. Buckley estimates each brick contains 40 or 50,000 euro's worth.
FRANK BUCKLEY: I collected two trailer-fulls of shredded notes - 1.4 billion euro.
The Pennsylvania capital Harrisburg is more than $300 million in debt. The budget is controlled by a state-appointed custodian. City and law enforcement services are under strain and residents worry violent crime may be growing.
October Baby tells the story of 19-year-old Hannah, a first-year college student, who leaves home on a search for her birth mother. In many ways, it's a Hollywood-style road trip movie dealing with questions of identity, but at the movie's core is also a vigorous message about abortion.
In one scene, Hannah tracks down a nurse who worked at the health clinic where her birth mother had sought an abortion — one that failed when Hannah was born prematurely.
Joseph Francis, 54, says he came to this cholera clinic in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince,after becoming so dehydrated he could barely walk. Cholera has killed more than 7,000 Haitians since the first outbreak of the disease in October 2010. At the start of the rainy season, cases are once again beginning to climb.
Cots are lined up in a Port-au-Prince cholera clinic run by GHESKIO, a Haitian medical group. GHESKIO is helping to organize a huge pilot project to vaccinate some 100,000 Haitians against cholera. Tens of thousands of people have signed up to participate. The health workers have been trained, and the vaccine is waiting in coolers. But the campaign is bogged down in bureaucratic red tape.
Residents of the Port-au-Prince slum Cite de Dieu step gingerly over a stream of sewage. Aid workers had planned to be finished with the vaccination program before the spring rains, when widespread flooding can bring cholera directly into people's homes.
Nadia Simone stands in front of her house in Cite de Dieu. She says she has been trying to get a trash-clogged ditch next to her house drained because she knows it brings cholera right to her doorstep. Last year cholera made her young daughter very sick. "I don't want cholera to come back to my house," she says.
A lone pig roots through trash along a sewage canal that runs from the center of Port-au-Prince through Cite de Dieu. During the rainy season, the canal overflows its banks and fills nearby houses with sewage.
A GHESKIO worker goes door to door in Cite de Dieu. As part of the planned vaccination campaign, an army of health workers has gone out to inform Haitians about cholera and sign them up to get the vaccine.
Most people in this rural part of Haiti, near Saint-Marc, get their water from the Artibonite River. Though the river is known to be contaminated with cholera, few can afford chlorine tablets to purify the water.
Esperante Jean-Louise, who goes by Fifi, got cholera last year. The experience was terrifying, she says: "I first felt it in my head. And then once I started vomiting, I had diarrhea at the same time. I couldn't stand up — I was near death."
Rice farmer Alexis Rochenel, Fifi's husband, shows his blank cholera vaccination card. People will need two doses of vaccine spread over several weeks. Health workers could have been finished with the first round of vaccinations by now. But they're still waiting for the government to sign off on the project.
A young girl cools off from the midday heat in an irrigation canal near Saint-Marc. People in this area were chosen for the pilot vaccination program because they draw their water from the contaminated Artibonite River.
A hundred thousand people in Haiti are ready and waiting to get vaccinated against cholera.
The vaccine is sitting in coolers. Vaccination teams are all trained. Willing recipients are registered and entered into databases.
The impending mass vaccination project aims to show that vaccinating against cholera is feasible in Haiti. It has never been done in the midst of an ongoing cholera epidemic. So far, more than 530,000 Haitians have fallen ill with cholera, and more than 7,000 have died.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court hears its second day of testimony about the Affordable Care Act. At issue is a central tenet of that law: whether it's legal to require individuals to purchase health care.
But apart from the legal debate, there are questions about the economics of the mandate. Some — like Peggy Bodner of Portland, Ore. — worry it may be difficult to find the money to pay for health insurance, even with government subsidies.
The U.S. Supreme Court gets to the heart of the health care arguments Tuesday. Almost exactly two years after Congress passed the Obama health care overhaul, the justices are hearing legal arguments testing the constitutionality of the so-called health care mandate — so-called because those words actually do not appear in the law.
U.S. officials are looking more closely for signs of state-sponsored terrorism these days. In this attack, Israel blamed Iran for bombing a car belonging to the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi, India, on Feb. 13. The wife of an Israeli diplomat was injured. Iran denied it was involved.
There has been a subtle shift taking place in the intelligence community in recent months.
Intelligence and law enforcement officials say analysts and experts who have been tracking al-Qaida for more than a decade have been quietly reassigned. Some are being moved completely out of al-Qaida units. Others are being asked to spend less time watching al-Qaida and more time tracking more traditional foes — like state-sponsored terrorists.
Chief Ruziicka gave Girl Scout Troop 3926 a tour (front row from left) Ashlyn Copeland, Mattie King, Marissa Welch, Megan Harris, (back row) Madison Allen, Madyson McMurtre, Harley Blanchard and Eva Harris