JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news: The Obama administration confirmed that health insurance premium costs will jump next year under the Affordable Care Act. A mid-level plan will rise an average of 25 percent in states served by the federal online marketplace. And 20 percent of consumers will have just one company to choose from. Sign-up starts November 1.
AT&T said today that it’s confident its deal to buy the Time Warner media empire will pass muster with Congress and federal regulators. The telecom giant announced plans on Saturday to take over the parent of HBO, CNN and the Warner Bros. Studio for more than $85 billion.
Officials in France today began clearing the makeshift migrant camp known as the Jungle. The operation in Calais means moving some 6,500 people, many of them trying to reach Britain.
Martin Geissler of Independent Television News reports.
MAN: It’s OK. You can go. It’s OK.
MARTIN GEISSLER: With a friendly word and a hand on the shoulder, they were ushered towards their buses, the authorities doing what they could to reassure these people everything’s going to be alright.
PASCAL BRICE, French Office for the Protection of Refugees: We have been talking with them many times, convincing them to stay in France, seek residence in France, so they’re rather happy that we can do that today.
MARTIN GEISSLER: The exodus was mostly orderly and impressive in its scale. At times, the authorities seemed almost overwhelmed. These people queued in their hundreds to be processed, then dispatched to centers right across France.
There were maps to explain where they were going, but no promises as to what the future might hold. This group of Afghan men told me they will stay in Northern France and keep trying to cross the channel. I asked Bakhram why he came here. He lifted his jacket and showed me an appalling abdominal wound. A Taliban bomb did this, he said. Whatever the future holds, it can’t be as bad as his past.
MAN: Again, I will come back.
MARTIN GEISSLER: You’re going to still come back here?
MAN: Yes, I still come back.
MARTIN GEISSLER: There was some disorder here last night. The authorities are preparing for more in the hours ahead. The people of Calais want Britain’s help to ensure this kind of crisis doesn’t arise again.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Work on demolishing the camp is to begin later this week.
In Iraq, government forces pushed into two more villages today as their offensive to retake the city of Mosul entered its second week. Special forces blasted away at Islamic State fighters, driving them out of their positions. Elsewhere, Iraqi federal police handed out water and other aid to civilians.
And, in Syria, government troops have captured a key hilltop in the city of Aleppo. Heavy fighting resumed there after a cease-fire expired over the weekend. Few rebels or civilians left the city during the lull.
There’s word that greenhouse gases passed a grim milestone in 2015. The U.N.’s weather organization says carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached 400 parts per million last year for the first time on record. The agency says that’s 44 percent more CO2 than before the Industrial Revolution.
PETTERI TAALAS, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization: Its lifetime is very long. And there have been some scientific studies estimating that the return back to preindustrial levels may take tens of thousands of years.
JUDY WOODRUFF: The U.N. report mainly blames the burning of fossil fuels. But a powerful El Nino weather pattern contributed as well.
Wall Street got the week off to a good start. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 77 points to close at 18223. The Nasdaq rose 52, and the S&P 500 added 10.
And two deaths of note tonight.
First, Tom Hayden passed away Sunday after suffering a stroke last year. He was a leader of the anti-Vietnam War movement who became a major name in California politics.
Tom Hayden’s political activism began in 1960 at the University of Michigan. He helped form Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS, a leader of radical opposition to the Vietnam War. In 1968, Hayden organized anti-war protests outside Chicago’s tumultuous Democratic National Convention.
For that, he was convicted of inciting riots as one of the so-called Chicago 7, but the verdicts were later overturned. Hayden stayed at the forefront of the anti-war movement, and, with actress Jane Fonda, traveled to North Vietnam in 1972.
TOM HAYDEN, Anti-War Activist: They insisted that there was no peace with honor possible through the bombing of their capital, that it wasn’t possible for them to be bombed into any compromise of their fundamental position regarding what they define as their national rights.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Hayden and Fonda were married 17 years, before divorcing in 1990. Along the way, he entered California politics and served as a state lawmaker for nearly two decades. He also ran unsuccessfully for governor of California and then mayor of Los Angeles.
In later years, Hayden was a vocal opponent of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tom Hayden died Sunday in Santa Monica, California. He was 76 years old.
And Bobby Vee passed away today in Minneapolis of advanced Alzheimer’s. The pop singer gained notice at the age of 15, filling in at a 1959 concert after Buddy Holly died in a plane crash. Vee went on to record 38 top 100 hits in all, including “Take Good Care of My Baby” and “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes.” Bobby Vee was 73 years old.
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