What to Know
- When Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning walks out of prison Wednesday, she still won’t be entirely free, NBC News reported
- After five consecutive years of coverage gains, progress toward reducing the number of uninsured Americans stalled in 2016, a report says
- Michael Moore is making a documentary about Republican President Trump and says the president should be worried, producers announce
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Delta Tops in On-Time Flights, Spirit Worst for Complaints
Delta Air Lines scored the best for on-time flights in the latest government rankings, and United and American weren't far behind. Virgin America had the highest rate of delayed flights, and discount carrier Spirit Airlines drew the highest rate of consumer complaints. The Transportation Department released figures for March. The report covers the 12 largest U.S. airlines. Through the first three months of the year, airlines bumped one in every 16,000 passengers off a flight — the same rate as in early 2016. More commonly, airlines find volunteers to give up their seats on overbooked flights — that happened to about one in every 1,500 passengers, slightly less often than in early 2016. JetBlue had the highest rate of bumping, which it says can occur when a smaller plane replaces a larger one. Delta had the lowest bumping rate and the highest number of volunteers who gave up their seats.
Manning Set to Be Released From Prison, But Won't Quite Be Free
When Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning walks out of prison, she still won’t be entirely free, NBC News reported. Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking a trove of military intelligence records, but President Obama commuted the sentence in January. Private First Class Manning, 29, will remain an active duty soldier in the U.S. Army. She won't be paid a salary and it's highly unlikely that she will be called to serve. But being placed on voluntary excess leave rather than discharged makes her vulnerable to new military punishment or charges if she steps out of line, said one of her attorneys.
Bullying Persists in School, Reports of Sex Crime Up, Study Shows
One in every 5 middle and high school students has complained of being bullied at school and the number of reports of sexual assault on college campuses has more than tripled over the past decade, according to a federal study. Even though the overall prevalence of bullying has been declining in American schools over the past decade, 21 percent of students aged 12-18 reported being bullied in 2015, the report found. That was slightly below the international average. The picture was bleaker for gay, lesbian and bisexual students. Thirty-four percent of students who identified as LGBT complained of bullying, compared to 19 percent who identified as heterosexual. The report also found a significant rise in reports of sexual assault on university campuses. Such instances jumped from 2,200 in 2001 to 6,700 in 2014.
Efforts to Reduce U.S. Uninsured Stalled in 2016, CDC Says
After five consecutive years of coverage gains, progress toward reducing the number of uninsured Americans stalled in 2016, according to a government report that underscores the stakes as Republicans try to roll back Barack Obama's law. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 28.6 million people were uninsured last year, unchanged from 2015. The uninsured rate was 9 percent, an insignificant difference from 9.1 percent in 2015. The numbers suggest the two main components of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, were reaching their limits in Obama's final year as president. Premiums for private insurance were about to jump, and 19 states continued to refuse the ACA's Medicaid expansion. The number of uninsured could start climbing again under some of the policies now being considered by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans. The politically unpopular GOP bill passed narrowly by the House would limit Medicaid financing and curtail subsidies for many consumers buying their own private policies.
Michael Moore Preps Surprise Documentary for Donald Trump, Producers Announce
Michael Moore is making a documentary about Republican President Trump and says the president should be worried. Producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein announced they have secured worldwide rights to the film, which Moore had dubbed "Fahrenheit 11/9." The name is taken from the day after the Nov. 8 election when Trump was declared the president-elect and is a reference to Moore's 2004 President George W. Bush documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11." Moore has been secretly working on the film for months and promises it will be explosive. Moore released "Michael Moore in Trumpland," based on a one-man show of his, shortly before the November election. Moore premiered that film just days after shooting it. He released it in theaters and on various other platforms, all the while warning liberals that Trump was going to win the election.
Rosario Dawson Finds 26-Year-Old Cousin Dead in Her Home
Rosario Dawson's cousin has died after she was found unresponsive in her Venice home, according to multiple reports. The 38-year-old actress discovered her 26-year-old cousin, Vaneza Ines Vasquez, was unconscious, TMZ reported and People Magazine later confirmed. Dawson called the paramedics straightaway, according to reports, but they were unable to revive Vasquez on the scene. She was transported to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Vasquez was working for Dawson at the time of her death. A toxicology report is still pending, but an early autopsy report allegedly indicates that her death was likely due to natural causes. According to TMZ, Vasquez had been suffering from migraines and hypertension. Dawson has not publicly commented on her cousin's death.
“The Bachelor's” Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell Call It Quits
The wedding is off. "The Bachelor's" Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell have broken up. It is with heavy hearts that we announce our decision to go our separate ways," Higgins, 29, and Bushnell, 27, told People in a joint statement Monday. "We feel fortunate for the time we had together, and will remain friends with much love and respect for one another. We wish nothing but the best for each other, and ask for your support and understanding at this time." The couple met on Higgins' season of "The Bachelor," which premiered in January 2016. They went on to star in a spinoff, "Ben &Lauren: Happily Ever After?," that aired for a single season. Rumors of turmoil swirled in late January. At the time, Higgins denied there was anything wrong, saying, "I am still extremely lucky to be able to share life with her and be by her side."