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April 21st, 2009
08:00 AM ET

UFO believers appeal to President Obama

UFO believers are appealing to President Obama to release government files on extraterrestrial life. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.
UFO believers are appealing to President Obama to release government files on extraterrestrial life. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

You've heard about the scores of special interest groups appealing to President Obama in his first 100 days in office.

Now you can add believers in UFOs to the list.

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What do you think? Should President Obama release alleged secret UFO files?


Filed under: You Have to See This
April 21st, 2009
07:00 AM ET

Fast Forward

Fast Forward:

Here are some of the stories that will be making news later today:

This morning at 10 o'clock ET, President Obama will meet with King Abdullah of Jordan at the White House. Officials say the talks will focus primarily on achieving peace in the Middle East.

Also at 10am ET, The Supreme Court takes up a landmark case that could affect your children. The case centers around a teenage girl who was strip searched at school. She was suspected of carrying ibuprofen, that's the active ingredient in Advil and Motrin, which the school district had banned. The girl's family claims the search violated her constitutional rights.

And today, some major U.S. companies will reveal their quarterly earnings. We're expecting first quarter reports from construction equipment maker Caterpillar, pharmaceutical giant Merck, Coca-Cola, Delta, the New York Times and later in the day, Yahoo.


Filed under: Fast Forward
April 21st, 2009
06:00 AM ET

What's on Tap – Tuesday April 21st, 2009

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • Breaking now:  The only Somali pirate to come off the lifeboat alive was brought to New York early this morning.  He could be in court today.  The young man, known in official documents as "Pirate Defendant" was said to be all smiles.  He was one of four who held Captain Richard Phillips at gunpoint for five days at sea.  U.S. Navy snipers shot and killed the other three.
  • UFO believers to Obama: release the X-files!  You've heard about the scores of special interest groups appealing to President Obama in his first 100 days in office.  Now you can add believers in UFOs to the list.  They're calling on the president to end what they insist is a government cover-up of the existence of extraterrestrials.
  • Racism, Iran Style.  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the stage Monday in Geneva at the U.N.'s Racism conference, and pointed fingers at Israel, the U.S., and western Europe. He also went after the United States for its war in Afghanistan. Several nations, including the U.S. and Israel, boycotted the U.N. Conference.  Representatives of many other nations walked out.  Protesters in clown wigs made a lot of noise.
  • A urine test for Lung Cancer? Someday, a simple urine test might spot smokers at highest risk for lung cancer, according to a new study.  Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins us with the potential breakthrough.
  • African-American Princess.  In 1937 Snow White was the first Disney princess to be featured on the big screen.  Since that time Disney has introduced eight princesses, but this year they make history with their first black princess.   Cultural watchers see this as a milestone and a symbol of a culture-changing standard of feminine beauty.  Others draw a connection to the Obamas being in the White House, and as a result see the image of the princess resonating even more with the public – a sort of perfect storm of African-American cultural imagery.

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