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November 30th, 2009
08:45 AM ET

Will crash hurt Tiger Woods' career?

It's the story everyone's talking about this morning: Golf great Tiger Woods and his car accident right in front of his Florida home.

Tiger is not talking. Cops have been told he has nothing more to say to them. Meanwhile there's a lot of speculation about what really happened in the moments before and after the accident and whether there's another woman in the middle of this mess.

Meantime police have released tapes from a 911 call that came from Tiger's neighbor moments after the incident. So with all the rumors swirling around Woods right now could this incident impact his career and all those lucrative endorsements?

David Dusek, deputy editor of Golf.com, spoke to Kiran Chetry on American Morning Monday.

Related: Woods: 'This situation is my fault'


Filed under: Sports
November 30th, 2009
08:30 AM ET

Health care debate could drag on for weeks

The Senate starts the debate on its health care bill today, but already the number two Republican in the chamber, Senator Jon Kyl, is telling Democrats – this bill is no good – start over. And even with an uphill battle in front of them, Democrats are already watching the clock. Our Jim Acosta has the report.

Related: Health care debate to focus on divide among Democrats


Filed under: Politics
November 30th, 2009
06:00 AM ET

Sound Off: Afghanistan war tax?

Washington (CNN) - President Obama will announce the U.S. troop strategy for Afghanistan in a speech at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Wednesday.

President Obama will announce his U.S. troop strategy for Afghanistan on Tuesday.

President Obama will announce his U.S. troop strategy for Afghanistan on Tuesday.

In the speech, Obama will explain why the United States is in Afghanistan, its interests there and his decision-making process, Gibbs said, but "the president does not see this as an open-ended engagement.

A leading congressional Democrat, who is the chief proponent of a new tax that would fund future military operations in Afghanistan, suggested Sunday that continuing to fight the Afghan war under current conditions is “a fool’s errand” and, at the same time, said that his tax proposal would create a sense of shared sacrifice that has been missing in the last eight years.

Rep. David Obey, a Democrat from Wisconsin, is expressing serious reservations about the U.S. military effort in Afghanistan – just days before President Obama is expected to announce a substantial increase in U.S. troops in the country.

“The problem is that you can have the best policy in the world, but if you don't have the tools to implement it, it isn't worth a beanbag,” Obey said on CNN’s State of the Union, “And I don't think we have the tools in the Pakistani government and I don't think we have the tools in the Afghan government. And until we do, I think much of what we do is a fool's errand.” Read more

What do you think of the idea of a war surtax to fund military operations in Afghanistan? Sound off below.


Filed under: Afghanistan
November 30th, 2009
05:50 AM ET

Hand sanitizer: Are you using it correctly?

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN

(CNN) - It's everywhere you look - in schools, in shopping malls, in day care centers, in offices.

When soap and water aren't available, hand sanitizer is a good solution, experts say.

When soap and water aren't available, hand sanitizer is a good solution, experts say.

Hand sanitizer has become ubiquitous after the outbreak of the novel H1N1 flu virus. But what are its special powers? Does it really protect from viruses? And what's the best way to use it?

When it comes to choosing a hand sanitizer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the ones with alcohol for protecting against the H1N1 flu. The optimum proportion is 60 to 95 percent alcohol, according to this CDC chart showing the relative effectiveness of different types of sanitizers.

Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a recent briefing that people should wash their hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers to combat the flu.

"We are beginning to see some declines in influenza activity, but there is still a lot of influenza everywhere," she said.

The CDC said that according to some estimates, up to 80 percent of all infections get spread by hands.

Read the full story


Filed under: Health
November 27th, 2009
06:00 AM ET

Newark runway risks concern feds

By Allan Chernoff
CNN Sr. Correspondent

(CNN) - Federal investigators are concerned a potential danger persists because of the simultaneous use of intersecting runways at Newark Liberty International Airport, one of the nation's busiest and a gateway to the New York metro area.

The FAA says it intends to have new technology fully operational at Newark by mid-December.

The FAA says it intends to have new technology fully operational at Newark by mid-December.

The alert comes after repeated instances in which planes above the Newark airport flew too close to each other in violation of safety standards. There were four such instances last year and at least four this year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation inspector general.

In one case, on January 16, 2008, two Continental planes - a Boeing B-737 and an Embraer 145 - missed each other by 600 feet, according to a DOT inspector general's report.

"That was very scary. I was there for that one personally in the control tower, and it scared the heck out of everybody up there," said Ray Adams, a Newark air traffic controller.

Potential danger arises when approaching planes need to abort their landings, which happens about every 700 flights at Newark, according to a Federal Aviation Administration analysis.

In what the FAA calls "go-arounds," the diverted plane approaching Newark has to make a sharp right turn through the flight path of planes landing and taking off from an intersecting runway, allowing little margin for error.

Read the full story


Filed under: Airline safety
November 26th, 2009
08:00 AM ET
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