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January 11th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Study: Movies often show unsafe situations

A new study shows Hollywood's doing more to send the right message about safety to your kids. But they could be doing a whole lot better. Our Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has the report.


Filed under: Entertainment • Health
January 11th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Courtroom showdown set to begin over same-sex marriage

By Mallory Simon and Dan Simon, CNN

San Francisco, California (CNN) - They've been committed to each other for eight years and have four sons together, but there's a component missing in one Berkeley, California, couple's life that's out of reach for them: getting married.

Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier's partnership is one that has taken center stage because of the ongoing debate on same-sex marriage in California.

On Monday, the spotlight will be even brighter, when a trial challenging California's Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, begins in U. S. District Court in San Francisco. Demonstrators are expected to be out in force. There also may be a camera in the courtroom if the ballot initiative's sponsors fail in their 11th hour bid to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to keep it out.

Perry and Stier, along with Jeffrey Zarrillo and Paul Katami, of Los Angeles, are the two couples at the heart of the case, arguing that California's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. They are asking Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker to issue an injunction against Proposition 8's enforcement.

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Filed under: Gay Rights
January 11th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Why light worsens migraines

If you're one of the 30 million Americans who suffer from migraines you probably already know that when your head is throbbing a dark room is a good place to go. But until now, no one knew exactly why light made the pain worse – even in the blind. Our Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has the report.


Filed under: Health
January 11th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

New book rattles Washington

As President Obama nears the end of his first year in office, a new book about the 2008 election, called "Game Change," could be a game changer. Our Carol Costello has the report.


Filed under: Politics
January 11th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

NBC pulls plug on Leno in prime-time

Los Angeles, California (CNN) - NBC host Jay Leno is going back to late nights after a low-rated experiment in prime time, the network announced Sunday.

Leno's prime-time talk show, which debuted in September, "didn't meet affiliates' needs," said Jeff Gaspin, chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment.

The program will go off the air February 12, when the 2010 Winter Olympics begin.

The network is now negotiating with Leno and its current late-night hosts, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon, to decide who ends up with which time slot, Gaspin said.

O'Brien took over NBC's flagship "Tonight Show" when Leno moved to the 10 p.m. slot in September. Fallon took over O'Brien's former show, "Late Night."

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Filed under: Entertainment
January 11th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Body scanners can store, send images, group says

By Jeanne Meserve and Mike M. Ahlers, CNN

Washington (CNN) - A privacy group says the Transportation Security Administration is misleading the public with claims that full-body scanners at airports cannot store or send their graphic images.

The TSA specified in 2008 documents that the machines must have image storage and sending abilities, the Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) said.

In the documents, obtained by the privacy group and provided to CNN, the TSA specifies that the body scanners it purchases must have the ability to store and send images when in "test mode."

That requirement leaves open the possibility the machines - which can see beneath people's clothing - can be abused by TSA insiders and hacked by outsiders, said EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg.

EPIC, a public-interest group focused on privacy and civil rights, obtained the technical specifications and vendor contracts through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

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Filed under: Airline safety
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