By Erica Fink, CNN
Two musical icons known for sending messages with body paint, outrageous ensembles and 9” heels are taking on a serious cause, with a message coming directly from the lips. Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper sat down with us yesterday to explain their new mantra: buy our lipstick and fight AIDS.
Gaga and Lauper are the new spokespeople for MAC’s VIVA GLAM campaign. They both have a MAC lip color named after them, and the full sales from each goes directly to the MAC AIDS Fund.
“We’re spreading word of mouth to protect yourself … that in the heat of the moment, you can do what the boy scouts do: always be prepared,” Lauper told CNN’s Alina Cho.
VIVA GLAM is focusing on the issue of women and AIDS. While the overall rate of new HIV infections worldwide has dropped, the number of women infected is growing. And the number of women living with HIV in the United States has tripled since 1985. HIV infection is a leading cause of death among black women aged 25-34 in the U.S., according the Centers for Disease Control.
“There’s a common misperception that HIV does not affect women,” said Nancy Mahon, the executive director of the MAC Aids Fund, citing a survey of women MAC conducted recently in which 75% of the participants did not know their status.
With Washington's airports reopening this morning, the nation's capital is showing signs of life. The same can't be said for our government though, which is taking its fourth snow day in a row. Our Jim Acosta reports on the blizzard that has left Washington eerily quiet.
The big blizzard may be over for the Mid-Atlantic states, but the dig-out is just beginning. Maryland was hit with nearly two feet of snow yesterday and that is on top of the two feet it got over the weekend.
It could take days, maybe weeks, to clear all the roads. Governor Martin O'Malley wants his state declared a disaster zone. He joined us on Thursday's American Morning to explain why he has stern words for anyone griping about unplowed streets.
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(CNN) - A Haitian judge could rule Thursday on whether to release 10 Americans detained in Port-au-Prince on child abduction charges, an attorney for one of the Americans said.
The judge has investigated the case against the group thoroughly, Hiram Sasser, director of the Liberty Legal Institute, told CNN's "American Morning," and the testimony of Haitians in the case "really exonerated Jim [Allen] and the others."
Allen is among 10 missionaries charged a week ago with kidnapping children and criminal association for trying to take 33 children out of Haiti without proper documentation following the January 12 magnitude-7.0 earthquake there.
His wife, Lisa Allen, said Thursday she has suffered "horrific anxiety" since the detentions. "I'm confident that the people of Haiti will do the right thing and bring Jim home," she said. FULL STORY
It's been a month since the earthquake hit Haiti. While the death toll now tops 200,000, many victims with critical injuries have been saved thanks to hospitals here in the United States.
But that care comes with a price. Our Dr. Sanjay Gupta is in Port-au-Prince and reports on a relief fund that is reimbursing U.S. hospitals for caring for Haiti's quake victims.
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With Iran now ramping up its nuclear programs, tensions are rising between the U.S. and Tehran. So what would happen if America, or perhaps Israel, wound up taking military action against the Iranians?
In Washington, they're conducting war games to prepare for just about any scenario. Our Chris Lawrence has the report.