By Bob Ruff and Carol Costello
(CNN) – Where have all the real men gone? You know, confident, take charge guys like Rough Rider and former President Teddy Roosevelt, or the manly character Jack Bauer from “24”?
Brett McKay, who has made a career out of teaching men to act like men, has a Web site that teaches a new generation of men how to do things that their fathers and grandfathers took for granted.
(CNN) – A nuclear standoff is occurring not far from New York City, pitting "fish" against the Indian Point power plant.
New York State is warning the nuclear facility to clean up its act in the Hudson River, or else. Our Allan Chernoff has the report.
(CNN) – Rescuers carried an 11-year-old girl out of dense, swampy forest in Florida on Tuesday, four days after she disappeared.
The team, carrying Nadia Bloom in a cloth stretcher, trudged through brush for nearly two hours to bring her out of the area near Lake Jesup, northeast of Orlando, Florida, said Chief Kevin P. Brunelle of the Winter Springs Police Department.
He said that Nadia, who has been described as mildly autistic, was found shoeless and covered in insect bites. She was otherwise in good condition.
"She was not complaining of anything other than the fact that she had insect bites," Brunelle said.
"She did make two comments to the officers when they got there: 'Glad you guys found me, can't believe you rescued me,' " he said. FULL STORY
(CNN) – The death toll in China's earthquake has risen to nearly 400 in a mountainous and impoverished area of Qinghai province Wednesday, an emergency official said on state-run television.
The Xinhua News Agency reported 8,000 others were injured and many victims, including primary schoolchildren, were buried under debris.
The 6.9-magnitude earthquake, as measured by the U.S. Geological Survey, struck at 7:49 a.m. local time (7:49 p.m. ET Tuesday), when people were probably still at home and schools were beginning the day. The USGS also recorded several strong aftershocks - one of magnitude 5.8 - all within hours of the initial quake.
Xinhua reported panic on the streets as crews launched rescue efforts in the rubble of collapsed buildings. FULL STORY
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Palin speech controversy
(CNN) – California Attorney General Jerry Brown is launching an investigation to find out how much a California state university foundation intends to pay Sarah Palin when the former Alaska governor speaks at a campus benefit in June.
The state wants to know why documents allegedly detailing Palin's upcoming visit were shredded and then thrown away.
There's still no word on what Palin is getting paid when she speaks in June, but the Associated Press is reporting Palin's contract requires two water bottles with bendable straws. And, if Palin must fly commercial to California the tickets should be first class, otherwise Palin requires a private lear jet 60 or a larger aircraft.
So far, Palin is not commenting on the details of the alleged contract
Does the American male need to be saved?
There is a "menaissance" going on. A return to rugged masculinity. As in, goodbye metrosexual, hello retrosexual.
That's not all. There is also a movement – albeit a small one – to introduce a new academic discipline in universities across the country: "Male studies."
All of these things are aiming to do one thing: Save the American male. Our Carol Costello has the story for you this morning.
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