(CNN) – A new initiative from CNN.com, "Home and Away," honors U.S. and coalition troops who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan by tracking the lives of these brave men and women up to their untimely deaths.
Today, we're remembering Pfc. David John Bentz. D.J. was killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad three years ago. His mother chooses to remember him through the game he loved most.
Don't Miss: From all parts of the world and spanning all ages, more than 6,000 U.S. and coalition troops have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Explore the names, ages and faces of the fallen
(CNN) – The Texas textbook war continues. In a controversial move, the state's board of education, dominated by conservative, Republican, Christian fundamentalists, has overhauled its existing social studies and history curriculum. Educators and political activists across the country are furious. On Monday's American Morning, we heard from both sides of the debate with Texas state board of education member Dr. Don McLeroy and Rod Paige, U.S. secretary of education from 2001 to 2005.
(CNN) – There are new developments out of London today where the latest scandal is rocking the royals. A British tabloid has put up a Web video showing Duchess Sarah Ferguson offering access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew, in exchange for more than $700,000.
The prince denies knowing anything about it and the palace says he's always been a man of integrity. As for Fergie, she's falling on her sword and calls the video embarrassing and inexcusable. Our Phil Black joined us on Monday's American Morning to walk us through the sting operation.
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(CNN) – Dozens of ships are steaming toward the site of the oil spill in the Gulf today. In two days, they're expected to begin a "top kill" operation to plug the spewing well. Meanwhile, the debate over dispersants is raging. The EPA has ordered BP to switch to a less toxic product, but the oil giant is refusing. We've seen the damage that's been done on shore and on the ocean surface, but now we're bringing you exclusive pictures of the slick below sea level.
(CNN) – With college costs skyrocketing and a recession raging, it's not just about getting in to the best school these days. For many students and their cash-strapped parents, prestige is taking a back seat to price. Our Alina Cho reports for the first part of a week-long series, "The Cost of College."
Program Note: Tomorrow on American Morning, in part 2 of "The Cost of College," our Alina Cho profiles a young man who turned down a scholarship at one university to attend a more expensive and prestigious school. He says that decision left him buried in debt that will take decades to pay off.