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7:10AM Sen. Bill Nelson, (D) Florida, on why he thinks the military needs to get more involved in the oil spill cleanup effort.
7:25AM Adm. Thad Allen, U.S. National Incident Commander, on the latest efforts to cap the broken oil well.
7:40AM Pat Brown, Investigative Criminal Profiler, on Joran van der Sloot – the man once considered a suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, who is now the suspect in the killing of a woman in Peru.
8:10AM Jim Hood, Mississippi Attorney General, on the Justice Department's criminal investigation into the massive oil spill.
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(CNN) – Robotic subs are trying to make a clean cut through the gushing oil pipe at the bottom of the Gulf. Then BP will attempt to cap it and contain the oil that's gushing out. But the fix can't come fast enough though for the barrier islands along the Gulf shores.
The oil is now arriving at a small strip of land called Dauphin Island in Alabama, sitting at the mouth of Mobile Bay. Because of that, the Alabama Department of Public Health is discouraging people from swimming in the waters. Cleanup crews are now shoveling oil from the sand and scientists are currently testing the waters by the beaches. Our John Zarrella witnessed the strange sight on those beaches yesterday.
(CNN) – Morgan Freeman has played God in films before, but a new role has him asking – is there a God? And what exactly does that mean? The Academy-Award winning actor is executive producer, host and narrator for a new series on the Science Channel, called "Through the Wormhole." He joined us on Wednesday's American Morning to tell us what inspired the project.
(CNN) – Plastic... It's everywhere. And it seems just about everything we buy is wrapped in it. There are growing concerns about the chemicals in some of those plastics getting into our bodies. As our Dr. Sanjay Gupta shows us, that made one woman tackle the challenge of living life – without plastic.
Program Note: Could your town, your home and your family be polluted by toxic chemicals? Don't miss the start of Dr. Sanjay Gupta's special investigation, beginning tonight. "Toxic America" starts at 8 p.m. ET, only on CNN.
(CNN) – This week we're taking a special look at how women are making it "in a man's world." For women on Wall Street, it has always been an uphill battle. And the great recession has only made it harder. Our Christine Romans reports for part two of our AM original series, "Making it in a Man's World."
Program Note: Tomorrow on American Morning, the hard hat is hitting the glass ceiling. Fewer than 15 percent of people employed in construction are women. And many of those jobs are behind desks. Our Deb Feyerick visits one woman on the job site who's trying to help America rebuild – at Ground Zero.
By Bob Ruff and Carol Costello, CNN
(CNN) – Could things get any worse for BP? Maybe. As the oil continues to flow, some are charging that another BP operation in the Gulf is an even bigger disaster in the making.
For six months, Ken Abbott managed BP’s engineering documents for "Atlantis," BP’s deep water platform nearly 200 miles south of New Orleans. He turned into a BP whistle-blower in February 2009 after finding what he says were thousands of Atlantis engineering documents and drawings that were neither complete nor reviewed properly by BP. That, Sawyer now says, was a serious safety violation.
Abbott and his lawyer quickly hired Mike Sawyer, a safety engineer consultant, who examined the BP documents in question. Sawyer tells CNN that oil rig “engineering drawings and specification are the primary means that workers use to ensure that they can operate the platform safely, and can ensure that they can shut it down or at least control any unsafe event.” Atlantis’ engineering documents and drawings, says Sawyer, were so incomplete that he fears another environmental disaster from BP.
Abbott shared his information with Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva, who found it so disturbing that he and 18 other lawmakers sent a letter to the Department of the Interior and the Minerals Management Service (MMS), the agency that regulates the oil industry.
"...This platform [Atlantis],” they wrote, “may be operating without crucial engineering documents, which, if absent, would increase the risk of a catastrophic accident..."