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September 13th, 2010
07:02 AM ET

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Detained U.S. hiker could be freed as early as Monday

Tehran, Iran (CNN) - Sarah Shourd, one of three American hikers detained in Iran for more than a year, could be released as early as Monday once $500,000 is submitted to the Iranian judiciary.

"Everything is in place for the release," said lawyer Massoud Shafii, who got to see the hikers for the first time on Sunday. "It's up to the family when to deliver the money."

The official Islamic Republic News Agency reported earlier Sunday that Shourd will be released if bail worth about $500,000 for her is submitted to the Iranian judiciary.

"Naturally she was happy, but her wish is for all three to be released together," said the lawyer, who met the Americans at Tehran's Evin prison after the prosecutor for Tehran's Revolutionary Court announced the offer to release Shourd on bail.

"I saw them and spoke to them," Shafii told CNN. "They were doing well."

Shafii said he doesn't know when exactly the release would take place. Read more.

Hurricane Igor, Tropical Storm Julia churn the Atlantic

(CNN) - Hurricane Igor, which quickly intensified over the weekend, was poised on Monday to become a Category 5 storm - the most-powerful on the Saffir-Simpson scale that measures tropical weather.

The storm blossomed into a major Atlantic Ocean hurricane on Sunday with top winds of 150 mph (240 kph), but remained far from land, forecasters reported.

Igor, which started as tropical storm on Saturday, became a powerful Category 4 storm late Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters described it as "large and powerful."

As of 5 a.m. ET Monday, the storm was about 940 miles (1,515 kilometers) east of the northern Leeward Islands and was moving west at about 13 mph (20 kph), the center reported. Read more.


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  1. art

    AA says- "Have you forgotten VietNam? JFK's pet project."

    I believe JFK's desire to get out of Vietnam got him murdered, AA.

    September 13, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  2. art

    jane

    I'm happy the Bush Tax Cuts are being discussed. They kinda got lost in the shuffle as their author prosecuted two wars, deregulated everything Karl Rove advised him to deregulate, buried the clean-energy dialogue as Bush did the sword-dance in Saudi Arabia (sad statement that one was), and looked the other way as the economy withered away more than any other time since WWII with slow to no-growth.

    The recession started here in Michigan right after 9/11.

    I see more single people owning homes than unmarried couples where I live (I'm sure that's in concert with the divorce rate in this country). And I'm not saying they haven't any tax breaks. I'm saying they have a tendency to be taxed more on a daily basis because of their lifestyles than married couples.

    Meanwhile, I didn't get tossed off of as many porches as I thought I would over the weekend while knocking on doors for our Democratic candidate for Congress. 🙂

    September 13, 2010 at 9:13 am |
  3. Average American

    Sorry Art .... once again you fail to face reality. Despite what you THINK American history in the world speaks for itself. It's not a matter of just Democrat/Republican. Try as you might to just blame the Republicans – Democratic Presidents and Democratic controlled Congress' have behaved the same way- you fail.

    Have you forgotten VietNam? JFK's pet project.

    September 13, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  4. Jane

    Art,
    As far as couples being able to take a lot of deductions for "child raising", if you are making $200,000 or $250,000, your ability to deduct things like child care or college tuition or IRA contributions, etc. have been long gone. Those deductions for raising a family, which is a very expensive proposition, are phased out quite early in the tax system.

    September 13, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  5. Average American

    Jeff.. pay attention. Americans burn the American flag and have the legal right to do so and we must respect them – by law.

    September 13, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  6. Chris TMC

    CNN has an otherwise reasonable sounding man on and he has the nerve to say that threatening to burn the cheapest Koran (something this preacher DIDNT EVEN DO) is the equivalent of destroyin ghte Cictene Chapel? That is insane- no matter what religion you are if you believe those two things to be EQUAL you are mentally ill.

    September 13, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  7. Jane

    art,
    Are you saying that singles have NO tax breaks on their income tax filings? Are you saying singles don't own homes? I can look on my own street, and see many homes that are owned by unmarried couples or single people. I suspect they are taking a tax deduction for their mortgage.

    September 13, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  8. Jane

    art,
    I'm "still on the Bush tax cuts" because that was a topic of discussion today on this program. If you don't want the issue to be discussed, perhaps you need to tell CNN to stop bringing it up.

    September 13, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  9. Jane

    I keep hearing about how the "Muslim street" is enraged by the proposed Koran burning in Florida. Why is this same "Muslim street" not equally enraged by how Christians and Jews are treated in many of their own countries? Are Bibles burned in their countries? Are Christians allowed to practice their religion in the open and in peace? Are Christian missionaries harassed or killed in these countries? For people who demand religious tolerance for Islam, many of them are very intolerant of any other religion in their own countries. Perhaps instead of worrying so much about what goes on in the United States, this "Muslim street" should look into a mirror at their own intolerance of others who do not practice Islam.

    September 13, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  10. Jeff

    I find it funny that they (Muslims) can burn our flag and we must respect them and the rights we give them to do so. But someone wants to burn their book, and it is met with global protest and riots. If Mecca is such a wonderful place- why not move home.

    September 13, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  11. art

    AA

    You've misrepresented the American people. You've identified conservative govern-mental representatives, and those practicing said craft in Big-Business.

    The American people have one foot on a slippery slope, and the other on a banana peel as a result.

    As I understand it, waking up and smelling the coffee is soon going to cost us more....

    September 13, 2010 at 8:42 am |
  12. Average American

    The is a reason why Americans are the most hated people in the world. Americans think they are all that but in the world's eye Americans are hypocritical, back-stabbing, money grubbing bullies that practices double standards. Americans have imposed their will upon other countries for a 100 years with no thought given to those countries. America needs to wake up and smell the coffee.

    September 13, 2010 at 8:28 am |
  13. art

    @Jane

    I wasn't able to respond to your query for me last week because my browser stopped working on the site. It's a regular occurrence when a certain poster drops in.

    I see you're still stuck on the Bush Tax cuts, which is good because I'll still be on topic from last week. Why should a single person be punished tax-wise? Married couples have all kinds of incentives tax-wise. Especially when raising families, or taking on home ownership. No. The $125,000 watermark is not a good idea for singles. They're more likely to spend their incomes within the economy, which means they get taxed more than the stay-at-home family-types.

    Even John Boehner had an epiphany about the middle-class tax cuts staying put. 🙂

    September 13, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  14. mike sey

    It's nice to hear the US Afghan campaign is making such progress according to Gen. Petraeus' latest body count of killed and captured.
    I can't imagine the American reaction to that many deaths of their own on their home turf, but somehow it makes Jason Carroll's perhaps we can win Afghan hearts and minds into a very big PERHAPS indeed.

    Especially if you throw in the murders and mutilation of some Afghan civilians by some US troops, a story that CNN seems to have buried in contrast to its over-the -top coverage of Koran burning and mosque building protests.

    September 13, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  15. Average American

    Anybody that believes those "hikers" were innocently "vacationing" in a war zone needs to have their prescription of Prozac refilled. A government sponsored "vacation" is spying.

    September 13, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  16. Jane

    IN the discussion of Democrats wanting to let the Bush tax cuts for the so called "rich", I have not heard any reporter ask this question: Why are they expiring for a single making $200,000, yet $250,000 for a married couple? Is that not a marriage penalty? Why not $125,000 for a single, or $400,000 for a married couple?
    If a couple chooses to live together, but not marry, doesn't their household get the benefit of each being able to make up to $200,000 and not have their tax cuts expire, but if they marry, are penalized starting at $250,000 of combined income? Why not lower the single earner to $125,000 before taxes increase?

    September 13, 2010 at 7:51 am |
  17. nancy

    the hosts this morning (9/13) are "ok", but can never take the place of John & Kiran. 🙂

    September 13, 2010 at 7:46 am |
  18. Zoe Pappas

    This morning's program (9/13) is the best morning news team and reporting I have ever seen. Keep these anchors please!! Usually I only watch for a few minutes. Today I can't seem to turn it off.

    September 13, 2010 at 7:29 am |
  19. Bernie Shirley

    I am enraged by what appears to be negligence on the part of PGE in the San Bruno disaster. There should be a criminal investagation of the causes and if it is found that PGE was negligent then the responsable parties should face the full charges in a court of law

    September 13, 2010 at 7:25 am |
  20. FRANK SAGE

    The Vietnam War was a Cold War military conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from November 1, 1955 [A 1], to April 30, 1975 when Saigon fell. Thus 30 years.

    Frank Sage
    A Viet Nam Veteran

    September 13, 2010 at 7:07 am |