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November 23rd, 2010
09:44 AM ET

Tigers Face Extinction: Poaching, massive decline in habitat to blame

Wild tigers could become extinct in 12 years if more action isn’t taken, according to global wildlife experts.

The World Wildlife Fund says only about 3,200 tigers remain in the wild, down from an estimated 100,000 a century ago.

Sybille Klenzendorf, director of the species conservation program at the World Wildlife Fund, talks with AM’s Kiran Chetry this morning. She explains how fast the numbers are falling and what humans can do to help.


Filed under: Environment • World
November 23rd, 2010
09:36 AM ET

AM Series: Hard Hits – Slam leaves linebacker brain damaged for life

Seventeen-year-old Max Conradt is viciously slammed down by a 280-pound linebacker during a high school football game. He continues to play and by the end of the game, after many punishing tackles, Conradt collapses into his stepmother's arms. Underneath his helmet, Conradt's brain was swelling.

He was dying - fast.

He was in a coma for two months with a catastrophic traumatic brain injury and had three operations to relieve the pressure on his swelling brain. Max's father Ralph is coming unglued, because doctors say his son probably will not make it.

Did Max live?

In the end we find out he did, but it’s not much of a life. Max lives in a home for brain damaged adults. He will never hold down a job, he will never function independently.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells Max's story on American Morning.


Filed under: American Morning • Health • Sports
November 23rd, 2010
08:40 AM ET

Cancer survivor accepts TSA apology, says agents need training

Yesterday on American Morning, bladder cancer survivor Thomas Sawyer, 61, shared his personal story of the pat down he received at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. After the pat down caused his urine bag to leak, Sawyer said he was embarrassed and humiliated.

Later in the day, TSA chief John Pistole called Sawyer personally to apologize. Sawyer accepted the apology.

Today, he joins AM again. John Roberts asks him what changes he thinks the TSA should make to be better accommodating.


Filed under: Airline safety • Airlines • American Morning
November 23rd, 2010
08:39 AM ET

Airport Reality Check: Few receive pat downs, says former TSA official

Support seems to be slipping for the new airport security measures.

In a poll earlier this month, 81 percent of people supported the new full-body scanners. Now, only 64 percent support them, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll. And, 50 percent say the pat-down procedures go too far.

Today on American Morning, Kiran Chetry talks to former FAA and TSA security official Charlotte Bryan.

Bryan, now a consultant for Command Consulting Group, explains how few air travelers will encounter the scans and pat downs this weekend, and if the public scrutiny is justifiable or overly sensitive.


Filed under: Airline safety • Airlines • American Morning
November 23rd, 2010
08:38 AM ET

April 29 wedding at Westminster Abbey is 'perfect,' royal watcher says

Prince William will wed Kate Middleton April 29 at Westminster Abbey, the couple announces today.

Hugo Vickers, author and royal historian, joins American Morning’s John Roberts and Kiran Chetry this morning after the announcement of the location and date of the royal wedding.

He tells us what’s going on behind the scenes to prepare for the royal affair.


Filed under: American Morning
November 23rd, 2010
07:17 AM ET

Prince William, Kate to wed at Westminster Abbey in April

(CNN) Prince William of England will marry Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London, the royal family announced today, ending a week of furious speculation about the date and venue.
Prince William gave Diana's sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring to his fiancee when he proposed during a vacation in Kenya last month. The prince and Middleton, both 28, have been dating since 2003.

Royal biographer Mark Saunders talks to AM's Kiran Chetry and John Roberts this morning. He explains why he thinks Westminster Abbey is probably "the better venue."

 

 


Filed under: American Morning
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