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December 1st, 2010
03:11 PM ET

Gasol: 'We're bigger and we're greater than AIDS'

(CNN) - As the global community commemorates World AIDS Day on Wednesday, international health organizations report both promising and sobering trends.

While the United Nations says new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths have declined by almost 20 percent worldwide over the past decade, the estimated number of children living with HIV or AIDS in 11 Asian countries has increased by 46 percent between 2001 and 2009, the World Health Organization's South-East Asia office said Wednesday.

A record number of adults got screened for the first time last year, almost 83 million Americans between 18 and 64 report being tested in 2009, that's an increase of 11 million people from
2006. Still, the CDC says 55% of all adults have never been tested and 28 %of the population at high risk for HIV, hasn't been screened either. Nineteen years after Magic Johnson announced he had HIV, another NBA player began his personal crusade against AIDS. CNN's Ted Rowlands reports on Pau Gasol's pledge to help fight the disease and his UNICEF Ambassadorship in Africa.


Filed under: World AIDS Day
December 1st, 2010
10:58 AM ET

Storm chaser: 'It actually peeled paint from the back of the vehicle'

Flying horses and popped ears are the least of storm chaser and meteorologist, Reed Timmer's worries when he drives directly into the eye of 200 mile per hour tornado. Timmer is a 12 year storm savant who stars in the Discovery Channel series "Storm Chasers," which airs its finale tonight. His specially designed Chevy Tahoe "The Dominator" is his storm chasing chariot but how long will his luck last? Timmer spoke to CNN's American Morning on how the power of a tornado cannot be underestimated.


Filed under: Weather
December 1st, 2010
10:20 AM ET

Gibbs calls Assange's Clinton comments 'absurd,' says govt. must balance 'need to share' and 'need to know'

Today on American Morning, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs talks to AM's Kiran Chetry and responds to WikiLeaks and the latest talk on DADT.

He responds to:

-WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's recent comments to TIME Magazine that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should resign over some of the leaked cables in the website’s latest document dump

-The potential damage WikiLeaks' latest document dump poses to U.S. foreign policy

-Talk that the Obama Administration will change the way intelligence is shared

– Speculations Justice Department already has signed arrest warrant for Assange

-And, the likelihood of  “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” coming before the lame-duck Congress.


Filed under: American Morning • Politics
December 1st, 2010
09:46 AM ET

Losing Lennon: Legend lives on in O.A.R.'s song 'Dakota'

December 8, 1980, a day that will live in infamy for John Lennon fans. As part of a CNN Documentary “Losing Lennon,” we’re talking to people who had a personal connection to the tragic events of that day when Lennon was gunned down by Mark David Chapman.

AM’s John Roberts talks to radio writer Laurie Kaye, who was part of a team that did the last interview with Lennon on the day he died. When she heard about the shooting, she ran over to Roosevelt Hospital, where Lennon was taken, and witnessed Yoko Ono’s reaction. Also, O.A.R. frontman Marc Roberge talks about how Lennon’s death inspired the alternative rock band’s recent song “Dakota.”

Watch the preview here, and be sure to catch the full documentary,” Losing Lennon: Countdown to Murder,” premiering Saturday and Sunday night at 8 ET on CNN.


Filed under: American Morning • Entertainment • Pop Culture
December 1st, 2010
09:34 AM ET

Former Govs. Bush and Wise push for digital learning

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, R, convened at the national summit on education reform in Washington, DC this week to introduce an innovative plan developed with former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, D, to customize each and every child's education. They think this will drastically improve our country's education levels.

Today on American Morning, John Roberts asks Bush and Wise  about the plan they are releasing Wednesday that calls for implementing technology into the classroom. He asks why they think  the plan will dramatically reform each child's education.


Filed under: American Morning • Education
December 1st, 2010
09:14 AM ET

Jeb Bush not fighting mom on Palin comments

Last week, Barbara Bush and Sarah Palin got in a verbal spat after the former first lady said Palin should stay in Alaska. "I don't think the majority of Americans want to put up with the blue-bloods," Palin said in a radio interview on the Laura Ingraham Show last week. "With all due respect because I love the Bushes, the blue-bloods who want to pick and choose their winners instead of allowing competition."

Today on American Morning, Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, responds to his mother's comments. He tells AM’s John Roberts why he loves his mom and what he thinks about Palin.


Filed under: American Morning • Politics
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