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April 19th, 2011
03:06 PM ET

The 'maternity tourism' business

It's become a controversial...business. Pregnant tourists are paying thousands of dollars to have their babies born in the U.S. But that's only part of the story in this new "birthright citizenship" debate. It's an issue that, according to a CNN poll from last year, shows that the American public is split on.

This morning on American Morning, Marshall Fitz, the director of immigration policy at the Center for American Progress, and Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, discussed the issue with Christine Romans and Kiran Chetry.


Filed under: Birthright tourism
April 19th, 2011
03:01 PM ET

Goldfarb: Air traffic controllers 'in a bind'

More problems for the FAA. An air traffic controller and his manager are suspended for watching a movie while on the job in Cleveland, Ohio.

It comes on the heels of incidents of sleeping controllers around the country.

Former FAA chief of staff Michael Goldfarb joined American Morning's Ali Velshi, Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans about why air traffic controllers are having trouble staying awake and focused on the job.


Filed under: Air traffic control • Airline safety
April 19th, 2011
12:22 PM ET

Facebook launches new family safety center for teens, parents and teachers

Today, Facebook will announce a new section devoted to keeping its youngest users safe online, including a free downloadble guide on social-media safety for teachers and an expansion of the "social reporting" feature that allows users to report abusive content.

In a CNN exclusive, American Morning's Ali Velshi and Kiran Chetry talk to Facebook's chief security officer Joe Sullivan about this new security initiative.


Filed under: Online safety • Social Media
April 19th, 2011
10:35 AM ET

New guidelines for Alzheimer's diagnosis expanded to include patients with mild, no symptoms

A milestone this morning in the fight against Alzheimer's.

For the first time in 27 years, there are new criteria and guidelines for the diagnosis of the disease, and they include victirms who don't even show symptoms yet.

Right now, one in eight Americans over 65 has Alzheimers, and that number jumps to 50% when we look at Americans over 85 years old. That means every 69 seconds, another American develops Alzheimer's.

On American Morning this morning, we spoke with Dr. William Thies, the chief medical and scientific officer at the National Alzheimer's Association.


Filed under: Alzheimer's
April 19th, 2011
10:17 AM ET

Wildfires continue to race across Texas

Firefighters in Texas continue to fight back walls of flames, trying to save homes and livelihoods. Weeks of dry temperatures are fueling hundreds of fires across the state.

One big fire is burning about 80 miles west of Ft. Worth, near the small town of Strawn, Texas. This morning, we spoke with Dwight Dold with the Texas Forest service to get an update on the latest in their firefighting efforts.


Filed under: Wildfires