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June 16th, 2011
09:30 AM ET

Art imitating life: Fran Drescher stars in new comedy, 'Happily Divorced'

Fran Drescher, best known for her starring role in CBS's hit "The Nanny", is returning to television in a role she is all too familiar with.

In the new comedy "Happily Divorced" Drescher plays a wife who finds out her husband is gay. The show's premise closely imitates Drescher's real-life marriage to her "Nanny" producer and co-creator Peter Marc Jacobson who came out to Drescher after their marriage dissolved. Drescher and Jacobson remain close and are now Co-Executive Producers of the new show, which airs Wednesdays at 10:30PM Eastern on TV Land.

Drescher talks to American Morning about "Happily Divorced" and her relationship with her ex-husband.

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June 16th, 2011
09:26 AM ET

Legendary investor: America is overdue for another recession

The Dow closed at a new three-month low Wednesday, dropping 1.5%, as civil unrest continued in Greece in response to the government's austerity program. Concern over Greece's debt problems as well as gloomy manufacturing news sparked a sell-off.

Legendary investor Jim Rogers says he sees "continued turmoil for the next few years," and that America is overdue for another recession.

Rogers, founder of Rogers Holdings and the author of A Gift to My Children: A Father's Lessons for Life and Investing, tells American Morning how he is reading this week's poor economic news.

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Filed under: Economy • U.S. • World
June 16th, 2011
08:18 AM ET

Pakistan arrests informants who aided the U.S. in bin Laden raid

Pakistani informants who aided the United States in finding and killing Osama Bin Laden have been detained. Those detained include one man who rented a safe house to the CIA.

The news puts even more strain on an already tense relationship between the U.S. and the Middle Eastern nation.

Chad Sweet is the Co-founder of the Chertoff Group, a security and risk management consulting group, and a Former CIA official who says the U.S. should help those who have helped it. Sweet talks to American Morning about the latest developments out of Pakistan.

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Filed under: Osama bin Laden • Pakistan • World
June 16th, 2011
07:10 AM ET

Do you live in one of the most expensive housing markets?

Do you live in one of the most expensive housing markets? If you live in Honolulu, Hawaii then you live in the most expensive housing market.

A report by CNNMoney.com lists the top ten most expensive housing markets in the United States and Honolulu ranks number one. The median home price on the island paradise is $579,300. Coming in at number five is New York where the median home price is $439,300, and at number ten is Barnstable, Massachusetts where the median home price is $299,000.

Ali Velshi takes a look at the cities with the highest real estate prices on American Morning. You can also visit CNNMoney.com for more information.

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Filed under: Consumers • Real Estate • U.S.
June 15th, 2011
01:32 PM ET

Montel Williams talks MS, medical marijuana and experimental surgery

For more than a decade, Emmy Award-winning television personality Montel Williams has publicly battled Multiple Sclerosis. Williams was diagnosed with MS, a potentially debilitating autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, in 1999 and has since campaigned to increase awareness of the disease.

Williams has openly touted the use of medical marijuana and recently announced his involvement in a medical marijuana consulting company. He is a proponent of fully legalizing the use of marjijuana. At the end of the month, Williams will undergo experimental surgery to correct chronic cerebrospinal venus insufficiency (CCVI), a condition associated with MS.

Williams joins American Morning to discus MS, the use of medical marijuana and his upcoming experimental surgery.

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June 15th, 2011
09:13 AM ET

Perry's Principles: American fourth graders don't know much about history

Only 9% of American fourth graders were able to identify Abraham Lincoln and list two reasons for his importance as part of the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress U.S. History Test. The History exam showed the lowest scores of all subject tested by the NAEP and included questions on other topics such as the Civil War, the civil rights movement and the world wars.

The results of The National Assessment of Educational Progress Test, which was given to thirty-thousand students nationwide, are raising questions about the effectiveness of the No Child Left Behind law.

Education Secretary Arnie Duncan said, "These results tell us that, as a country, we are failing to provide children with a high-quality, well-rounded education."

Education Contributor Steve Perry discusses the implications of the test results with American Morning.

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