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August 5th, 2009
06:03 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Wednesday August 5, 2009

This photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency shows former President Bill Clinton greeting two US journalists Laura Ling (in green) and Euna Lee (red) after winning their release from the communist country as they leave Pyongyang airport to the US in a chartered plane on August 5, 2009. (KNS/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency shows former President Bill Clinton greeting two US journalists Laura Ling (in green) and Euna Lee (red) after winning their release from the communist country as they leave Pyongyang airport to the US in a chartered plane on August 5, 2009. (KNS/AFP/Getty Images)

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • Laura Ling and Euna Lee are on their way home right now and could touch down any time.  You will see their emotional reunion right here. The two journalists left North Korea with Former President Bill Clinton late last night.  The White House is calling Clinton’s trip a private matter, adding that there were no discussions about North Korea's nuclear program, but North Korea’s “supreme leader” sure got quite a photo-op.  We'll also talk about where relations go from here, with our experts worldwide.
  • It's being called a massacre inside a Pittsburgh area gym.  This morning police are trying to find out why a gunman walked into an exercise class and started unloading two guns, killing at least three people before he reportedly shot and killed himself.  Witnesses say people were flying off treadmills, and taking cover.
  • The Boston officer, who referred to Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Junior as a "banana-eating jungle monkey," in an e-mail. is now suing, claiming his civil rights were violated.  Officer Justin Barrett's lawyer tells CNN his client was denied his right to free speech and denied the right to a hearing over his job, claiming Boston’s mayor effectively fired him on TV.  Our Joe Johns is taking a look at both sides.
  • Paying by the pound.  A new study funded by the Centers for Disease Control says obese Americans spend 42% more on health care than "normal-weight" Americans.  And in the past decade, Americans have collectively gained more than a billion pounds.  We take a look at one woman’s amazing journey from a size 24, to a size four, and see how she’s saving her own life and maybe, your money.

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