Editor's Note: The majority of Thursday’s American Morning audience supported more gun control measures. Those opposed argued that “most, if not all, gun violence is perpetrated with illegal guns.”
Who should be in charge of gun control – states or the federal government? How do you feel about the viewer’s statement that “most gun violence is perpetrated with illegal guns”?
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — The United States and other nations should take a diplomatic approach toward Iran in negotiations over that nation's nuclear program, former President Jimmy Carter said Thursday.
Iran's nuclear chief and representatives from the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, as well as Germany, are scheduled to start talks Thursday in Switzerland over a recently revealed nuclear facility in Iran.
Tehran says it is developing its nuclear program for energy purposes, but many nations believe Iran wants to make nuclear weapons and will be able to do so in the near future.
A deliberate approach will work best, Carter said.
"I hope and pray that Iran will be induced to permit international inspectors to come in and observe their entire nuclear program, because what they're doing so far is completely illegal under the nonproliferation treaty," the former president said in an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley.
"They have a right to purify uranium and plutonium to use for nuclear power. If Iran is on the borderline, the constant threats that we or the Israelis are going to attack Iran is the best thing to force them to say, 'Let's defend ourselves.' I don't think Iran has made up their mind what to do, and I think the best thing we can do is engage them and stop making these idle threats."
Iran said Tuesday it will allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to inspect the new facility, but it did not offer a timetable for those visits.
There will be an all-star entourage on hand tomorrow in Copenhagen, Denmark trying to convince the International Olympic Committee to select Chicago for the 2016 games. President and First Lady Obama will be joined by other big names, such as Oprah Winfrey. So what could Chicago bring to the Olympics and how big of a deal is it?
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/01/pippen.scottie.art.jpg caption="Former Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen feels Chicago has a good change at being selected to host the 2016 Olympic Games."]
Former Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen was a member of the original Olympic “Dream Team” and is lending his efforts to Chicago’s bid. He spoke to Kiran Chetry on CNN’s “American Morning” Thursday. Below is an edited transcript of the interview.
Kiran Chetry: It's very tight competition. And it's down to the wire now, just a little more than 24 hours before the International Olympic Committee makes this vote. So how are you feeling about the chances of Chicago getting the games?
Scottie Pippen: Well, I feel really good. I think the mayor and his staff have done an excellent job of really getting out and pushing for these games in the last few months and now that we have the first lady and President Barack Obama, as well as Oprah Winfrey, a lot of athletes who have really gotten behind this push, I think the movement is going to be felt, especially when the voting comes.
Banks are jumping on every little mistake you make with your bank account, debit card and credit cards, and slapping record fees on your slip-ups. Congress and consumers are howling, but the fact remains bank fees are at record highs and rising.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/01/flag.dollars.gi.art.jpg caption="One quarter of consumers account for most of the tens of billions of dollars of bank fees, according to an FDIC study."]
A new analysis by Bankrate.com shows these fees are skyrocketing. Bounce a check? Expect an average charge of $29.58. Use your debit card but don't have enough money to draw out of the account? Wham! Bankrate says expect an average overdraft charge of $33.88.
If you are a repeat offender with your debit card, the overdraft charges go up, topping $36. And many banks are shuffling the order of your purchases, so you can get the overdraft charge again and again on the same day. That's the bad news.
Most people pay no fees
The good news – an FDIC study last year found that 75 percent of bank accounts suffer no fees at all. That means most of you out there are balancing your checkbook, not overdrawing your account, and paying your bills on time. The other quarter of consumers account for most of the tens of billions of dollars of bank fees. For them, obviously their finances are tight and they get caught in a vicious cycle.
Consider this: The purchase of a, say, $20 Barbie doll with a debit card puts the consumer over the limit on their account. They are slapped with a $27 overdraft charge. Two weeks later, the consumer pays off the Barbie and the charge in full. The FDIC found the annualized interest rate on that overcharge would be 3,520 percent.
Imagine that same Barbie on a credit card that you've paid late and are carrying a balance. Unless you pay off the card's balance in full right away, Barbie gets more expensive every month when you tack on $39 late penalties and interest rates as high as 30%.
And then there are ATM surcharges. If you use an ATM machine that is not owned by your bank, the fees are rising sharply. Bankrate.com says ATM surcharges rose a whopping 12.6 percent last year to an average $2.22.
(CNN) - Next week, the long-awaited H1N1 vaccine is expected to arrive. At least three of the four vaccine makers have begun shipping their products to undisclosed distribution centers.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/HEALTH/09/30/h1n1.vaccine.decision/art.h1n1.vaccine.csl.gi.jpg caption="Clinical trials to test the effectiveness and safety of the H1N1 vaccine have been under way since the summer."]
There are two types of the vaccine available: the flu shot, an inactivated vaccine containing fragments of killed influenza virus, and a nasal-spray, which is made using a weakened live flu virus. The nasal spray will most likely be the first to be widely distributed, however certain groups, including pregnant women, young children and people with compromised immune systems, cannot receive the nasal spray.
So far officials of the National Institutes of Health say that in clinical trials they've seen no serious side effects and that study subjects who have been immunized have generated a good response.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the vaccine for certain high-priority groups because they are more likely to have serious complications if they develop swine flu. These groups include: pregnant women; caregivers and household contacts of children younger than 6 months; everyone between the ages of 6 months and 24 years; and people ages 25 to 64 with existing health problems.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Setting the stage for a dramatic battle over gun rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday accepted an appeal challenging the ability of state and local governments to enforce strict limits on handguns and other weapons.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/09/30/scotus.state.guns/art.handgun.gi.jpg.jpg caption="The question before the courts will be whether Second Amendment protections apply to local gun ordinances."]
The high court returned from its summer recess, meeting in private to consider thousands of pending appeals that have piled up the past three months.
The Second Amendment case from Chicago was the most anticipated of the petitions, and oral arguments will be held sometime early next year. Nine other cases were also accepted for review.
At issue is whether the constitutional "right of the people to keep and bear arms" applies to local gun control ordinances, or only to federal restrictions. The basic question has remained unanswered for decades, and gives the conservative majority on the high court another chance to allow individuals expanded weapon ownership rights.
The appeal was filed by a community activist in Chicago who sought a handgun for protection from gangs.
The justices last year affirmed an individual right to possess handguns, tossing out restrictive laws in Washington.
Sound off: Should states and cities be allowed to pass gun control laws or is that stepping on a constitutional right?