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October 27th, 2009
11:19 AM ET

Is the battle of the sexes over?

The battle of the sexes is over. That's what a new report from California First Lady Maria Shriver declares.

The study says half the American workforce is now comprised of women, and almost 40 percent of women identified themselves as the "breadwinner" in their families.

It'll be the hot topic at the Women's Conference, hosted by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver, which takes place today.

Filed under: Business
October 27th, 2009
10:46 AM ET
October 27th, 2009
10:19 AM ET

Hotel owner under fire for telling Hispanics to change names

Imagine having your boss tell you that you need to change your name to something more American sounding. That's just what one man asked some of the employees to do at his New Mexico inn, and it has many in the area outraged.

Larry Whitten, owner of the Whitten Inn, and his attorney Alan Maestas, spoke to Kiran Chetry on CNN’s “American Morning” Tuesday. Below is an edited transcript of that interview.

Kiran Chetry: Larry, let me just ask you, first of all, about the controversy that's going on. Explain when you took over this hotel, renamed it the Whitten inn – you've taken over failing hotels in other places. You moved there to Taos with your wife and some of the moves that you made at this hotel are generating a lot of controversy. How do you see it? What's been going on?

Whitten: Well, my operation is taking over distressed hotels and correcting as many problems as quickly as possible to reduce the outflow of cash. It's a simple procedure, a proven procedure of retraining everyone to be a professional hotelman, and up to this point it's been very successful.

Chetry: Well, in this case, you told your employees that you wanted them to change their names. Is that true? MAR-TEEN, you wanted him to be Martin instead?

Alan Maestas: That's actually not accurate. What he said was that he wanted people on the switchboard to use a name that people calling from all over the world would understand. He didn't ask them to change their names. He simply wanted the name at the switchboard something that was understandable.

Chetry: So how is that not changing their name?


Filed under: Controversy
October 27th, 2009
09:44 AM ET
October 27th, 2009
08:26 AM ET

How can pilots forget to land?

According to the NTSB, the two Northwest pilots who overshot their landing by 150 miles were using their laptops and lost track of time. You may be wondering – how could that happen?

In this AM original we're taking you inside the cockpit with the help of a flight simulator to see just what pilots deal with in-flight.

Read more: Report: Stray jet's pilots were on laptops

Filed under: Airline safety
October 27th, 2009
07:27 AM ET

NASA to launch world's largest rocket

(CNN) - NASA is set to launch the world's largest rocket Tuesday, conducting research to help return astronauts to the moon.

The 327-foot rocket, called the Ares I-X, is set to launch at 8 a.m. ET from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA said. The empty rocket will help NASA collect information for future missions.

NASA's new Ares test vehicle is ready on its launch platform at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Getty Images)
NASA's new Ares test vehicle is ready on its launch platform at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Getty Images)

"Ares I-X will bring NASA one step closer to its exploration goals to return to the moon for ambitious exploration," NASA said in statement.

The launch, which NASA is calling a test, is among four test launches of Ares I-X that will go on until 2012.

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Filed under: NASA
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