American Morning

Tune in at 6am Eastern for all the news you need to start your day.
November 10th, 2009
12:16 PM ET

Obama heads to Fort Hood for memorial

President Obama is heading to Fort Hood Army Post for Tuesday's memorial service, to remember the victims of last week's shooting that left 13 dead, 12 of them U.S. soldiers.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other dignitaries will also attend the service, which is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. (2 p.m. ET).

Photographs of victims of the Fort Hood shooting are seen surrounding the podium of the memorial service that President Barack Obama will attend today.

CNN special live coverage of the memorial at Fort Hood begins today at 1:30 p.m. ET. You can see it live on CNN,, or on your iPhone with the new CNN app.

Filed under: Crime • Military
November 10th, 2009
11:38 AM ET

Hiker's brother reacts to spying charges

Iran is charging three American hikers with espionage, a Tehran prosecutor said Monday.

The three Americans have been detained since July 31 on charges of illegally crossing the border from Iraqi Kurdistan into Iran. Their family and friends say it was an innocent mistake.

The announcement of the charges comes only days after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met privately with the families of Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal, who were detained along the Iran-Iraq border at the end of July.

Alex Fattal, the brother of hiker Josh Fattal, spoke to Kiran Chetry on CNN's American Morning Tuesday.

Read more: Iran to charge 3 American hikers with espionage, says prosecutor

Filed under: Iran
November 10th, 2009
10:27 AM ET

Basketball great Abdul-Jabbar has cancer

By Miriam Falco, CNN

NEW YORK (CNN) – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, one of the greatest college and professional basketball players of all time, says he has been diagnosed with a form of blood cancer.

"I have chronic myeloid leukemia," Abdul-Jabbar told CNN. He said he received the diagnosis last December.

The 62-year-old former center for the Los Angeles Lakers said aside from having to see his doctor and checking his blood levels on a regular basis, having chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) hasn't significantly affected his quality of life.

Abdul-Jabbar said he's going public now to educate people about this disease.

"I think it's possible for someone in my position to help save lives," he said.

Read the full story

Filed under: Health • Sports
November 10th, 2009
10:11 AM ET

Palin remains a GOP player

From Candy Crowley, CNN Senior Political Correspondent

Washington (CNN) – She was a high-voltage candidate, lighting a fire in the grassroots of Republican-land – fresh, folksy and fierce.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sarah Palin stepped down from her post as governor of Alaska in July."]

She famously belittled her party's presidential opponent, Barack Obama, at her coming-out party at the 2008 Republican National Convention:

"I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities."

Sarah Palin remains a force - the most recognizable name in the Republican Party, a headline magnet.

Just over a year after the defeat of the Republican ticket, the Republican No. 2 is's No. 1 in non-fiction pre-sales.

Writer of books, giver of speeches, muser of politics on an unusually active Facebook account. And robo-caller on behalf of a conservative group in this year's Virginia governor's race.

Watch: Sarah Palin in 2012? Video

A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll found 85 percent of Republicans say Palin agrees with them on their most important issues. But only 49 percent of independents feel that way.

It's a telling measure of her political reach - and its limits - that the Republicans who won governor seats in Virginia and New Jersey this year politely rejected Palin's offers to campaign for them.

Read the full story

Filed under: GOP: The Next Chapter
November 10th, 2009
10:04 AM ET
November 10th, 2009
07:13 AM ET

Missed clues sought in Ft. Hood inquiry

Fort Hood, Texas (CNN) - Investigators believe the suspected gunman in last week's massacre at Fort Hood acted alone, but his communications had been flagged by U.S. intelligence agencies in late 2008, the FBI said Monday.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Army Spc. Ryan Hill and daughter, Emma, 3, light a candle Saturday near the main gate of Fort Hood in Texas."]

The suspect, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, remained in intensive care at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. In a statement issued Monday night, the FBI said its investigation so far "indicates that the alleged gunman acted alone and was not part of a broader terrorist plot."

Thursday's shooting left 13 dead, 12 of them U.S. soldiers, and 42 wounded.

Hasan, a U.S.-born citizen of Palestinian descent, was a licensed psychiatrist who joined the Army in 1997. He was promoted to major in May and was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan sometime soon, but had been telling his family since 2001 that he wanted to get out of the military.

A Muslim, he had told his family he had been taunted after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In August, he reported to police that his car was keyed and a bumper sticker that read "Allah is Love" was torn off. A neighbor was charged with criminal mischief after that complaint.

But the FBI disclosed that Hasan came to its attention as part of an unrelated terrorism probe in December 2008, when agents reviewed "certain communications between Maj. Hasan and the subject of that investigation."

The intercepts "raised no red flags," with no mention of threats or violence that would have triggered a U.S. terrorism investigation, senior investigative officials said Monday.

Read the full story

Filed under: Crime • Military