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December 30th, 2009
11:00 AM ET

Finding the right financial adviser

A financial adviser is there to offer investment advice and financial planning, but how do you know if you've got the right one? In part three of our American Morning original series, "New Year Financial Resolutions," our Gerri Willis gives you some pointers.

December 30th, 2009
10:00 AM ET

Bomb attempt may lead to more sniffer dogs

Travelers moving through the nation's airports this week will probably see more dogs on patrol. They're trained to sniff out explosives in luggage and they can also smell a bomb on a person. But in this AM original report our Kara Finnstrom found out the public may not allow it.

Filed under: Airline safety • Terrorism
December 30th, 2009
09:00 AM ET

Connecting the dots after 9/11

(CNN) - The father of terrorism suspect Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab talked about his son's extremist views with someone from the CIA and a report was prepared, but the report was not circulated outside the agency, a reliable source told CNN's Jeanne Meserve on Tuesday.

Why, eight years after the attacks of 9/11, was U.S. intelligence unable to connect the dots? On Wednesday's American Morning we discussed the matter with former Homeland Security Inspector General Clark Kent Irvin and former State Department counter-terrorism official Larry Johnson.

Related: Source: CIA had report on suspect

Filed under: Airline safety • Terrorism
December 30th, 2009
08:00 AM ET

Security experts say lessons of 9/11 forgotten

The intelligence failures related to the Christmas Day airline terror plot have triggered a new round of name-calling in Congress. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Republican "obstructionism" is to blame for a leadership vacuum at the Transportation Security Administration.

Meanwhile, the critical communication breakdown has security experts asking if lessons from the 9/11 attacks have been forgotten. Our Jim Acosta has the report.

Filed under: Airline safety • Terrorism
December 30th, 2009
06:00 AM ET

Educating America: Cheating on papers is a booming Web business

By Bob Ruff and Carol Costello

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Online sites known as paper mills offer students term papers, reports, or essays – for a fee."]

Outsourcing is a dirty little word among many Americans. When companies use cheap labor overseas to make products or perform services it often means those jobs are lost in the United States.

Next up on the outsourcing list? Take a deep breath and read on. America is outsourcing its brains.

According to the Center for Academic Integrity, in the last school year nearly a third of the faculty at its 360 college and high school member institutions reported students downloading term papers, reports or essays written by someone else from online sites known as paper mills.

We counted more than 250 sites selling papers online, so CNN'S Carol Costello went online to buy a term paper from one of them. She asked for a "Premium Quality" paper on Jayson Blair, the former reporter fired by the New York Times for making up stories. Three, double-spaced pages with 5 references (the references added to the cost), totaled $80.97.

The company said it would take a few days.

Watch: Students outsource homework Video

Costello talked to one writer from an Asian country, who wished to remain anonymous. He says, based on his experience, more than 90% of online term paper buying comes from the United States. "There's a huge demand for academic papers in the United States," he told her. "It's unethical, but you know I come from a Third World country. It's good pay. The temptation was really great."

Much of the time it's an English speaking writer from another country who is writing those term papers. DomainTools tracks Internet traffic to Web sites by nation. is one of the most established sites soliciting writers to write these papers. DomainTools says most of the visitors to are non-Americans.


Filed under: Educating America • Education