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March 29th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Counting Down Cady: Out of this world 'Chicks Network'

Editor's Note: Cady Coleman, Ph.D. is a NASA astronaut – a veteran of two space missions, who has logged over 500 hours in space. She is assigned to the Expedition 26 crew and is scheduled to fly to the International Space Station aboard the Russian Soyuz 25 in late 2010. This is part of our year-long American Morning original series, "Counting Down Cady."

(CNN) – Cady Coleman was 18 when six women made history and helped make her future possible. They were part of the astronaut class of 1978. Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, was one of them.

Today, for our continuing original series "Counting Down Cady," our John Zarrella takes a look at the bond shared by female astronauts.

Filed under: Counting Down Cady • Tech
March 29th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Blasts tear through Moscow subway

(CNN) – Two deadly explosions tore through subway stations in Moscow during Monday's morning rush when the trains were jam-packed. Investigators say female suicide bombers blew themselves up around 8 a.m. local time, when it would have been standing room only on the rails.

The first bomb ripped through a train killing dozens of people inside and on the platform. The stop is right underneath what used to be KGB headquarters. Our Matthew Chance reports from Moscow.

Read more: Women suicide bombers suspected in Moscow blasts

Filed under: Terrorism • World
March 29th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Commentary: Transforming 'food deserts'

Editor’s Note: Elissa Barrett is the executive director of the Progressive Jewish Alliance. She joined us on Monday's American Morning as the Jewish holiday of Passover was set to begin, to discuss her organization’s work on the issue of ‘food deserts’ in Los Angeles.

By Elissa Barrett, Progressive Jewish Alliance

Tonight, Jewish families all over the world will gather around their Seder tables to celebrate the holiday of Passover. In our nation’s capital, President Obama will be hosting a Seder in the White House, recounting – as millions of others will be doing – the story of the liberation of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt.

On Passover we trace our path from oppression to redemption, from suffering to opportunity. As we recall our wandering through the desert on the way to freedom, our minds turn to those who are suffering today, to those still wandering the desert. The Progressive Jewish Alliance seeks solutions to repair injustices in our cities here and now, calling attention to the reality that millions of Americans live – unnecessarily – in "food deserts."

Food deserts are areas dominated by fast food restaurants, liquor stores and convenience stores with little or no access to fresh and healthy food. In a food desert, buying potato chips is easy, but buying a potato is hard.

Food deserts, unfortunately, exist at the intersection of race, class and geography. While 31% of white Americans live in a census tract with a supermarket, only 8% of black Americans do. The human costs of living in a food desert are high: inadequate nutrition leads to preventable diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease.


Filed under: Opinion
March 29th, 2010
06:00 AM ET

LIVE Blog: Female suicide bombers suspected in Moscow blasts

Editor's Note: Welcome to American Morning's LIVE Blog where you can discuss the "most news in the morning" with us each and every day. Join the live chat during the program by adding your comments below. It's your chance to share your thoughts on the day's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules: 1) Keep it brief 2) No writing in ALL CAPS 3) Use your real name (first name only is fine) 4) No links 5) Watch your language (that includes $#&*).

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Russian police carry equipment and stand guard near the Lubyanka metro station in Moscow on March 29, 2010 after two explosions."]

(CNN) – Female suicide bombers detonated explosions that rocked two subway stations in central Moscow during rush hour on Monday morning, killing at least 35 people, officials said.

"It was a terrorist act carried out by the female suicide bombers," said Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, citing Russia's intelligence agency, the Federal Security Service. "They were specifically timed - for ... the train was nearing the station - to make the most damage.

"The blast was caused by 300 to 400 grams of explosives," he said.

Forensic teams were combing wreckage from the underground blast for clues.

The blasts killed at least 35 people and wounded 40 others, Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry said. The casualty tolls were fluctuating immediately after the blasts. FULL STORY

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