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April 7th, 2010
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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The deaths of 25 workers in a West Virginia coal mine have turned a spotlight on the safety record of the mine's owner, which has paid record fines for safety violations."]

Fatal mine accident sparks scrutiny of owner's record

(CNN) – The deaths of at least 25 workers in a West Virginia coal mine this week have turned a harsh spotlight on the safety record of the mine's owner, which has paid record fines for safety and environmental violations.

Virginia-based Massey Energy Co. has racked up millions of dollars in penalties in recent years. The Montcoal, West Virginia, mine where Monday's fatal explosion took place received 458 citations from federal inspectors in 2009, and more than 50 of those were for problems that the operators knew about but had not corrected, according to federal mine safety records.

CEO defends mine's record Video

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration hit the company with nearly $900,000 in fines in 2009 and has sought more than $100,000 in the first quarter of 2010. Inspectors cited the operators more than 100 times in the first quarter of 2010, including six times for "unwarrantable failure" to correct violations. FULL STORY

Mass. teens arraigned in Prince bullying-death

Three more Massachusetts high school students accused in the bullying-death of Phoebe Prince will be arraigned today. Yesterday, three others pleaded "not guilty." In all, as many as nine teens could face charges from statutory rape to stalking. Prosecutors say their relentless abuse led to 15-year-old Prince's suicide. Our Alina Cho has the report from the courthouse in Northhampton, Massachusetts. FULL STORY

Doctors who deny addicts in danger

You have seen the headlines from stars like Heath Ledger to Michael Jackson, but America's pill problem is growing in places far away from the spotlight. A new study says prescription drug overdoses were up by two thirds, from 1999 to 2006. Today in our series "Addicted," Carol Costello shows us it can be deadly, not only for the addict, but for the doctor who comes between the addict and his fix. FULL STORY

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  1. American Morning

    Thanks for the comments everyone, see you tomorrow!

    April 7, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  2. Kate f

    Regarding abuse of prescription pain meds, these stories need to be balanced and note statistics on suicide rate of people with chronic pain. As a chronic pain patient with no abuse issues, it is an uphill battle arguing with doctors reluctant to prescribe adequate pain relief because of abuse potential. They treat all of us as addicts instead of taking the time necessary to appropriately monitor us. Today doctors write prescriptions, send you out the door and never follow up. This needs to be part of the discussion – the doctor's role. We in chronic pain should not be punished for our pain.

    April 7, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  3. Kathleen

    I live in Broward County, Florida – the prescription pain center of America. You only have to drive a short distance to see "Pain Clinics" practicaly on every street corner – with patients/addicts lining up from 7 am to 11pm – many with out of state license plates . This is a pandemic in our area. The doctors and pharmaceutical companies are making a fortune prescribing the HIGHLY addictive drug Oxycontin. And the people who become addicted will do anything to get the drug – legal or illegal. This has got to stop. It has to work from the top down. Ban Oxycontin, have a drug registry so that people cannot doctor shop. Educate doctors about the strong addictive properties of these drugs and provide help to the addicts. The crime, breakdown of the family and ongoing health issues become part of greater society. There are alternatives to Oxycontin, it is an extremely powerful drug that should only be prescribed for emergencies, not 500 per month. While i understand that the police are going after the addicts, I believe the addict is the victim in this situation. No one takes these pills to become an addict. It takes a very short time to become addicted to these pills, and once they do they need our help, not our anger. Since the pharmaceutical company that produces this drug claims that the drug has a low addictive quality, perhaps they should be the ones providing detox/ drug treatment to the millions of oxycontin addicts out there.

    April 7, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  4. Melon

    Your health care isn't FREE. It has to be paid for somehow by someone.

    Still need a reality check.

    PS. No health care anywhere in the world is FREE.

    April 7, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  5. Patrick G Hayes

    Veteran's Administration psychiatrists routinely over-prescribe pain/anti-depressant medication; it's not just civilian doctors who do this.

    It took me one year to ween myself off heavy medications prescribed for my ptsd to a more manageable dosage which allows me to function.

    You're doing a great job exposing prescribed medications.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  6. Marie

    Having severe SLE I went to a hospital pain managment program. I was pgiven oxycontin. After years of digestive problems from vicodan or other such meds. I was able to take less and the digestive damage healed. In these programs a patient must follow a set program, lock up meds. , bring in your bottle each month, if you need more you have to appear , never can you just call in for more. You are only given more at your next appointment. If you are caught going to another dr. or hosp. they stop seeing you, so , based on what you are saying I suggest that the parents be more responsible. Because of this med. I can function at a higher rate and reduce the side effects immobility, and too, severe pain is known to shorten ones life.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  7. Lois

    Why aren't you doing a story on Wilma Mankiller? She was a great American woman!

    April 7, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  8. RuRus

    PS...I am dual US/Canadian citizen and I get all my healthcare for free across the river in Sarnia Ontario. I dont have to wait for anything and its all cost free. You got suckered into thinking govt health care in no good, I find its great and way better then no health care.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  9. Susan

    I have chronic pain and I want to point out that the chances of addiction to narcotic pain medicines are slim when a person is taking them for a legitimate condition causing intractable severe pain. We are monitored by means of urine screens, pill counts, restricted to 1 pharmacy, and are required to be seen every month in a pain clinic. This problem affects everyone including people who are in real pain and cannot function without these strong medications.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  10. Jeff - MD

    I have been through 8 surgery's, thanks to arthritis & carpal tunnel. After the first 7 surgery's I did not require pain medication, however; due to the amount of work the surgeon did on the 8th surgery, pain medication was needed. I struggled not to take this medication, but I finally gave into the pain. I can see how people get hooked on these pain medications. Boy, did it ever take the edge off. I felt pretty good. Thank the Lord I had the strength to stop taking these meds.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  11. Becky

    RE: "Addicted"

    I would be very upset if all doctors refused to prescribe pain medicines. I am on a variety of medications for my mental health issues and a pain killer is one of them. I was prescribed it in May of 2009 and it has changed my life. My mood, after years of unstability, is finally "normal". I'm far from addicted to the medicine, it HELPS me live a normal life. I am now able to function and since starting the pain killer I am functioning above average in school and able to enjoy life.

    There are some GOOD things that come from pain killers! We're not all addicted!

    April 7, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  12. vicki

    I understand there is a problem with prescription drug abuse. I just wish that someone would speak with a person who has chronic pain that is able to take meds and use them correctly. Sometime these meds are the only way to function in life. I have fibromyalgia and after many trial and error attempts to help with the debilitating pain I have now for the past several years had to depend on a mixture of three meds just in order to be able to get out of bed in the morning and live a fairly normal life. I take Neurontin, Ativan, and Tramadol each day in doses that my Dr. says are considered low. I have never taken more than that amount, or asked for more. There are honest people that just have to have meds to get by and it makes us feel as if we are doing something wrong by taking these meds.

    Thank you,

    April 7, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  13. RuRus

    Perhaps being obstructionist lying snakes, pushes others to do the same? It seems to me the GOP has a knack for this more so then the democrats who are not perfect neither but a lesser evil as far as I am concerned. The problem I have with the GOP includes, Palin, the biggest fake of the all McBush, and Dr Evil aka Cheney.

    Now the new govt does not have a real chance to help people in need because the GOP obstructs, just like John Daily said the other day, "The healt insurance industry has found a new loop hole to exclude children with pre-existing conditions, but why are they looking?" At times like this I want like minded people to get upset and say to these CEO's enough is enough. Had the GOP suported the Dems in changing health care I am sure they could have come up with a much better plan. Instead they spread doubt so compromise in a negative way was achieved.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  14. melinda

    As a resident of the southern coalfields of WV, I find Massey's inaction abhorrent. Their mines are not as safe as possible, in large part due to the fear they instill in their employees. They are constantly told that the mines are at risk of shutting down, by MSHA, WVMHST, the EPA, and the ever present danger of environmentalists. Because of this and the fear of being fired, miners at these mines do not report unsafe conditions. This has to stop. MSHA should do its job! This tragedy should never have happened. CNN should look into the firebossing. Someone is to check the mine before every shift. If the morning check didn't catch these methane levels, the evening shift should have. These checks are often not done properly and someone should check into this!

    April 7, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  15. Jeanne

    I am writing regarding the Spirit Airlines "unbundling" of fees and Spirit Airlines debacle of flight NK938 from Ft Myers to Atlantic City of Friday April 2. The arguement about charging for carry on bags is ridiculous. We spent 7 hours trapped on the Spirit flight that was supposed to be 2.5 hours. The flight attendants were not only unhelpful but were surly. They did not do anything to help get luggage overhead, nor in fact did they do anything other than listen to their ipods during the flight that had two aborted landings in AC and a sit on the tarmac of Philly before flying back to AC for what was the second aborted landing with a near riot by the passengers when we were told they were going to try a third time even though the fog was as thick as soup. Why? Because the discount airline didn't have gates in Philadelphia and didn't want to pay another airline to use their gate, baggage handler, and jetway. Pay as you go? They ran out of food and water for purchase a couple hours into the flight. Apparently there was some soda on board but that too was for sale only. No one could just get a drink of water because they charge for it and ran out. Seven hours - I'm amazed they didn't wander around with their credit card machine and charge us for extra refueling and extra time in the seats we had to pay to choose. And their response to this is a voucher for money off a future flight on Spirit as if anyone on that flight would be crazy enough to ever fly Spriit again.

    If this is an attempt to return to the days of People Express then Spirit has a long way to go. At least People Express had enough of everything on board for the passengers and had gates at real airports and they charged for what you used. And their flight attendants were human towards the passengers. Spirit may try to look like they are being logical and "helping" the passengers save money but they couldn't care less about the passengers as evidenced by the way this flight was handled.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  16. RuRus

    I saw the light about 5 years and started to convert my life to off the grid living. It turned out to be much easier then I thought it would be. I have now converted a jeep to electric drive, and I can charge it at home of my solar/wind system.

    I have removed the oil companies hand from my pocket, and made sure nobody has to die to supply my electricity. In 5 years the system has paid for itself, (I did the labor myself). For the rest of my life I will have a source of energy for living and transportation.

    Its just that easy.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  17. Melon

    RuRus...You need a wake call ... as if the Dumbocrats aren't exactly the same as the GOP.

    Didn't the Dumbocrats just prove that they are in bed with some of the worse scammers on the planet (insurance companies), It is people such as yourself that is basically the root cause as to why no problems actually get fixed in American society.

    Why not attempt to concentrate an effort to focus your hatred of the Republicants into something positive that MAY be of help to the country? Stop pointing fingers and face reality. Both parties are the same.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  18. hidden

    As a resident of the southern coalfields of WV, I find Massey's inaction abhorrent. Their mines are not as safe as possible, in large part due to the fear they instill in their employees. They are constantly told that the mines are at risk of shutting down, by MSHA, WVMHST, the EPA, and the ever present danger of environmentalists. Because of this and the fear of being fired, miners at these mines do not report unsafe conditions. This has to stop. MSHA should do its job! This tragedy should never have happened. CNN should look into the firebossing. Someone is to check the mine before every shift. If the morning check didn't catch these levels, the evening shift should have. These checks are often not done properly and someone should check into this!

    April 7, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  19. Kim Fletcher

    I do not usually tune in to CNN Morning but did so today. In the course of interviewing Rep Rahall, the commentator, John made the comment that most mine owners contributed to the Republican National Party. Turning coverage of a horrible trajedy into a political platform for CNN is ridiculous, and certainly not good journalism by any definition. What next? The Republicans caused the mining accident? There are laws to protect the miners - the company should be held accountable. This is about law, order, and protection – not sleazy politics.
    CNN is now in the category of the NY Times in my house – not to be subscribed to in any way. CNN used to be a respectable journalism medium. Apparently those days are gone.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  20. James

    AM's addiction series has been excellent: Kiran's story on addicts yesterday & Carol's on doctors today. If a "solutions" segment is scheduled, hopefully, it will encompass both American and European approaches.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  21. RuRus

    Try cannabis for your arthiritis, you can use it in many forms if you dont smoke, cook with it or make a tea, and it will do much better then the chems the docs push on you in controling your inflamation and arthiritis.

    The reason you cant use it freely is because people could grow their own medicine and the big drug companies would loose profits for their shareholders.

    We do not have a capitalist system, we have a corporate system where large corporations can kill and maim people for profit, while individual citizens have to give up the right to hold corporate CEO's accountable for their actions.

    Welcome to the GOP's America, they like to talk capitalism while serving their corporate masters.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:32 am |
  22. Dan Lafayette,IN

    Maybe if these bullies were held responsible for their disrespect of this young girl parents might just begin to teach their children to show respect to others. Something must be done to stop this behavior!

    April 7, 2010 at 8:31 am |
  23. Pauly

    So many stories about how easy it is to acquire pain medications. This may be true for those w/ acute pain but chronic pain patients, (cpp's) have many hurdles to pain relief. These include, but are not limited to, being called a liar, being labeled as a drug seeker/abuser/addict, being forced into unnecessary & expensive procedures, being required to subject oneself to urine/blood tests & showing up for pill counts, etc.

    Drug overdoses are a tragedy. The one stat missing though is how many of these are due to undertreatment or non-treatment of chronic pain. For many cpp's, suicide is the only relief available. Being in chronuic pain 24/7/365 is more than many can handle.

    Several studies have shown that only 1-3% of cpp's ever become addicted. The reason is after a very short time, cpp's don't get the euphoria that addicts/abusers crave. Yet, it's cpp's who have to suffer due to the stigma surrounding the pain medications required to ease their pain & have some quality of life.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  24. Simon Clarke

    Outrage at $45 for carry-on? Ryanair in Europe announced today that it will charge $1.50 for using the washroom on the flight!

    April 7, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  25. Melon

    The Government should increase the number of "bullet" trains and improve rail service to decrease the number of people flying. People should only fly when ABSOLUTELY have to .. ie .. overseas and such.....

    April 7, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  26. RuRus

    Massey like any other corporation is allowed to kill people without consequences, you try killing 25 people trough negligence and see if you go to jail.

    Welcome to the GOP's America, where corporations are allowed to kill people for profit. They are cozy with the CEO's to ensure corporations are not held accountable for their actions, and neither are the officers of the corporations.

    These people wouldn't know the truth if it smashed them in the face, they are all about greed. It is time for the government to crack down on unsafe industries like coal minning. If a mine can't operate safely it should be shut down period.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  27. mike

    Give me a break,everyone in the country knows the corys,and if your a doctor and know someone is a drug addict why would you give them narcotics?Could it be money?No doctor should give pain meds to known drug addicts,offer them rehab,or let them suffer withdrawls!

    April 7, 2010 at 8:23 am |
  28. Shelly

    "The shooting of a doctor over prescription pills is tragic but it only showed one side of the problem. Our small town can tell another side. We had a doctor who was basically a licensed drug dealer. He gave out so many prescriptions to pill poppers that people came from several states to get their hands on the drugs-and he gave them to them. He was eventually arrested and found guilty of contributing the deaths of 6 patients. He will now spend the rest of his life in jail. In his wake were a lot of people horribly addicted to drugs with no one to hand them out. Our town is small so these people had to drive over an hour everyday to the nearest methadone clinic and an hour back if they wanted help to get off the drugs. To this day, it is very hard to get pain killers in our town. Doctors and the local hospital have signs posted that inform you that do not prescribe these drugs.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  29. Melon

    Jon .. are you willing to pay more for your electricity or have it rationed on a daily basis? Or go without things produced by with the use of coal? Cuz that's could be the result of closing a major mine such as Massey.

    Americans don't realize that America is more dependent on coal than it is on oil. More laws and more Government control isn't going to make coal mining any safer.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  30. mike

    While John is at the mine have him dip into that stream he is standing next to and have it tested,this is the most foul industry in the country!They do not care about the miners and they sure do not care about the people of West Virginia!Clean Coal,yeah right!Spend a 100 million on commercials lying to america,but let mines have over 500 violations.And by doing that kill 25 miners!

    April 7, 2010 at 8:11 am |
  31. denice

    do you really think this is the first time being a bully. they should be tried as adults.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:04 am |
  32. pain mgt. MD

    I have to agree with Vanessa. The assumption that docs (legitimate docs) are either flippantly overprescribing drugs like Oxycodone or recommending OTC tylenol is grossly over-simplified. Oxycodone is a schedule II narcotic requiring triplicate prescriptions with copies for DEA to monitor. There are some states that are especially lax on oxycodone (most notably FL), but the problem is not fed by normal medical culture. It is driven by the profiteering pill-docs subculture and addicts that know how to seek them out.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:03 am |
  33. Loren

    CEO Don Blankenship is another example of American Politics at it's worst. He is able to buy members of the local, state and federal level with his money. During the interview, he showed no remorse for the lives that were lost due to his careless decisions to continue operating under unsafe conditions. Why doesn't he go into the mine himself each day, they should charge him with 25 counts of first degree murder. His behavior, policies, decisions and choices are just appalling, he needs to be brought to justice financially and judicially.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:01 am |
  34. Jon

    How many more people have to die before the government closes massey down until everything is up-to-date.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:01 am |
  35. Scott

    I just saw your information on substance abuse and thought I'd share my story. I'm 21, and as an early teenager I was involved in a severe car accident resulting in a multitude of injuries ranging from a broken pelvis to spine and nerve damage, the wreck was so severe I did not walk for 3 months and had over a year of physical therapy. Over the years my pain has gotten progressively worse, and I've been diagnosed with a range of diseases such as: chronic pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis in my spine, nerve damage in both legs, restless leg syndrome, degeneratve disk disease, and connective tissue disease. Some of these are related to the accident, some not. I'm a nationally registered EMT, and currently attending a University majoring in Bachelors of Nursing, as well as pre-reqs for Medical school. I'm well versed in the medical field, and have no ruining my future in medicine by selling or abusing medications, but even with these documented diagnoses, and a past injury, I'm still looked at as a drug seeker or doctor shopping anytime I ask for any sort of pain management, even though my pain is so severe it affects my abilities of daily living. It's a shame that because people abuse these medications that patients that really need pain management have to suffer in pain, or be permantly labled as a drug addict. It strikes me strange that some doctors are totally neglecting to presribe pain management medications reguardless of need. It seems to me they're punishing patients instead of working on a way to better monitor the prescriptions filled, and better moniter doctor shopping. I know myself and many others are suffering because we're unable to recieve any sort of help, or so afraid to ask for these medications for fear of being labled a drug seeker.

    April 7, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  36. Ronnie Brock

    John Roberts has done a wonderful job reporting the news from the mine explosion at Performance Coal Co. Thanks to CNN for keeping someone of Roberts caliber on the scene and keeping the American people informed. No doubt Congress will pass new laws, but Congress needs to include the mining community, MSHA and the State in formulating any new laws. This will assure the best possible measures to prevent further mining fatalities.

    April 7, 2010 at 7:46 am |
  37. Stacy Hutto

    I have had multiple surguries on my hips due to a genetic disease. I'm 32 now and I had my left hip replaced when I was 22. During surgury my hip bone was so thin and brittle it broke into 3 pieces. Ar some point I have to have to have my right hip replaced. Due to my age I basically have to wait until I can't walk on it anymore. People who abuse prescription drugs make it harder for people who really need them. When I moved from Calif I asked my new doctor to lower my dose. I follow my doctors instructions yet there have been some doctors who look at my age, not my symptoms and treat me like someone who just wants to get high. I keep a copy of my medical file with me that starts when I was 8 up to my most recent doctor visit. This way when I have to go to a new doctor I can prove my symptoms and that I'm not doctor shopping. I shouldn't have to do this.

    April 7, 2010 at 7:46 am |
  38. Shannon

    It is way too easy for someone who never would have been involved in the drug scene to become addicted to pain pills these days. I had a painful procedure done and was given 100 doses of hydrocodone for my recovery afterward. I only needed 20 to last the recovery period, and nobody had told me what to do with any leftover pills. I kept them for a long time until I found myself missing the relaxed feeling they gave me; I knew it was time to flush them, but not everyone will recognize the sign.

    April 7, 2010 at 7:45 am |
  39. Vanessa

    Regarding the prescription pain reliever story, there was incorrect information given about pain relievers. A comment was made "there is nothing in between Tylenol and Oxycontin." That is INCORRECT! As a pharmacist, there are many other options including Tramadol, Lortab (hydrocodone/Tylenol), Lidocaine patches, Codeine/Tylenol and many others. Please check your facts before you make the comments that lead patients to think incorrectly about what is available for those in pain.

    April 7, 2010 at 7:41 am |
  40. Jacqueline Butler

    There are many alternatives to drugs whether Tylenol or OxiCotin that WORK and are not addictive. They are inexpensive, easy to obtain and don't have harmful side effects. Unfortunately the general pubic isn't aware of them.

    Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD is doing a lot to fearlessly share his knowledge about the benefits of using essential oils, herbs and other natural substances rather than harmful drugs that we are bombarded with in TV ads and from doctors who haven't taken the time to learn about anything else.

    April 7, 2010 at 7:39 am |
  41. Michael

    There are many of us who were "pushed" into strong pain meds when Vioxx and Bextra were pulled from the market. Strong arthritis medicine was given out like candy and those of us with advanced arthritis paid the price – a lesser method for pain management and the stigma that goes with the pain pill issue now. The truly ill cannot win no matter what!!

    April 7, 2010 at 7:36 am |
  42. Dan Lafayette,IN

    I don't know but the New Madrid fault is a little south from there. I think more like St. Louis.

    April 7, 2010 at 7:34 am |
  43. paul

    it's not that i'm anti-tax or government, it's that I'm pro-growth.

    When you have an opportunity ask a congressmen, senator or member of the administration what the velocity of dollar means .

    April 7, 2010 at 7:28 am |
  44. Cody Orangevale, CA

    Yes I agree. I have heard rumors of a small fault line near Chicago. Is this true ?

    April 7, 2010 at 7:27 am |
  45. Alex

    In all likelihood, you've been paying spending taxes for years, in the form of sales tax.

    The only way a Value Added Tax could fly is if states significantly lower sales taxes in conjunction (which won't happen, many states are having severe tax income shortfalls as is). Seems extremely unlikely something like this could possibly pass in an election year.

    April 7, 2010 at 7:24 am |
  46. Dan Lafayette,IN

    Yea there happening all over the place, It wouldn't be a surprise if one would hit the mid-west.

    April 7, 2010 at 7:21 am |
  47. Cody Orangevale, CA

    I know, everyone is talking about the earthquake here. Like the big one is coming soon..

    April 7, 2010 at 7:12 am |
  48. Melon

    The health care bill (which most Democrats that signed it and voted for it didn't even READ it) is loaded with different taxes.

    Democrats want America to be more of a socialist country... ie .. more like Europe.

    April 7, 2010 at 7:11 am |
  49. Karen from SC

    Why don't they make drilling these holes to release the methane gas a usual practice? It seems that they only drill these holes after an accident happens.

    April 7, 2010 at 7:10 am |
  50. joyce

    wv senator was asked on cnn yesterday why laws were not stricter
    on mine safety....everyone who lives in wv knows why... massey's
    ceo has been paying judges and politicians off for a long time now,
    not only putting our miners in danger but also destroying our
    enviroment and defacing the beautiful state of wv. check and see how much he donates to politicians and campaigns! everyone has electric, when will we protect the lives of the miners and the future of our children?

    April 7, 2010 at 7:10 am |
  51. Dan Lafayette,IN

    Why is there no talk about another earthquake? Haven't we had quite a few lately and a lot of them over a seven magnitude?

    April 7, 2010 at 7:09 am |
  52. Cody

    Kiran and John for the win!

    April 7, 2010 at 6:58 am |
  53. paul

    How many more ways will I pay taxes? currently I'm taxed on income, savings are taxed and now members of the administration believe I should pay taxes on what I spend.

    Why is it so important to be more like europe?

    April 7, 2010 at 6:55 am |
  54. Robert Burns

    Good Morning,
    This is off subject, but Kiran please let your hair grow longer. My wife and son and I have been fans now since you were on that,er, other network. Have a great day and continue to do the best job in then business that you do. You are a blessed person.

    April 7, 2010 at 6:47 am |
  55. Melon


    April 7, 2010 at 6:40 am |
  56. Melon

    Concerning the three more Massachusetts high school students charged in the "bullying"...

    How does the saying go??? .. You can indict a ham sandwich but convicting them is entirely a different story. In order to convict them the prosecutors will have to show that they are solely responsible for her "mental condition". I seriouslt doubt they will be able to do that. I think her mental state was fragile before she ever went to the school.

    Didn't CNN report that her father moved the family from Ireland then he himself went back to Ireland?

    April 7, 2010 at 6:36 am |
  57. Marlon

    Kiren, the UConn women's basketball team have won 78 games in a row, not 78 national championships in a row. Stanford won the championship in 2008.

    April 7, 2010 at 6:28 am |
  58. Cody

    Greetings CNN !

    April 7, 2010 at 6:25 am |
  59. Dana

    I feel so bad for the victims and their families of the MINE incident. How do we learn from this? What could we do to make sure something like this doesn't happen again?

    April 7, 2010 at 6:19 am |
  60. Melon

    Coal mining by it's very nature is extremely dangerous.
    Massey Energy may have it's faults but what would the community/country do without them? There should be a solution to the problems that would satisfy everyone but what is it?

    April 7, 2010 at 6:15 am |
  61. Melon


    April 7, 2010 at 6:01 am |