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April 30th, 2010
05:59 AM ET

LIVE Blog: Chat with us during the show

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 $#&*).

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Supporters of Arizona Immigration Law

The new Arizona law requires police to check whether a person is in the United States legally, if there is a reason to suspect he or she isn't. Critics say it could foster racial profiling, but get closer to the border and you'll find many supporters, some loud and angry – who say this law will save American lives.

Dealing with a disaster
The federal response to the oil spill disaster is growing. The massive spill comes at a time when President Obama is pushing a major expansion of offshore drilling. How will this change views on off-shore drilling?

New Jersey Principal: Say NO to Facebook
Middle school principal, Anthony Orsini sent an email to parents asking them to voluntarily join a ban on social networking sites. Orsini says in his email: "There is absolutely no reason for any middle school student to be a part of a social networking site!" and cites bullying as the major danger posed by Facebook and MySpace. So far, parents seem to agree.

Sound off: We want to hear from you this morning. Add your comments to the LIVE blog below and we'll read some of them on the show.

Filed under: LIVE Blog • Top Stories
April 29th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Immigrants walk 1,500 miles to stop deportations

(CNN) – A group of undocumented immigrants is hoping to have a voice in the immigration debate. They just walked 1,500 miles from Miami to Washington, hoping to publicize and stop the deportation of young undocumented families and students now living in the United States. They called their journey "the trail of dreams" and they joined us on Thursday's American Morning.

Read more: Immigrant groups to challenge new law

Filed under: Immigration
April 29th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

NASA's new mission to search for life

(CNN) – It's a question science fiction writers asked long before man could fly: Are we alone? And if we're not, are we in trouble?

The cosmologist Stephen Hawking is issuing a warning in a new documentary, saying that we are not alone, that there may be hostile life out there, they may be hungry, and we should be careful about going out looking for them.

NASA just announced it's going ahead with a new plan to search for extraterrestrial life. It includes sending a lander to Mercury and exploring the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.

James Green is the director of NASA's planetary science division and he joined us on Thursday's American Morning to discuss the possibilities of life beyond Earth.

Filed under: NASA
April 29th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Detroit plans to save city by demolishing vacant neighborhoods

Editor's Note: Hit hard by the recession, the once-proud city of Detroit is now a shell of its former self – literally. Parts of Detroit resemble a war zone and the mayor has a radical plan to save the decaying motor city, by shrinking it. Our Jim Acosta has the report.

By Jim Acosta, CNN

(CNN) – This was one of those stories that had me and my producer agonizing over the material left on the cutting room floor. Mostly images that we couldn’t squeeze into our story.

Take our drive with Data Driven Detroit’s Kurt Metzger. He’s the guy who led a team of land surveyors around the city measuring Detroit’s urban blight block by block.

During the drive, we saw recently built Habitat for Humanity homes surrounded by vacant houses. We saw an almost brand new playground in another failed neighborhood. The fence around the pristine play set had fallen and the grass was overgrown. No kids in sight. Our cameras didn’t exaggerate Detroit’s decay. If anything, they couldn’t capture it all.

The old Wayne County office building, a historic landmark, in downtown Detroit has fallen on hard times. The county moved its workers out of the building. Now, only a fraction of the structure is used as a preschool. The rest of the building stands vacant.


Filed under: Economy • U.S.
April 29th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Are healthy doctors better doctors?

(CNN) – Picture this: A medical facility where doctors are not over-worked, waiting rooms are not jammed to capacity, and patients are thrilled with the quality of care they receive.

It's an experiment that's leaving some health care critics speechless in Seattle. Elizabeth Cohen reports for the final installment of our special series, "Prescription for Waste."

April 29th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Is 'reasonable suspicion' reasonable?

(CNN) – President Obama says Arizona's controversial new immigration law comes with "great risk." The measure gives police the power to stop anyone who raises a "reasonable suspicion." The president says we need to slow down and get immigration reform right.

Those two words, "reasonable suspicion," are at the core of the controversy. How do you define it? How far can cops actually go to act on it? Our Casey Wian is in Arizona to find out.

Filed under: Controversy • Immigration
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