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May 10th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

CNN investigates America's threat from within

(CNN) – Faisal Shahzad is not the first U.S. citizen linked to a home-grown terror plot. Others have pleaded guilty in similar cases. But how do everyday Americans become radicalized and turn against their country?

Senior international correspondent Nic Robertson joined us on Monday's American Morning with a preview of an in-depth CNN investigation, "American al Qaeda."

Program Note: You can catch more of Nic's report and our in-depth investigation "American al Qaeda" tonight on AC360 at 10 P.M. ET, only on CNN.

Filed under: Terrorism
May 10th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Crude cleanup stymied, what next?

(CNN) – BP is moving on to plan "B" today to try to contain a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A 40-foot high containment dome lowered into the water over the weekend failed to work.

The company is scrambling to figure out how to clog a leak that's spewing more than 200,000 gallons of oil into the sea every day. Doug Suttles is BP's chief operating officer for exploration and production and he joined us on Monday's American Morning.

Read more: Efforts to stop leak continue

Filed under: Environment • Gulf Oil Spill • U.S.
May 10th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Betty White shines on 'SNL'

(CNN) – It's what a lot of people will be talking about at work today – Betty White's hilarious stint as host of Saturday Night Live. A lot of the show's funniest female alumnae came back, including Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Molly Shannon.

White thanked her fans who took to Facebook to demand that SNL give her the gig while keeping her tongue firmly in cheek.

Filed under: Entertainment
May 10th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Obama nominates Kagan for Supreme Court

Washington (CNN) – President Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court on Monday, picking her to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

If confirmed, Kagan would be the third woman on the nine-justice bench and the fourth in the history of the high court. Her confirmation also would mean that the Supreme Court would have no Protestant justices for the first time in its history. Kagan, who is Jewish, would join six Catholic and two Jewish justices.

CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin has been a friend of Kagan's since college. He joined us on Monday's American Morning to discuss her nomination.

Filed under: Supreme Court
May 10th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Teen girls coping with drugs, alcohol, sexting

(CNN) – If you have teenagers, the list of things to worry about seems to grow longer every day. It can be even more stressful if you have a teenage daughter.

Research shows more girls than ever are taking anti-depressants, using alcohol and even drinking and driving. Technology is adding new problems with things like Internet bullying and sexting.

Dr. Leonard Sax has a new book on all of this, "Girls on the Edge." Our Kiran Chetry had the chance to talk with him and ask, "Why are so many teenage girls in such trouble?"

Filed under: Addicted... • Living
May 10th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Teen fights prescription addiction

In March, we gave you a frightening look inside an 18-year-old's battle with a dangerous cocktail of prescription drugs that nearly ended her life. Today, our Kiran Chetry goes back to visit Melissa to see whether or not she's serious about getting clean. Tomorrow on American Morning, Melissa takes us inside her new world of sobriety. We'll show you the challenges she faces – old habits and old friendships that could pull her back into addiction.

By Kiran Chetry, CNN

(CNN) – We first met 18-year-old Melissa a month ago. She’s a self-described addict of prescription drugs.

“My mother's prescribed Xanax. … I began taking them as well, and um, it was just kind of like an immediate comfort from them,” she says.

Melissa and her best friend, who didn't want us to use her name, told us snorting crushed up pills was a daily habit.

“I wouldn't really say that I'm addicted, like I've been on and off.”

Melissa's cousin Adam, now sober, says he overdosed 15 times before getting clean.

“It's just like, you need it, and you don't want to do anything else and you don't care about anything else and you spend every last penny you have on it, just to have that feeling and for me that was immediate,” he says.


Filed under: Addicted... • Drugs
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