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June 8th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

End of the road for legendary gas-guzzling Hummer

(CNN) – After a taxpayer bailout, things are starting to look up for General Motors. In fact, the Wall Street Journal is reporting the automaker will start airing Super Bowl ads next year after a two year hiatus. Part of its recovery means the end of the road for some memorable GM brands, including the biggest one of them all. Our Allan Chernoff has the report.

Filed under: Business • Economy
June 8th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Sister of billionaire Warren Buffett shares the wealth

(CNN) – She is the sister of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, and like her brother, Doris Buffett is a big philanthropist. To date, she's given away $100 million and she says she won't stop until that last check bounces. Doris Buffett joined us on on Tuesday's American Morning to talk about her Sunshine Lady Foundation and the new book about her, "Giving It All Away – The Doris Buffett Story."

Filed under: Living
June 8th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Alabama mayor furious with govt. & BP

(CNN) – It's now day 50 of the worst oil spill in this nation's history. With every gallon that pours out of the broken well, anger and frustration grows along the Gulf Coast. It's the start of the summer, but hotel rooms sit empty, fishermen are stuck on dry land, and a way of life for millions is threatened.

Tony Kennon is the mayor of Orange Beach, Alabama. He joined us on Tuesday's American Morning where he lashed out against BP and the government's response to the oil disaster.

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
June 8th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Sesno: Thomas' legacy tarnished by Israel comments

(CNN) – She's covered every president since JFK, and given all of them a hard time. But now Helen Thomas is vacating her front-row seat in the White House press room. Her recent remarks about Israel sparked a storm of controversy that forced the venerable reporter to resign.

Former CNN White House correspondent Frank Sesno, now director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, says Thoma's legacy will be tarnished by her comments about Israel. He joined us on Tuesday's American Morning.

Read more: White House correspondent Thomas retires amid controversial comments

Filed under: Politics
June 8th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Van der Sloot confesses to murder, Peruvian police say

Lima, Peru (CNN) – Joran van der Sloot could be formally charged as early as Tuesday in the killing of Stephany Flores Ramirez, Peruvian government authorities said.

The government authorities said Van der Sloot confessed to murder late Monday. He will likely be held at one of three maximum security prisons - Castro Castro, Piedras Gordas and Lurigancho, authorities said.

Efforts by CNN to contact van der Sloot's attorney were not immediately successful.

At his first court appearance, the judge may set a hearing date for van der Sloot and could order additional investigations in the case.

The Peruvian justice system often issues a lighter sentence in cases where the suspect confesses. That may have influenced his alleged confession. Read more

Filed under: Crime • World
June 8th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Oiled birds washed and ready to be released

(CNN) – The images tear your heart out. It's a life and death struggle for birds soaked in oil, shivering and barely breathing. Thanks to the hard working volunteers at a Louisiana rehab center, there have been many happy endings – dozens of creatures ready to be released back into the wild. The director of the center says about 90 birds came in on Sunday alone, by far the biggest single day rescue of this disaster. Our Rob Marciano went out with a marine biologist to look at the wildlife now at risk.

Filed under: Environment • Gulf Oil Spill
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