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June 11th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

No end in sight for oil disaster?

(CNN) – The Gulf oil spill just keeps getting bigger, threatening wildlife and the livelihoods of so many along the coast. Our John Roberts went out with a Louisiana parish official on a boat ride from Jean Lafitte to Grand Isle and got a close-up look at the oil and the damage done.

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

Police: Van der Sloot has information about Holloway

(CNN) – Joran van der Sloot told investigators during an interrogation that he knows the location of Natalee Holloway's body, but he would neither identify the location nor say what happened to her the night of her disappearance, a Peruvian police official told CNN.

"In the interrogation done to the Dutch citizen, he says he knew the location of the corpse of the American citizen, but that he was going to explain everything to Aruban police," said Miguel Canlla, head of the homicide division of the Peruvian national police investigative unit, on Thursday.

Van der Sloot, a 22-year-old Dutch citizen, is suspected of killing a 21-year-old woman in Lima last month. Stephany Flores Ramirez was found beaten to death in a hotel room registered in van der Sloot's name. Van der Sloot was captured in Chile and returned last week to Peru, where authorities say he confessed to killing Flores. Read more

Filed under: Crime
June 11th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Abby Sunderland's boat adrift off Australia

(CNN) – Abby Sunderland was attempting to sail solo around the world when rough conditions forced her to make a distress call. When rescue crews last spotted her boat the mast was broken and bent over. That aside, her parents say she can survive until a rescue ship gets to her. Abby's brother Zac Sunderland, who just did a record-setting 'round-the-world trek alone last year, joined us on Friday's American Morning along with her parents Laurence and Marianne

Read more: Missing American teen sailor located

Filed under: U.S.
June 11th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

South Africa set for World Cup kickoff

(CNN) – It's the biggest sporting event in the world and the World Cup has some extra political and historical significance this year being played in a place that was once divided by racist Apartheid 20 years ago. Game one is today, between host country South Africa and Mexico and CNN's Pedro Pinto joined us on Friday's American Morning for a report from Johannesburg.

Read more: Why the World Cup is sports' biggest occasion

Filed under: Sports • World
June 11th, 2010
08:30 AM ET

'Magic happened' after she gave ex-cons a chance at new lives

By Kathleen Toner, CNN

Los Angeles, California (CNN) – At the bus terminal in downtown Los Angeles, they're easy to spot. Dressed in blue jeans, they carry boxes, bags or large envelopes with their name and a number on it. They are ex-offenders, just released from California's prison system. When they step off the bus with $200 in "gate money" in their pockets, many have hopes of making a fresh start.

But in this seedy area just blocks from Skid Row, the new arrivals are easy targets for pimps and drug dealers. For some, the temptation is too much. While not everyone succumbs to the streets so quickly, nearly 60 percent return to prison within three years, according to California's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

It's a cycle that Susan Burton is striving to break through her reentry program. Having served six prison terms for drug offenses in the 1980s and '90s, Burton knows from experience how hard it can be.

"Every time I was released, I swore I wasn't going back," said Burton, 57. "But I know now that without the resources and support, it's next to impossible. ... If you don't have a new door to walk through, the only thing is the old door." Read more

Do you know a hero? Nominations are open for 2010 CNN Heroes

Filed under: CNN Heroes
June 11th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Nuke the oil well?

(CNN) – With BP running out of options to control and eventually stop the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, there are some scientists saying it's time to go nuclear. Our Deb Feyerick takes a look at whether it's a serious and safe option.

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
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