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June 30th, 2010
05:43 AM ET

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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Alex has strengthened in the Gulf of Mexico to become the first hurricane of the season. Forecasters say the storm is expected to make landfall in northeastern Mexico or southern Texas by late Wednesday or early Thursday."]

Hurricane Alex makes way toward Mexico, Texas coasts

(CNN) – Hurricane Alex gained strength early Wednesday as the storm began to take aim on the western Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center reported.

The Category 1 storm, which became the first June hurricane on the Atlantic side of the United States since 1995, is expected to make landfall in northeastern Mexico or southern Texas by late Wednesday or early Thursday.

The hurricane center's advisory issued at 2 a.m. ET said Alex was moving erratically, but generally westward, at 5 mph. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph and was about 255 miles southeast of Brownsville, Texas.

President Barack Obama issued a federal emergency declaration for Texas ahead of the expected arrival of Alex, the White House said Tuesday night.

A hurricane warning was issued for the Gulf Coast from Baffin Bay, Texas, to La Cruz, Mexico. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions and tropical storm-force winds are expected in the forecast area within 36 hours. Read more | Full coverage | LIVE: Undersea view Video

CNN broadcasting legend Larry King to step down

Larry King, the iconic TV interviewer, will step aside from hosting of his prime time CNN show later this year, he said Tuesday.

King, 76, made the announcement with a short posting to his Twitter account, citing his desire to spend more time with his wife and young children.

"I want to share some personal news with you. 25 years ago, I sat across this table from New York Governor Mario Cuomo for the first broadcast of Larry King Live. Now, decades later, I talked to the guys here at CNN and I told them I would like to end Larry King Live, the nightly show, this fall and CNN has graciously accepted, giving me more time for my wife and I to get to the kids' little league games," King wrote.

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Filed under: LIVE Blog • Top Stories
June 29th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

The Teaser

"The Teaser” is a preview of the guests we have lined up for the next day – so you know when to tune in (and when to set your alarm!). Guests and times are always subject to change.

6:40AM Elgie Holstein, Oil Spill Response Coordinator with the Environmental Defense Fund, on new legislation he's working on to respond to the BP spill, and to prevent future spills from occurring.

7:20AM Chrystia Freeland, Global Editor-at-Large, Reuters, on Tuesday's market drop – are we headed into a double-dip recession?

7:40AM Brett McGurk, Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and our own Barbara Starr on the Petraeus' new role and the challenges he faces in Afghanistan.

8:40AM Oleg Kalugin, Former Chief of KGB Foreign Counterintelligence, on the 11 alleged Russian spies arrested here in the US.

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June 29th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

60-year-old extreme swimmer trains for 100-mile journey

(CNN) – A sport that involves getting stung by jellyfish isn't for the faint of heart. But for one woman, extreme swimming is worth the pain and hours of training. Our Dr. Sanjay Gupta gives us this exclusive look at an amazing athlete.

Filed under: Health • Sports
June 29th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

First class of Urban Prep's seniors all college-bound

(CNN) – Chicago's Urban Prep charter school launched with a mission: to get more African-American teens back in school and send them on to college. The school's founder says over half of the black males in the city's public schools drop out before finishing high school, and only one in 40 will get a college degree. But now, every single member of Urban Prep's first-ever graduating class has been admitted to a four-year college or university. The school's founder and CEO, Tim King, joined us on Tuesday's American Morning to tell us how they did it, along with one member of this year's graduating class, Cameron Barnes.

Filed under: Education • U.S.
June 29th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

2 studies link heart ailments to diabetes drug

(CNN) – The drug Avandia has been plagued by questions about its safety lately. Now, more studies say the popular drug to treat diabetes may increase the risk of heart attacks. Our chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joined us on Tuesday's American Morning to clear up some of the confusion.

Filed under: Health
June 29th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

With focus on Gulf oil spill, Katrina projects strapped for cash

(CNN) – While focus along the Gulf is on the oil spill cleanup and this hurricane season, many people are still dealing with the aftermath of Katrina. In neighborhoods across New Orleans, volunteers are still helping people rebuild homes damaged five years ago. But the clock is ticking for some rebuild programs to get the work done. Episcopal Community Services of New Orleans was relying on a government grant to continue its rebuild work, but funds are stalled and the program faces an uncertain future. Our John Roberts has the report.

Filed under: U.S.
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