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July 30th, 2010
11:44 AM ET

Moms work for hikers' release

A year ago today Sarah Shourd, one of the American hikers detained in Iran e-mailed this to her mother:

"Hello sweetness, so, we're traveling. Actually, we're in northern Iraq! It's totally safe. The Kurds in this area have been pro-American since 1991. No single American has ever been hurt on Kurdish territory.So, don't worry. Tonight we're going camping. I love you. Love Sarah."

For nearly a year her mother and the mothers of the two other detained hikers have been worrying and today, they'll be be leading a protest outside of the Iranian mission to the UN demanding their release- and
Cindy Hicky, mother of Shane Bauer, Nora Shourd, mother of Sarah and Laura Fattal, mother of Josh joined CNN's American Morning Friday.

Filed under: Iran
July 30th, 2010
10:51 AM ET

The Taste of Pain: Sara vs killer curry

By Sara Sidner New York (CNN)

I don't do eating stunts, it's just not my thing. I don't like watching people shovel huge amounts of doughnuts or pies or whatever else down their gullets to win a prize. It's part guilt–knowing there are hungry people in the world- and part disgust, because it makes me queasy. Turns out I am a hypocrite. While in New York City I did as some of the locals do and took a food challenge. It's called the Phaal Curry Challenge, an idea thought up by Brick Lane Curry House in New York's East Village. The owners dare patrons to eat an entire bowl of their spiciest curry their so-called Phaal Curry. It has a total of ten different types of chili and peppers in it.


July 30th, 2010
10:27 AM ET

Hacker exposes accused "Wikileaks" source

The pentagon has jailed army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning as the source of the leak of Afghan war secrets and the military may have a hacker, a convicted criminal from California to thank for cracking this case. He claimed he dug up an online confession from Manning, but doesn't have it anymore because he actually gave his hard drive to the defense department. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs spoke with CNN's John Roberts about the White House's response to the leak of classified documents Friday.'s Ashley Fantz spoke to the Hacker Adrian Lamo and shared her findings with CNN's American Morning Fridy. Watch Video

Filed under: Controversy
July 30th, 2010
09:47 AM ET

Town basks in media glow amid Clinton's wedding buzz

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(CNN) - A picturesque New York town is all abuzz and ready for its closeup as the countdown to Chelsea Clinton's wedding starts.

Clinton, 30, is expected to wed investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, 32, on Saturday in Rhinebeck.

The former first family is guarding details of the upcoming nuptials like state secrets, and has not released any information. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently said she's "under very strict orders" not to talk about it.

The order seems to extend to those involved in the planning. A host of vendors contacted by CNN declined to comment, including a florist rumored to be involved. CNN could not independently verify the wedding venue.

The secrecy and silence have only fueled the speculation.

Residents of Rhinebeck - population 4,000 - are hanging up congratulatory signs on windows.

And talking to television crews.

And hoping the influx of high-profile visitors will mean a boost in the town's economy.

And ... well, you get the point. Watch Video


Filed under: American Morning
July 30th, 2010
09:26 AM ET

A slick maneuver?

So where's all the spilled oil? The coast guard insists it can't find much more to clean up on the surface of the gulf. Their crews keep conducting flyovers and the pilots keep coming back with the same story, there's little crude to be found. Can millions of gallons of oil really be all gone? Some of the locals say they know where the crude is and they'd be happy to point the coast guard in the right direction. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
July 30th, 2010
07:30 AM ET

Gut Check: Should pets be considered like a child in divorce court?

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For Gayle Myers, her dog Lucky is just like her child. "I don't have any kids, so she is the closest thing that I am going to have to a child." She and her husband, Craig, had taken in Lucky, a Shih Tzu mix, as a stray. When their eight-year marriage ended in divorce, the couple managed to resolve all outstanding issues - except for who would get to keep Lucky. "I know that he cares about her and didn't want to give her up either. It's just - neither of us wanted to give her up,” Myers says. And because in Maryland, pets are considered property, like a house or a car, it was up to retired Maryland Circuit Judge Graydon S. McKee II to decide who would get the dog. He awarded the couple joint custody - the first time a decision on dog custody has been recorded in Maryland. Lucky will spend six months a year with each of his "parents." McKee says after listening to both sides, he thought it was the only fair thing to do. Watch Video


Filed under: Gut Check
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