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July 16th, 2010
11:52 AM ET

Outrage over alleged illegal immigrant list

(CNN) - Utah officials are trying to determine whether government data were used to compile a list of more than 1,300 alleged illegal immigrants that included contact information, Social Security numbers and pregnancy due dates.

A state investigation is focusing on the Utah Department of Workforce Services, Gov. Gary Herbert's office said Thursday, because all information on the list is contained within that agency's database. Information from the investigation may be turned over to state prosecutors, a statement from the office said.

"They have very strong leads, first to indicate that it came from that agency and now it's just a process of drilling into the information a little deeper," governor's spokeswoman Angie Welling told CNN-affiliate KSTU.

The list was anonymously distributed to media and government offices across the state, the affiliate reported. An accompanying letter from "Concerned Citizens of the United States" insisted that those on the list should be deported immediately. Watch Video


Filed under: Immigration
July 16th, 2010
11:31 AM ET

The leak's stopped, now what?

It took BP 87 days to finally stop the oil. Estimates are, 218-million gallons were spilled, but the good news this morning, there isn't a drop of oil in the gulf that wasn't there yesterday. So will the cap hold, or is it too soon to breathe a sigh of relief?

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
July 16th, 2010
10:28 AM ET

Sanjay & co. ready for sunday's NYC triathlon

CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta is getting ready for the New York city triathlon Sunday. It's the moment Sanjay and six American Morning viewers have been training months for and they all shared their thoughts on the big day.

Filed under: Health
July 16th, 2010
07:15 AM ET

Racist Debate Brews Between NAACP and Tea Party

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The claims of racism are flying back and forth between the NAACP and the tea party. The civil rights group accuses the grassroots movement of putting up with racists in their ranks. But Mark Williams, a tea party leader suggests it's the NAACP that's racist. He's sparking new controversy by writing a satirical blog in the form of a letter from the head of the NAACP to Abe Lincoln. In part it reads:

"Freedom means having to work for real, think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is just far too much to ask of us colored people and we demand that it stop!"

Read the whole letter here

Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP in Washington and Lloyd Marcus, spokesperson for the Tea Party Express spoke to CNN's American Morning Friday about Williams' letter. Watch Video

Sound off: Add your comments to the blog below and we'll read some of them on the show.

Filed under: American Morning • Controversy
July 16th, 2010
06:56 AM ET

Gut Check: Race Relations

The NAACP-Tea Party debate has at times escalated into name-calling and accusations of racism. It's ugly – and a far cry from those days when many Americans thought we had turned a corner on race relations with the election of America's first African-American president. Observers say it's the same racial stalemate America's been stuck in for years. Still, not so long ago, Americans were hopeful.


Filed under: Gut Check
July 16th, 2010
06:47 AM ET

Gulf animal shelters packed with abandoned pets

Many have seen the heart-breaking images of pelicans and turtles in the gulf covered in crude and choking for air, but there are many new victims of the oil spill. Hundreds of pets in Louisiana are being abandoned by their owners. Sadly with jobs vanishing and money tight, people simply can't afford to feed them. Local Louisiana shelters are swamped. Randi Kaye reports.

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
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