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Platoon develops family-like bond in war

As part of an ongoing series “A Soldiers Story,” CNN's Jason Carroll follows Sgt. Randy Shorter and his unit as they head into Afghanistan. Catch their stories on our AMfix blog, and CNN's American Morning this month.

Filed under: A Soldier's Story
October 1st, 2010
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LIVE Blog: Chat with us during the show

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Obama's chief of staff to depart White House Friday, sources say

Chicago, Illinois (CNN)
- White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will step down Friday to run for mayor of Chicago, two sources told CNN Thursday.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters that President Obama will make "a personnel announcement" Friday morning, but refused to confirm it would relate to Emanuel's expected departure.

Gibbs said he would "bet on having two announcements" Friday morning - a possible reference to Emanuel's successor.

The move was expected, after Chicago Mayor Richard Daley recently decided not to run for re-election.

Candidates for the Chicago mayoral race must gather 12,500 signatures by November 22. The city's February 22 Democratic primary could be very difficult to win given the number of prospective candidates from various factions of the party lining up to run.

Gibbs heaped praise on the famously tough chief of staff, saying that he has an "incredible amount of energy every day" and has "been the leader" since Obama took office.

He "helped us accomplish so much in helping our economy recovery, in passing landmark Wall Street reform, health care reform, credit card reform [and] student loan reform," Gibbs said. FULL STORY

Prosecutor: Bias charges may come in webcast of sexual encounter

New York (CNN) - New Jersey prosecutors said Thursday they are determining whether additional charges, including bias, may be brought against two Rutgers University students accused of invading the privacy of fellow student Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide after his sexual encounter with another man was streamed online.

"The initial focus of this investigation has been to determine who was responsible for remotely activating the camera in the dormitory room of the student and then transmitting the encounter on the Internet," Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J Kaplan said.

"Now that two individuals have been charged with invasion of privacy, we will be making every effort to assess whether bias played a role in the incident, and, if so, we will bring appropriate charges," Kaplan said in a statement.

Under New Jersey law, a person is guilty of bias intimidation if he or she commits a crime with the purpose of intimidating someone because of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ethnicity; or if the victim or victim's property was selected as a target because of the same factors.

On the evening of September 19, Rutgers student Dharun Ravi is believed to have sent a message by Twitter about his roommate, Clementi. FULL STORY

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October 1st, 2010
02:53 AM ET

The Teaser for Friday, October 1, 2010

"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 Parry Aftab, Ex. Dir., and Sela Gaglia, Director of training, Challenge Day, on the recent suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, who authorities believe jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate posted a video stream of Clementi's sexual encounter with another boy. Aftab and Gaglia discuss the wider issue of cyber-bullying amongst young Americans.

7:20AM Patricia Sellers, Editor-at-Large, Fortune, on her exclusive interview with and cover story on Oprah, inside info about the troubled launch of OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network), and what's next for the media icon.

7:40AM Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss claim Mark Zuckerberg stole the idea for Facebook from them. They join American Morning to discuss the new film "The Social Network," the real legal battle the film portrays, and Facebook's effect on social fabric of the country.

8:10AM Andy Card, Former White House Chief of Staff and Candy Crowley, Host, "State of the Union", on Rahm Emanuel's expected resignation from his position as White House Chief of Staff to run for Mayor of Chicago.

8:40AM Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer, Franklin Institute Science Museum, on the discovery of a rocky planet in a nearby solar system with the most basic and essential conditions needed to support extraterrestrial life – the first of its kind ever detected.

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