The worst outbreak in 60 years of pertussis, or whooping cough, hits California, claiming a tenth infant life there. Nearly 6,000 cases have been reported in the state recently.
Why are so many getting sick now?
Dr. Laura Jana, pediatrician, appeared on American Morning this morning to explain the rising number of deaths. She shares with AM's Kiran Chetry the symptoms, the dangers, and how you can protect your child from whooping cough.
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FROM CNN NEWS BLOG EDITOR MALLORY SIMON.
THERE'S NOTHING MOST TECH-SAAVY PEOPLE HATE MORE THAN SEEING THIS – THE ESSENTIAL SHOUTING OVER THE COMPUTER – THROUGH THE ENTIRE USE OF THE CAPS LOCK.
BUT APPARENTLY TODAY WE ARE TO CELEBRATE IT IN HONOR OF INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY, WHICH HAS ITS OWN WEBSITE, AND NOW ITS OWN TWITTER ACCOUNT (THOUGH THERE ARE ONLY A FEW POSTINGS.)
President Obama is joining nationally syndicated columnist Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” Project to fight against gay bulling. Obama released an anti-bullying video yesterday for the project. In it, he attempts to dispel the myth that bullying is an inevitable part of growing up.
Savage talks to Kiran and John on this morning’s American Morning about President Obama's partnership and the It Gets Better Project that he started this September to speak directly to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth who are bullied at school by peers, teachers, parents, churches and politicians.
Thousands of people have posted their stories to It Gets Better, including celebrities and other public profiles, urging teenagers not to take their own lives because life does improve.
Outer space on your list of travel destinations?
Developers at New Mexico's Spaceport America have been conceptualizing commercial space travel for nearly two decades. John Roberts talks to one of the industry's entrepreneurs, Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, about the groundbreaking completion of a runway at SpacePort America and the future of the nascent commercial space industry.
"Glee Gone Wild." The GQ Magazine photo spread featuring the cast members of Fox's hit family television show "Glee" clad in next-to-nothing outfits is called racy, even pornographic.
So, has a show that has already taken on its share of taboos gone too far this time?
This morning, two critics share opposite views with American Morning's John Roberts. Melissa Henson with the Parents Television Council says the photos are "very damaging" and send the wrong message. Robert Thompson, pop culture expert with Syracuse University, calls the photos "racy," but he isn’t so sure parents need to worry specifically about the photo spread.
What would you do if a stranger fell off a train platform on to the track right in the path of an oncoming train? Would you jump in and help?
Well, this August one brave man did. When a commuter fell onto the Virginia Square metro tracks, Dimas Pinzon, a 57-year-old retired marine, hopped off the opposite platform and ran over two fully electrified tracks to save the commuter as a train was approaching. Newly released video catches the rescue on tape.
He decribes the experience with John and Kiran on today’s American Morning.