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November 30th, 2010
09:52 AM ET

Losing Lennon: NYC cops revisit legendary musician's murder scene

Next Wednesday marks a tragic anniversary, 30 years since the legendary John Lennon was gunned down by Mark David Chapman outside his apartment building in New York City.  All this week we’re previewing a CNN documentary on Lennon’s murder. The documentary, “Losing Lennon: Countdown to Murder,” premieres Saturday and Sunday night at 8 ET on CNN.

Today, check out a sneak peak into John Roberts’ interview with the first New York City cops to arrive at the scene of the crime on December 8, 1980. They remember it, like it was yesterday.

Filed under: American Morning • Entertainment • Pop Culture
November 30th, 2010
09:11 AM ET

Is it time to start profiling Muslims at airports?

In the wake of the latest Muslim terror plot in Portland, Oregon and the outcry over TSA screening it time to start religious and racial profiling at our nation's airports?

One Muslim-American journalist believes it is. Asra Q. Nomani, contributor with and author of "Standing Alone," talks to American Morning's Kiran Chetry to explain why she argues that profiling isn't about identity politics but about threat assessment.

Filed under: Airline safety • American Morning • Race • Religion • Terrorism
November 30th, 2010
08:56 AM ET

Reporter kidnapped by Taliban: 'Prayer every day helped me to center'

In 2008, David Rohde was kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan. He was held for seven months before escaping.

He details his ordeal in his new book co-written with his wife, "A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping from Two Sides," which goes on sale Tuesday. The book chronicles the story of Rohde's kidnapping from two perspectives: David in the hands of the Taliban and his wife Kristen Mulvihill doing whatever she can to free him.

Today, Rohde and his wife talk to AM's John Roberts.

Filed under: American Morning
November 30th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Extra vitamin D and calcium pills may do more harm than good

(CNN) - Vitamin D and calcium have long been touted as the best nutrients for strong bones, muscles and teeth. Recent studies have shown that vitamin D could be used to fight cancer, heart ailments, autoimmune diseases, even diabetes.

But too much vitamin D can damage the kidneys and the heart. So what's the right balance?

After reviewing nearly 1,000 published studies on vitamin D and calcium, the Institute of Medicine on Tuesday recommended that most Americans and Canadians up to age 70, who are not pregnant, need no more than 600 international units (IUs) of vitamin D per day to maintain good health. People over age 70 may need as much as 800 IUs.

Today on American Morning, John Roberts and Kiran Chetry talk to Elizabeth Cohen, senior medical correspondent, about the latest recommendations.

Read more here.

Filed under: Health
November 29th, 2010
09:40 AM ET

WikiLeaks dump ‘embarrassing’ and damaging to U.S. relations, former govt. official says

(CNN) – A day after the whistleblower site WikiLeaks began publishing details from a massive collection of confidential U.S. diplomatic documents, the chorus of criticism from government leaders grew louder Monday. Top U.S. officials were quick to denounce the publication of the leaked documents Sunday. And the U.K.'s foreign office followed suit Monday, saying it condemned any release of classified documents. "They can damage national security, are not in the national interest and, as the U.S. [has] said, may put lives at risk," the office said in a statement.

The full set of documents includes 251,288 cables sent by American diplomats between the end of 1966 and February 2010, WikiLeaks said in a statement announcing the release. Of those, 8,017 originated from the office of the secretary of state, and more than 15,600 are classified as secret, WikiLeaks said.

Today on American Morning, John Roberts talks to James Rubin, former U.S. assistant Secretary of State, about how the information affects national security. Watch to find out why Rubin calls the documents a "broad-based attack on U.S. foreign policy."

Filed under: American Morning
November 29th, 2010
09:06 AM ET

How to save money on your 2010 taxes today

President Obama is scheduled to meet with Congressional leaders on Tuesday to tackle the thorny issue of extending the Bush-era tax cuts. It's expected that the cuts will be preserved for most Americans, at least for the time being. But the uncertainty is making tax planning a little trickier this year.

Vera Gibbons with Turbo Tax joins American Morning's Kiran Chetry to share some essential year-end tax saving tips.

Filed under: American Morning • Economy
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