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November 11th, 2010
09:42 AM ET

Jet pack in to work? With TIME’s Best 50 Inventions of the Year, you can

Ever dream of trading your car in for a jet pack?

Battling bad guys with the super powers of an action figure?

Dream no longer. The inventions exist, and they’re here on the American Morning set today.

Radhika Jones, assistant managing editor of TIME Magazine, presents some of the magazine’s "Best 50 Inventions of the Year."

They include the Iron Man Suit, the Martin Jetpack, prescription 3-D glasses, the Looxcie ear camera, X-Flex Blast Protection wall covering, and the eLegs Exoskeleton that lets paralyzed people walk.

And, we talk to Carl Dietrich, the mind behind the flying car, which made TIME's list.

November 11th, 2010
08:48 AM ET

Coach whips teen basketball players, parents fight back with suit

A shocking cell phone video shows a high school basketball coach using a weightlifting belt to whip one of his players.

More players at the school, Murrah High School in Jackson, Miss., say they have been whipped too. The coach, asst. coach Marlon Dorsey, admitted to paddling the boys and is now reportedly on leave. Some of the parents have filed a lawsuit against the school district.

This morning, one of the fathers, Jason Hubbard, Sr., tells Ali Velshi what happened to his 15-year-old son, who is not the player in the video but was allegedly hit.

Also, Lisa Ross, the attorney representing the parents of three players in the suit against coach Dorsey, Principal Frederick Murray and the Jackson School District, details the laws at play in the case.

Filed under: American Morning • Education • Justice • Parenting • Sports
November 11th, 2010
08:29 AM ET

Lifting gay ban during war poses little risk to troops, study finds

There's new evidence on the effects of lifting the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that bans gays from openly serving in uniform.

The military can lift the ban with only minimal and isolated incidents of risk to the current war efforts, according to a Pentagon study group, which will deliver a final report to President Obama on Dec. 1.

The study worked off results of the surveys 400,000 active-duty and reserve troops took over the summer.  About 70 percent of the respondents said the effect of repealing DADT would be positive, mixed or nonexistent, according to Washington Post reporter Ed O’Keefe, who has read the draft report.

He gives a more detailed look of what’s inside the report today on American Morning.

Filed under: American Morning • Gay Rights • Military • Politics
November 11th, 2010
08:12 AM ET

Prince William ready to make Kate his Princess Catherine, author says

Will wedding bells finally be ringing across the pond for Prince William?

Yes, says Katie Nicholl, royal expert and author of William and Harry Behind the Palace Walls.

Today on American Morning, Nicholl addresses all the engagement buzz surrounding the 28-year-old prince and longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton. Could a royal wedding be just what Brits need to lift their spirits after an economic roller coaster the last few years?

Filed under: American Morning • Pop Culture • World
November 11th, 2010
07:59 AM ET

‘Stress Less’ author shares how women can do more, age less

How fast is your stressful life aging you?

All that stress may actually make your body old down to the cells, according to Thea Singer, author of the new book Stress Less: The New Science that Shows Women How to Rejuvenate the Body and the Mind.

Singer’s science-based book reveals how lifestyle behaviors, things we eat and things we do, can actually improve parts of our cells that express aging. The result could slow down, even reverse the aging process.

She explains the science, and what women (and men) can do to beat chronic stress and slow down their biological clock with AM’s Kiran Chetry today on American Morning.

Filed under: American Morning • Health