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November 26th, 2010
09:04 AM ET

First mate: Boys were ‘skin and bones’ when fishermen rescued them

(CNN) - Just over 50 days after three teenage boys got lost at sea, and two weeks after hundreds turned out to mourn them, the father of one of the teens rescued 240 miles from land said a traditional celebration is now in order."I couldn't believe my son and his boys were found again. Unbelievable," Tanu Filo, whose 15-year-old son Filo was among the survivors, told CNN Thursday in a telephone interview from his native Tokelau Islands. "I was on cloud nine. I was so joyful." The younger Filo and his cousins - Etueni Nasau, 14, Samu Pelesa, 15 - were famished, dehydrated, exhausted and sunburned when a crew member on a fishing boat two miles away spotted their 12-foot metal boat and alerted his superior.

Today on American Morning, we talk to Tai Fredricsen, the first mate of the fishing boat that rescued the three lost boys.

Live from Figi, Fredricsen tells the heroic rescue tale of how he saved the boys lost at sea in their aluminum dinghy.

Filed under: American Morning • World
November 26th, 2010
08:35 AM ET

Gulf Coast claims chief: Eligibility is ‘big issue’ in deciding who gets paid

Tempers are flying again along the Gulf of Mexico after a major turning point this week in the recovery effort from the B.P. oil spill. The deadline for emergency claims ended Tuesday. The process of handing out billions of dollars in final settlements is now underway.

Today on AM, we talk to the man in charge of compensating the victims of the spill, Kenneth Feinberg, administrator, Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

Watch to find out which types of the thousands of claims Feinberg thinks are eligible for a part of the change, and which may not make the cut.

Filed under: American Morning
November 26th, 2010
08:14 AM ET

Customers demanded earlier shopping hours, Toys R Us CEO says

( - Toys R Us, the nation's largest toys-only retailer, got a head start on the holiday shopping craze, when it opened at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for the first time. The line outside the flagship toy store in Times Square started forming at 7:30 p.m. It was dominated by passers-by and tourists who had heard the store would be opening its doors at 10, offering 150 doorbuster deals on everything from iPods to Barbie dolls.

This morning, American Morning is live with Toys R Us CEO Gerald Storch at the company’s flagship store in Times Square. He tells us how last night and this morning went, and gives his outlook on the hot toys this holiday shopping season.

Filed under: American Morning • Black Friday • • Economy • Holiday Shopping