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November 29th, 2010
08:48 AM ET

Bombing suspect from 'very nice','normal' family, neighbor says

Today, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, who was arrested on Friday night for allegedly attempting to detonate a bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Oregon, is due in federal court to answer to charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

As of a year ago, the 19-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia lived with his family in Beaverton, Oregon, across the street from Stephanie Napier.

Stephanie joins John Roberts on American Morning this morning to describe her impression of the Mohamud family.


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November 29th, 2010
08:23 AM ET

Holiday shoppers turn out for "Black Friday," buy for themselves too

You scanned the incredible sales, got up early to be first in line and maybe even snagged a deal or two. But did the excitement around "Black Friday" sales translate into a boost in the economy?

Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst with the NPD Group and author of "Buy Me!," joins American Morning today to break down his latest survey results on "Black Friday" sales and "Cyber Monday" (usually the Monday after Thanksgiving) will show improved sales data.

Watch to find out what we can expect for the rest of the holiday shopping season.


Filed under: American Morning • Black Friday • Economy
November 29th, 2010
07:43 AM ET

WikiLeaks: Public has 'right to know'

(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 interviews WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson about the latest document dump.


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November 28th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

The Teaser for Monday, November 29, 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 Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst with The NPD Group and author of "Buy Me!" , on his latest survey results of Black Friday sales. Sure, people went to the stores in droves, but did they actually buy anything?

7:40AM Stephanie Napier, former neighbor of Mohamed Osman Mahamud , the Portland, OR teenager who was arrested in connection with planning to bomb a tree-lighting ceremony. We’ll ask her about her recollections of Mahamud and his family, and whether she was surprised when she heard of the arrest.

8:10AM James Rubin, former U.S. assistant Secretary of State and adjunct professor at Columbia University, on North Korea’s reaction to South Korea and U.S. joint military exercises on Sunday. Can regional talks prevent the situation from intensifying? Plus we’ll ask if the Wikileaks document release will have any impact on U.S. diplomacy around the world.

8:40AM Vera Gibbons, financial journalist and contributor with Turbo Tax, on what you can do now to lower your 2010 tax bill.

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Filed under: American Morning • Black Friday • North Korea • Terrorism • Wikileaks
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.


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