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December 9th, 2010
05:40 PM ET

Empowering our kids: Teaching kids to combat bullying

How do you combat bullying? It's a question that a lot of parents and schools are grappling with. In the first part of our series, Empowering our Kids, we take a look at a program started by two teachers who noticed that the kids getting bullied often lacked the social skills to know how to deal with it. So they're trying to give these kids the tools they need to stand up for themselves.

Filed under: American Morning • Bullying
December 9th, 2010
12:25 PM ET

How to spot a food allergy – new guidelines make it clearer for doctors

More and more people seem to be suffering from food allergies, but it's unclear why. Until now, there has been no standard for doctors to diagnose them.

This week, the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases issued the first-ever clinical guidelines for diagnosing and treating food allergies.

American Morning's Kiran Chetry speaks with Dr. Hugh Sampson, one of the authors of the new guidelines and the director of the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

Filed under: Health
December 9th, 2010
09:20 AM ET

Cyber attacks ramping up in WikiLeaks support

(CNN) - Though its founder is cooling his heels in a London jail and major credit-card firms have refused to process its donations, the website WikiLeaks continued to trickle out documents from its vast cache of sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables Wednesday.

WikiLeaks' supporters in the computer-hacking community turned their ire against organizations that had cut off the site. Among the targets were the website of Sweden's national prosecutor's office, which is seeking the extradition from Britain of WikiLeaks' creator and editor-in-chief, Julian Assange. The attacks have also targeted the corporate websites of Visa and MasterCard, and now Sarah Palin’s website,

The denial of service attacks appear to be the work of a group that calls itself “Anonymous.”

Just how much chaos can these pranksters cause?

Noah Shachtman, contributing editor with Wired Magazine and editor of the “Danger Room” national security blog, joins American Morning’s John Roberts to explain who these hackers are, and who their next targets might be.

Filed under: Security • Wikileaks
December 9th, 2010
09:18 AM ET

Here's why China is beating the U.S. in education

According to the latest Program for International Student Assessment, known as PISA, a ranking of 15-year-old students from around the world found that students in Shanghai outscored kids from across the world in reading, science and math.

Students in the U.S. came in 14th in reading, 17th place in science and 25th for math.

Why are the U.S.'s efforts at reforming education failing, and what are Chinese students doing to succeed?

American Morning's Kiran Chetry speaks with Jonathan Plucker, with the Center for Evaluation & Education Policy at Indiana University, who has taken a number of trips to China to study their education system. He explains why China's students are beating the rest of the world.

For more information on Jonathan Plucker, visit

Filed under: Education
December 9th, 2010
09:15 AM ET

Reverend at Dallas church has "naughty and nice" business list

Saying "happy holidays" could land you on the naughty list in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area, where according to, your business isn’t "nice" unless you say "Merry Christmas" and fully acknowledge the birth of Jesus Christ.

Is this an attack on political correctness or could this do damage to the local economy?

The creator of the site, First Baptist Church of Dallas Rev. Robert Jefress, joins John Roberts to talk about why he started this website.

Filed under: American Morning • Religion
December 9th, 2010
08:50 AM ET

Fortune’s stock picks for 2011, and why gold’s luster could soon be lost

Could the next bubble burst come from gold prices?

Though you might be lured into investing in such a booming commodity, you might want to look into some other stock opportunities that might be safe picks for the new year.

Fortune Magazine's Leigh Gallagher joins American Morning's John Roberts to discuss their cover story on the best stock picks for 2011. She also explains why our love affair with gold might end soon and why gas prices are headed back up.

Filed under: Economy • Investing
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