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December 13th, 2010
08:58 AM ET

Why all the buzz over “Angry Birds” game?

Aptly called the craze of the year, “Angry Birds” has been downloaded over 50 million times this year. It has become such a pop-culture phenomenon, that it even made into this weekend’s “Saturday Night Life”. Nick Thompson, senior editor at The New Yorker, discusses why the game has become so popular on Monday’s American Morning.

Filed under: Pop Culture • Technology
December 13th, 2010
08:33 AM ET

Shipping giant Fed Ex expects 16 million packages today

Free shipping offers are leading to quite a boom at some of the nation’s biggest shipping companies this holiday season. Fed Ex says it expects to handle close to 16 million packages today. Chuck Vookles, senior station manager at a Fed Ex Facility in Marietta, Georgia, joined us on Monday’s American Morning to talk about the holiday rush.

Filed under: Minding Your Business
December 13th, 2010
08:12 AM ET

Prince William and Kate Middleton release two royal engagement photos

With the royal wedding still more than five months away, we get another glimpse of Prince William’s and Kate Middleton’s fairytale courtship with their official engagement portraits. The couple released two photos, one formal and one less formal. Eloise Parker, features editor at OK! Magazine, joined us on Monday’s American Morning to tell us more about the photos and plans for the upcoming nuptials.

Filed under: Entertainment • Pop Culture
December 13th, 2010
07:36 AM ET

Big Stars, Big Giving: Nicole Kidman and fighting for gender equality

Editor's Note: In an American Morning original series, "Big Stars, Big Giving," CNN National Correspondent Alina Cho looks at celebrity philanthropy and how these big stars can make a big impact. Through one-on-one interviews with Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Edward Norton, Julianne Moore and Justin Bieber, she shares what causes have become their passions, and how you can get involved. The one-hour special debuts December 24th and airs again on December 25th.

Nicole Kidman is a longtime goodwill ambassador for UNIFEM, the United Nations arm that fights for gender equality and to end violence against women.

Kidman was moved to act after her mother heard a report on the radio about a UNIFEM program in Cambodia. She says she was raised to be a feminist.

"A lot of my life, I've been trying to please my mother," she says. "This is probably the thing she most responds to in my life."

To get involved or read more about the U.N.'s "Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women," visit or in the U.S., text UNITE to 27722 to donate $10 to the fund.

To learn more on giving, and ways you can make a difference this holiday season, visit Impact Your World.

December 13th, 2010
07:19 AM ET

New group seeking middle ground, says “No Labels” in government

The middle isn’t a very popular place in Washington right now. But a new group is promising to put political labels aside in order to move the country forward, instead of to the right or to the left. Republican Adviser, Mark McKinnon, and Democratic Strategist, Kiki McLean, are two of the organization’s founding members. They joined us on Monday’s American Morning.

Related: New group hopes to emphasize non-partisan solutions

Filed under: Politics • U.S.
December 13th, 2010
05:00 AM ET

Big Stars, Big Giving series

Big Stars, Big Giving” is a CNN special series for "American Morning" and one-hour network special aimed at shining a spotlight on celebrities and the causes they support.

In a series of rare and revealing interviews, CNN National Correspondent Alina Cho goes one-on-one with Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Edward Norton and Justin Bieber.

The series will launch on “American Morning” the week of December 13th, 2010. The one-hour special debuts December 24th and airs again on December 25th.

Click here to see the full series schedule, watch the interviews, see behind-the-scenes photos and find out what you can do to help.

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