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December 21st, 2010
10:06 AM ET

Why the wait for 9/11 First Responders Bill?

The Senate is expected to take up the 9/11 First Responders Bill before the Christmas holiday as they wrap up their "lame duck" session. But many have been asking why has it taken so long to pass the bill. The bill, which assures future health coverage for those first rescuers, cleared the House earlier this month but passing the House has proven to be quite a partisan battle.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D, New York,  is one of the senators leading the charge for the bill. She joins American Morning's John Roberts this morning to talk about what the hold up has been.

Filed under: American Morning • Politics
December 21st, 2010
08:21 AM ET

NFL greats tailgate, play ball with troops in Iraq

College football post-season and bowl game season is well underway. Over the next month you will see some of the best college teams match up across the country. Bowl games are usually highly publicized, commercialized and televised events. There is one unofficial bowl game, though, that you probably have never heard of.

That's because this game, the "Connect to Home" Bowl, is being played at an undisclosed location in Iraq with NFL and college football greats of the past and American troops currently stationed there.

This morning on American Morning, AM's Kiran Chetry talks to Hall of Fame quarterback with the Buffalo Bills Jim Kelly and former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, who are helping lead the event. Kelly and Peete will play quarterback on opposing teams. Catch the sneak peak practice video here. And, be sure to watch highlights of the game during halftime at the 2011 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 1, and at

Filed under: American Morning • Iraq • Military • Sports
December 21st, 2010
07:19 AM ET

Tourists witness Spider-Man stunt actor fall from Broadway set

NEW YORK (CNN) - An actor was injured after a fall during a performance of the musical "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" in New York on Monday night, a representative of the show said. The New York Fire Department said the 31-year-old fell 20 to 30 feet and was alert when he was taken to a hospital. Jonathan Dealwis, a tourist from New Zealand who was in the audience, told CNN the actor portraying Spider-Man fell "about six meters," or about 20 feet. Reeve Carney is the actor who normally plays Spider-Man. But Carney was not the performer injured, show spokesman Jaron Caldwell said. Caldwell said nine stunt men perform Spider-Man's stunts when the character is masked, but did not confirm who the injured performer is.

Today on American Morning, brothers Jonathan and Michael Dealwis, who are visiting New York City from New Zealand and witnessed the fall during Monday night's show, tell AM's John Roberts and Kiran Chetry their firsthand accounts as audience members.

Filed under: American Morning
December 21st, 2010
02:09 AM ET

Contaminated tap water: Is it in your faucet?

(CNN) - Report: Harmful chemical found in tap water of 31 U.S. cities

Millions of Americans in at least 31 U.S. cities could be drinking tap water contaminated with the harmful chemical hexavalent chromium, according to a report released Monday by the non-profit Environmental Working Group. While the dangerous carcinogen, otherwise known as chromium-6, may sound foreign to most people, perhaps the name Erin Brockovich will ring a bell. After chromium-6 was discovered in the water supply of Hinkley, California, Brockovich helped bring about a lawsuit that ultimately ended in 1996 with the utility company, Pacific Gas & Electric, paying more than $330 million in damages.  Norman, Oklahoma; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Riverside, California, top the non-profit organization's list of cities with water supplies contaminated by chromium-6.

Today on American Morning, Kiran Chetry and John Roberts talk to Ken Cook, president and co-founder, Environmental Working Group. He describes how to tell if your water is safe, and what needs to be done on a governmental level. Watch the interview below.  And for more, read the rest of the CNN story below and check out the full report at: to see how your city is affected.


Filed under: American Morning • Health