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December 28th, 2010
10:48 AM ET

This years biggest comebacks & buzzwords

2010 was a big year for comebacks. From comebacks in the sports world and the regained dominance of Michael Vick to the resurgence of entertainment luminaries such as Betty White. It was also a big year for new buzzwords. Had anybody ever heard of "anchor babies" at the beginning of the year?

American Morning's Kiran Chetry discusses this years biggest comebacks and hottest buzzwords with Time Magazine editor Belinda Luscombe. Does your pick make the list?


Filed under: American Morning
December 28th, 2010
10:25 AM ET

Seven hours stuck on the NYC subway

"Suddenly the train stops, the conductor told us that snow on the third rail caused the train to lose power, they were going to try to fix that, but were unable to do. They were going to send a rescue train, but that got stuck, so we ended up stuck for about seven hours in a train with no power and unable to move and unable to get off."

Erin Durkin, a passenger on a New York City "A"-line subway train explains why she was stuck on the her train for seven hours and why it took so long to be rescued.


Filed under: American Morning • Transportation
December 27th, 2010
10:02 AM ET

Stranded passenger: "I've been at the airport for over 17 hours"

The wild blizzard weather was an unwelcome sight for those traveling after the holiday weekend. Hundreds of flights were canceled leaving many passengers stuck inside airports. But those were the lucky ones.

American Morning's Kiran Chetry and Jim Acosta talk to Jason Cochran who was trapped aboard his plane, from New York City's JFK Airport to London's Heathrow, for over 4 and a half hours and with no end in sight


Filed under: Airlines • American Morning • Weather
December 27th, 2010
09:36 AM ET

Travel tips when your flight is cancelled

The east coast blizzard paralyzes travel on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. Thousands of people were stranded due to the storm but what do you do if your travel plans fall victim to the storm? What are you entitled to as far as a refund or rescheduling? Senior Editor at Travelocity Genevieve Shaw Brown talks about what passenger rights you have in resolving your holiday travel woes.


Filed under: Airlines • American Morning • Transportation • Travel • Weather
December 27th, 2010
06:00 AM ET

Fela! on broadway concludes run but legacy lives on

After more than a year of awards and world-wide acclaim, Fela! will have its last performance on January 2nd. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner, Bill T. Jones, the musical opened on November 23, 2009 after an off-Broadway run of two years. The musical was nominated for 11 Tony awards and won three including best choreography, best costume, and best sound design. In September, the cast welcomed Patti LaBelle as Fela's mother. She attended the play and "was struck by the choreography and work of Bill T. Jones, and the passion and joy that overflows from the stage" and knew she wanted to be a part of the production.


LaBelle calls Fela's mother, Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, who was admirable in her own right, strong and inspiring. She was the driving force in Fela Kuti's life and the inspiration behind his civil rights movement against the corrupt and oppressive Nigerian government. LaBelle's star power overwhelms the crowd when she first comes onstage but Fela Anikulapo Kuti remains the real center of attention. The audience is taken on a biographical journey of the late Nigerian music star's life. The cast lights up the stage with its dances and songs depicting Fela's provocative and controversial political and musical legacy. Through Fela's afro-beat song and dance are dynamic in tempo and message and the audience were literally on their feet, singing along at Fela's instruction. The songs differed in content, but not controversy, as one berates the corruption of the Nigerian military government another celebrates the Black Power movement and education. The unifying theme of the entire musical was the essence of Fela's spirit and memory "original, no artificiality." Watch the interviews with Stephen Hendel one of the lead producers and Sahr Ngaujah, the original Fela lead actor in the New York production, now is playing Fela in London's National Theater production.


Filed under: American Morning
December 24th, 2010
09:59 AM ET

9 year old "Katie Klaus" raises money for kids in hospitals

Christmas time is the season of giving and 9 year old Katie Greene is doing the best she can to give kids in her area a Merry Christmas. This year Katie has raised over $15,000 for children in area hospitals. You can read more about Katie and help out her cause by visiting her website, KatiesKidz.org

Katie, along with her mom and dad, talk to American Morning's Carol Costello about why such a noble cause means so much to Katie.


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