American Morning

Tune in at 6am Eastern for all the news you need to start your day.
January 4th, 2011
10:34 AM ET

Stephen Smith: Favre sex harassment suit 'absolutely ridiculous'

Not such a good morning for Minnesota Viking Brett Favre.

There are new sex allegations against Favre, with two former employees of the New York Jets claiming Favre sexually harassed them when he played for the team. There's been no reaction from Favre yet, but certainly reaction from sports and legal commentators.

Today on American Morning, Kiran Chetry and Jim Acosta talk with two of them, criminal defense attorney Paul Callan and Fox Sports Radio host Stephen Smith. Watch to find out the details of the case, and why Smith calls it a "complete waste of time."

You can read entire suit here:

Filed under: Law • Sports
January 4th, 2011
10:17 AM ET

Rep. to forfeit benefits, sleep in office to protest healthcare reform

Republicans in the House could hold their first vote on the repeal of the President’s healthcare reforms by the end of this week. It probably won’t get too far, but there’s one freshman Representative who’s determined to stand up against those reforms.

His name is Joe Walsh, a Tea Party-backed Republican from Illinois who beat out Democrat Rep. Melissa Bean. Walsh plans to repeal the healthcare reform law and refuse his own health benefits in protest.

Today on American Morning, Jim Acosta talks to Walsh about why he’s going to the extreme of giving up his own benefits and how it would affect his wife, who has a pre-existing condition.

Filed under: GOP • Health care • Tea Party
January 4th, 2011
10:12 AM ET

'Wild Within' host eats what he kills in new Travel Channel show

Forget the supermarket, or even the farmer’s market—Steven Rinella is getting his food straight from the source, the great outdoors.

Rinella, a lifelong outdoorsman, is host of the new Travel Channel series “The Wild Within,” which follows him into the wild where he hunts and gathers his own food. This morning on American Morning, Rinella tells AM's Kiran Chetry and Jim Acosta about his lifelong passion for fishing and hunting, and how the show is inspired by a recent cultural trend: knowing where the food on our kitchen tables comes from.

“The Wild Within” premieres on Sunday, January 9 on the Travel Channel. Each episode ends with grand feast, but first viewers get to travel with Rinella to various destinations across the globe, such as Scotland, Alaska and Guyana.

Filed under: Entertainment • Environment • Food
January 4th, 2011
10:00 AM ET

Celebrity rehab visits bring light to everyday addiction struggles

Lindsay Lohan is on her way out of rehab and David Arquette is on his way in for alcohol abuse and depression. Although the headlines focus on Hollywood, these celebrities are fighting what millions of Americans face on a daily basis, addiction.

This morning on American Morning, clinical psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere explains to AM's Kiran Chetry and Jim Acosta what lessons everyday people can take from the Hollywood's struggle with addiction. He describes how addiction happens, and how you or a friend or family member can get to rehab, beat addiction and restart life with a new outlook.

How has addiction affected you and your family?

Filed under: Health
January 4th, 2011
07:09 AM ET

Simple blood test could revolutionize cancer treatment

Promising cancer news this morning. Research and development will take five to 10 years, but doctors say this newly developed blood test could detect a single cancer cell, and revolutionize how they detect and treat the deadly disease.

Monday, Johnson and Johnson announced that it will partner with Massachusetts General Hospital to develop and market the blood test. Researchers hope the test will be used by oncologists as a diagnostic tool aimed at discovering cancer that has spread and by researchers in developing new drug therapies.

Today on American Morning, Kiran Chetry talks to Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer, American Cancer Society, about how major the breakthrough is, and who the test could help.

Filed under: Health