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January 14th, 2011
10:56 AM ET

Are you reading the wrong horoscope? Maybe, maybe not

Research out of the Minnesota Planetarium Society suggesting that the zodiac sign you've always identified with may be inaccurate has many horoscope readers wondering if they are reading the right horoscope for their birth date. But, AM's Jason Carroll reports that this story has two sides.

Astronomers at the Minnesota Planetarium Society say the astrological chart from which most base their zodiac signs is incorrect. They say the astrological chart, based on a Babylonian chart created 3,000 years ago, does not account for how the earth's position has changed over thousands of years. The astronomers recalculated the dates taking into account the earth's position in relation to the sun, and propose new signs for nearly everyone.

So how do astrologers feel? Carroll talks to one who says “don’t believe the hype.”

Watch the video to discover your new proposed zodiac sign.

Which sign would you rather have, the old one or the updated one?

Filed under: Science
January 14th, 2011
09:22 AM ET

Portman, 'Social Network,' 'Modern Family' may win big at Golden Globes

The critically acclaimed movie, "The Social Network" has been generating a lot of buzz this award season but competition particularly tough.  Some of Hollywood's biggest stars are competing this Sunday for one of film and televisions top honors, the Golden Globes. Comedian Ricky Gervais will host the award show this Sunday that often provides hints on who is leading the Oscar race. Check out some of the Hollywood heavy hitters nominated this year:

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Halle Berry – Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence – Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network
Colin Firth – The King's Speech
James Franco – 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling – Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg – The Fighter

US Weekly Senior Editor Bradley Jacobs joins Kiran Chetry to preview the award program and give us his picks for the top honors.

Filed under: Entertainment
January 14th, 2011
09:02 AM ET

Loughner's attorney known for 'tireless' defense of notorious clients

Jared Lee Loughner, accused of killing six and injuring 13 in the Jan. 8 attack in Tucson, awaits federal trial in the coming weeks. Defending him is well-known public defender Judy Clarke.

Clarke keeps a low media profile, but has defended some of the country's most infamous criminals in recent years. Among her former clients are Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and Susan Smith, who was convicted of drowning her two children in 1994.

Today on American Morning, Todd Letcher, a retired FBI agent, shares his personal dealings with Clarke with AM's Kiran Chetry. Letcher says Clarke is ideal for defending clients like Loughner. "She's smart and knows the law, particularly adept at navigating federal cases with the death penalty," he said on AM.  " She puts together a good team that surround her and she's a tireless advocate for her client."

Watch the full interview here.

Filed under: Arizona • Crime
January 14th, 2011
08:55 AM ET

Independence in Africa: A new beginning for embattled Sudan?

It is the most important global story in the world right now and chances are... you aren't paying attention to it. Africa's largest nation, Sudan, has been war torn for almost the entirety of its post colonial history. Factions in the northern and southern regions of the country have been clashing for years and the south may soon be on the verge of taking an historic step towards independence.

New York Times columist Nicholas Kristof, former President Jimmy Carter and one-time sexiest man alive, George Clooney, are helping the effort to get the historic decision to a peaceful vote and resolution.

Kristof joins American Morning today to explain the situation in Sudan and clarify why a secession of the South would be an optimistic future for the region.

Filed under: Africa • World
January 14th, 2011
07:05 AM ET

Pope John Paul II to be beatified this year

The late Pope John Paul II is one miracle away from sainthood.

CNN's Senior Vatican Correspondent John Allen reports that a beatification ceremony for the late Pope will take place May 1. This morning, Pope Benedict XVI credited his predecessor with having performed a miracle, the final requirement for beatification. Sainthood, however, would require that he be credited with having performed two miracles.

But today's move does not come without controversy. Allen tells Kiran Chetry some Catholics have expressed disapproval over the fact that the late Pope seems to be on the fast-track to sainthood.

Filed under: Religion