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February 23rd, 2011
10:46 AM ET

Tim McGraw teams up with Outback Steakhouse to support troops

Country star and actor Tim McGraw is teaming up with Outback Steakhouse to support American men and women in uniform.

McGraw is helping kick-off Outback Steakhouse's annual "Thanks for Giving" campaign by visiting the Texas National Guard Armory in San Antonio. When patrons of Outback Steakhouse order from its special Red, White and Bloomin' menu, $1 million of proceeds will go towards Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization that provides financial and other emergency assistance to families of troops and wounded warriors. McGraw and Jeff Smith, the President of Outback Steakhouse, talk to American Morning's Kiran Chetry about the campaign.

Filed under: U.S. • U.S. Troops • Veterans
February 23rd, 2011
09:36 AM ET

Wrestler who wouldn't fight a girl speaks about it for first time

Joel Northrup is a 15 year-old high school wrestler from Marion, Iowa and was a favorite to win his weight class in the state tournament. But when Northrup learned he was slotted to wrestle a girl in the first-round, he forfeited, citing his religion.

Joel Northrup and his father Jamie talk to T.J. Holmes about his decision to forgo fighting a girl.

Filed under: Religion • Sports • U.S.
February 23rd, 2011
08:35 AM ET

Gadhafi orders security forces to sabotage oil fields

Oil jumped 6% Tuesday, at one point spiking to $98/barrel, due to concerns over spreading turmoil in oil-producing Middle Eastern and African nations.

New reports say Col. Gadhafi is ordering security forces to sabotage oil fields throughout the country, a move that could potentially affect the global oil market.

Though Libya only produces 2% of the world's oil, the growing unrest in the North African nation sparked concern over what might happen if the political turmoil were to spread. American Morning's Kiran Chetry talks to James Burkhard, Managing Director at Cambridge Energy Research Associates, about oil and international politics.

Filed under: Economy • Energy • World
February 23rd, 2011
08:20 AM ET

Rubin: International community must make Gadhafi stop mass murder

Moammar Gadhafi vowed to die a martyr for his country and refused calls to step down, in a speech Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Gadhafi continues to lose control over eastern Libya as well as the support of some members of the Libyan government and military.The Libyan leader insisted agents of foreign intelligence services were to blame for the wide-spread unrest and vowed to kill protesters. Former Assistant Secretary of State James Rubin talks to T.J. Holmes about Libya's future and and says the international community has to figure out how to exert more pressure on Gadhafi.

Filed under: World
February 23rd, 2011
07:50 AM ET

Friend remembers couple killed at sea, says they knew the danger

Negotiations between Somali pirates and the U.S. Navy ended brutally Tuesday in the shooting deaths of four Americans.

The Americans–Jean and Scott Adam, Phyllis Macay and Robert A. Riggle– were taken hostage by Somali pirates Friday as they sailed in notoriously dangerous waters off the coast of Oman. The Adams were fulfilling their dream of embarking on a missionary sailing trip around the world and were accompanied by crew-members Macay and Riggle.

Naval forces were trailing the pirates' ship, when pirates fired a rocket propelled grenade at the U.S. cruiser. Then, seeing gunfire where the hostages were being held, the Navy entered the cabin on the pirates' ship where they found the Americans shot dead.

Clayton Schmit was a close friend of the Adams and talks to American Morning's Kiran Chetry.

Filed under: Security • U.S. • World