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March 8th, 2011
09:45 AM ET

Erin Brockovich pens novel about environmental activist

Erin Brockovich, best known from the movie named after her and about her life, is an environmental activist with a knack for writing.

Brockovich has written a new novel about an environmental activist, in hopes that her real-life mission might be embraced by readers through fiction. Brockovich talks to American Morning's Kiran Chetry about her new novel "Rock Bottom".

Filed under: Books • Environment • U.S.
March 8th, 2011
09:12 AM ET

Wis. State Sen. Jon Erpenbach: "I wish we could be home right now"

More than two weeks after he and his Democratic colleagues fled Wisconsin to avoid a vote on the state budget, Wisconsin State Senator Jon Erpenbach remains in Chicago.

The Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller sent a letter to Gov. Scott Walker and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald asking to "resume serious discussions" Monday but Gov. Walker responded saying Sen. Miller is not open to negotiations. Is there a rift among Wisconsin's Democrats? When will they return home? Sen. Erpenbach talks to T.J. Holmes from Chicago about the latest in the Wisconsin state budget battle.

Filed under: Economy • Politics • U.S.
March 8th, 2011
09:01 AM ET

Obama reverses stance on Gitmo

On his second full day in office, President Obama signed an executive order that would shut down the prison within a year, but the President is now saying the U.S. will resume military tribunals for terror detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin talks about Obama's political change of heart with Kiran Chetry and T.J. Holmes.

Filed under: Law • Military • U.S.
March 8th, 2011
08:59 AM ET

Couple chronicles real-life CIA love story

Bob Baer and Dayna Baer were on a covert mission in Sarajevo when they first met. Bob was an accomplished CIA agent–he was famously played by George Clooney in "Syriana"–and Dayna was an up-and-coming "shooter" in the agency.

Shortly thereafter, the two resigned from the CIA to start a life together as a married couple in the U.S. The Baers chronicle their real-life spy love affair in their new book "The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story" and talk to T.J. Holmes about their unusual story.

Filed under: Books • U.S.
March 8th, 2011
08:33 AM ET

Teammates of fallen player get visit from former NBA star

16 year-old Wes Leonard scored the game-winning shot for his Fennville High School basketball team last Thursday, clinching a spot in the championships. But shortly after scoring the winning basket, Leonard collapsed and died from a heart ailment.

Leonard's team went on to play their first game since the death of their teammate Monday night and was accompanied by Bo Kimble, former NBA player and founder of Forty-Four For for Life Foundation. Kimble, whose Loyola Marymount teammate Hank Gathers died of cardiac arrest in 1990, started the foundation to educate athletes and the public about heart risks. T.J. Holmes talks to Kimble about the recent death of Wes Leonard and heart risks.

Filed under: Health • Sports • U.S.
March 8th, 2011
07:54 AM ET

Dearborn, Mich. mayor 'very concerned' about Rep. King's hearings

Jack O'Reilly, Jr. is the mayor of Dearborn, MI, a city with one of the largest Muslim populations in the nation, and says Rep. Peter King is exaggerating the threat of home-grown terrorism.

Rep. King (R-NY) has said he is holding the hearings because of a concern Muslim Americans aren't doing their part in fighting the radicalization of other American Muslims but Mayor O'Reilly says he's very concerned. Mayor O'Reilly speaks to American Morning's Kiran Chetry about the Congressional hearings slated for Thursday.

Filed under: Politics • U.S.
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