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March 25th, 2011
07:55 PM ET

CNN Heroes: Making sure 'motel kids' don't go hungry

Anaheim, California (CNN) - In the shadows of Disneyland, often referred to as the "happiest place on Earth," many children are living a reality that's far from carefree.

They are living in cheap motels more commonly associated with drug dealers, prostitutes and illicit affairs.

It's the only option for many families that are struggling financially and can't scrape together a deposit for an apartment. By living week to week in these cramped quarters, they stay one step ahead of homelessness.

"Some people are stuck, they have no money. They need to live in that room," said Bruno Serato, a local chef and restaurateur. "They've lost everything they have. They have no other chance. No choice."

While "motel kids" are found across the United States, the situation is very common in Orange County, California, a wealthy community with high rents and a large number of old motels. In 2009, local authorities estimated that more than 1,000 families lived in these conditions.

When Serato learned that these children often go hungry, he began serving up assistance, one plate at a time. To date, he's served more than 270,000 pasta dinners - for free - to those in need.

"Kids should not be suffering," Serato said. "[I had] to do something."

Read more about Serato here.

Filed under: CNN Heroes
March 25th, 2011
09:28 AM ET

Bradley Cooper talks starring role in new movie 'Limitless'

"Limitless", starring Bradley Cooper, debuted at number one, making $18.9 million at the box office last weekend. In the action thriller, Cooper plays a struggling writer whose life changes when he gets introduced to a new pharmaceutical drug that allows him to reach his full potential.

Cooper, who is known for his comedic roles in "The Hangover" and "Wedding Crashers", stops by American Morning to talk about his starring role in "Limitless".

Filed under: Entertainment
March 25th, 2011
08:58 AM ET

NATO will take control of Libya no-fly zone

NATO has announced it will be taking control of the no-fly zone in Libya this weekend, leaving coalition forces in control of airstrikes on Gadhafi's ground forces.

Damon Wilson is the Executive Vice President of Atlantic Council and a former Top Aide to NATO Secretary General. Wilson talks to Christine Romans about the latest developments out of Libya.

Filed under: Libya • U.S. • World
March 25th, 2011
07:44 AM ET

Two planes land without guidance as air traffic controller sleeps

Two planes were left to land without guidance Wednesday when they heard no response from the air traffic control tower.

The controller who was on duty is a 20-year veteran of the job, and has admitted he was asleep at the time of the incident. The FAA has suspended the controller while they investigate what happened.

Bob Richards is a former air traffic controller and author of "Secrets from the Tower". Richards talks to Ali Velshi about Wednesday's close call at Reagan National Airport.

Filed under: Airline safety • U.S.