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April 12th, 2011
07:59 PM ET

Abby Sunderland's story of courage on high seas

Abby Sunderland was just 16 years old when she set sail in January 2010, hoping to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world. But three months into her journey, a 50-foot wave damaged her sailboat, leaving Abby stranded in the middle of the Indian Ocean and the focus of a dramatic search and rescue.

Abby was found safe and sound, and she tells her story in her new book "Unsinkable: A Young Woman's Courageous Battle on the High Seas." She joined Ali Velshi and Christine Romans on "American Morning" to explain what being stranded on open ocean was like.

Filed under: American Morning
April 12th, 2011
07:39 PM ET

What Japan's elevated nuclear threat level means

Japan's nuclear crisis is now on par with Chernobyl, according to Japanese authorities who are now calling the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant a "major accident."

They have now raised the situation from a category "5" level accident, comparable with Three Mile Island, to a level "7" - the same as Chernobyl.

Ali Velshi and Kiran Chetry spoke with Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer and chief engineer with Fairewinds Associates, on American Morning and asked him what this means in terms of trying to control the plant.

Filed under: Japan
April 12th, 2011
09:09 AM ET

What's the next financial challenge for the U.S.? Hitting the debt ceiling

(CNN) In 2006, Obama voted against raising the U.S. debt ceiling. But now, he's asking Congress to do just the opposite. Since March 1962, the debt ceiling has been raised 74 times, according to the Congressional Research Service. Ten of those times have occurred since 2001. White House press secretary Jay Carney said failing to raise the ceiling would be "Armageddon-like in terms of the economy." Should the debt ceiling be raised or not? CNN's American Morning speaks with Harvard economics professor Kenneth Rogoff about the intricacies of doing so.

Filed under: Politics
April 12th, 2011
09:08 AM ET

Live from space – AM's interview with Expedition 27 from the ISS

We have been following Cady Coleman's journey from training to blastoff. She is now 220 miles in space at the International Space Station. Cady and the rest of her space crew speak to American Morning on their mission.

Filed under: Counting Down Cady
April 12th, 2011
08:26 AM ET

Japan's nuke threat level rises to Chernobyl level

Japanese authorities provisionally declared the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident a level 7 event on the international scale for nuclear disasters, putting the current crisis on par with the 1986 disaster at Chernobyl. Michael Friedlander, a nuclear expert, and former senior operator at three power plants speaks to American Morning on the present situation and what another earthquake or tsunami could do.

Filed under: Japan
April 12th, 2011
02:54 AM ET

Should your child be able to bring lunch to school?

Say goodbye to brown bag lunches. In an effort to encourage healthy eating, The Little Village Academy in Chicago has banned lunches and snacks brought from home. Unless a student has a medical reason, he or she must eat the food served in the school cafeteria. The principal says the intention is to “protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.” So far, reactions from students and parents have been mixed.

Tell us what you think about this controversial school policy. Should your child be able to bring lunch to school?

Filed under: Controversy • Education • Food