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April 18th, 2011
01:59 PM ET

Perry's Principles: The burden of student loans

It's that time of year...when the college acceptance letters are in and those first tuition checks will soon be going out. As college costs continue to sky-rocket, a new report finds that student loan debt has now topped credit card debt for the first time.

CNN Education Correspondent and founder of Capital Prep Magnet School Steve Perry talks with CNN's Alina Cho about the huge burden of loans facing students.

Filed under: Perry's Principles
April 18th, 2011
09:13 AM ET

Robert MacNeil talks about 'Autism Now'

April is Autism Awareness Month and broadcast vet, Robert MacNeil tells the story of 'Autism Now' in a 6-part broadcast series beginning today and an online component where viewers can join the conversation. He speaks to CNN's American Morning on his personal experience with Autism and his spreading awareness.

Filed under: Health
April 18th, 2011
08:43 AM ET

Lowe's employee saved 100 people from tornado

A tornado was on its way to Sanford, a town about 40 miles southwest of Raleigh, North Carolina. Managers spotted it and moved 100 shoppers and employees to a safe area in the back of the store. The store was destroyed but no one was hurt. The assistant manager, Bobby Gibson and two shoppers, Gary and Kathy Hendricks speak to American Morning.

Filed under: U.S. • Weather
April 18th, 2011
08:25 AM ET

Bergen on Mortenson's 'Three Cups of Tea': 'This is totally false and he is lying. He was not kidnapped.'

(CNN) - Greg Mortenson, the high-profile advocate of girls' education in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been forced to defend his best-selling book "Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations ... One School at a Time," against charges that key stories in it are false.

Mortenson shot to international fame with the book, which describes his getting lost in an effort to climb K2, the world's second-highest peak, being rescued by Pakistani villagers in the village of Korphe and vowing to return there to build a school for local girls.

He also claims to have been captured by the Taliban and held for several days before being released.

Another best selling-author, however - Jon Krakauer of "Into Thin Air" fame - told a CBS "60 Minutes" investigation that aired Sunday that the story is not true.

"It's a beautiful story, and it's a lie," Krakauer tells the program. CNN's national security analyst, Peter Bergen, shares that belief on CNN's American Morning.

Filed under: Controversy
April 18th, 2011
08:11 AM ET

Small North Carolina county devastated by tornadoes

Powerful storms that have ripped across the Southeast killed more than 40 people over the past three days, according to the National Weather Service and reports from several states. Among the worst-hit places was Bertie County, North Carolina, where 11 people died. Zee Lamb, Bertie County Manager speaks to CNN's American Morning about the destruction.

Filed under: Weather