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May 6th, 2011
11:53 AM ET

Thousands threatened by rising floodwaters in Tennessee

"Mud Island" sits in the middle of the Mississippi River and Wolf River, with flooding threatening to get worse, residents are worried. CNN's American Morning speaks with syndicated talk show host and resident of "Mud Island" Ben Ferguson about the situation.

Filed under: Weather
May 6th, 2011
11:25 AM ET

The pivotal role of military service dogs

Luis Carlos Montalvan, former U.S. Army Captain and author of, "Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him" speaks with CNN's American Morning about how essential military dogs are on the battleground and off. Tuesday even shows us exactly how.

Filed under: Animals • Military
May 6th, 2011
11:01 AM ET

Fmr. Deputy Asst. Secy. of Defense: 'We're safer today, especially with Osama bin Laden silenced, but we're not safe '

What's the next front in fighting terrorism around the world? Where does our focus shift now? How can we effectively work with Pakistan after Bin Laden was discovered there and not in Pakistan? Will it sour U.S.-Pakistani ties? New information gathered from Osama bin Laden's compound show that just months ago Al Qaeda was planning "aspirational" attacks on rail lines to coincide with ten year anniversary of 9-11. Should we work in Pakistan in light of Osama bin Laden's death? CNN’s Kiran Chetry speaks to Peter Brookes, former deputy assistant secretary of Defense and senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, about Pakistan and future Al Qaeda terror plots on the United States.

Filed under: Terrorism
May 6th, 2011
05:52 AM ET says mom is worth $61,436/year, do you agree?

Celebrating mom this Sunday on Mother's Day? Flowers and cards can never quite repay mom for all she's done, but have you ever thought about how much she's really worth? One website is putting a dollar amount on mom this year with its "Mother's Day Index."

The site,, says the value of the tasks mom performs for her family, not including her job, is $61,436/year. That amount is based on what a professional might charge for these tasks: cooking, cleaning, driving, childcare, helping with homework, nursing wounds, planning parties, summer activity planner, haircuts, shopping, family finances, yard work, fixing up the house, and finding out what the kids are up to.

AM ask for your thoughts on the value of all mom does for the family. How much is your mom worth?

Filed under: AM Asks