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May 30th, 2011
01:19 PM ET

Rob Marciano vs. Six Flags Over Georgia's Dare Devil Dive

CNN's own Rob Marciano is never one to shy away from a challenge. So when he had the chance to ride Six Flags Over Georgia's new "Dare Devil Dive" he was up for it.

With a vertical chain lift, 95-degree angle drop and the first "pause" introduced before a roller coaster drop, it was by no means a ride for the weak.

How did Rob fare? Watch the video to find out.

Filed under: AM Fun
May 30th, 2011
01:04 PM ET

Perry's Principles: Preview of "Education Makeover" special

When it comes to making sure our kids get a good education, many parents might feel like it's a full-time job.

CNN Education contributor Steve Perry spent time with a family whose 14-year-old son was in danger of failing the 9th grade. He recounts his experience in a CNN special called "Education Makeover with Principal Steve Perry" which airs Saturday, June 4th at 2:30pm Eastern time.

Perry joins American Morning this morning to talk with Alina Cho about the series.

May 30th, 2011
12:14 PM ET

NFL contingent climbs Mount Kilimanjaro with Wounded Warriors

At nearly 20,000 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. On American Morning this morning, former NFL star Chad Lewis and Nancy Schiliro from the Wounded Warrior Project  join Christine Romans and Alina Cho to discuss their incredible climb to the top of Africa's tallest peak.

The pair climbed with a group of wounded U.S. soliders and former NFL players to raise money and awareness for wounded service members.

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Filed under: Football • Memorial Day • U.S. Troops
May 30th, 2011
10:40 AM ET

Tributes to Vietnam Veterans: The items left behind at the memorial

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of the most visited and moving sites in Washington, D.C. Since it was built and dedicated, people have been leaving behind personal letters and mementos for fallen soldiers - items that are gathered at the end of each day and placed in a storage facility.

On American Morning this morning, Jan Scruggs, the founder and President of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the man who conceived the idea to build the memorial, joins Christine Romans and Alina Cho from a storage facility where all these artifacts are being stored.

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Filed under: Memorial Day • Military
May 30th, 2011
09:59 AM ET

Mullen: U.S. and Pakistan have 'a vital relationship'

This morning, President Barack Obama is expected to name a replacement for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, who is retiring at the end of the summer.

Adm. Mullen has also just returned from a trip to Pakistan, where he and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the relationship that has been strained since the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound.

Admiral Mullen joins American Morning live this morning with Christine Romans and Alina Cho to explain why this relationship with Pakistan is so important, and to share his Memorial Day message with the troops.

Filed under: Memorial Day • Military
May 30th, 2011
07:26 AM ET

Should women be fighting on the front lines in combat? A female Marine shares her experience

There are more than 200,000 women serving in the U.S. military around the world. While the U.S. still officially bans women from combat, many are still fighting and dying on the front lines.

In her book Hesitation Kills: A Female Marine Officer's Combat Experiences in Iraq Jane Blair reveals what it's like to be a female soldier experiencing combat first-hand. How did she deal with male superior officers? What type of prejudices did she encounter from male soldiers? How did she connect with the Iraqi civilians who saw her as "the enemy?"

Jane joins Alina Cho and Christine Romans on American Morning this morning to talk about her new book and share her experience fighting on the front lines.

Filed under: Memorial Day • Military
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