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June 20th, 2011
11:35 AM ET

In Depth: The CNN Freedom Project

Of the estimated 10 to 30 million slaves living throughout world today, the United Nations believes that over 43% are forced into commercial sexual exploitation.

This week's In-Depth series, "The CNN Freedom Project," highlights the growing efforts to stop the trade and exploitation of human beings.

Talking from personal experience, Rachel Lloyd, author of "Girls Like Us" and founder of GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services), joins Kiran Chetry and Carol Costello this morning to discuss the devastation of commercial sex exploitation and what American Morning viewers can do to help.

Filed under: In Depth
June 20th, 2011
10:42 AM ET

Perry's Principles: Are children receiving too much homework?

Fearing that high-stakes tests and competition are stressing children out, school districts across the country are re-evaluating the amount of homework given to students, cutting back on assignments and sometimes eliminating homework altogether.

What effect could this effort have on the academic future of America's youth? Steve Perry, CNN education contributor and founder of the Capital Prep. Magnet school in Hartford, CT, weighs the pros and cons of decreasing the amount of homework assigned to students around the country.

Filed under: Education • Perry's Principles
June 20th, 2011
10:32 AM ET

Food allergies: What can you do to keep your kids safe?

A new study by Pediatrics has found that nearly 6 million, or 8% of children, have food allergies. Of those kids, about 30% are allergic to multiple foods, and just under 40% have experienced severe symptoms like anaphylaxis, low blood pressure and trouble breathing.

CNN Senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen joins Carol Costello this morning to discuss what exactly is causing the allergy increase and to offer advice to concerned parents.

Filed under: Allergies • Health
June 20th, 2011
09:42 AM ET

Weekend politics: The GOP leadership conference & the Obama/Boehner golf summit

While President Obama and Speaker Boehner were teeing off this weekend, many 2012 GOP candidates and would-be candidates were attending the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

Hank Sheinkopf, veteran political consultant, and Republican strategist John McLaughlin offer insight into the details of these latest political maneuverings this morning on AM.

Filed under: Politics • Sports
June 20th, 2011
09:02 AM ET

Pint-sized dancer is latest YouTube sensation

Here's the video of the morning: One young boy is becoming quite the YouTube sensation for his dancing on the Kinect game system for Xbox.

He was caught on camera at a Microsoft store in Washington state, and as you can see, he's showing off some serious dance moves. Enjoy!

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Filed under: AM Fun
June 20th, 2011
08:59 AM ET

Major study shows child food allergies on the rise – one expert explains why

A national study of food allergies in the US, the largest of its kind, finds that more children have food allergies than previously reported.

The study, in the journal "Pediatrics," found that almost 6 million children have food allergies in the U.S., and 8% of children under the age of 18 experience allergies. Of those, 38.7% had a history of severe reactions, and 30.4% had multiple food allergies. The most common allergies were to peanuts (25.2%), milk (21.2%) and shellfish (17.2%).

Dr. Scott Sicherer, professor of Pediatrics at Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai Medical Center, joins Kiran Chetry and Carol Costello on American Morning to explain the increase in incidents of food allergies in children.

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Filed under: Allergies • Food
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