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July 21st, 2011
10:08 AM ET

Just eat it: Dealing with fish species who threaten the U.S. ecosystem by eating them

Two species of fish, the lion fish and the Asian carp, have invaded U.S. waters and are causing a great deal of environmental damage.

The Asian carp is threatening the ecosystems of rivers and lakes across the nation, while the lion fish is threatening to destroy reefs and decimate native fish populations in the southeast.

In an attempt to address these problems, Food and Water Watch, an organization that promotes safe, accessible and sustainable food, water and fish, has paired up with the James Beard Foundation to increase the culinary demand for the species by devising recipes using the fish.

Today on American Morning, Kerry Heffernan, Executive Chef at South Gate Restaurant in NYC, is cooking on set to show our viewers how to best prepare the fish. He is joined by Wenonah Hauter, the executive director for Food and Water Watch, who will be discussing the prevalence of invasive fish and explaining what the environmental consequences will be if the species continue to spread.

Filed under: Environment • Food
July 21st, 2011
10:03 AM ET

New breast cancer screening guidelines issued

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has issued an update on their breast screening guidelines in an effort to cut down on the number of deaths caused by breast cancer, especially in young women.

The primary change is a new recommendation that mammography screenings be offered to women annually beginning at age 40. The previous ACOG guidelines recommended that women have mammograms every one to two years, beginning at age 40, and then receive them every year, beginning at age 50.

Elizabeth Cohen, senior medical correspondent,  explains the significance of this change and the importance of breast cancer screenings on today's American Morning.

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Filed under: Cancer • Health
July 21st, 2011
09:55 AM ET

Walmart and Walgreens to bring fresh food to underserved communities

According to the USDA, close to 14 million people in the U.S. live in so-called "food deserts" where they don't have easy access to fresh fruit, vegetables or meats.

As a part of her "Let's Move" campaign, First Lady Michelle Obama is attempting to tackle this issue, announcing yesterday that Walmart, Walgreens, Supervalu (Save-a-Lot), and regional retailers are going to make healthy, affordable food available in under-served communities.

Walmart has pledged to open between 275 to 300 new stores in "food desert" areas and Walgreens has promised to sell fresh fruit and vegetables at one thousand of its stores.

Leslie Dach, executive vice president of corporate affairs at Walmart, and Gregory Wasson, president and CEO of Walgreens,  join Ali Velshi on American Morning today to talk about the endeavor and to discuss how they will make the initiative successful despite the poor economy.

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Filed under: Food • Health
July 21st, 2011
09:49 AM ET

Now that Atlantis has landed, what's next for NASA?

Atlantis landed safely back on Earth this morning at the Kennedy Space Center, capping NASA's 30-year space shuttle program.

It was a sentimental occasion for the four astronauts who flew the final mission and delivered more than 9,400 pounds of spare parts, equipment and other supplies to the International Space Station.

NASA launched the space shuttle program on April 12, 1981, and has since sent five shuttles on a total of 135 missions, bringing 355 people from 16 countries to space.

Today on American Morning, Leroy Chiao, a former astronaut who has flown on three shuttle missions, joins Ali Velshi and Kiran Chetry to talk about the success of the final mission and to discuss the future of NASA programs and private space travel.

Filed under: NASA • Shuttle
July 21st, 2011
05:45 AM ET

Question of the Day: What's your funniest hotel experience?

The international hotel chain Crowne Plaza is aiming to help its guests sleep more soundly by introducing "snore patrols" and "snore absorption rooms" at a number of its sites around the world.

In an attempt to combat noisy sleepers, "snore monitors" patrol the hallways in the designated quiet zones of Crowne Plaza hotels, listening for noise disruptions and knocking on the doors of guests who snore too loudly. "Snore absorption rooms" feature the latest in snore control technology, such as white noise machines and anti-snoring pillows.

Crowne Plaza hopes that these measures will make staying at their hotels a more enjoyable experience for guests.

American Morning wants to know: What's your funniest hotel experience?

Post your response here. Your answer could be included in this morning's broadcast.

Filed under: AM Asks