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August 5th, 2011
07:36 PM ET

CNN Heroes: A helping hand for young breast cancer patients

Bellevue, Washington (CNN) - Just a year before turning 40, Judy Haley was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer that required an immediate mastectomy.

The procedure and the treatments that followed left her fatigued, nauseated and in so much pain that she couldn't pick up her 1-year-old daughter or do simple household chores. She also struggled with depression because she needed constant child-care assistance.

"It's really hard to ask for help," Haley recalled. "You want to be competent and independent. ... And then, all of a sudden, you have to acknowledge the fact that you can't take care of your daughter all by yourself."

Haley and her husband were both full-time students, so there were also financial concerns. The couple cashed in their retirement to deal with the crush of medical bills.

"I was really bottoming out emotionally," Haley said.

That's when a friend recommended that she reach out to the Pink Daisy Project, a nonprofit that provides support to breast cancer patients under 45.
Since 2008, the Pink Daisy Project has helped more than 150 women - mostly in the form of house-cleaning assistance and gift cards for gas, groceries and restaurants. But according to Haley, it's so much more.

Read more about Haley here.

Filed under: CNN Heroes
August 5th, 2011
02:55 PM ET

A Soldier's Story: Soldiers prepare for life after war

Concluding our series looking at the lives of soldier's in Afghanistan, CNN's Jason Carroll takes a look at the challenges soldiers expect to find while adjusting to life on the homefront.

Filed under: A Soldier's Story
August 5th, 2011
11:12 AM ET

Secrets of the FBI revealed in new book

From movie stars to the country's most wanted criminals. We're getting a new look at some of the FBI's most closely guarded secrets. Why has the U.S. not suffered another attack since 9/11? Who went to visit Marilyn Monroe right before her death? What really happened in the days leading up to the death of Vincent Foster, the deputy White House Counsel during the Clinton Administration?

The answer to those questions are all being revealed in Ronald Kessler's new book "The Secrets of the FBI." Kessler talks with Carol Costello this morning on American Morning and takes viewers behind the closed doors of the FBI's mysterious training centers and labs.

Filed under: Books
August 5th, 2011
09:33 AM ET

CNN/ORC Poll: 84% of Americans are not pleased with how lawmakers are handling their job – how could it affect 2012 prospects?

We were going to talk about the game of politics this morning, but it's clear Americans are tired of that and frustrated at the current political climate.

How frustrated are you?

A recent New York Times poll found that 82% of Americans now disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job. That's the highest disapproval rate since the paper started asking the question in 1977.

A similar CNNORC Poll found 84% of Americans are not pleased with how lawmakers are handling their job.

With Congress' disapproval ratings are at historic highs, what are the political implications of Americans' dissatisfaction with lawmakers? CNN Contributor John Avlon and CNN Senior Political Analyst Ron Brownstein discuss the winners and losers in this political climate.

Filed under: 2012 • Politics
August 5th, 2011
08:54 AM ET

Hacking of major corporations, organizations possibly linked to China – is a 'Code War' far behind?

According to the CIA, the second biggest threat facing the U.S. today is computer hacking, with number one being a nuclear attack. Cyber warfare has become an enormous problem, with hackers targeting our satellite systems ans sensitive defense sites.

According to a report released by computer security firm McAfee, a wide-reaching hacking scheme known as "Operation Shady RAT" has possible roots in China. Among those affected: 36 corporations, 12 non-profits, 15 U.S. government agencies and 12 U.S. defense contractors were victims of the cyber attacks, according to McAfee.

On American Morning this morning, Colonel Cedric Leighton, Military Intelligence Expert and Founder Cedric Leighton Associates, and Duncan B. Hollis, Professor of Law at Temple University School of Law, explain why the threat may be coming from overseas, what information the hackers may be seeking and how we can protect ourselves from an attack.

Filed under: Hacking • Security • Technology
August 5th, 2011
08:33 AM ET

July Jobs: Unemployment rate falls slightly to 9.1%, U.S. economy adds 117,000 jobs

The U.S. economy added 117,000 jobs in July, the government reports. The unemployment rate fell to 9.1%.

Though the number are better than expected, will it be enough to ease investor fears?

ON AM this morning: Ali Velshi and Christine Romans break down the numbers with Tig Gilliam, CEO, Adecco Group North America. We'll update this post with the interview once it's ready.

Filed under: Economy • Jobs
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