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September 7th, 2011
12:10 PM ET

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September 7th, 2011
12:05 PM ET

'Terror in the dust:' Toxins from Twin Towers believed to be killing first responders

Nearly three thousand people died on September 11th when the Twin Towers came crumbling to the ground, although many New Yorkers believe that this figure needs to be adjusted higher due to what they call the "terror in the dust."

A decade after the disaster, many believe that the toxins contained in the dust that blanketed the Ground Zero site are still killing 9/11 first responders.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta brings a sample of this dust to American Morning today and explains what is in the substance that could make people sick.

Filed under: Health
September 7th, 2011
12:03 PM ET

What would it take to get small businesses to hire? Two job creators explain

According to the U.S. Treasury, small businesses create sixty percent of the jobs in America and employ about half of the country's workforce. With economic and job growth at a relative standstill, many small business owners are eagerly anticipating President Obama's jobs speech on Thursday.

Patty Briguglio and Christopher Zane, small business owners, are both invested in the  potential measures the president could announce this week. Briguglio is the president of MMI Public Relations and Zane is the founder of Zane's Cycles, one of the largest retail bicycle stores in the nation.

Both Briguglio and Zane join Alina Cho on American Today to discuss what they want to hear from President Obama and to explain what it will take to get them to hire.

Filed under: Economy • Jobs
September 7th, 2011
11:58 AM ET

US Postmaster General: Postal service needs 'radical change'

The U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe testified at a Senate hearing yesterday, telling Congress that the Postal Service is likely to default on its financial obligations and could face insolvency by this time next year unless lawmakers grant dramatic financial reforms.

Donahoe asked lawmakers to allow him to make "radical" changes to the Post Office operations in an attempt to balance its books, floating ideas such as eliminating Saturday delivery, closing 3,700 Post office locations, and laying off 120,000 workers.

The Obama administration responded to Donahoe's testimony by saying that it will try to prevent the Postal Service from defaulting by proposing to give it an extra three months to make its $5.5 billion payment for retirees' future health coverage.

Postmaster General Donahoe talks with Ali Velshi today on American Morning to explain the problems that the Post Office is facing and to discuss potential solutions.

Filed under: Postal Service
September 7th, 2011
11:50 AM ET

Amazing surgery saves grandmother's hand

Last week, Patricia Marvin, a 63-year-old grandmother from Ohio, accidentally severed her hand while using a power saw to build part of a deck. Although it was a horrifying experience, Marvin went into surgery to reattach her hand and her story actually has a very happy ending.

This morning, Dr. Sanjay Gupta shares Marvin's remarkable story on American Morning and gives the latest updates on Marvin's condition.

Filed under: Dr. Sanjay Gupta • Health
September 7th, 2011
11:41 AM ET

Starbucks CEO Schultz: 'Enough is enough' in Washington

Howard Schultz may know how to brew a great cup of coffee, but lately the Starbucks Coffee CEO is more concerned about waking up our elected officials in Washington.

And he's calling on fellow leaders of industry to hit those politicians where it hurts - in the wallet.

Schultz talks live with Ali Velshi on American Morning this morning to explain why he thinks asking Americans to tell their lawmakers to work together is the key to getting the U.S. out of this economic slump.

Filed under: Economy • Politics
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