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September 23rd, 2011
08:06 PM ET

And the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2011 are ...

(CNN) - War widows, "motel kids" and the working poor are among the many people who have been helped by this year's top 10 CNN Heroes.

The top 10 - remarkable everyday people changing the world - were revealed Thursday by CNN's Anderson Cooper. All were nominated by CNN viewers inspired by their hard work and commitment.

Each of the top 10 will receive a $50,000 grant and be honored at "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute," a globally broadcast event that airs December 11 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

One of the top 10 will be voted CNN Hero of the Year by the public and receive an additional $250,000.

The live tribute show, hosted by Cooper at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, will culminate in the announcement of the CNN Hero of the Year.

Through December 7, people can vote for their favorite Hero at They can also vote from mobile devices.

This is the fifth year CNN has conducted its annual search for CNN Heroes. In those five years, the campaign has profiled more than 160 people on CNN and And there have been roughly 40,000 nominations received from more than 100 countries.

Click here to see the top 10 Heroes of 2011.

Filed under: CNN Heroes
September 23rd, 2011
10:48 AM ET

Palestine to ask the U.N. Security Council for membership today

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will address the United Nations today to ask the Security Council for membership. While President Obama is expected to veto the bid, French President Sarkozy is pushing a new time frame with slower negotiations to achieve Mid East peace within a year.

Just a year ago, Obama's speech to the United Nations included a call for a Palestine state and the U.S. supported the Arab Spring, so is the president's credibility in the Middle East at stake?

James Rubin, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, and Robin Wright, senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, talk to Christine Romans on American Morning today about Palestine's bid for statehood and America's strategy in the Middle East.

Filed under: Palestine • U.N.
September 23rd, 2011
10:44 AM ET

Bo Derek to lobby for rain forest conservation at the U.N.

It's opening week at the United Nations and actress Bo Derek is in New York for the UN General Assembly gathering to ask for international efforts to support a program led by Ecuador and the United Nations Development Programme to save Yasuni National Park, under which nearly one billion barrels of oil lie.

Derek hopes to raise $100 million dollars for the conservation effort by the end of year. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and President of Ecuador Rafael Correa will be co-hosting an event in support of Yasuni this evening at the UN, where a number of fund raising agreements are expected to be signed.

Today on American Morning, Derek explains the effort to Alina Cho and weighs in on whether or not she thinks that she will be able to convince world leaders to sign on to the cause.

Filed under: Conservation • Environment
September 23rd, 2011
10:33 AM ET

'Eat This, Not That!' author grades America's fast food restaurants

"Eat This, Not That! 2012" has given out new health grades to nearly sixty restaurants that it ranks from A to F based on the calorie, fat and sodium content of their menu.

This year, Subway received its first grade and the first ever "A" in "Eat This, Not That" history, and three restaurants received "F" grades, despite the fact that they all offer lighter fare menus.

David Zinczenko, author of the book and editor-in-chief for Men's Health, sits down with Alina Cho today on American Morning to reveal the top 10 best and worst restaurants.

Filed under: Health
September 23rd, 2011
09:53 AM ET

Political panel: Who came out on top after last night's GOP debate?

Presidential hopefuls Rick Perry and Mitt Romney squared off again at last night's GOP debate, sparring over issues like border control, health care and social security.

The two Republican front-runners spent a lot of time accusing each other of flip flopping, and fighting over what each had written in their own books.

With the event occurring two days after the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" took effect, social issues also took center stage at the debate.

Kiki McLean, Democratic strategist, and Susan Molinari, Republican analyst, discuss the debate on today's American Morning, weighing in on which of the candidates came out on top last night.

Filed under: GOP • Politics
September 23rd, 2011
08:58 AM ET

Minding Your Business for Sept. 23, 2011

Christine Romans reports the morning business news headlines in our daily segment "Minding Your Business" on CNN’s
American Morning.

Filed under: Minding Your Business
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