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September 28th, 2011
09:38 AM ET

Actor Taye Diggs discusses new children's book 'Chocolate Me!'

Actor Taye Diggs, best known for his work on Broadway and for starring in ABC's "Private Practice," has written a new children's book called "Chocolate Me!"

The book tells the story of a black child who is teased for looking different, but eventually learns to embrace what sets him apart from his predominatly white neighbors with the help of his mother. Diggs, who worked on the book with his cousin Shane Evans, wrote it with the goal of helping kids accept their skin color.

Diggs sits down with Carol Costello and Ali Velshi today on American Morning to talk about the book and what inspired him to write it, and what we can expect from the new season of his hit show, which premieres this Thursday.

Filed under: Books • Race
September 28th, 2011
09:26 AM ET

Political panel: Is there any chance that Chris Christie will enter the presidential race?

Last night, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivered a speech entitled "Real American Exceptionalism" at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, putting more spotlight on the continued push for him to enter the presidential race.

The speech sounded like one that would be given by a presidential candidate, but after the speech Christie said not once, but twice, that he was not planning on running.

Today on American Morning, CNN contributor and senior political columnist at Newsweek/Daily Beast John Avlon and Politico's Maggie Haberman sit down with Ali Velshi to weigh in on why there is so much support for Christie to run and to discuss if he would stand a chance against Obama.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Politics
September 28th, 2011
09:23 AM ET

Students arrested for paying undergrad to take S.A.T. for them – district attorney in the case explains

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced Tuesday that seven students have been arrested, all current or former Great Neck North High School students, for their roles in an SAT cheating ring in which they paid a college student thousands of dollars to impersonate them and take the test.

The investigation into the cheating ring began after teachers heard rumors about the students paying a third party to take the test for them. Now the case is being investigated at Great Neck High School and other schools in the area to find out just how widespread this scam may be.

Katheleen Rice, who is leading the investigation, talks to Carol Costello on American Morning today about how the students were caught and how they were able to pull off the scam.

Filed under: Education • Law
September 28th, 2011
09:17 AM ET

Callan: 'Good Samaritan' defense could be key in Conrad Murray trial

The trial against Dr. Conrad Murray began yesterday and the defense wasted no time, laying out a theory that singer Michael Jackson – in a desperate attempt to sleep – downed a lethal dose of Propofol. 

The prosecution on the other hand, played a disturbing audio tape for the jury of Michael slurring his words and almsot inaudible. The chilling tape, which is said to be recorded by Conrad Murray, had to be played twice in the courtroom so the jury could try and understand what was being said.

Paul Callan discusses the first day of the trial with American Morning, and how he believes a 'Good Samaritan' argument could be the key to Murray's defense.

Filed under: Justice
September 28th, 2011
08:02 AM ET

John Avlon: Politics as ideological blood sport

Check out this column on about “broken government,” written by John Avlon, CNN contributor and senior political columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

Filed under: Opinion • Politics
September 28th, 2011
07:56 AM ET

Apple and Amazon to make big announcements on new products – Mario Armstrong on what to expect

Apple and Amazon both expected to make big announcements within the coming weeks.

On Wednesday morning, Amazon is expected to announce its building its own Android-based tablet, which has been an open secret for months. Many say it will give the Apple iPad a run for its money. But Amazon has a strong fan base with its Kindle, and it could become a top competitor in the industry. Tech experts anticipate it's likely to be available for purchase soon.

In addition, Apple confirmed on Tuesday that it will hold a press event on Oct. 4 at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters. Expected to be the star attraction: The long-awaited iPhone 5. With rumors of a bigger camera, longer battery life, faster processor, maybe even a larger screen, all questions will be answered next week.

Mario Armstrong, host of Siriux XM's "Mario Armstrong's Digital Spin, talks to American Morning about the upcoming announcements and what to expect from these new gadgets.

Filed under: American Morning • Technology
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