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October 4th, 2011
11:27 AM ET

Duff McKagan on going from Guns 'n Roses bassist to financial adviser

Duff McKagan, former bass player and founding member of Guns N' Roses, has written a memoir called "It's So Easy (and other lies)" all about how he's changed his life since being in the band. He's cleaned himself up, gone back to school, and has now become a financial planner for musicians and athletes through his company Meridian Rock Capital Management.

McKagan talks about his book with Christine Romans and Ali Velshi and explains how he took this unlikely road in his life.

Filed under: AM Fun • Finances
October 4th, 2011
11:05 AM ET

Study: Pregnant women eating healthy diet more likely to have kids with fewer birth defects

Eating healthy makes sense on so many levels, and now it could be a simple way for expectant moms to battle birth defects. A new study says mothers with quality diets have fewer problems.

This morning on American Morning, senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen explains.

Filed under: Diet • Health
October 4th, 2011
10:49 AM ET

Does our country have "trouble with men"?

Women are succeeding more in their work life and getting married later, but this isn't a good thing for men. Bill Bennett says that men thrive off marriage, doing better in work and often behave better. In his new book "The Book of Man," Bill Bennett uses stories, essays, historical vignettes and contemporary profiles to explore what it means to be a man.

He says that the messages that our country sends men are confusing and the unified message if what a man should be has been broken up. Bennett explains to Christine Romans on why he says America has "trouble with men"

Filed under: Politics
October 4th, 2011
10:38 AM ET

Does a candidate's spouse hold all the power in political decisions?

The Chris Christie watch continues this morning. The New Jersey governor has called a 1pm ET press conference today to announce whether he intends to run for president in 2012. Some reports say the most important voice in making the decision was his wife, Pat.

This also comes on the heels of reports that Ann Romney is heading to Iowa today for three days to support her husband, and Gov. Rick Perry's wife Anita has reportedly set up an office in Iowa to help out.

Michelle Obama has long been dubbed Obama's "secret weapon" on the campaign trail.

So how important is a candidate's spouse to a campaign?

This morning, Christine Romans talks with Ann Gerhart author of the book "The Perfect Wife" who recently wrote a front page article for The Washington Post about the importance of the spouse to a presidential candidate. Gerhart explains why the guidance of a spouse could make or break a campaign.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP
October 4th, 2011
10:26 AM ET

Family and friends eager to welcome Amanda Knox home after she is cleared of charges

Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were freed on Monday after four years in prison when an Italian appeals court cleared them of the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

Amanda is on her way home to Seattle, Washington today. She says the first thing she wants to do is lay down in a grassy field.

Tom Wright, a friend of the Knox family and founder of "Friends of Amanda Knox" talks about what it was like to hear the verdict yesterday.

Filed under: Amanda Knox • Justice
October 4th, 2011
07:51 AM ET

AM Minding Your Business for Oct. 4, 2011

This morning on American Morning, Christine Romans reports on the morning business news headlines.

Today we're watching:

* U.S. stock futures are down this morning after another sell off overseas on worries that Europe's debt crisis is deepening.
* Despite the ongoing debt crisis in Europe, a majority of economists tell CNNMoney that the Euro will survive as a currency.
* Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will most likely be defending the central bank's latest short-term stimulus to boost the economy when he testifies before Congress this morning. Bernanke will also offer up his outlook for the economy.
* A government watchdog reporting that Fannie Mae reportedly knew about allegations of improper foreclosure practices as early as 2003. Fannie mae has not returned cnn's calls for comment.
* Today Apple pulls back the curtain and is expected to reveal its latest iPhone. And among the rumored bells and whistles: A bigger screen, a faster processor, a better camera and a fancy voice-control system.
* The minimum wage rates in eight states are set to increase in the next year. Colorado, Montana, Ohio, Washington and Oregon all announced their increases already. The bumps range from 28 to 37 cents. Arizona, Florida and Vermont will announce new rates in the next few weeks

Tune in to American Morning at 6am Eastern every day for the latest in business news.

Filed under: Minding Your Business
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