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October 24th, 2011
02:05 PM ET

New study links BPA exposure in pregnancy and behavior problems in young girls

BPA is a chemical that is found in everything from water bottles to cans of peas. Now researchers believe that the chemical could be causing behavioral problems in young girls. 

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics found that girl toddlers exposed to BPA before they were born exhibited worse behavior at age three than those that didn't.

Ali Velshi and Alina Cho talk this morning with CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen to discuss the study's findings, and get some tips for how pregnant mothers can protect their children from BPA.

Filed under: Health
October 24th, 2011
02:02 PM ET

Airline doubted flying ability of pilot involved in 2009 Buffalo crash

New questions are emerging about whether the pilot behind the controls in a deadly 2009 crash near Buffalo, NY could handle the plane he was flying. Lawyers for the victims' families have released emails from Colgan Air that they say are the "smoking gun" – proof that the airline had doubts about this pilot's ability.

On American Morning today, Alina Cho speaks with Hugh Russ, an attorney representing five families of victims to the crash, to discuss these emails and what they mean for the future of this case.

Filed under: Airline safety • Airlines
October 24th, 2011
01:48 PM ET

Living history in the Arab world – Jane Harman on witnessing elections in Tunisia and the future of Libya

Over the course of the last few days, a sea change has swept over the Arab world. In Tunisia, voters turned out in droves for a democratic national election; a whopping 90% of registered voters went to the polls. And next door in Libya, new leaders declared the country liberated from the iron-fisted rule of Moammar Gadhafi – and the start of the nation's transition to democracy.

This morning on American Morning, Ali Velshi speaks with Jane Harman, the CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Center, live from Tunis to discuss the future of a democratic Middle East.

Filed under: Middle East
October 24th, 2011
01:30 PM ET

Hertz drivers fired for not clocking out during breaks – Local Teamsters rep explains

Hertz, the international car rental service, fired more than two dozen Muslim workers after they refused to clock out for daily breaks, during which they usually pray. Hertz says its a policy that promotes fairness. The Muslim drivers, however, claim that this policy violates their religious freedoms.

This morning on American Morning, Alina Cho talks with Tracey Thompson, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 117, to discuss the workers' complaints with Hertz – and the next steps they plan to take against the car rental company.

Filed under: Auto makers • Religion
October 24th, 2011
01:11 PM ET

Why GOP presidential candidates are jumping on Herman Cain

Herman Cain is seen as a likable figure by many voters. But lately, the other 2012 Republican presidential candidates are coming after Cain...hard. Specifically, he's been called a "flip flopper" on abortion – a key issue for social conservatives.

This morning on American Morning, Ali Velshi talks with Nia-Malika Henderson, a National Political Reporter for The Washington Post and Maggie Haberman, Senior Political Reporter for POLITICO, to discuss whether the new heat on Cain could threaten his frontrunner status.

Filed under: 2012 • Politics