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November 30th, 2011
10:12 AM ET

'Star Trek' actress Nichelle Nichols talks about show's 45th anniversary and new special 'Trek Nation'

"Star Trek" fans are waiting anxiously for a new documentary to premier tonight on the Science Channel called "Trek Nation."

It's the story of show creator Gene Roddenberry's son, Rod, as he tries to understand who his father was and the impact Star Trek has had on fans.

This morning on American Morning, Carol and Christine talk with Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura on the original "Star Trek" series and was interviewed as part of the documentary. She talked about the show's 45th anniversary and the legacy of the show.

Producers had so much material from putting together "Trek Nation that they're publishing a web series with all the extra interviews and cool material that didn't make it into the final show. You can check the videos out on TrekNation's Youtube page here.

Filed under: AM Fun
November 30th, 2011
10:02 AM ET

Reagan shooter John Hinckley seeks freedom – Paul Callan weighs in

The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan is seeking his freedom. Attorneys for John Hinckley will appear in court today.

Hinckley shot President Reagan six times on March 30th, 1981. He nearly died after one bullet landed just an inch from his heart.
Three others were injured in that shooting – including White House Press Secretary James Brady.

Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity. You may remember that he planned to kill Reagan in order to impress actress Jodie Foster. But Hinckley's doctors now say his mental problems are in remission.

This morning on American Morning, CNN legal analyst Paul Callan explains whether his request to live outside a mental facility could be granted.

Filed under: Law
November 30th, 2011
09:47 AM ET

Is the Herman Cain train leaving the station? Leslie Sanchez and Ruben Navarette on the campaign's future

GOP candidate Herman Cain is "reassessing" whether to continue his 2012 presidential run.

His campaign has been rocked by a new sex scandal. Ginger White, an Atlanta woman, claims she had a 13-year-long affair with Cain. He denies it.

So will he stay or will he go?

This morning on American Morning, Carol Costello talks with Republican analyst Leslie Sanchez and CNN contributor Ruben Navarette on where Cain's campaign goes from here.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP
November 30th, 2011
09:29 AM ET

The race is on to save Europe – Ken Rogoff explains the global consequences if debt problems aren't fixed

This morning, world banks are now taking steps to support the global financial system as leaders work to come up with a big and bold plan to fix Europe's growing debt problems.

The whole world needs European leaders to get this right, because if the Eurozone fails, there could be dire global consequences.

According to some analysts, if the Eurozone fails: bank lending around the world could freeze; companies won't be able to borrow, pay bills, or hire; stock markets could crash; U.S. exports could collapse.

Many of those analysts also say this could be much worse than the financial crisis in 2008.

Today on American Morning, Harvard University economics professor Kenneth Rogoff explains what has to happen to fix Europe's debt problems, and whether a global economic crisis can be avoided.

Filed under: Debt • Europe
November 30th, 2011
08:17 AM ET

AM Minding Your Business for Nov. 30, 2011

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

This morning, we're watching:

* The top 6 largest banks in America - JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo - were all downgraded by ratings agency Standard and Poor's late last night. S&P says the new ratings are based on a new evaluation of the banks' strengths and weaknesses.
* Right now, U.S. stock futures are surging. We're just reporting now that world banks are now taking steps to support the global financial system. More news throughout the day.
* The Federal Reserve officials are warning the global economy is still facing critical challenges like Europe's debt crisis and America's housing market.
* The Federal Communications Commission is slamming AT&T, saying it presented flawed information about its proposed merger with T-Mobile.
* Facebook is settling with the feds over allegations it failed to protect members' private information. The social network has agreed to go through a privacy audit every two years for the next 20 years.
* You could soon own a piece of the Empire State Building. The folks that own the New York City landmark have reportedly filed papers to create a publicly traded company that would allow people to invest in the world famous skyscraper and other new york properties.

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

Filed under: Minding Your Business
November 29th, 2011
09:43 AM ET

Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Dr. Bill Frist team up to fight childhood obesity

With one in three American children obese or overweight, doctors are declaring childhood obesity a national health epidemic. The problem has gotten so severe that for the first time in our country's history, children will live shorter lives than their parents did.

Today on American Morning, Carol Costello talks with New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker and former Senate Majority Leader Dr. Bill Frist to discuss how they're teaming up to fight this urgent problem. If we don't do something to curb the childhood obesity epidemic, "we could face the greatest health challenge in a generation," Booker says.

Filed under: Childhood obesity • Health
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