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November 2nd, 2011
01:52 PM ET

Molly Katchpole on her role in influencing Bank of America to abandon debit card fees

After widespread customer complaints, Bank of America announced yesterday that they are dropping its planned $5 debit card usage fee. Other banks, including Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase, have also scrapped their plans to charge fees on debit card transactions.

Activist Molly Katchpole, who started grassroots campaign against the fee, was one of the forces that influenced Bank of America's policy reversal. Three weeks ago, Katchpole canceled her savings and checking accounts with Bank of America and started an online petition against the fee that has garnered  over 300,000 signatures.

Today on American Morning, Katchpole sits down with Carol Costello to discuss the role she played in influencing Bank of America to abandon the proposed fees.

Filed under: Bank of America
November 2nd, 2011
01:45 PM ET

What legal issues are preventing one of Cain's accusers from speaking out?

One of the women who accused GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment wants to tell her side of the story but is barred by a confidentiality agreement.

Her lawyer, Joel P. Bennett, has called on the National Restaurant Association, where her and Cain worked in the late 1990s, to release the woman from her agreement not to discuss the allegations.

Paul Callan, CNN legal contributor, weighs in on the controversy and explains how likely it is that the agreement will be waived on American Morning today.

Filed under: Herman Cain • Politics
November 2nd, 2011
01:43 PM ET

Study: Alcohol consumption may increase breast cancer risk

According to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, as few as three to six glasses of wine a week increased the chance for women to develop breast cancer.

The research found that the risk of cancer rose with the amount of alcohol consumed, with the best measure of risk being a woman's cumulative lifetime alcohol consumption.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent, joins American Morning today to explain the study and what it means for women's health.

Filed under: Health
November 2nd, 2011
01:40 PM ET

Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger weighs in on dramatic airplane landing in Poland

A LOT Polish Airlines flight from Newark, New Jersey, made a dramatic emergency landing at Warsaw's International airport yesterday after problems with its landing gear forced the Boeing 767 to land on its belly.

Video footage from the scene showed the plane coming in to land without its wheels down and skidding along the tarmac to a halt. Emergency vehicles raced toward the aircraft and appeared to hose it down as passengers disembarked.  Remarkably, all 231 passengers on the flight were safe and uninjured.

On American Morning today, Carol Costello talks with Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, CBS News aviation and safety expert, about the dramatic landing and how pilots prepare for these types of situations.

Filed under: Airline safety
November 2nd, 2011
07:42 AM ET

Talk Back: Are the Cain allegations 'high-tech lynching' or fair game?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

Herman Cain is in trouble, and his troubled waters could get deeper. One of the two women who accused Cain of sexual harassment back in the nineties now wants to tell her side of the story.

However, Cain's supporters already have a battle plan that the presidential hopeful seems to be embracing. Ann Coulter called the criticism of Cain a "high-tech lynching," remarking that "there's nothing liberals fear more than a black conservative."

In an interview with Fox News yesterday, Cain himself said that racism is involved in why he has been hit so hard by the sexual harassment charge. This is surprising, considering that he told  Candy Crowley that he "doesn't believe that racism in this country holds anybody back in a big way" on CNN's State of the Union.

Talk Back: Are the Cain allegations high-tech lynching or fair game?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on this morning's broadcast.

Filed under: AM Talk Back
November 2nd, 2011
05:36 AM ET

Talk Back: Could the Occupy movement take a cue from Bank of America crusader Molly Katchpole?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

Three weeks ago, activist Molly Katchpole organized an online petition, which has gathered over 300,000 signatures, telling Bank of America to reverse their decision to charge its customers $5 a month to use their debit cards.

Katchpole's efforts to shame the bank into eliminating the fee proved successful yesterday when Bank of America announced that they were abandoning the fee. By strategizing and executing a specific plan, Katchpole evoked change in less than a month from one of the largest banks in the nation.

When it comes to Occupy Wall Street, another movement concerned with the activity of big banks, many have criticized the occupiers for not having a single mission statement or one way to protest.

Talk Back: Could the Occupy movement take a cue from Bank of America crusader Molly Katchpole?

Let us know what you think. Your response may be read on this morning's broadcast.

Filed under: AM Talk Back