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November 4th, 2011
12:34 PM ET

Is your child suffering unnecessary pain? Elizabeth Cohen explains

When your child breaks a bone or needs surgery, they could end up suffering with pain more than they have to.

A new study finds that kids are still in pain even months after some medical procedures.

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains what a parent can do to ease a child's pain, and how to tell when a child is in pain.

Filed under: Health • Kids
November 4th, 2011
12:23 PM ET

Jury deliberations begin in Conrad Murray Trial

The jury in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor begins deliberating Dr. Conrad Murray's late Friday morning. This comes after some emotional closing arguments were delivered Thursday.

Prosecutor David Walgren maintained that the evidence against Murray is "overwhelming" and "abundantly clear." Walgren reminded jurors that this trial isn't just about Michael Jackson – but about his children who will now grow up without a father. The defense argued that the trial was not a "reality show."

CNN legal analyst Paul Callan explains to Carol Costello why he believes the jury will reach a verdict quickly – and why Dr. Murray could be convicted.

Filed under: Crime
November 4th, 2011
12:21 PM ET

Report says women have more education, but why are they still being paid less than men?

A new government report shows that women have made major strides in education; women are now more likely to graduate from high school and go to college than men. But those gains in education have yet to result in equal pay. Women still only earn 86 cents for every dollar a man makes.

Christine Romans sits down with Nicole Mason, the executive director of the Women of Color Policy Network at NYU, to find out why women are still being shortchanged – and what they can do to fight back.

Filed under: Gender
November 4th, 2011
12:18 PM ET

Will the sexual harasment scandal sink Herman Cain's presidential campaign?

Herman Cain continues to deny ever having committed sexual harassment. But the allegations against him just won't go away. One of Cain's accusers may release a statement today through her lawyer attempting to get the National Restaurant Association to waive a confidentiality agreement. The controversy, interestingly enough, has been good for Cain's fundraising. The GOP frontrunner for president took in more than $1 million this week alone.

Carol Costello speaks with Eric Erickson, editor-in-chief of, and Robert Traynham, a former Republican adviser, to discuss if this sexual harassment scandal will bring down Herman Cain's campaign in the long run.

Filed under: Politics
November 4th, 2011
12:05 PM ET

Unemployment eases to 9% – is this a sign the U.S. economy won't slip back into recession?

The American economy added 80,000 jobs in October, and the unemployment rate eased to 9%, the Labor Department reported Friday.  That's a disappointing number, considering it typically takes at least 150,000 jobs added each month just to keep up with population growth. Meanwhile, the lingering Greek debt crisis continues to generate uncertainty, thereby threatening the global economy.

Christine Romans speaks with Ian Bremmer, president and founder of the Eurasia Group, and Jay Powell, visiting scholar at the Bipartisan Policy Center, to discuss the future of the economic recovery – and whether there's any chance the U.S. could slip back into a recession.

Filed under: Economy
November 4th, 2011
08:38 AM ET

AM Minding Your Business for Nov. 4, 2011

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

Today we're watching:

* As of this writing, U.S. futures are trading slightly lower ahead of the opening bell. The U.S. markets saw solid gains yesterday after Greece decided to scrap the vote on a critical bailout fund.
* Groupon is upping the price for its IPO. How much? 20 dollars per share, valuing the online coupon company at $13 billion.
* The FTC is settling it's two-year-old case against the makers of "Hoodia" weight loss products, costing two companies $27 million dollars.
* If you're fed up with fees, you can vent your frustration tomorrow. It's being called 'bank transfer day.' A Facebook group encouraging people to ditch the big banks. A new survey says more than 650,000 people have switched to credit unions since Bank of America announced its new debit card fee.
* Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And a trade group says it's looking like there are going to be 37,000 fewer fliers per day around the holiday this year.

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

Filed under: Minding Your Business