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November 8th, 2011
03:34 PM ET

Erin Brockovich talks environmental issues, new novel

Erin Brockovich's 1992 legal fight against Pacific Gas & Electric Co., a company that poisoned the water supply in Hinckley, California, was brought to the world's attention through the film that tells her story and shares her name.

Since then, Brockovich has continued to campaign for the environment, and she now owns her own consulting firm. Brockovich has recently written a fictional thrilled about nuclear energy entitled "Hot Water."

Carol Costello sits down with Brockovich on American Morning today to discuss the environmental issues that the world is facing today and to weigh in on how well politicians are tackling the problems.

Filed under: Environment
November 8th, 2011
03:33 PM ET

After guilty verdict, what's next for Conrad Murray? Paul Callan weighs in

After about nine hours of jury deliberation, Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter yesterday for the death of Michael Jackson. Murray will now begin his life as an inmate in the section of the Los Angeles County jail where high profile prisoners are kept.

Murray's defense team has vowed to appeal his involuntary manslaughter conviction, but first they must prepare for Murray's sentencing and attempt to limit the amount of time that their client spends in jail.

Today on American Morning, Paul Callan, CNN legal contributor, weighs in on how long Murray may spend behind bars and explains whether or not he will ever be able to practice medicine in the United States again.

Filed under: Dr. Conrad Murray • Michael Jackson
November 8th, 2011
03:31 PM ET

The value of a college degree: Is it worth the price? Ali Velshi and Christine Romans look at the numbers

With the job market changing dramatically over the last 50 years, is a college degree worth the price?

Ali Velshi and Christine Romans have authored a new book called "How to Speak Money" and in this video, they explain how the more education you have, the less likely you are to be unemployed.

Filed under: Education • Money
November 8th, 2011
03:27 PM ET

Sharon Bialek, Cain accuser: Cain's wife must be going through 'own personal turmoil'

Yesterday, Sharon Bialek became the first woman to publicly come forward with allegations that Herman Cain sexually harassed her in 1997. Cain has denied these accusations and criticized Bialek's lawyer, Gloria Allred, who he called a "celebrity lawyer" in a statement issued by his campaign last night.

Bialek and Allred join Carol Costello on American Morning today to discuss the details of the allegations and to explain why Bialek is coming forward after all of these years. When asked why she decided to come forward with her allegations, Bialek says that her thirteen year old son ultimately influenced her decision.

"He said, mom, you need to do the right thing. I think you need to tell on him," Bialek explains. "That confirmed it for me"

Bialek urges Herman Cain to come forward with the details of the story for his wife, who she said must be going "through her own personal turmoil."

Watch the entire interview here.

Filed under: Herman Cain
November 8th, 2011
07:52 AM ET

AM Minding Your Business for Nov. 8, 2011

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

Today we're watching:

* As of now, U.S. markets are poised to open higher this morning. They closed higher yesterday after a long day of very volatile trading. Investors remain jittery this morning about the developments in Greece and Italy.
* Italian bonds yields – nearing record highs, close to the dangerous 7% level. Investors rushing away from government bonds, showing concern that Prime Minister Berlusconi will not be able to get the country's debt problems under control.
* We're waiting to hear who will become Greece's next prime minister. An announcement is expected at any time.
* Warren Buffett is back in stocks. A filing shows his company Berkshire Hathaway invested more than $20 billion dollars last quarter. That's the most in at least 15 years. The purchases included Bank of America and chemical company Lubrizol.
* More than 13 million people will get a payment from Bank of America. A federal judge yesterday approved a $410 million settlement in a lawsuit claiming the bank charged customers excessive overdraft fees.

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

Filed under: Minding Your Business
November 8th, 2011
05:23 AM ET

Talk Back: Is the Cain accuser's statement a game changer?

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From CNN's Carol Costello:

After days of blaming the media, Rick Perry, and all those women named "anonymous," Herman Cain can at last point to an accuser with a face and a voice. Yesterday, Sharon Bialek, a former National Restaurant Association employee, accused Cain of groping her sexually in 1997 when she asked him to help her find a job.

Cain has denied Bialek's claims and issued a statement that reads, "Just as the country finally begins to refocus on our crippling $15 trillion national debt and the unacceptably high unemployment rate, now activist celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred is bringing forth more false accusations against the character of Republican front-runner Herman Cain."

However, Bialek's claims go beyond sexual harassment. CNN legal analyst Jeffery Toobin says Bialek's allegations amount to assault and that Cain may never recover.

Talk Back: Is the Cain accuser's statement a game changer?

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

Filed under: AM Talk Back