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December 5th, 2011
09:03 AM ET

How can colleges control rowdy crowds at sports games? Crowd saftey expert weighs in

It was scary scene at Oklahoma State University on Saturday. After the game, hundreds of fans stormed the field to celebrate Oklahoma State's defeat of their football rival Oklahoma University. At least ten people were injured after getting trampled in the rush and school officials say that there was little anyone could do to control the crowds.

Today on American Morning, Alina Cho speaks with Paul Wertheimer, president of Crowd Management Strategies, to discuss what went wrong at this game and what Oklahoma State should have done differently.

Filed under: Sports
December 5th, 2011
08:30 AM ET

Iran claims to have shot down American drone

Iran's military claims that it shot down a U.S. drone in the eastern region of the country yesterday. State media cited a military official who identified the aircraft as an RQ-170 Sentinel and the country has promised an aggressive response to the alleged incident.

Meanwhile, Iran continues to attempt to contain the international reaction to the storming of the British embassy last week.  The Iranians have warned Washington not to block their oil exports – a move they say would more than double the price of crude.

Christine Romans talks with Jim Arkedis, director of the Progressive Policy Institute's National Security project, on American Morning today to discuss how these incidents will impact relations between the U.S. and Iran.

Filed under: Iran
December 5th, 2011
07:43 AM ET

Poll: Gingrich leading GOP pack in Iowa

With a month to go until Iowans select a candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has extended his lead in the state.  A new poll from the Des Moines Register finds 25% of likely Republican voters in Iowa backing Gingrich.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul stands in  second place with 18% and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney comes in third with 16% of the vote.  The latest poll marks a dramatic rise for Gingrich, who just a month ago was polling in fourth place in the Hawkeye State.

Alina Cho talks with CNN contributor John Avlon about why Gingrich is surging in the Iowa polls – and what Romney has to do to thwart his opponents' momentum.

Filed under: Politics
December 5th, 2011
07:36 AM ET

GOP presidential hopefuls court Cain supporters

Dogged in recent weeks by allegations of sexual harassment and an affair, Herman Cain announced Saturday that he is suspending his campaign. While he will still be able to raise and spend campaign funds because he did not officially drop out, Cain's White House bid is effectively over.

The other GOP candidates are eager to draw in Cain's supporters, and the Georgia businessman said that he will endorse one of the Republican presidential hopefuls soon.

Christine Romans talks with Karen Hanretty, Republican strategist, and Jim Geraghty, National Review Online columnist, about what's next for Cain and which GOP candidate is likely to get his endorsement.

Filed under: Politics
December 5th, 2011
07:25 AM ET

AM Minding Your Business for Dec. 5, 2011

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

This morning, we're watching:

*European Markets are up overnight after Italy's new prime minister Mario Monti unveiled new austerity measures. Italian borrowing costs are falling this morning – a sign of confidence from investors that the country is moving in the right direction to balance its budget.

*Brent crude prices are above $110 dollars a barrel this morning. Brent crude is the type of oil that most use in Europe. It would take a big hit if the region decides to slap Iran with oil sanctions because of the country's nuclear aspirations.

*Gas prices are down nine cents in the past two weeks, despite an increase in crude oil prices. The weekly Lundberg Survey says the drop is because of lower demand due to hard economic conditions. The average price for regular gas is currently $3.29 per gallon.

*The latest Twilight movie -Breaking Dawn, Part I – had another big weekend at the box office. After topping sales for the third weekend in a row, the vampire movie has now brought in more than $247 million dollars so far in the U.S.

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

Filed under: Business • Minding Your Business