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December 8th, 2011
10:49 AM ET

Woman kicked off AirTran plane by 'bully' flight attendant – she tells her story on American Morning

Three women were kicked off AirTran flight 1451 on Monday at Palm Beach International Airport. One of the women says she told a flight attendant to be careful with her carry-on bag because she had breakables in it and he wanted to move it. Then another woman told the same flight attendant her seat was broken. The flight attendant then allegedly got angry and ordered the two women to leave the plane. A third woman who spoke out in defense of the two and was also asked to leave.

Alina Cho sits down with one of the women tossed of the plane, Carol Gray, to get her side of the story. Cho also speaks with "Executive Travel" Magazine editor Janet Libert to discuss passenger rights in these situations.

Filed under: Airlines • Controversy • Travel
December 8th, 2011
10:22 AM ET

Sandusky arrested on new sex charges – Paul Callan on the strength of the prosecution's case

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky remained in jail early Thursday morning on additional child sex charges involving two more alleged victims, bringing the total to 10 victims. Sandusky was arrested Wednesday and charged with four counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, allegedly involving two men who were boys at the time of the encounters. Sandusky, who maintains his innocence, will face a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Carol Costello sits down with Paul Callan who assess the strength of the prosecution's case.

Filed under: Penn State
December 8th, 2011
10:19 AM ET

Newt Gingrich takes commanding lead in 3 early voting states – can he stay ahead?

Newt Gingrich continues to cement his status as the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination. New polls give the former House speaker a commanding lead in three of the first four voting states – Iowa, South Carolina, and Florida. 

The polls, however, show Mitt Romney as slightly more competitive Republican candidate in a potential match-up with President Barack Obama.

Carol Costello talks with CNN contributor's David Frum and Maria Cardona to discuss what Romney needs to do to regain the momentum.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Politics
December 8th, 2011
10:17 AM ET

Gold coins, diamonds dropped in Salvation Army buckets – what's behind the generosity?

This holiday season, streets all over the country are ringing once again. The Salvation Army bell ringers are out in full force.

They've been bringing in some big donations – and people are dropping more than just cash into those red buckets. The Salvation Army says they've received gold coins and even diamonds.

Alina Cho talks with Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for the Salvation Army, to discuss some of these interesting finds.

Filed under: Donation
December 8th, 2011
10:13 AM ET

Popular birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin linked to increased blood clot risk

Yaz and Yasmin were once marketed as "wonder drugs," used by millions of women across the country. But these two popular birth control pills may have some very dangerous side effects. 

New research shows that the pills are linked with a higher risk of blood clots. The FDA is holding a hearing Thursday to discuss these health concerns.

CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen previews the hearing with Carol Costello and Alina Cho.

Filed under: Health
December 8th, 2011
10:05 AM ET

Tech CEO seeks to eliminate office emails – he explains why on AM

Imagine...a workplace without emails. 

It sounds farfetched, but one of the largest information technology companies in the world wants a "zero email" policy to be in place by 2013. Atos CEO Thierry Breton says there's too much "email pollution" within in his company. Breton wants to replace internal email with newer social media technology.

Alina Cho talks with Breton about where he got the idea to eliminate workplace email and how he plans to implement this policy.

Filed under: Technology