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December 26th, 2011
11:09 AM ET

Do teen sleepovers prevent pregnancy? One researcher says yes and explains why

A shocking approach to preventing teen pregnancy: Allowing teens to have sleepover dates with their boyfriends or girlfriends.

Sociologist Amy Schalet is talking about it in her new book "Not Under My Roof: Parents, teens, the culture of sex," just out from the University of Chicago Press. And get this – she says the sleepover strategy is already working in other countries.

Amy Schalet joins CNN's Ali Velshi this morning to explain why supervised sleepovers work.

Filed under: Teens
December 26th, 2011
11:05 AM ET

Return terrible gifts like a pro:'s Annamaria Andriotis explains how

The National Retail Federation predicts that shoppers will bring back more than $46 billion in gifts they don't want this holiday season. So how can you turn that into a win today?

Today on American Morning,'s Annamaria Andriotis explains how you can handle those returns like a pro.

Some of her tips include:

* Return electronics immediately
* Keep the gift in the package, keep gift receipts and don't remove tags
* When in doubt, take it to the manufacturer
* With gift cards: Don't expect cash back for a balance

Filed under: Holiday Shopping
December 26th, 2011
10:56 AM ET

What will be hot in entertainment in 2012? US Weekly's Ian Drew shares his predictions

2012 hasn't even started and it's already predicted to be a blowout year for entertainment and pop culture.

From music to television to the silver screen, expect to see some new twists on old favorites and breakout performances from the next big stars.

Will the final installment of the Christopher Nolan "Batman" series beat expectations? Will singing shows still be all the rage? Will Madonna's new album still keep the queen of pop on top?

This morning on American Morning, US Weekly senior editor Ian Drew dished with CNN's Alina Cho about what to look out for in entertainment in 2012.

Filed under: Entertainment
December 26th, 2011
10:49 AM ET

Virginia ballot issues could shape 2012 – Will Cain and Kiki McLean explain

With eight days to go before the Iowa caucuses, the race for the Republican nomination is really getting interesting.

In Virginia, two GOP candidates – Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry – will not appear on the super Tuesday ballot. How will this affect the 2012 presidential race?

This morning on American Morning, CNN contributor Will Cain and Democratic strategist Kiki McLean look at how the race will change if two major candidates are not on Virginia's ballot.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Politics