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July 12th, 2011
11:28 AM ET

Tom Stuker talks about hitting 10 million mile mark with United Airlines

(CNN) - When Tom Stuker telephones United Airlines to reserve a flight, all he has to say is "Hi."

The agent on the other end of the line will immediately recognize who is calling and take special care of the traveler United calls its "number one customer."

Meet the man many people have compared to George Clooney's character in "Up in the Air." Over the weekend, Stuker became the first person ever to reach the 10 million mile mark in United's Mileage Plus program.

Stuker, a Chicago-based consultant for the automotive industry, has flown on almost 6,000 United flights since 1982. He travels extensively for business and pleasure, noting that he's taken about 60 honeymoons with "the woman of my dreams" in the last 15 years.

He flies first class, of course, and gets VIP treatment as a member of United's exclusive Global Services program for super elite frequent fliers. Membership "comes with many benefits that we actually don't publicize," United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said.

This morning on American Morning, Kiran Chetry and Ali Velshi talk with Tom Stuker about his amazing achievement.

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June 10th, 2011
08:43 AM ET

Intense testimony leads Casey Anthony to fall ill – is this a turning point in the trial?

(CNN) - It is unclear if the illness that halted Casey Anthony's murder trial will delay the trial Friday morning.

Anthony's murder trial ended an hour and a half early Thursday, with Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. telling members of the media in the courtroom that Anthony was ill.

Jurors were not told why the trial ended early Thursday, and Perry asked them not to speculate. He said court would be in recess until Friday.

After the jurors left, Perry spoke to members of the media in the courtroom, saying that neither the prosecution nor the defense had any comment on the matter. The judge also asked reporters not to question either side about it. The details of Anthony's illness were not given.

Earlier in the day, Anthony cried in court as photos of her daughter's remains were shown. Will the showing of these photos mark a turning point in the trial? In Session's Sunny Hostin explains.

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