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May 23rd, 2009
11:28 PM ET

Scam Alert: "Your Warranty Has Expired"

Beware of callers claiming your automobile warranty has expired. It's a ploy that could cost you thousands of dollars. The Federal Trade Commission has identified several outfits behind the phone calls, and taken steps to shut them down. CNN's Randi Kaye spoke with scam expert Christine Durst, CEO of Staffcentrix, about what consumers need to know about these types of underhanded practices.

Filed under: Don Lemon • Sign of the Times
May 23rd, 2009
08:49 PM ET

Hectic in the newsroom - hairy at home

Since May is Be Kind to Animals Month (real funny, Michael Vick jailers!), the team figured we'd share some pictures of the furballs we're extra-kind to.

Writing is just Ed Parry's day job.
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At night, he's a professional House Vacuumer.
[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="LB, Ava, and Doodle Parry"]
Jim Guthrie may be our lead writer, but C+C are the leaders of his pack at home.
[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Barnabas and Sebastian Houston"]

And segment producer/co-blog diva Sonya Houston got a "two-fur-one" deal; B+S are brothers. (No relation to the Felines Guthrie, though.)
[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Charlotte and Casey Guthrie"]

Our AP Jason Reid (he of the 100% National Drivers Test) must be 7 feet tall...
So it was adorable to see his teeny little kitty Bella.
[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Kona Lovello"]

Looks CAN be deceiving. AP Dennis Lovello says, under those long droopy ears, Kona is one vicious Basset.
[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Bella Reid"]

And finally -
[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Schnell and Baron A"]

These are my beasts. As you might expect, I've got the safest (and loudest) house on the block!

Filed under: Kyra Phillips
May 23rd, 2009
04:17 PM ET

"Real Warriors" Campaign: Military combats stigma associated with PTSD

It's called an invisible wound of war –Post traumatic stress disorder.

A Rand Corporation study estimates nearly 300,000 U.S. troops who've served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from either PTSD or major depression.

But only about half have reached out for help from a doctor.

Fredricka Whitfield talked to the highest ranking psychiatrist in the U.S. army - Brigadier General Loree K. Sutton to discuss what the military is doing to combat the stigma associated with PTSD so our service members can get the help they need.

Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
May 23rd, 2009
03:43 PM ET

In their own words

We've heard a lot of people talking about our troops today.

We want to take a moment to listen to their voices. This week a CNN crew traveled to Fort Benning, Georgia and talked with troops who will deploy soon.

Some for the first time, some making return trips. Here they are in their own words.

Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
May 23rd, 2009
03:15 PM ET

The American Widow Project

The American Widow Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to the new generation of those who have lost the heroes of yesterday, today and tomorrow, with an emphasis on healing through sharing stories, tears and laughter - Military Widow to Military Widow.
Their co-founders sat down this morning with Alina Cho in the CNN Newsroom. If you missed it, you missed something pretty special.

Join TJ Holmes with Alina Cho in for Betty Nguyen Sunday morning in the CNN Newsroom, 6am ET, 3am PT.

May 23rd, 2009
10:41 AM ET

Vick's Pitbulls: After the Rescue

Disgraced NFL star Michael Vick is back home in Virginia to serve the last two months of a 23-month sentence. He pleaded guilty in 2007 to bankrolling a dogfighting operation.

Vick has a $10-dollar-an hour job with a construction company, but his spokesman says he's hoping the NFL will take him back.

As for the dogs who were once part of "Bad Newz Kennels" - well, life is very different for them, too.
Here's CNN's Randi Kaye.

Join TJ Holmes and Betty Nguyen weekend mornings in the CNN Newsroom.

Filed under: CNN Newsroom
May 23rd, 2009
09:40 AM ET

Bob Woodruff's New Cause

Here's a remarkable story of strength, courage and comeback.
You'll recall, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff was badly wounded when a roadside bomb stuck his vehicle in 2006, while reporting in Iraq.
Now, as co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, he and his wife Lee are turning to Twitter to help raise funds for injured service members, veterans and their families.
His program is called Tweet to Remind.

You can see TJ Holmes' complete interview with Bob and Lee Woodruff later this morning on CNN.
It comes your way at 11am Eastern, 3 Pacific.

Filed under: CNN Newsroom
May 23rd, 2009
08:59 AM ET

Honoring our men and women in uniform

Update: As promised, here are the links that were discussed during today's 4p hour: Housing Assistance

This Memorial Day weekend I want to say thanks to all our men and women of service, past and present.

We are inspired by the work carried out by all our honorable members of the armed services.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you this weekend as we devote our Saturday 4 PM Eastern hour to you, your dedication and sacrifices.

And a message to any and all of you who come into contact with a man or woman who has served, a kind word of thanks goes a long way. Our service-members can't hear it enough. They should be reminded as often as possible their service is appreciated and noticed.

Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
May 23rd, 2009
04:20 AM ET

Ahead in the CNN Newsroom...

ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff was badly hurt when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle while reporting in Iraq in 2006. Now he and his wife Lee are raising funds for injured service members, vets and their families. It's an interview you don't want to miss.

Taryn Davis was just 23 when her husband will killed in Iraq. She's turned her grief into the "American Widow Project" - widows helping widows cope with the devastating loss of their loved ones. She joins us in the 8 o'clock hour.

And former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is back home in Virginia to serve the last two months of his 23-month sentence. He pleaded guilty in 2007 to a federal charge of bankrolling a dogfighting operation. Vick was also ordered to pay almost a million bucks to rehab more than 50 of his fighting pitbulls. We'll tell you how they're doing.

Join TJ Holmes and Alina Cho in for Betty Nguyen in the CNN Newsroom, beginning 6am ET, 3am PT.

Filed under: CNN Newsroom