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May 28th, 2009
01:09 PM ET

Rising Gas Prices

The price for regular unleaded gasoline has soared 36 cents since the beginning of May. That’s about 12 cents higher than the Energy Department’s peak projection for the summer. You’re probably wondering what’s behind the increase, and how much higher prices will go.

Tony Harris gets your answers from AAA Spokesman Troy Green.

May 28th, 2009
11:57 AM ET

Judge Sotomayor's comment on wisdom

Critics have been jumping on a quote from Judge Sotomayor's 2001 lecture given at a conference at the University of California at Berkeley.

Here's the quote, "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life." If you want to read the quote in context you can see the entire lecture at Berkeley's website.

What do you think? Let us know.
We're talking about it in our 1p and 2p hours of CNN NewsRoom.

Filed under: Don Lemon • Kyra Phillips
May 28th, 2009
11:38 AM ET
May 28th, 2009
09:56 AM ET

Making a Brighter Connection

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In 1993, John & Maggie Davis moved to Hanian Island China in 1993 to work with a hotel management organization. Then they were introduced to an 8-month old Chinese baby girl named Qiong Jian who would show them a greater purpose. Qiong Jian had autism and cerebral palsy, and she was abandoned. John and Maggie were allowed to take her into their home and eventually allowed to adopt her. The in-home program they designed with doctors to help develop Qiong Jian was the blueprint for the Bright Connection Center, a school now filled to capacity with children that are developmentally delayed, hearing impaired or have cerebral palsy or autism. Some of these children are orphans that live full time at the center. For John and Maggie, they knew this was the right thing, when their daughter Qiong Jian for the first time was able to walk by herself, a few months after the Center’s opening.

To learn more about this and other organizations that are helping children, please visit our Impact Your World page.

Filed under: Impact Your World • Tony Harris
May 28th, 2009
09:16 AM ET

Spelling Bee Time!

2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee host Tom Bergeron talked spelling strategy with Heidi at 9:30 AM Thursday.

We decided to give him a spelling test.

Filed under: Heidi Collins
May 28th, 2009
09:06 AM ET

Hit by Hidden Bank Fees?

Getting a loan from a bank may be tough, but bank fees certainly aren't hard to come by. Check your statements - savings and checking accounts seem to be the latest targets as banks try to boost fees.

Have you received a notice from your bank that it’s increasing fees? If so, let us know what it says. We’re looking into what different banks are telling their customers

Have banks gone too far? Or are new charges fair in this economy? Leave us a comment. We’ll read some of them in the CNN Newsroom, 11am— 1pm ET.

Filed under: Tony Harris