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August 3rd, 2009
12:26 PM ET

America I Am Recipe Contest

In case you missed it this weekend in the CNN Newsroom... New York Times best-selling cookbook author Jeff Henderson dropped by to tell us about a unique opportunity for African-American families to be a part of the America I Am exhibit - with the right ingredients.

Join Betty Nguyen and TJ Holmes weekend mornings in the CNN Newsroom, 6am ET/3am PT.

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August 3rd, 2009
11:59 AM ET

Florida's Python Tracker

On July 17th the state of Florida started allowing reptile experts track down and euthanize giant pythons in the wild that are threatening native species.

On Thursday, a tracker found the largest one so far-weighing in at 207 pounds and a slithering 17 feet, 2 inches long.

A couple weeks ago Kyra interviewed python tracker Greg Graziani. He demonstrated his technique on his scaly friend. It was so great we wanted to bring it back for your viewing pleasure.

August 3rd, 2009
10:33 AM ET

The Death of Dae'von

Kyra pitched this story to the team last week, and we were able to put Thelma Gutierrez on the case. Her piece debuted at the top of our second hour Friday.

Here’s the setup, by writer Bhaskar Nair:

No one came to his rescue. Everyone failed him. Little Dae’von Bailey from Los Angeles; to say he fell through the cracks is a gross understatement.

He said he was being abused. Others said he was being abused.

Now he's dead. And the man suspected in his death is on the loose.

Why was Dae’von with him in the first place? And how many more “Dae’vons” are out there right now?



Kyra then spoke with a woman who appeared in Thelma's piece: Dr. Astrid Heger, head of L.A. County's Violence Intervention Program.




[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Wanted: Marcas Fisher"]
As of this morning, the man suspected of beating Dae'von to death is still on the loose.

Los Angeles police believe friends and/or family members of Marcas Fisher are helping him out.

If you have info on Fisher's whereabouts, please call the LAPD (toll free) at 1-877-527-3247; you can also leave an anonymous tip via


August 3rd, 2009
08:59 AM ET

Americans Rate their President

We are just past the marking of President Obama’s first six months in office and just before the marking of his second 100 days in office. So how well do Americans believe he is doing?

CNN’s most recent poll of polls shows President Obama’s overall approval rating has dropped to 54%. Compare this to the ratings of the previous four Presidents at this point in their presidencies…and we find that President Obama ranks second to last, beating only President Clinton.

How about Americans’ opinion of their President’s performance on two hot button issues – health care and the economy? People are talking – when will we see health care reform and who will end up paying for it? Will the myriad economic stimulus programs - including ones that now need additional gas (a la “Cash for Clunkers”) - prove successful? According to CNN’s late July poll of polls, 43% of Americans approve of President Obama’s performance on health care… and 48% of Americans approve of his performance when it comes to the economy.

We want to know what you think. What’s your opinion of the President’s performance and how would you interpret these rankings? Leave us a comment below.

Filed under: Heidi Collins
August 3rd, 2009
08:21 AM ET

Today's National Weather

There’s a slight risk of isolated severe storms in the Missouri River Valley and the upper-Mississippi River Valley today. The primary threat from these storms will be damaging straight-line winds and very large hail. An isolated tornado can’t be ruled out.

There’s also a slight risk of severe storms over southwestern Oregon today. The primary threat from the stronger storms will be damaging straight-line winds.

The Pacific Northwest cooled down over the weekend but temperatures are still running about 10 to 15 degrees above normal in Portland and Seattle. Record setting heat is not expected this week. However, temperatures will continue to be above normal through Friday.

An excessive heat warning has been issued for Phoenix. The daytime highs are expected to climb to 109 to 112 degrees this afternoon and tomorrow, with temperatures only falling to around 90 degrees overnight.

Excessive heat watches are in effect for Tulsa, where heat indices are expected to climb above 100 starting tomorrow and continuing through Thursday.

Filed under: In the Newsroom • Weather
August 3rd, 2009
06:52 AM ET

Sen. Nelson's search for Speicher

Some people never gave up demanding a search for Capt. Michael "Scott" Speicher, whose plane was shot down January 17, 1991 in Iraq.

US Senator Bill Nelson is among those who kept pushing.

Nelson pushed for 2002 re-examination of case on behalf Speicher's family and prodded the Pentagon to search for Speicher following 2003 Iraq invasion.

CNN's Fredricka Whitfield spoke to him about his personal search for Speicher.

Statement regarding Captain M. Scott Speicher

August 2, 2009

The Speicher Harris family has received, with appreciation and sorrow, the news that the remains of Captain Speicher have been located by the United States Military. Captain Speicher was a brave and wonderful father, husband, and naval officer who responded without hesitation when his country needed him. In doing so, he followed many, many, others who have sacrificed for our freedom.

We thank the active duty men and women whose diligence has made this happen, and hope that this process has prevented another of our service men and women from being left behind. We will miss him, and will never forget.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
August 3rd, 2009
06:51 AM ET

New bill to cover America?

JaQuitta Williams is a former Atlanta news anchor, and breast cancer survivor. She is on cobra and has a pre-existing medical condition

Laura Walker is unemployed and lost her insurance when she lost her job earlier this year. She is being extra careful to stay healthy and has avoided riding horses which she loves.

Both have major concerns about health care and insurance.

CNN's Fredricka Whitfield gave them both a chance to voice their concerns to Congressman Eliot Engel of New York and Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia.

Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
August 3rd, 2009
04:53 AM ET

Power to the Bovines

The cows at the Hillcrest Saylor Dairy Farm in Pennsylvania do more than just provide milk. They run the place. Really. You could call it an example of "waste not, want not." CNN's Reynolds Wolf explains.

Join Reynolds Wolf, TJ Holmes and Betty Nguyen weekend mornings in the CNN Newsroom, beginning 6am ET/3am PT.

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