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September 26th, 2009
08:11 AM ET

Are men happier than women?

Are you happy? Breaking it down to gender, are MEN happier than WOMEN?

Do you believe a new General Social Survey that concludes YES to the latter. That disproportionately, men are happier than women? In other words, the study claims that women are getting gloomy while men are getting happy.

Part of the findings declare that rooted in the disparity are family life, career and marriage . The study says women are feeling more stressed about all of those things compared to men. Do you believe any of this?

Men and women out there: are you feeling more or less stressed these days and why? Does it have anything to do with marriage, family life or career? Or how about the economy? Are you taking on more than usual in these days of economic tough times? We want to hear from you this weekend and include your thoughts in our 4pm Saturday show when we ask ARE MEN HAPPIER THAN WOMEN?

Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield • Josh Levs
September 26th, 2009
05:59 AM ET

U.S. Wants Trustworthy Twitter

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said this week the nation needs Twitter to be an accurate source of information – especially in an emergency. How can you make sure the tweets you’re getting are accurate? This morning, our Josh Levs is showing us key web sites to use to weed out the spam and malware from your Twitter feed – and how to report someone you can’t trust.
The sites include:
Josh will be joined by a guest from
Have these sites worked well for you? What other tools do you use to keep your Twitter feed trustworthy?

Filed under: Josh Levs
September 26th, 2009
04:55 AM ET

Embryo Mix-up: What would you have done?

A woman who had the wrong embryo implanted in her gave birth to a baby boy Thursday. The Ohio couple had already decided to give the infant to his biological parents. And so they congratulated them on the birth of their son.

What would you have done? Leave your comments below. We may use some of them this morning in the CNN Newsroom.

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September 26th, 2009
04:28 AM ET

Ahead in the CNN Newsroom...

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejects President Barack Obama's accusations that Iran's nuclear program runs afoul of international agreements.

A flurry of protests - as the Group of 20 economic summit in Pittsburgh ends.

Terror suspect Najibullah Zazi - transported from Colorado to New York to face charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.

Five terrorism cases in five states unfolding in the same week - are they connected?

Flood-soaked Georgia - bracing for another round of wet weather. A flash flood watch in effect for the metro Atlanta area.

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

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September 25th, 2009
04:50 PM ET

Red Skies Down Under

by CNN Meteorologist Bonnie Schneider

Some residents of Sydney, Australia thought it was Armageddon. The red sky, thick with dust was unlike anything anyone had ever seen. CNN I-reporters had their cameras ready to capture these incredible images.

“I could smell it before I knew what was happening, I thought the world was ending.” Sydney I-reporter Pablo Albani told CNN.
The past couple of days red dust filled the skies from Syney to Brisbane. Planes were grounded at the airport. Emergency services received calls from people having difficulty breathing. Just where was all this dust coming from and why was the sky red?

“The dust collected in the interior deserts of Australia around 1000 miles from Sydney by equally high winds associated with a strong frontal system.” explains Dr. Gregory Holland, a native Australian, as well a director of meso and microscale meteorology at NCAR, the National Center for Atmospheric Research based in Boulder, Colorado.
Holland says the central desert dust has a large iron content, which oxidizes to red. That’s where the red hue to the sky comes from. Central Australia is often referred to as “red center” because of this color effect.

Australia faced extreme weather in all forms recently: from floods to fires, and even thunderstorms with huge hailstones. The floods and storms were part of the same weather system that carried the dust.
Holland says the dust storms in down under typically follow long periods of drought and will likely happen again in the Southeastern Region of Australia.

Filed under: iReport
September 25th, 2009
08:06 AM ET

U.S. Terror Plots

Even though authorities say they’re unrelated, a number of alleged terror plots were uncovered this week. The timing is apparently just a coincidence. But still, it’s not every week we hear about arrests in Denver, New York, Dallas, and Springfield, Illinois.

Lots of questions for you – do you want to hear about thwarted terror plots or would you rather the government keep that information to itself? Does news like this make you feel more or less safe? Does it make you more or less vigilant?

Post your comments here.

Filed under: Heidi Collins
September 25th, 2009
06:20 AM ET

The Cosby Show: 25 Years Later

The quirky, sweater wearing Dr. Huxtable, his wife and five kids were one of TV’s all-time favorite families.

Bill Cosby’s sitcom wife, Phylicia Rashad, and TV son, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, joined us live in the CNN Newsroom today. They shared some of their favorite moments with us.

Filed under: Tony Harris
September 24th, 2009
06:42 PM ET

Metro Atlanta Flooding Pix

Some friends have sent their pictures of the flooding in and around Atlanta. We didn't get to use them on the air, so I thought I'd post them here as Kyra Blog Exclusives.

CNNer Dave J has a 25-mile commute home. It took a good bit longer than usual to get there Monday afternoon.

In his words:

First of many roads I encountered like this on my way home. Commute time: 2 hrs. 50 min.

Dave J
Dave J


My "commute" is only 2 miles or so; even so, there were unexpected obstacles. Monday after work, I turned the corner and splashed into one. Lucky my car's got good clearance!

Here's a pic my neighbor took, and sent to the AJC. (As of this morning, the tunnel was still impassable.)

Caroline Smith/
Caroline Smith/


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Today, I heard an old co-worker's house was flooded – no details yet on how bad it is.

Meantime, my friend Lily's been worrying about some of her pals too.

Here's her story:

Recently in Atlanta, flooding has had massive effects on all types of residents, including horses.

My name is Lily, I'm 11 years old, and I ride at Huntcliff Equestrian Center. Huntcliff received so much water it caused all horses to evacuate and move to Wills Park.

We don't know how long it will take to be able to go back to the barn, but at least all horses are safe.

The barn is bordered by the Chattahoochee River, and the water rose up so high that it flooded the pastures and stables. The water has never been that high. It passed something called “the 100 year mark”. The ponies and horses had no place to go, and had to be evacuated by emergency workers.

We don’t know how bad the damage is. I just hope we can get the horses back to their homes soon.

Roswell, GA


Kindra Warner
Kindra Warner

Kindra Warner
Kindra Warner


Filed under: Kyra Phillips • Weather
September 24th, 2009
12:38 PM ET

The 30 Second Pitch

New unemployment numbers are out today and behind those numbers are real people trying to find a job to support themselves and their families.

Every Thursday on CNN NewsRoom with Kyra Phillips we're letting those people tell their stories and giving them a chance to connect with a potential employer.

Today in our 2pm eastern hour you met David Daves, a laid-off sales manager who put his resume on a billboard in an effort to find a job. He's supporting his family which includes two autistic daughters.

If you think you might have a job for him check out his website here.

If you want to be part of the pitch get in touch with us here or on twitter @KyraCNN.

Filed under: :30 Second Pitch • Kyra Phillips
September 24th, 2009
11:21 AM ET

Whatever Happened to Civility?

The signs are all around us: rising levels of rudeness across the social spectrum. CNN's Don Lemon examines the causes that may be eroding civility, including the rise of social media that allow anyone to vent, spew hatred and even make threats with apparent impunity and anonymity.

Filed under: Don Lemon
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