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October 18th, 2009
09:37 PM ET

It's a Hoax!

A Colorado sheriff confirmed today what many had already suspected - that Thursday's balloon saga was all a hoax.

Now, the parents accused of concocting the story that their son was inside a balloon that got away could face serious criminal charges.

Fredricka Whitfield asked our legal guys, Richard Herman and Avery Friedman, to weigh in.

Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
October 18th, 2009
08:30 PM ET

Visions of Debt Dancing in Your Head?

If the thought of shelling out more money (or plastic) for holiday shopping is stressing you out, then you're not alone.

Many Americans, struggling to pay down credit card bills, are getting understandably anxious about adding to that debt.

It's a yearly dilemma... especially for parents whose children want the latest and greatest in expensive high-tech presents.

If the eager-to-please parent mentions affordability as a possible problem, their problem-solving kids will often reply, "Well I'll just put those presents on my Santa list, so you won't have to get them".... ugh!

On CNN Newsroom, financial experts Ken and Daria Dolan gave tips on how to get through the holiday season with minimum debt and stress. Check it out... and then submit your own smart shopping suggestions.

Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
October 18th, 2009
02:46 PM ET

Finding Financial Aid for College

The Dow seems to be recovering, but how about your own personal finances? On Saturday we devoted an entire hour to answering questions about your dollar dilemmas. One of the big areas of concern - finding financial aid for college.

We put that question to personal financial experts, Ken and Daria Dolan.

Josh Levs has also interviewed Tally Hart, a financial aid officer at Ohio State University, about how to find the money you need to go to college.

Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield • Josh Levs
October 18th, 2009
02:15 PM ET

Body Language Betrays Balloon 'Hoax'

Countless people had been skeptical from the outset of the runaway balloon saga. Even before the sheriff in Larimer Co., Colo., determined it was an alleged hoax, a professional body-language analyst explained to CNN's Don Lemon the numerous "hot spots" that signaled a probable deception.

Filed under: Don Lemon
October 18th, 2009
04:38 AM ET

Coming up in the CNN Newsroom...

New overnight: Dozens are killed or wounded in a suicide attack in Iran.

A third person dies from injuries suffered ten days ago inside an Arizona "sweat lodge."

Hurricane Rick becomes the 2nd strongest hurricane in the eastern North Pacific Ocean in more than ten years.

Our nation's veterans will be on President Obama's mind this week.

And, the runaway balloon story out of Colorado takes another turn. Here's what Richard Heene had to say to reporters before the Sheriff announced later in the day criminal charges would be filed "in the near future."

Join Betty Nguyen in the CNN Newsroom - Rob Marciano's in for TJ Holmes, beginning 6am ET/ 3am PT.

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October 18th, 2009
04:09 AM ET

Alicia Keys' Fight

CNN's TJ Holmes catches up with Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys to talk about Keep a Child Alive - the charitable organization she co-founded to help combat the global AIDS pandemic.

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

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