Here are links to some of the key sites I'm showing you on air this weekend.
Remembering fallen troops – at www.cnn.com/homeandaway, we have a brand new interactive tool telling you about the men and women who have died serving the coalitions in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. You can also submit iReports about the troops, or send messages to their loved ones.
Nola.com has a great interactive showing how the oil leak has grown and changed every day.
Gulf Coast beaches – take advantage of deals this weekend! The president is pushing for it, and so are many people along the Gulf Coast. Fear is keeping people away from the beaches on one of the most important travel weekends of the year. So, officials are taking action and offering deals. Will they help change your mind? And speaking of beaches, the annual list has just come out, naming the 10 best beaches in America. (The Gulf Coast shows up in the list.)
Websites to teach kids about money – check out this list from creditcards.com.
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Happy Memorial Day weekend!
From financial analyst Clyde Anderson:
From free round trip tickets to checked bag fees being waived, airline credit cards promise to give you the biggest bang for your buck, but is it really worth it? The answer is both yes and no. It really depends on several factors. So, before you sign on the dotted line make sure you do your homework. I think the first thing you must do is ask yourself a few questions:
Are you already in deep debt?
Do you travel infrequently?
Do you travel on multiple airlines?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, my advice to you would be to stay away from airline credit cards and consider a card affiliated with a bank. Airline credit cards often come with baggage (no pun intended). Points or rewards are accumulated and distributed based on how much the credit card is used. If you’re already deep in debt, more credit isn’t what I would prescribe. Instead I would recommend paying down your debt. If you are unable to create a budget, consider seeking assistance through non-profit organizations such as CCCS that provide assistance to individuals carrying a large debt load and not quite sure how to shake it. High APR is the first thing that jumps out at you, but if you shop around you may be able to find a few deals with low introductory rates. You also have annual fees on some as much as $95.
If the extent of your travel is family vacations once a year, this may not be the card for you either. In order to get the rewards you need to fly often and use your credit card to book the ticket. If you do this about six times on some cards you just may be ready to reap some of the rewards, but beware of blackout dates and minimal free seats. Last, but not least, if you change your airline of choice frequently to the lost-cost provider of the day, you may want to pass on the airline card.
The true benefit comes to the frequent traveler and active credit card user who prefers to fly one airline consistently.
Look for Clyde Anderson's Home School segment in the 7 o'clock hour of CNN Saturday Mornings with TJ Holmes.
Most parents expect kids to help around the house, but what about with the family business?
A Connecticut man said his three children - ages 13,11, and 8– helped out at the family pizza restaurant on weekends.
But the state labor department says he’s violating child labor laws.
The father says he learned the family business from his dad the same way years ago, and it’s about family tradition.
He has since filed a lawsuit against the state.
The Attorney General’s office is looking into the lawsuit.
So what do you think about the case, is it a violation of child labor laws, or just your average family business?
Post your comments here. Fredricka will read some of them on the air in the 10am ET hour of Newsroom.
New privacy settings for Facebook today. They come after a slew of complaints over confusing policies...and even technical glitches that exposed people’s private conversations.
Read the full story here.
We want to hear from you – are you forever loyal to Facebook? Thinking about leaving? Or have you already fled?
Post your comments here. Kyra will read some of them during the 10am ET hour of Newsroom.
More than half of Americans are unhappy with how President Obama and the federal government have handled the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico according to a new CNN survey.
So what do you think should be done to fix the problem?
We want to hear from you. Leave us a comment here or call us at 1-877-742-5760 and we'll air some of your comments on CNN NewsRoom from 11a to 1p eastern.
For a class project, a Georgia history teacher asked her students to dress-up in costumes and re-enact different historical periods.
Four of the students put on Ku Klux Klan robes.
After students complained – 1 African-American student said he “was scared” – the school began an investigation into the teacher and the assignment.
No findings have been announced yet.
We want to know what you think – should this teacher or these kids be punished?
Post your comments here. Kyra will read some of them on the air in the 10am ET hour of Newsroom.
It’s the television finale seen around the world. ABC’s Lost ended after six years of frustrating fans and playing with their minds. Whether you loved, hated or never watched the show at all people are talking about it today on Facebook, Twitter and the blogs. Anyway, it got us thinking about television finales in general. So we want to hear from you. Tell us you your all-time favorite TV finale. We’ll read some of your responses later on CNN Newsroom with Kyra Phillips during our show at 10am ET/7am PT.
Many people who lost their jobs in the recession have chosen to work from home to make extra money. Among the more unusual jobs out there are "phone actors." What does that mean? In two words... "phone sex." Believe it or not, a lot of stay-at-home moms are using their voices and telephones to help make ends meet as the folks at Staffcentrix are finding. The company helps people find work-from-home jobs. Its CEO spoke with CNN"s Don Lemon. Christine Durst is also the author of "Work from Home Now."
John Travolta and his wife are hearing lots of congratulations and some criticism recently. That's because actress Kelly Preston is pregnant at the age of 47. It generates the debate - just how old is too old to have a baby. Don Lemon spoke with two moms who gave birth after the age of 40 for their perspective.