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November 28th, 2010
10:15 PM ET

Salman Rushdie - A Frightening New Tale

The author of the controversial novel, "The Satanic Verses" opens up about why he decided to make his new book so scary.  And he reveals some detail about whether it will be played out on the silver screen.  It's more of  CNN Fredricka Whitfield's 'Face to face" interview with Salman Rushdie.

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November 28th, 2010
10:12 PM ET

Salman Rushdie - Out of the Shadows

He may be best known for his controversial novel, "The Satanic Verses."  But now Salman Rushdie is out with a new book, and the target audience may surprise you.  Here's  CNN Fredricka Whitfield's fascinating 'Face to Face' interview with acclaimed author, Salman Rushdie.

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November 28th, 2010
07:03 PM ET

Holiday Shopping? How to Verify an Unfamiliar Website

CNN's Joe Johns speaks with Gregory Evans, CEO of Ligatt Security and a former computer hacker, about how to check if a website you've never used before, is safe to shop on. Evans says to input a shopping website's address into and you can learn when the website started up and where its administration address is.

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November 28th, 2010
02:30 PM ET

Avoid the Debt Trap this Holiday

It's easy - too easy - to get caught up buying gifts during the holidays and end up overspending and piling up big debts, which can lead to depression and self-recrimination when the bills come due. Psychiatrist Mark Goulston discusses how trying to buy happiness can leave us more miserable. Dr. Goulston says some of the simplest ways to enjoy the holidays are also the cheapest. He is the author of "Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone." Read his entire blog at

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November 28th, 2010
07:51 AM ET

Cyber Monday Strategy

Will you be among the more than 70 million Americans expected to shop online on Cyber Monday? If so, you'll want a strategy to get the best deals and protect your computer.
Here are some sites that should help you work out your plan.

Cyber Monday – the big picture, from

Top tips from

What deals should you expect? Answers from

Maximize your savings – helpful tips from a blog at the AJC

Keep your computer safe – scammers will be on the prowl

While you're buying stuff, you might want to book travel too

What sites are helping you? Are you using Post below and help fellow shoppers.

Filed under: Anchors • Josh Levs
November 28th, 2010
04:43 AM ET

Pity the Pat-down Giver, Too

From CNN Saturday and Sunday Morning anchor T.J. Holmes:

I've been on three trips since the TSA put the enhanced pat-downs in place. In two out of those three trips, I have endured the new, enhanced pat-down.

When I'm randomly selected, I don't want the body scanner, which means my only option is the pat-down. I don't like it, it's not pleasant, wish I didn't have to do it.

But what about the poor TSA screener who has to perform the pat-down?

After my last pat-down Monday, a TSA supervisor came over to talk to me and he reeled off some of the insults he had been called that day. Among them: molester.

So, while I can certainly empathize with a lot of people who are frustrated and don't appreciate the new pat-downs, maybe we shouldn't direct our anger at the person who didn't have anything to do with putting the new policies in place. They just went to work one day and were told that touching a stranger's "junk" would be added to their job description.

Take it easy on the TSA screener next time. Thank them for being willing to do that job.

Join T.J. Holmes weekend mornings in the CNN Newsroom beginning 6am ET/ 3am PT.

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November 28th, 2010
04:19 AM ET

Support Your Local Mom & Pop Store

Look for Clyde Anderson's Home School segments in the 8 o'clock hour of CNN Saturday Morning with T.J. Holmes.

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November 28th, 2010
04:07 AM ET

Kilts and Underpants: Yes or No?

In today's Morning Passport segment, Nadia Bilchik takes a look at several countries where being fat is considered beautiful!

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November 28th, 2010
03:47 AM ET

Bomb Plot Stopped in Oregon

A 19-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia is accused of attempting to blow up a van filled with explosives. The detonation site? A crowded Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon. Mohamed Osman Mohamud had been on the FBI's radar for months. His arrest came after a long undercover operation. Mohamud is due in court Monday.

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