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The Worm: What's lined up for Tuesday, May 1st – Terror plots hidden in pornography, an amazing rescue and exotic animals returning home
Al Qaeda hid plots in porn file documents - Nic Robertson will have the latest at 5am Eastern on "Early Start."
April 30th, 2012
08:12 PM ET

The Worm: What's lined up for Tuesday, May 1st – Terror plots hidden in pornography, an amazing rescue and exotic animals returning home

As the saying goes, it's what the early bird catches. With "Early Start" revving up for a 5aET start, here's a sneak peek at what we have lined up for tomorrow's show.

Terror plots hidden in porn. On the first anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden our Nic Robertson has a dramatic, detailed look at proposed terror plots from Al Qaeda. In one, they hijack a cruise ship, kill passengers and post video of it online. Plans were hidden inside pornography videos on a memory card, which an operative then hid in his underwear. More plots, more details in the morning – from Nic.

Amazing rescue. A toddler falls into a storm drain and can only be pulled out when the fire department deploys something of a secret weapon. A, shall we say… diminutive firefighter. Her name is Rosa Tullis. You can meet her when we talk to her live.

Delta Airlines buys own gas station. Becomes first airline to purchase an oil refinery, says it could cut $300 million in jet fuel costs (they spent $12B last year). Delta says purchase will add to earnings/margins, but what will it mean to ticket prices?? Christine Romans pushing back on it.

Exotic animals returning to home zoo. Imaging living next door to a few leopards and a brown bear… in a place where dozens of animals were set free just last year to roam the woods and nearby highway. Crazy story out of Ohio continues, we’re talking to head of the Columbus Zoo about why anyone would need a leopard in their backyard.

Plus we've got all the late night show highlights and trending stories that you missed while you were sleeping. Watch "Early Start with Ashleigh and Zoraida" live Tuesday starting at 5am Eastern on CNN.

Filed under: The Worm
April 30th, 2012
08:05 AM ET

A new 'wonder drug' for erectile dysfunction? Elizabeth Cohen on the first new drug on the market in 10 years

The FDA has approved a new erectile dysfunction drug that for some men is said to work in just 15 minutes as opposed to other drugs that have longer wait times. This 'wonder drug' however is only reported to work for 60 percent of men.

Filed under: Erectile dysfunction
April 30th, 2012
08:04 AM ET

Boy kicked off all-girls field hockey team, says he doesn't pose threat to other players

At just 13-year-old, Keeling Pilaro was kicked off his high school girls field hockey team because the school's athletic governing body has determined he is the dominant player on the field. However, Keeling says "there are definitely girls that are a lot better than [him], have more skills and are faster." He talks with Ashleigh Banfield this morning.

Filed under: Gender • Law
April 30th, 2012
08:01 AM ET

What's #trending: Want to know how attractive you are? There’s an app for that!

The Ugly Meter iPhone App uses your picture to rate your looks on a scale of 1-100. Jo Overline who created the app says facial hair does not matter and it is based on facial structure.

Filed under: Trending
April 30th, 2012
07:58 AM ET

Is Apple avoiding billions in taxes? Christine Romans on the company's tax policies and strategies

Apple's tax policies have been under a microscope after a critical story in the New York Times over the weekend. It has been revealed that part of Apple’s tax strategy is running office operations in states with low corporate tax rates like Nevada and low-tax countries like Ireland. Christine Romans explains.

Filed under: Apple • Minding Your Business
April 27th, 2012
01:22 PM ET

MYB: How student loans impact your life

Christine Romans explains how student loan debt affects many aspects of your life.

Filed under: Minding Your Business
Let’s Face It: Why dirty details matter in the Edwards trial, even when they shouldn't
Banfield writes that the 'dirty details' in the case could come back to haunt John Edwards.
April 27th, 2012
01:00 PM ET

Let’s Face It: Why dirty details matter in the Edwards trial, even when they shouldn't

From Early Start's Ashleigh Banfield:

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Sex, money and politics always make for great gossip. But toss in a presidential candidate, a pretty little baby and questionable campaign contributions – now you've got yourself a headline for the ages.

The behavior of former U.S Senator and Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has been repulsive. That he took a mistress, impregnated her, then covered it up by lying repeatedly to anyone who asked about it, isn't being litigated. It’s what you call a bad set of facts in the federal court case against him. The details of his cheating, lying, and the wholesale humiliation of his dying wife, Elizabeth, are undisputed.

Also undisputed is the bald-face lying that his fawning aide perpetrated to keep the whole sordid affair under wraps. But the cost of that cover up, and how the cover-up was financed, is the issue for a federal jury.

What did John Edwards know about the incoming and outgoing money used to keep things hush-hush during his campaign for president? It’s now the duty of those jurors to stomach all the dirty details connected to both Edwards and his deputy, Andrew Young.

Long ago, Young was on board to deceive the world and pretend the mistress and the baby were his, not Edwards.

Astoundingly, his wife played right along.

He and the equally dishonest Mrs. Young embarked on a first class adventure - jet-setting from one lavish resort location to another - all in an effort to spirit away the offending mistress, whose true tale would poison the squeaky clean candidate's wholesome image.

What good yarn doesn't have an elderly heiress, one who just might have been as fond of Edwards as was his mistress, but one who could not have ended up in the same pickle?

Bunny Mellon was well into her 90s, with more money than she knew with what to do. So she gave lots of it to Edwards.

Herein lies the crux of the case, and where the jurors have their work cut out for them.

Did Bunny Mellon help out a good personal pal/obsession in a time of need? Or did Bunny Mellon get suckered into giving huge campaign contributions with no questions asked? Did Edwards know how the payments were being orchestrated, how they were being solicited from Mellon, and how the money was hemorrhaging out towards paying for jet fuel and room service at the lavish mistress hideaway camps?

Did Andrew Young spill truthful beans in his less-than-loyal tell-all book, one that unloaded most of the blame on the senator, or did Young and his wife dive into siphoning off hundreds of thousands of dollars for a lengthy gilded vacation?

Do any of the nitty gritty details even matter?

The answer is: yes. But perhaps, maybe not.

A jury is made up of people. And people pass judgment every day on the behavior of others, no courtroom needed. This jury may decide to do that very thing: Pass judgment on deplorable behavior.

The actual commission of a crime here is certainly up for debate, and it would take a kind of tough negotiating that could put the Star Chamber to shame.

Sometimes juries just find it easier to pass REAL judgment on people who let us down and lie repeatedly, and damage a lot of people in the process. If they get the question of crime wrong, they quietly wink no harm no foul.

Andrew Young has immunity, so they can't judge him. The mistress does too, so they can't punish her.

But they can look across the courtroom into Edwards lying eyes and say "maybe you broke the law and maybe you didn't ...either way, we'll err on the side of you paying a price." That's when the dirty details come back to haunt you.

It may not be a perfect system as jurors can find justice in myriad ways. But karma's a glitch.

April 27th, 2012
06:35 AM ET

What's #trending for April 27th: Drugged bear in mid-air and Ashleigh Banfield's giggle fit

Cute pup yanked from cactus, drugged bear in mid-air, MIT kids hack building and Ashleigh Banfield's giggle fit.

Filed under: Trending
April 26th, 2012
10:54 AM ET

Hints of support for immigration law? Attorney Raul Reyes explains

Raul Reyes, attorney and USA Today columnist, on the Arizona immigration case before the Supreme Court.

Filed under: Immigration • Supreme Court
April 26th, 2012
08:25 AM ET

Misstravel.com CEO Brandon Wade on concept of pairing 'attractive' women with 'generous' men

Who needs money! If you're beautiful you can travel for free. A new dating site called Misstravel.com is not only generating heat, it's catching some, too.

Misstravel.com CEO Brandon Wade on the philosophy behind his site, which pairs 'attractive' women with 'generous' men.

Filed under: Dating • Trending
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