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July 25th, 2012
07:12 AM ET

Christian Bale surprises victims of the Aurora shooting- Jim Spellman talks visit

Families of Colorado shooting victims are preparing to lay their loved ones to rest today and several memorials and visitations are scheduled for this week.

CNN's Jim Spellman joins Early Start this morning live from Aurora to explain the uplifting story of victims Caleb and Katie Medley and to discuss the reaction to Christian Bale's surprise visit to shooting survivors.

July 25th, 2012
06:51 AM ET

President Obama headed to New Orleans today- Athena Jones discusses trip, ad controversy

CNN's Athena Jones discusses President Obama's trip to New Orleans today to speak to the National Urban League and weighs in on the controversy over his campaign's latest ads.


Filed under: 2012 election • Politics
July 25th, 2012
06:20 AM ET

What's trending on July 15, 2012

In the midst of confusion about the whereabouts of Katherine Jackson, security camera video obtained by CNN shows a scuffle on the Jackson estate. In the video, Janet Jackson appears to be trying to take a cell phone away from Paris Jackson, Michael's daughter.

Also trending this morning, video of a North Carolina man pulling a prank on his sleeping wife and a Japanese company's new sushi bazooka.


Filed under: Trending
July 25th, 2012
06:13 AM ET

MYB: Treasury yields, Apple earnings and the difficulty of changing banks

On Early Start this morning, Christine Romans discusses this week's record low treasury yields and the speculation about whether or not the Federal Reserve will step in to push more measures to help the economy.

Romans also discusses Apple's disappointing  earnings and the results of a new Consumer Union survey that says that while one in five people consider switching banks, less than half actually decide to do so because the process is so difficult.


Filed under: Minding Your Business
July 25th, 2012
05:47 AM ET

New presidential polling shows race in statistical dead heat- Mark Preston breaks down numbers

The latest presidential poll numbers are out this morning, revealing that President Obama is ahead of Mitt Romney by six points.

The brand new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows Obama at 49%, verses Romney's 43%, a three percentage-point increase from just last month.

CNN's political director Mark Preston breaks down the new numbers on Early Start this morning, explaining how each candidate is stacking up in areas like foreign policy and the economy.


Filed under: 2012 election • Politics
July 24th, 2012
02:10 PM ET

Obama releases new ‘choice’ ad and Romney's plans to deliver foreign policy address to VFW – Peter Hamby explains

Peter Hamby reports on the timing of Obama's new "choice" ad and presidential candidate Mitt Romney's plans to deliver a foreign policy address to VFW.


Filed under: 2012 election
July 24th, 2012
02:10 PM ET

Olympic flame on final leg of its 8000 mile, 70-day journey to the opening ceremony

The Olympic torch will take a ride on the tube today. As the flame makes it way to the opening ceremonies in London on Friday, excitement is building – despite fears that traffic and weather will dampen the mood.

CNN’s Jim Boulden has the latest on the details surrounding the $42 million opening ceremony.


Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
July 24th, 2012
02:10 PM ET

Former New York Giant Tiki Barber says NCAA sanctions are 'harsh'

Tiki Barber, a former New York Giants running back weighs in on the NCAA's recent announcement to impose sanctions against Penn State.

Barber says, "I think the NCAA is trying to take steps to where the NFL is...where if you get situations like this, you come down as hard as possible to set an example." Barber went on to say whether the sanctions will work or not has yet to be seen.

Barber spoke with CNN Early Start's John Berman about his belief that “a lot of sanctions like this are going to start happening around the NCAA because violations happen frequently."


Filed under: Penn State scandal
July 24th, 2012
02:10 PM ET

NCAA slaps Penn State with a $60 million fine – Susan Candiotti reports

Massive punishments are following an independent investigation led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh surrounding the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State. Early Monday, the NCAA announced sanctions against the university including a $60 million fine as well as a four-year ban from bowl games.

Penn State's President Rodney Erickson says, "Penn State's a very resilient university and I'm always struck by the sense of resolve people have here when confronted with a situation like this."

The sanctions will also result in the loss of 10 scholarships per year for the next four years, leaving Penn State's football future hanging in the balance.

Susan Candiotti reports.


Filed under: Penn State scandal
July 24th, 2012
02:10 PM ET

MYB: New report from Zillow shows home values on the rise for the first time in 5 years

Christine Romans on the housing market bottoming out. A new report from Zillow shows home values are on the rise for the first time in 5 years.


Filed under: Minding Your Business
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