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September 24th, 2012
11:01 AM ET

CNN's Sumnima Udas reports the latest in the search for avalanche survivors in Nepal

Snow and ice gave way in a massive avalanche Sunday in the world’s eight highest peak located near Nepal’s border with China. At least eight were killed yesterday and the search for the unaccounted climbers continues. Sumnima Udas reports live from Delhi with the latest on “Early Start” this morning.

Udas says information on the disaster is trickling in now. “We know that three helicopters went out this morning to try and bring back some of those bodies, and also to see if there were any other survivors,” Udas says. “We also know that 21 climbers were rescued between yesterday and today.” They are being treated in various hospitals in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. “Most of them are suffering from frost bite,” adds Udas.

Zoraida Sambolin asks Udas about the climbing conditions in Nepal, citing complaints made by climbers that it’s getting more dangerous. “The conditions are definitely changing in Nepal,” Udas confirms. “It’s a lot warmer,” and the snow is weaker. Udas explains that global warming is a major factor this, though there is no way of determining this.

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September 24th, 2012
10:48 AM ET

CNN's Alina Cho on birth control given to New York City high school students: 'many parents may be clueless'

More than a dozen New York high schools are currently raising eyebrows and concern from parents for offering morning-after pulls and other birth control drugs to students. Parents may be unaware if their teens are taking the drugs, which are all part of a program called CATCH which was formed to prevent teen pregnancies. CNN's Alina Cho joins “Early Start” this morning with details on the risky initiative and how parents are responding to it.

Alino Cho reports that the schools participating in the pilot program, which has been quietly active since January of 2011, “have been picked because the students there were known to have a higher risk of getting pregnant and a lower access to healthcare.”

She cites that over 1,100 students in 14 high schools have been given the so called morning-after pill, or Plan B. “The most surprising part of all of this… is that many parents may be clueless about it. The students do not need the permission from their parents to get the pill,” and are allowed to get it unless parents sign a letter opting out of the program, says Cho.

While we’re told that the letters were sent home and mailed, “the Department of Health says that no more than two percent of parents at each school sent them back,” Cho says. Cho and Sambolin offer that kids may prevent parents from ever getting the letter. “You don’t bring it home and you intercept the mail,” Sambolin says.

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September 24th, 2012
10:37 AM ET

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser on foreign policy in the 2012 race: 'dominating coverage'

Mitt Romney is promising to get more aggressive in the final weeks of the campaign following the media firestorm over his fundraiser comments. With just six weeks to go, the GOP nominee is promising to do less fund-raising and more meetings with the public. CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser weighs in live from Washington this morning.

Steinhauser says, the release of Romney’s hidden camera comments from a private fundraiser have “really altered the campaign trail.” Early Monday morning, the Obama campaign released a new ad targeting Mitt Romney on taxes and his “47%” comments. Romney, meanwhile, reiterated his new motto that he wants to help “100%” of Americans on an interview with CBS “60 Minutes”.

Foreign policy has also taken center stage in the 2012 election, particularly the attacks in Libya and the Middle East. When asked if recent protests are affecting the race Steinhauser says, “This is definitely dominating coverage.” He breaks down the polls showing voters support of how Obama is handling foreign policy issues. “One of those three presidential debates is focused entirely on foreign policy,” Steinhauser says. “So yes, it could very well play a role in dictating who wins on November 6.”

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September 24th, 2012
10:01 AM ET

MYB: Christine Romans on rising banking fees and the decline of free checking

Christine Romans has the latest on rising banking fees this morning, and how to avoid them: “Do not opt in for this.”

September 24th, 2012
09:53 AM ET

MYB: Christine Romans on U.S. stock futures: all down today

Christine Romans is minding your business with a market check. Disappointing economic reports out of Germany and China have upset U.S. stock futures and they are all down right now.

Romans also has latest on the looming fiscal cliff and the riot in Taiyuan plant in central China that resulted in 40 injuries.

September 24th, 2012
08:41 AM ET

Best Advice: Howard Schultz

Starbucks' CEO Howard Schultz share his best advice.

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September 21st, 2012
08:03 AM ET

Life after Olympic trials: New film 'Backwards' looks at the ups and downs of an athlete's failed attempts at greatness

Over the summer, the world watched as America won the most medals at the 2012 Olympics in London. But for every athlete who gets a moment of glory on the world's biggest state, there are hundreds who come up short.

It's the subject of a new movie out today, called "Backwards." It's about a woman who is forced to let go of her Olympic dream and start a second life.

Sarah Megan Thomas is the star, writer and producer of the movie and she explains to John Berman on "Early Start" how elements of her athletic career helped shape the story.

Filed under: Olympics
September 21st, 2012
07:58 AM ET

Citizens United releases new movie 'Occupy Unmasked' – President Bossie on Breitbart's last project

Just as the country marked the one year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street moment, a new documentary is being released based on the protests. “Occupy Unmasked” was conservative commentator and publisher Andrew Breitbart’s last project before he died earlier this year.

David Bossie, producer of the film and President of Citizens United, joins John Berman on “Early Start” this morning to talk about the film. Bossie and Breitbart were also behind the movie about Hillary Clinton that sparked the controversial Citizens United Supreme Court case.

Filed under: Citizens United • Occupy
September 21st, 2012
07:43 AM ET

Best Advice: T.I.

Rapper, actor, and author T.I. shares the best advice he has ever received.

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September 21st, 2012
07:32 AM ET

Senate Report: Offshore havens saved Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard billions in taxes – Christine Romans explains

WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) - Microsoft has saved nearly $7 billion off its U.S. tax bill since 2009 by using loopholes to shift profits offshore, a Senate panel said in a report released Thursday.

Hewlett-Packard also avoided paying taxes through a series of loans, some spanning 30 months, that shifted billions of dollars between two offshore subsidiaries, according to the Senate panel.

This morning on "Early Start," Christine Romans explains how the US tax code loopholes allows for companies to shift profits offshore.

READ MORE: Senate Report: Offshore havens saved Microsoft $7B in taxes

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