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July 24th, 2013
06:12 AM ET

The "Modern" Royal Family

The world has been enthralled this week by the sensation across the pond over the birth of the royal baby. The ceremony and the pomp and circumstance announcing the birth can be traced to centuries past, but some also to the customs of current day. 

A scene that’s very traditional but also a little bit modern, critics say the birth of the royal baby might be a sign of things to come.

“The world celebrates the new prince, the future king, the possible 1st British Monarch of the 22nd Century,’ CNN’s John Berman says.

The parents William and Kate have been hailed as young, fresh, modern.

In that style, a break from tradition; they sent word of the birth in an email.

“William and Kate are expected to be more hands on parents than past royals,” Berman says. “Instead of a nanny, they have reportedly hired a housekeeper to help around the palace. So no Mary Poppins unfortunately.”

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July 11th, 2013
07:06 AM ET

The stuff we forget on our cars – Jeanne Moos reports

CNN first brought you a video of a very helpful motorcyclist returning a coffee cup to a driver.

Well, that motorcyclist is now telling his story to our Jeanne Moos.

“Riding on his motorcycle, Nate Bos is used to seeing the gorgeous snowcapped mountains near Orem, Utah,” Moos says. ‘What caught his eye was the snow white of the cup on the black SUV's bumper.”

Nate says, “When I saw the cup, I was like ‘this lady's got a cup on her bumper.’

“To the rescue,” Moos says, “Nate gave chase.”

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May 31st, 2013
07:58 AM ET

Animal Planet scores ratings gold with fake "Mermaids" documentary – John Berman has more on the story

Animal Planet's "Mermaids: The New Evidence" had 3.6 million viewers, making it the highest rated program in the channel's 17-year history.

The show was so convincing, many viewers were left wondering if mermaids are real.

John Berman wonders: Really? He goes into the facts and the myth.

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March 29th, 2013
07:31 AM ET

Baby gorilla cared for by 10 human surrogates at Cincinnati Zoo – Primate team leader Ron Evans explains

We have a story this morning about the unlikeliest and furriest family around.

Meet Gladys. She is a tw-month-old gorilla. If you can believe it, this adorable creature was rejected by her mother in Texas. She was moved to the Cincinatti Zoo where she's being raised by a rotating group of human surrogates until a gorilla assumes the role of surrotage mother.

This morning on "Early Start," primate team leader Ron Evans, wearing a furry vest and holding Gladys, explains how the unconventional method will help the gorilla survive.

Filed under: A little fun • Gorillas
February 8th, 2013
10:20 AM ET

New cookie app, boxes for National Girl Scout Cookie day

We'd like to wish you and yours happy National Girl Scout Cookie Day!

Thin Mints, the Samoas, Peanut Butter Patties: Yes, cookies have grown into a $790 million business for the Girl Scouts. And this year, the iconic boxes are getting an overhaul.

This morning on "Early Start," Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chavez, and girl scouts Emma Fonte Lopez and Katie Genari talk about the new design and what girls learn from selling the iconic cookies.

Filed under: A little fun • Girl Scouts