September 22nd, 2010
10:41 AM ET

French nationals kidnapped from oil ship near Nigeria

Three French nationals were kidnapped overnight in an attack on their oil-services ship off the coast of Nigeria, the company they work for said Wednesday.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack on the Bourbon Alexandre by several speedboats, said Bourbon, the oil services company, in a written statement.

The French Foreign Ministry is "mobilizing in Paris and Abuja, (Nigeria,) to secure their release. We are in close contact with the Nigerian authorities, the Bourbon group and the victims' families," it said.

- CNN's Saskya Vandoorne in Paris, France, contributed to this report.

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September 22nd, 2010
09:53 AM ET

Scientists discover amphibian species thought to be extinct

The Omaniundu reed frog hadn’t been observed since 1979

Three species of amphibians thought to be extinct for decades have been rediscovered, scientists announced Wednesday.

The three are the cave splayfoot salamander from Mexico, the Mount Nimba reed frog from the Ivory Coast and the Omaniundu reed frog from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The three were found as part of an effort by Conservation International and the Amphibious Specialty Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature to determine if 100 “lost” amphibian species are really extinct.

"These are fantastic finds and could have important implications for people as well as for amphibians,” said Robin Moore, who organized the Search for the Lost Frogs, the official name of the campaign. The creatures could help in medical research or just in protecting water resources, Moore said.


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September 22nd, 2010
09:03 AM ET

Exclusive: Bishop's rep: Abuse claims 'without merit'

Two men have filed suit claiming that prominent Atlanta pastor Eddie Long used his position as a spiritual authority and bishop to coerce young males at his New Birth Missionary Baptist Church into sex. The church is denying the allegations.

Art Franklin, the spokesperson for Bishop Long, talked to American Morning's Kiran Chetry and John Roberts exclusively about the allegations.

Art Franklin: Good morning, Kiran and John. How are you guys?

Kiran Chetry: Great, thank you. Disturbing allegations for sure from two men who tell our Ed Lavandera they have texts and e-mail that is will corroborate their story. What is Bishop Long's side?

Franklin: I want to be clear from our perspective. There's been a lot of chatter since yesterday. But these complaints that have been filed against Bishop Long are definitely without merit and as we swiftly stated yesterday upon learning of the accusations, and as you said, Bishop Long categorically and adamantly denies the allegations and there's really unfortunate that the men gone down the road, taken this course of action against someone who helped them like numerous individuals and families in tough situations.

John Roberts: Art, these two men in question Anthony flag and Maurice Robinson, looking at the complaints, very similar in the stories and allegation that is Bishop Long became spiritual and personal advisers. That they were involved in this covenant ceremony. That they traveled extensively across the country and around the world with bishop long.

And there are numerous allegations here that he engaged in sexual conduct with them and here's one allegation here. It says, "Defendant Long  has a pattern and practice of singling out a select group of young male church members and using the authority as bishop to bring them to a point of engaging in a sexual relationship." The allegations here, very detailed.


September 22nd, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Bullied girl's dad: 'I was going to be her protector'

On September 3, a Lake Mary, Florida, father jumped onto his daughter’s school bus and confronted bullies who he says had been tormenting the girl over the previous three days. James Jones was captured on bus surveillance video yelling and threatening kids on the bus. Jones has publicly apologized but may face two second-degree misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and disturbing a school function.

His lawyer told CNN’s “American Morning” that Jones and his wife did not inform the school that their daughter was being bullied. The girl has cerebral palsy.

The bullying was so traumatizing, Jones says his daughter is currently hospitalized.

Jones: Well, she's - she's on the medications - she suffered with cerebral palsy. We'd like to let everybody know that. Cerebral palsy is out there and kids do suffer with that. And right now we are just - hopefully when she comes home [from the hospital] we can get on with our lives with this.

AM’s Kiran Chetry:
And tell us a little bit about what led up to your words on the bus, your screaming.

James Jones: Well, basically my daughter was not - wasn't catching the bus, my wife was just [taking] her to school. She was getting up late, dragging around the house. And then all of a sudden the day when we were headed out [to the bus stop], she finally opened up and told me what was going on. And from there, you know, being a dad just loving my daughter … and just loving all my kids, you know ... [At] that point, my heart broke when I [saw] her standing there… [she] wasn't going to get on the bus crying. And a dad is a dad. And I was going to be her protector that day.


September 22nd, 2010
08:49 AM ET

Food policy expert talks safety of modified salmon

The Food and Drug Administration is considering right now - and have been for the past few days - whether to allow genetically engineered salmon to be sold in grocery stores.

The industry says it is safe but critics aren’t convinced. William Hallman, director of the food policy institute at Rutgers, joined CNN's American Morning, to discuss what implications there may be introducing the product into stores and what consumers need to know.

Kiran Chetry: Is it safe?

William Hallman: Well, the FDA says it is. What the scientists are saying is they can find really no differences between this genetically modified salmon and conventionally bred salmon.

John Roberts: You have to wonder, though, if you're bathing it in growth hormone 12 months of the year as opposed to staging it in seasons and cycles, might you be introducing something into the food chain there that people could react to maybe a food allergy?

William Hallman: Well, that's a question that the FDA has really looked at. And you know, you as a human being are bathed in growth hormone all the time, as well. It's just a question of really how much. This is a natural hormone. It's not anything that's unnatural. It just allows the fish to grow winter and summer.


September 22nd, 2010
07:24 AM ET

Wednesday's live video events

9:30 am ET - Chilean president visits Wall Street - Chilean President Sebastian Pinera rings the opening bell on Wall Street.

10:00 am ET - Kevin Costner on Capitol Hill - Actor/activist Kevin Costner testifies before the House Homeland Security Committee on the lessons learned from the Gulf oil spill.


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September 22nd, 2010
06:27 AM ET

World update: Concern grows over Commonwealth Games

An update from the CNN newsdesk in London on the stories we're following on Wednesday:

Commonwealth Games - With fears over security and poor infrastructure following Tuesday’s Delhi bridge collapse, it looks like the Commonwealth Games are in trouble. Across the globe, athletes are pulling out, with England stars announcing that they will not be taking part and Scotland delaying sending its team to India to give the authorities a few days to improve conditions.

Arctic conference - An international conference to discuss the future of the Arctic is taking place today. Several countries have laid claim to different areas in the region which is said to hold up to a quarter of the world’s oil and gas resources.


September 22nd, 2010
04:26 AM ET

Nevada governor injured after fall from horse

Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons was recuperating early Wednesday after he was thrown off a horse, his spokesman said.


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