Heathrow boss declines bonus amid Europe travel chaos
December 22nd, 2010
09:39 AM ET

Heathrow boss declines bonus amid Europe travel chaos

The chief executive of the airport operator BAA, which is responsible for London's Heathrow, says he will not be taking his bonus for 2010 following the travel chaos caused by heavy snow.

Colin Matthews said he wanted to "focus on getting people moving," but refused to comment on the size of the bonus he has declined.

"I do not want to talk about my renumeration. I will be foregoing my bonus for the calendar year 2010," he said. When questioned about a rumored "secret bonus" based on profits, Matthews said, "There is no secret bonus."

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Soggy SoCal facing even more rain, flooding, forecasters say
December 22nd, 2010
09:36 AM ET

Soggy SoCal facing even more rain, flooding, forecasters say

Half a dozen Southern California counties are under an emergency declaration Wednesday as another powerful storm from the Pacific pummels the region.

The declaration from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger warns of a forecast that calls for "extraordinary and continuing rainfall" that is likely to cause more flooding and landslides in the region and authorizes state assistance for local authorities.

The proclamation covers Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo and Tulare counties in Southern California.

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Astronaut live from space: 'Real people do have their dreams come true'
December 22nd, 2010
08:43 AM ET

Astronaut live from space: 'Real people do have their dreams come true'

CNN’s American Morning has been following astronaut Cady Coleman's journey to space for over a year now. We’ve spent time with her at her home in Massachusetts, and watched her as she trained for the mission in zero gravity across the globe in bases in Russia, Japan, and here in the United Sates.

Wednesday on American Morning, Coleman spoke with us live from space with fellow astronaut Paolo Nespoli aboard the International Space Station.

"I’d just like to say that this was my dream. And it's not everybody's, but it certainly was mine. And you never think that an ordinary person could get to come and live on the International Space Station and call it their home and have a lot of really interesting work to do that I think will make a difference for all people," she said. "And in the way that happens is just to do your best. And if you get to a day where you haven't done your best, you're going to have to wake up the next day and try harder to do your best and try your hardest. And real people do have their dreams come true when they work for them."

Coleman talks with John Roberts, Carol Costello, and John Zarrella about her incredible adventure.

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Couple killed on way to plan funerals for three grandchildren
December 22nd, 2010
07:52 AM ET

Couple killed on way to plan funerals for three grandchildren

Tragedy added to tragedy Tuesday when an Ohio couple died in an accident on their way to help make funeral arrangements for their three grandchildren.

Marc and Misty Royce of Circleville were killed in a crash on a snowy road on their way to help Marc Royce's daughter, Kacey Stacey, plan funerals for her three children, who died in a mobile home fire over the weekend, CNN affiliate WBNS-TV reported.

In the car accident, Misty Royce's two children from a previous marriage and a 6-month-old baby they shared were injured.  They were  treated at a hospital, as were the occupants of a second vehicle in the crash, WBNS reported.

The children who died in the fire in Wheelersburg were Dwayne Charles Stacey, 3, Emily Rose Stacey, 2, and Alexis Stacey, 11 months.

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Wednesday's live video events
December 22nd, 2010
07:42 AM ET

Wednesday's live video events

President Obama will sign a historic piece of legislation into law this morning, and CNN.com Live will carry the bill-signing ceremony when it happens.

9:15 am ET - Obama signs 'don't ask' repeal into law - President Obama will sign the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal Act of 2010 into law in a signing ceremony at the Department of the Interior.

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