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April 30, 2012

We've moved!

Posted: 02:34 PM ET

The Morning Express blog has a new home at HLNtv.com.

Visit the site directly at HLNtv.com/shows/morning-express-robin-meade.

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April 27, 2012

Ethan, a six year old on the autism spectrum plays a Billy Joel hit

Posted: 05:55 AM ET

We thought you might like to hear a little more from Ethan... we were only to play you a short bit of his performance of "Piano Man" on "Morning Express with Robin Meade" today. Here's the full clip.

And take a look at some of his other videos! We especially liked, "Maybe I'm Amazed" and Coldplay's "Clocks."

Filed under: Viral Video of the Day • YouTube


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Did Zimmerman mislead court about money? Attorney says he raised $200,000 online

Posted: 05:26 AM ET

Good Morning! It's a busy Friday at "Morning Express with Robin Meade" on HLN.

Martin attorney: Zimmerman misled court about money

George Zimmerman's lawyer is in court at 9am ET this morning.
He could face tough questions from the judge. This after learning Zimmerman's (now closed) legal defense website raised more than $200,000.
Now, Trayvon Martin's family attorney wants Zimmeman's bail revoked.
Zimmerman is not expected in court, but we are.
HLN is the place to get most extensive coverage of this case: HLNtv.com/TrayvonMartin
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One year ago, deadly tornadoes ripped through parts of the nation. Tuscaloosa, Alabama was hit hard. Hear from some of the first responders as they look back on that day.
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Nadya Suleman... you may know her as Octomom... says her house will not be auctioned off as reports had stated.
Hear what else she told HLN’s Dr. Drew last night.
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The couple who caught a foul ball and caused the kid sitting next to them to cry is now calling foul.
Carlos has their side of the story.
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Having trouble with a co-worker?
We’ve got tips on the best way to deal with someone who’s hard to deal with.
We want to hear your advice too.
Go to our facebook page or tweet Jennifer Westhoven: @JenWesthoven.
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Natasha Curry is your pilot this morning. See you on HLN starting at 6amET!

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April 26, 2012

Mini movie studios in your mobile device

Posted: 12:36 PM ET

A host of new apps let you indulge your inner film director. They do for video what Instagram does for photos.

Shoot video, add cool transitions and effects, all on your mobile device. They also make it simple to share your masterpiece with friends on your social networks like facebook or twitter. It's as easy as the push of a button (or the tap of a screen). HLN digital lifestyles expert Mario Armstrong demonstrates two of these cool tools on his iPad.

For more information check out: socialcam.com or Animoto.com.

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Robin Meade's Thursday Morning Express preview:

Posted: 06:10 AM ET

Oh, just Serena Williams and me chatting like old friends on the set of Drop Dead Diva. What? You missed the pictures? Honey, you gotta get on my Twitter feed. @robinmeade on Twitter. Hurry and you can still catch cute pics of Brandy reacting to something I asked her.

In the news today:
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New video is coming in from overnight protests where cops used stun grenades and tear gas on thousands of students. See if the issue they're protesting would drive you into the streets.
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Our Country Votes:
It's kinda fun at this point watching former Republican rivals, who were once trash talking about each other, now making peace.
Check out the nice nice now that Newt is expected to officially drop out.
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It's draft day for the NFL. Oh don't you love this scene! Tune in for a quick cheat sheet on who and what to watch for.
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Where's the best seat on an airplane? Supposedly, we can pinpoint that. And we do. When ya tune in friend.
Robin

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Birth to 12-years-old in 2:45 – stop motion video goes viral

Posted: 05:16 AM ET

Parents always say their kids "grow up so fast!" Take a look at this viral video where one dad made his daughter grow up in 2 minutes and 45 seconds. How's that for FAST?

Filmmaker Frans Hofmeester took a photo of his daughter, Lotte, every week from birth to age 12 and put them all together in this video. It's gotten more than two million views in a week. A similar video of Lotte's little brother hasn't gotten nearly as many views!

Filed under: Viral Video of the Day • YouTube


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April 25, 2012

Woman who donated kidney for boss wants it back

Posted: 06:01 AM ET

Howdy! This is Robin writing the newsletter. So, yes, my fanny is in the anchor chair today. Game on!
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Romney Sweeps primaries

Our Country Votes:
A big night for Mitt Romney. He swept all 5 states in last night's primaries.
So let's see, some issues we'll tackle for you this morning:
Will Gingrich or Paul concede?
Santorum says he'll support who?
And in what way does it look like Mitt Romney is setting his sights on the general election?
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President Obama takes on late night TV... some funny stuff... and some serious stuff as well. Catch the moments people will be talking about.
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'We knew something was wrong.'
Another flight forced back by birds. It's the second time in a week.
Hear more from passengers who were on the plane. Geez!
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A case of mad cow in the U.S. What it means if you're having milk with your cereal or planning Sloppy Joes for supper.
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An expensive penalty for a cheap shot. The suspension for Metta World Peace.
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The woman who says she donated her kidney to help her boss is not happy. We told you her story yesterday: she says she did it so her boss could move up the organ donation list, and then she got fired. Now hear her idea of payback.
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Many thanks to the folks with the T.J. Martell Foundation, helping raise money for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research. I spent Monday evening with them at their event in Nashville. Get the pics with some country hunks on my Twitter feed @robinmeade.
Robin

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April 24, 2012

Secret Service prostitution scandal: New twists

Posted: 05:49 AM ET

Good morning. Robin is off today. Natasha Curry has the lead.

There are new twists in the secret service prostitution scandal.

There are new twists in the secret service prostitution scandal. Now a member of the military who's attached to the White House is implicated. And we'll tell you what we've learned about the woman who's responsible for bringing the scandal to light.
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Our Country Votes:
It's the biggest primary day since Super Tuesday. Five states hold contests today. We'll get you caught up.
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George Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. He's shuttling between several secret locations. Why? He's getting threats.
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We're watching the trial of one-time political superstar John Edwards. The government's star witness will be on the stand today. Things could get nasty.
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Here's a name you haven't heard for awhile. Joran van der Sloot may soon be on his way to the U.S., where he would face charges related to the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway.
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Trying to lose weight? Maybe your food's just not big enough. We're looking at the surprising promise in a gadget that makes what you eat look hefty enough to turn down your appetite.
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New allegations against the New Orleans Saints. This time, it's about supposed high-tech hijinks that, if true, could put the team in hot water with the NFL... and the federal government.
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Looking forward to retiring and cashing in those Social Security checks? Question is: Will there be enough money left?
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Heartbreaking moments in the trial of the man accused of killing three members of Jennifer Hudson's family. The singer takes the stand, and breaks down.
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Also: the next great place to dig up platinum? Asteroids flying past the Earth; a woman who says she donated a kidney to save the life of her boss just got fired; a man is hailed as a hero after he used his body as a shield to protect kids from vicious dogs; and finally... how do you like your nachos? In Kansas, some folks prefer the two-and-a-half-ton plate.

Hey, is that your MOM on TV? It could be, we're looking for "Saltue to Mothers" viewer videos! Upload your video and a couple pics of mom and you might see her on HLN the week of Mother's Day!!!

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April 23, 2012

Mario Armstrong's Apps to keep kids learning over the summer

Posted: 06:51 AM ET

1. KHANAPP:
- about 150,000 videos are watched everyday by students to help them with a variety of subjects
- covers K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history.
- every single problem can be broken down, step-by-step, with one click. If you need more help, you can always watch a related video.
- get badges as rewards, some students spend hour after hour watching physics videos to earn Khan Academy badges.

2. Brainpop:
- creates animated, curriculum-based content
- include movies, quizzes, experiments, timelines, activity pages for hundreds of topics
- content is aligned to academic standards

3. PBS's Word World – awesome word game for young kids
- targeted to 3-7-year-olds
- based off the highly successful PBS show Word World
- kids try to spell words and then squeeze them to reveal the shape of the word

A good site to find apps and resources is: eduTeacher.net

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George Zimmerman released from jail on bond

Posted: 05:32 AM ET

Hey there this is Robin typing, so I'm back with ya today. I'm going to cut the niceties short because:

Zimmerman out of jail

Breaking news overnight: George Zimmerman is out of jail.
And you'll probably be surprised at the scene as he left the lockup.
Question for some is: Where did he go?
Someone knows because he's wearing a tracking device.
We are waiting for a response from Trayvon Martin's family.

Meanwhile, the Martin family took out an ad in the Sunday papers obit section. More on that.
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Get a load of this:
Some places in the Northeast may get the biggest snowfall of all season today!
You gotta watch if you have any type of travel planned along the eastern seaboard.
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It's the basketball shot that's got lots of people talking, and it came AFTER the basket.
Lakers star Metta World Peace threw an elbow to the head of another player, giving him a concussion.
World Peace says it was an accident. Some who know his checkered past aren’t buying it.
I read his tweet about it last night, and even he is saying some of it looked bad.
So, was it deliberate or exuberance over a basket? You decide.
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So it's come to this...
The criminal trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards is expected to start today. Jury selection should get wrapped up this morning.
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Finally, on a side note, thanks for jamming to the new bonus tracks on my debut album, get it on iTunes right now.

Thx!
Robin

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