Morning Express with Robin Meade

A fast, personal, and smart blend of all the news you want in the morning. We call it "News in the Fast Lane." So buckle up.

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



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?

Mini movie studios in your mobile device

Mini movie studios in your mobile device

A host of new apps let you indulge your inner film director.  They do to 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.

Like letters on Saturday? You may be in luck

Like letters on Saturday? You may be in luck

The future of getting mail on Saturday is now in the hands of Washington.

The Senate recently passed a plan to slow that money drain the U.S. Postal Service is experiencing while preventing some more drastic spending cuts that have been suggested. 

Robin Meade's Thursday Morning Express preview:

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.

Woman who donated kidney for boss wants it back

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.

Small Business Success: Delgado Boxing

Small Business Success: Delgado Boxing

Paul Delgado turned a personal tragedy into a successful boxing business. Find out how he made Delgado Boxing into a Small Business Success.


 

Secret Service prostitution scandal: New twists

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

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.

Small Business Success: Schera's Restaurant

Small Business Success: Schera's Restaurant

A little town in Iowa is home to an unexpected eatery. 

Schera's Restaurant is the end result of its owners' desire to change hearts and minds through good food. After the attacks of 9/11, Algerian American Frederique Boudouani wanted to repair the image of Islam. He says, "I am of the Muslim faith and I wanted my fellow Americans to think that we are all not like the hijackers." 

'Weird' stuffed Shawnimals are small biz hits

'Weird' stuffed Shawnimals are small biz hits

Shawn Smith has created a cool world -- one that you can take part in online, on the go, on your Nintendo, and in real life! 

Shawn describes his Shawnimals as "weird stuffed animals" which he and his small team dream up. They come in lots of shapes and sizes ... and you can find them on everything from clothes to comic books to video games!

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

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

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