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  • "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts is among Ebony magazine's Power 100 African-Americans of 2012.

    Roberts, who is currently on medical leave from "GMA" following a bone marrow transplant to treat MDS, a blood disorder, appears on the list alongside other influential names in media, business, politics and other fields. The magazine cites all the attention she has brought to bone marrow donation during her fight against MDS, or as Robin says, "making her mess her message."

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    President Barack Obama appears on the list, along with NBA player Lebron James, and professor Cornel West. While West tops the list and Obama appears in the third spot behind James, the numbers do not appear to indicate rank. According to Ebony, the names are listed "in no particular order."

    Rapper/singer Nicki Minaj, author Toni Morrison, the Rev. T.D. Jakes, entertainers Beyonce and her husband Jay Z., writer and educator Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,

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  • Face Yoga Is the New, Natural Anti-Aging Trend

    ABC News' Bianna Golodryga and Natasha Singh report:

    The world of yoga keeps stretching to new extremes. There's aerial yoga, hot yoga and even karaoke yoga. Now the latest craze is yoga for the face.

    Instead of the downward dog or warrior poses of traditional yoga, this new trend involves contorting the face into a variety of expressions, including the "lion face," "fish face" and "satchmo."

    Facial yoga is designed to be a natural, non-invasive alternative to the Botox, fillers and plastic surgery that Americans pay millions of dollars for every year, and its proponents claim the facial exercises can help keep people looking younger.

    Facial yoga was developed by Annelise Hagen, of New York Yoga, who wrote a book on mastering what she calls the ultimate facelift. In an interview with " Good Morning America," Hagen explained that there's an actual technique to making the faces.

    (Photo Credit: Annelise Hagen)"If you just made weird squirmy faces randomly you'd get more wrinkles," she said.

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  • How to Turn Your Closet Into Cash

    Where you see old, tired clothes in your closet, Tracy DiNunzio sees cash, and lots of it.

    DiNunzio is the CEO and founder of Tradesy, one of the newest and, according to DiNunzio, easiest options on the Web to cash in on the clothes you're ready to get rid of.

    READ MORE: Update Your Wardrobe for Free

    The Los Angeles-based Tradesy takes care of what the site calls the "messy bits" of online commerce - the payment, shipping and handling and return - so that all you have to do is take photos of your clothing, post the photos online and set a price.

    DiNunzio appeared on " Good Morning America" today to show just how easy it is to swap your clothes for cash. The Tradesy founder says these seven tips will make sure you get the most bang for your clothing buck.

    1. Shop Like You Are Making An Investment. Recognizable, popular brands like J. Crew, Coach and Abercrombie & Fitch sell best on Tradesy. Buy items from designers other women know and love, and you'll be able to sell them easily on

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  • Would a Sea Wall Stop a Storm Surge?

    ABC News' John Muller and Taylor Behrendt report:

    In the wake of superstorm Sandy's massive destruction to coastlines in the East Coast, many experts suggest that a sea wall barrier could have minimized the deadly storm surge that swept away homes and knocked out power to millions.

    The catastrophe prompted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to propose this week that a feasibility study to consider the idea.

    Oceanography professor Malcolm Bowman told ABC News that a sea wall barrier could have stopped Sandy's 14-foot storm surge earlier this week that crippled the city by flooding the subway system and parts of the electrical grid.

    Hurricane Sandy: Full Coverage

    "If we had implemented these barriers by now there would have been no damage to New York City resulting from Sandy. By that I mean no damage coming from the ocean," Bowman said, who teaches at Stony Brook University on Long Island.

    Places like St. Petersburg, Russia, London

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  • Shelton Is CMA Entertainer of Year

    It was a Blake & Miranda kind of night at the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards, handed out in Nashville on Thursday night and airing live on ABC. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, the reigning King and Queen of Country music, swept the boards, taking home awards in four categories overall, including the big one: Entertainer of the Year, which went to Blake.

    Accepting the trophy, an incredulous Blake said, "I'm not sure how this happened, but I freakin' love it!" He added that when he moved to Nashville in '94, he had only two goals: to get a gold record and join the Grand Ole Opry. Entertainer of the Year, he said, never crossed his mind. Noting that he's not been on the road as much due to his commitments to The Voice, Blake said he tries to represent country music as best he can, adding, "I love country music more than anybody in this room!"

    CMA Awards 2012: Best and Worst Dressed

    REUTERS/Eric HendersonIn addition, Blake and Miranda became the first married couple ever to win

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  • How to Save Your Sandy-Soaked Wedding

    ABC News' Linsey Davis reports:

    They say it's good luck if it rains on your wedding day, but all those brides-to-be whose walk down the aisle has been interrupted by Sandy might disagree.

    These brides are now facing their worst fears for their fairy tale day. Many are unable to bring family and friends together to take part in the nuptials, but they're still finding ways to save their weddings.

    Shelby Ebert, of New York City, can't reach her florist or her hair stylist, and her wedding party's attire is, until further notice, stuck at the tailor's.

    "Luckily my color was black, and we've asked bridesmaids if you have a black dress, throw it on," Ebert told ABC News.

    None of her careful planning could have prepared her for the most dreaded unexpected guest, Hurricane Sandy.

    "We have guests that can't fly in. We have 60 people that are supposed to stay at a hotel. The hotel has no power," Ebert said.

    READ ALSO: Residents Head Back to Everyday Life After Superstorm

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  • Taylor Swift Eyes Third Top CMA Award Win

    Taylor Swift won her first CMA Entertainer of the Year trophy back in 2009 and she did it again at last year's show on the strength of her "Speak Now" album and tour. The pop idol is the second woman in history to win that award twice, and now she may win it a third time.

    "To win it, and then not win it and then win it again, it was like I was like, 'Oh my God!'" Swift told ABC News. "It just felt like such a big, huge, wonderful pat on the back for all the work that we've done, and how much fun we've had doing it."

    RELATED: Two Stars Announced as Early CMA Awards 2012 Winners

    Swift is honored to be up for the CMA's top prize again at Thursday night's show, and she really is just happy to be nominated.

    "Who knows what happens that night, but it's just, it's so cool to be in that awesome, awesome really prestigious list," she said.

    Swift is set to perform a song from her new album "Red" at the CMA Awards Thursday night at 8 p.m. on ABC. Click HERE to See Who's Else Is

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  • Two Stars Announced as Early CMA Awards 2012 Winners

    As country music's biggest stars nervously await tonight's CMA Awards and whether their names will be called on stage, two stars already know they are winners.

    Click HERE to See Who's Performing at Tonight's CMA Awards

    The awards for Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year were announced exclusively this morning on " Good Morning America" in a preview of tonight's big festivities in Nashville.

    And the early winners are?

    (Getty Images)Kenny Chesney can add to his trophy case, winning the CMA Award for Musical Event for "Feel Like a Rockstar," his duet with fellow country superstar and frequent tour partner Tim McGraw.

    PHOTOS: CMA Awards' Best and Worst Dressed of All Time

    For Music Video of the Year, the trophy goes to Toby Keith, a winner for his hit single "Red Solo Cup."

    (Getty Images)The two CMA winners beat out an eclectic group of fellow musicians ranging from Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert to Lionel Richie, Willie Nelson and even rapper Snoop Dogg to take home their

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  • Gas Fires Still Burning in NJ

    ABC News' Terry Moran, Howard Price and Teri Witchcraft report:

    On the long and slender stretch of New Jersey barrier beaches that includes Brick Township, the hiss of gas seems to be everywhere. And between gas fires and the ocean surge, dozens of homes have been destroyed - 60 in Brick Township alone.

    The threat from gas is widespread and the risk of further fire and explosion continues along this devastated coastline where many homes were lifted from foundations and their gas lines ruptured. And officials say it will continue until flames are brought under control and utilities are able to turn off the main gas line serving the two barrier islands on this stretch.

    Hurricane Sandy: Full Coverage

    Along a stretch of barrier island in Brick Township where the gas lines continue to burn, they create a painful image that puts a lens onto a broader issue facing communities along this sandy coast that include Seaside Heights, Ortley, Ortley Beach and

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  • Hero NYU Hospital Staff Rescues Newborns During Sandy

    When superstorm Sandy hit NYU Langone Medical Center Monday night, cutting off the power to the New York City hospital, doctors and nurses rose to the occasion.

    In one of the most heart-stopping events of the storm, the staff began an unprecedented emergency evacuation of hundreds of patients, including 20 newborns, from the hospital in downtown Manhattan.

    Everything had gone dark. Respirators and machines failed. The elevators froze shut.

    "It was a pretty dramatic situation, and the staff at NYU is amazing, what they were able to do," Dr. Ira Parness, chief of Mount Sinai's Division of Pediatric Cardiology, said. "No elevators, they were able to transfer sick babies, take them down flights of stairs to waiting ambulances and move them all safely. They really did an amazing job getting the patients out safely."

    The evacuation came after a power outage caused by Sandy, followed by a failure of backup generators at the hospital because of flooding in the basement. Having

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