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August 29th, 2011
02:54 PM ET

Irene aftermath

As a much-weakened Irene entered Canada, parts of the U.S. East Coast are still grappling Monday with dangerous floodwaters, widespread power outages and stranded residents.

At least 24 deaths in nine states were blamed on Irene, which fizzled to a post-tropical cyclone and headed over eastern Canada on Monday.

Flooding was ongoing, particularly in New England and southern states were affected primarily by power outages and the effects of storm surge.

Downed power lines left more than 4 million customers without electricity during Irene's weekend journey up the East Coast and more than 8,500 people spread up and down the East Coast awoke Monday in Red Cross shelters, according to a spokesman.

But life along much of the East Coast returned to normal Monday, as subway services resumed on all 22 lines in New York City, and the three major airports in the area reopened after thousands of flights were canceled over the weekend. Flight schedules were expected to normalize slowly and passengers were urged to check with their airlines before going to the airport.

The U.S. government estimated that the cost from wind damage alone will exceed $1 billion.     

"The impacts of this storm will be felt for some time, and the recovery effort will last for weeks or longer," Obama said Sunday evening from Washington.

CNN’s Amber Lyon reported from Virginia Beach, Virginia where Irene’s wind and rain knocked out power for many.


Filed under: Amber Lyon
August 15th, 2011
03:52 PM ET

Mubarak trial not to be televised

The trial of Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak will take place behind closed doors, Judge Ahmed Refaat announced Monday, citing "the public interest" as he barred television cameras from the court.

Judges also combined the case against Mubarak with that of former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly, Refaat said.

Both men potentially face the death penalty if found guilty of ordering the killing of protesters in the revolution that toppled them earlier this year.

About 840 people died and more than 6,000 were wounded in the 18 days of uprising that toppled Mubarak, bringing an end to his 30-year reign, according to Amnesty International.

CNN’s Amber Lyon reported from Tunisia, Egypt, and Bahrain exploring how young citizen journalists helped propel the revolution spreading throughout North Africa and the Middle East for CNN Presents: “iRevolution: Online Warriors of the Arab Spring.”

In this report, Lyon meets Astrubal, one of the leading citizen journalists at the center of the digital revolution in Tunisia.


Filed under: Amber Lyon • Arab Spring
August 3rd, 2011
12:13 PM ET

Born Addicted

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on prescription drug use in Florida has documented an alarming trend – a 265% jump in the rate of overdose deaths from the pain medication oxycodone since 2003. Prescription medicine overdoses now kill more Americans than all other illicit drugs combined.

In Florida, the addiction epidemic has entered a dangerous new phase – babies are being born addicted.

CNN's Amber Lyon went to Broward County to investigate the alarming jump in babies born to pill-using mothers. Catch this segment when it re-airs on CNN Presents this Saturday at 8:00 pm ET and 11:00 pm ET.

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