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Nyad calls it quits
August 9th, 2011
04:33 PM ET

Nyad calls it quits

Endurance swimmer and world record holder Diana Nyad ended her potentially record-breaking journey shortly before 1:00 am early this morning.

Nyad, 61, attempted to be the first person to swim from Cuba to the US without a shark cage, a distance of 103 miles.

Throughout her swim  she battled a shoulder injury, asthma, huge waves, and bad weather.

Approximately 29 hours after leaving Havana, Nyad started vomiting and decided that she could no longer go on.

Nyad's incredible journey - from her training through her arrival in Key West, Florida - will be featured in our upcoming CNN Presents documentary, reported by  Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Saturday September 17 at 8:00 pm ET.

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August 9th, 2011
04:10 PM ET

Military remains return home

President Barack Obama and top Pentagon officials are attending Tuesday's dignified transfer ceremony for 38 U.S. and Afghan personnel killed on board a helicopter shot down in Afghanistan over the weekend.

Two planes carrying the remains landed at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Tuesday morning, according to Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan.

Because the catastrophic nature of the crash made the remains difficult to identify, all were brought in more than 38 transfer cases to the United States, Lapan said. The Afghan remains will be returned to their families once identifications can be made.

The slain U.S. service members represent the worst single-incident loss of American life since the start of the Afghan war.

Thirty Americans died in the crash, including 22 Navy SEALs, military officials said.

CNN’s Chris Lawrence examines the intense training required of Navy SEALs for CNN Presents: “Inside the Mission: Getting Bin Laden.”


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