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An Air Algerie flight with at least 116 people on board dropped off radar after taking off in Burkina Faso. It is thought to have gone down in Mali. Erin Burnett has more tonight.
July 16th, 2014
10:14 PM ET

Deadly diseases lurking in America's waters

There are new concerns about deadly diseases lurking in the water this summer.

In just the past month, there have been multiple cases of flesh-eating bacteria and brain-eating amoebas.

Most victims are infected by swimming or fishing in contaminated waters across the country.

Miguel Marquez is Outfront with the story. We must warn you some of the images are disturbing.

Filed under: Health • News
July 8th, 2014
08:35 PM ET

Berkeley to approve medical marijuana for low-income residents

It's official. Washington is now the second state where people can legally buy recreational marijuana. The demand is expected to be huge as business starts.

One reason: as of now, there are only 24 stores in a state of nearly 7 million people. And only one in the city of Seattle. But while Washington looks to cautiously bring pot to the masses, one California city - where marijuana is only available for medicinal use - is looking to give pot to the poor.

The Berkeley city council is expected to officially approve that plan Tuesday night.

Are they going too far?

CNN's Dan Simon has more.

Filed under: Business • Health • Marijuana • News
July 1st, 2014
09:07 PM ET

DIY plastic surgery leads to limb amputations and nearly kills woman

Los Angeles (CNN) – She's not gonna make it. We give her 24 hours.

Apryl Brown remembers lying on the hospital bed as the doctor uttered those words. A sense of relief came over her.

"I didn't think about losing my children. I didn't think about leaving my mother," she said. She thought instead of how death would feel. "Although I will be dead, I will not be in pain anymore."

That searing pain came from an unimaginable source: a silicone filler, like the one Brown assumed plastic surgeons use daily. Hers was injected into her buttocks, with the hope of improving her appearance.

Brown never predicted the injections would land her here - dying in a hospital bed in June 2010.

Her body was shutting down from a staph infection that doctors said was connected to the silicone injections. Her limbs were curling and turning black, the visible signs of necrosis. Brown recalled seeing her hands in the hospital, thinking, "Oh, my God. I am going to lose my hands. I looked at my feet ,and they were dead, too."

Doctors had no choice. To save Brown's life, they amputated her hands, feet and the flesh around her buttocks and hips in 27 surgeries. Somehow, she survived.

Brown is still embarrassed as she talks about the vanity that nearly cost her everything.


Filed under: Health
July 1st, 2014
08:33 PM ET

Pregnant Olympic runner responds to critics

Running an 800-meter race in a time of 2 minutes, 32 seconds is pretty good. Especially if you're 8-and a-half months pregnant. Five-time national champion Alysia Montano managed to do it.

But now she's facing backlash from people who say she shouldn't have run the race that far into her pregnancy. Our Sara Sidner has the story.

Filed under: Health • News
June 25th, 2014
09:34 PM ET

Undercover animal abuse videos could soon be illegal

Wake County, North Carolina – Chickens buried alive. Pigs so sick that their intestines hang out of their bodies. These are some of the grisly scenes from videos taken by animal rights activists who went undercover at farms that produce food destined for dinner tables.

It’s a tactic animal rights activists have used for years, going undercover at slaughterhouses and factory farms to document squalid conditions, abuse and neglect. Their videos have gone mainstream and led to criminal charges, fines and even the largest meat recall in American history.

But undercover video is under attack and with it, activists argue, their ability to expose animal abuses that can make meat dangerous to eat.


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Filed under: Animals • Food • Health
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