September 16th, 2013
11:40 AM ET

Brain-Eating Amoebas In Water In Louisiana

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say brain-eating amoebas found in the drinking water of one Louisiana parish is ok to drink but not to inhale. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

As two cases involving children encountering rare brain-eating amoebas while swimming in Arkansas and Florida have grabbed headlines, a new case in Louisiana leaves a four-year- old boy dead.

The CDC says brain-eating amoebas are in the water in St. Bernard Parish after Drake Smith Jr. became infected with the deadly organism after playing on a slip and slide with his cousin.

His father Drake Smith Sr. said, "I thought he was going to pull through. But day by day, it kept getting worse and worse."

Doctors say chlorine should kill the amoeba, but the chlorine levels in the water system were low.

Parish officials say the water's safe to drink, but warn residents to make sure the water doesn't go up their noses when bathing or washing up.

Dr. William Schaffner, chair of the Department of Preventative Medicine at Vanderbilt University says:

"The amoeba finds itself way back in our noses and then can work its way into our central nervous system, around our brains, and once it's there it just causes destruction."

The parish is flushing the water system with chlorine but they say it will take several weeks before the levels are back up to standards.

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September 16th, 2013
11:24 AM ET

Larry Summers Out As Possible Fed Chair

Larry Summers withdraws his name from consideration to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Time Magazine's Assistant Managing Editor Rana Foroohar and CNN Business Correspondent Christine Romans weighed in on this news and the five year anniversary of the financial crisis.

Romans, in describing the position said "The next fed chief will probably be the most important person in the world."

She reports Summers pulled out of the running because he said to the President he felt his nomination would be contested.

When "New Day's" Kate Bolduan asked Foroohar if we're better off today financially than we were five years ago, the journalist responds:

"It's safe to say that certain banks are in better shape than they were before the crisis, they're making record profits.. but the system as a whole still has not been re-regulated in a way that would make it safer next time around."


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September 16th, 2013
11:08 AM ET

After Beloved Dies, Man Lives Out Red Sox Dream

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff" an 87-year-old man gets to live out a dream at a Red Sox's game after his lifelong love passes away from cancer. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Allan Munroe's wife Norma recently lost her battle with cancer after the couple was married for decades. After she passed, Munroe leaned towards his second love, the Boston Red Sox, for joy.

To bring him even greater happiness, his daughter Teresa Linton wanted to get him back to Fenway Park for his first time in fifty years.

But the baseball fan lived in Florida and couldn't afford the trip so his grand-daughter took to social media, started a crowdfunding campaign and, in the end, raised more than $6,000 for the adventure.

The campaign was so popular, it even got the attention of the club's owners, who let Allan announce "play ball."

Munroe was beaming with excitement saying "to use the phrase thrill of a life time says it all. It doesn’t come any bigger than this."

Linton says any extra money they didn't need for the trip will be donated to the Jimmy Fund for cancer research.

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September 16th, 2013
10:47 AM ET

Colorado Floods Bring Destruction, Rescue Missions

Officials have battled relentless rain and flash flooding leaving residents stranded or missing in some parts of Colorado for 5 days.

Historic flooding in 15 counties has killed at least 5, left at least 1,200 unaccounted for and damaged or destroyed nearly 19,000 homes, CNN's George Howell reports.

At least 4 counties in Colorado qualify for disaster relief, and they'll get that help Monday as FEMA moves into the hardest hit areas from the worst flood the state has seen in decades.

Governor John Hickenlooper toured the devastation and his helicopter rescued seven people along the way.

CNN's Ana Cabrera reports with roads destroyed, these helicopter rescue missions are the only way to save some stranded residents.

Tiffany Voeller is a Jamestown, Colorado, resident and her husband and son were trapped on a 5th grade field trip for two days when the floods hit.

Teacher Shannon Burgert says the adults eventually hatched a plan, "They figured we could hike out which would have been 4 miles for our kids with some water crossings that we would need harnesses and all of that."

This plan never happened as the National Guard came to their rescue.


Retired U.S. Army Lt. General Russel Honoré weighed in on the rescue efforts in the state on "New Day." Honoré was a vital leader during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and said in this case, even people who evacuated will still have to be accounted for:

"Every home, every building that’s been evacuated will have to be entered by a search and rescue team to make sure no one’s in that home. So there’s much work to be done and this news could get worse before it gets better."


Officials in Boulder County alone say they will need an estimated $150 million to repair more than 100 miles of lost roadway, and between 20 to 30 bridges.

Boulder Mayor Matthew Applebaum spoke to CNN's Kate Bolduan and said, "There’s a huge amount of clean up and a huge amount of repair, and a huge amount of destruction around town that people will be dealing with for a very long time."


Though Gov. Hickenlooper has expressed hope for the future saying, "We're going to come back and we're going to rebuild better than it was before."

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