April 15th, 2014
10:52 AM ET

Grandmother of Boston Marathon Bombing Victim, One Year Later

April 15, 2013 started as a perfect day for one of Boston’s most-loved traditions – Marathon Monday. Spectators lined the streets to cheer on more than 23,000 runners.

But four hours and nine minutes into the race, the unthinkable.

Back to back explosions tore through Copley Square causing chaos and panic.

The disbelief of what happened turned to grim reality as the identities of those lost in the attack were revealed.

But Krystle Campbell was so much more than a name to everyone who loved her. That love was obvious when CNN’s Chris Cuomo met with her grandmother, Lillian, just days after the bombing.

Yesterday, almost a year-to-the-day later, Cuomo met with Lillian again. Same house, same couch. WATCH.

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March 31st, 2014
10:30 AM ET

U.S. Dad Wins Huge Custody Fight

By Ana Cabrera and Elizabeth Stuart, CNN

Snowmass, Colorado (CNN) - It's been seven months since Dennis Burns has had any contact with his two young daughters. No visits, no Skype, no phone calls, no communication at all.

Just silence.

But all that could change in the next few weeks.

His daughters are victims of an international abduction.

Burns' ex-wife, Ana Alianelli, spirited away the children, 7-year-old Victoria and 5-year-old Sophia, from their home in Colorado and fled to her native Argentina more than 3½ years ago, violating a court order.

"You know I think about them a lot," Burns told CNN in an exclusive interview. "I dream about them a lot. I can feel their little hugs around my body. I just want to hug them back, and it's super painful."

Burns has devoted his life savings and all his time to fighting what's become a messy international legal battle.

His odyssey now appears to be reaching a conclusion: Argentina's Supreme Court has denied the last of appeals by his ex-wife this year, which means Burns has won his case. The final step will be an order of return from the U.S. State Department and a date to transfer custody of the girls to him.

It all began in September 2010, when Burns and Alianelli were divorcing and found themselves at an impasse: Alianelli wanted to relocate to Buenos Aires, and Burns wanted to stay in Colorado.

After a 13-month custody battle, a Colorado judge ruled in favor of Burns, declaring him the primary residential parent.

"I felt a sense of relief that was just beautiful," he told CNN last November, when "New Day" first presented his story. "I was like, 'I'm going to be able to spend time with my daughters, finally, and live with them and be able to teach them things, and show them things."

Just three weeks later, Alianelli flew the girls out of the United States on their Argentine passports. They've been living with her in Buenos Aires ever since.


February 27th, 2014
05:44 AM ET

The Soldier Not About to Give Up the Fight: Cory Remsburg

By Elizabeth Stuart and Pamela Brown 

His wounds as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan in 2009 left him in the fight of his life - a fight for his life, for sheer survival.

And when his story was told by the President of the United States, that story brought a packed house in the U.S. Capitol to its feet for a standing ovation.

"Cory Remsburg never gives up, and he does not quit," President Barack Obama declared to the nation in his State of the Union address in January.

Being singled out for presidential recognition made Remsburg overnight the most recognizable veteran in the country, a position he's not entirely comfortable with. But he says he's OK with the attention as long as it brings attention to all wounded veterans.

"There are other people who would have quit a long time ago and would have been happy in their wheelchair. Me? Oh, no," he says in an interview on CNN's "New Day" on Thursday.


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February 25th, 2014
03:25 PM ET

Reporter's Notebook: Meeting an American Hero

Reporter’s Notebook by Elizabeth Stuart

It’s pretty rare that I get truly excited about meeting someone I’m working on a story about.  OK, meeting Vice President Joe Biden was pretty cool.  So was meeting Matt Damon. But I can honestly say I’ve never met anyone in my life as remarkable as Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg. (Sorry, Joe and Matt.)

Before President Obama’s State of the Union Address last month, like many others, I hadn’t heard about Cory’s story. I watched the speech from my desk at “New Day” and found myself moved by what the President had to say about this 30-year-old Army Ranger.

“Cory Remsburg never gives up, and he does not quit,” Obama said, followed by nearly two full minutes of uninterrupted applause and cheering. Both sides of Congress, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and everyone else in the room were on their feet to show their appreciation for not only Remsburg, but for what he represents as a veteran who returned home from war seriously injured. Some wiped tears from their eyes.

It struck me that cheering for Remsburg was something - even in this deeply politically divided country - that everyone could agree upon.  Even if it was just for two minutes.

When I learned that I would be producing a profile of his journey, I was a little nervous.  Not nervous about meeting him, but about doing his story justice.


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