December 11th, 2009
11:06 AM ET

Artificial retina gives woman limited vision after decades of darkness

Stephanie Smith
CNN Medical Producer

As a thick, gray haze began to descend over the words in her schoolbooks, and eventually the faces of loved ones, Barbara Campbell barely grasped that she was going blind.

"I didn't realize that I wasn't seeing the same as everybody else, because how would I know that?" said Campbell, 56, who began losing her sight in middle school.

By the time Campbell reached adulthood, her vision was gone.

"It's like looking through a frosted window," Campbell said of how she sees the world. "It's like that all the time."

Doctors diagnosed retinitis pigmentosa, a progressive eye disease that damages the cells of the retina, the part of the eye that detects light.

For years, Campbell survived - even thrived - as a blind woman navigating New York City. Then earlier this year, she went from coping with blindness to hoping she might see again.

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December 11th, 2009
10:49 AM ET
December 11th, 2009
10:45 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Who built the border tunnels?

A jackhammer discovered inside the tunnel.

A jackhammer discovered inside the tunnel.

Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

If you saw AC360° last night, you saw Anderson’s live report from an underground tunnel that was discovered under the border between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, Calif.

The tunnel – complete with an elevator shaft, electricity and pipes – is approximately 900 feet long and nearly 100 feet deep. Tonight, Anderson explains exactly how this tunnel was built. Law enforcement agents estimate that it had been under construction for almost three years and thirteen people were arrested when it was uncovered.

Who else was behind the construction of this illegal route? Investigation into potential involvement by drug cartels is ongoing. Jackhammers, cigarette lighters and pages torn from magazines still litter the ground in the most elaborate tunnel authorities say they’ve found in the ongoing attempt to curb drug smuggling and violence along the U.S. border with Mexico.


Filed under: Eliza Browning • The Buzz
December 11th, 2009
10:33 AM ET
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December 11th, 2009
09:49 AM ET

Missing family returns without Mom


Susan Powell, 28, has been missing since Monday.

Susan Powell, 28, has been missing since Monday.

Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

A young mother has not been seen or heard from since she and her family were reported missing on Monday, investigators in Utah said.

Susan Powell’s husband, Joshua Powell, and two small children, returned home Tuesday after he said they spent two days camping in a remote part of the state, according to investigators.

Mr. Powell told authorities he does not know where his 28-year-old wife is, police said. They also said Mr. Powell told them he last saw her on Sunday night.

The West Valley City Police have labeled the missing persons case suspicious.

“We’ve contacted friends and family members,” West Valley Police Captain Tom McLachlan told CNN. “According to them, this is not Susan’s normal activity, to leave her children without telling anyone and not let someone know where she is going.”


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
December 11th, 2009
07:00 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 12/10/09

Editor's Note: After last night's AC360°, many of you wrote in about the “drug smuggling tunnel” segment. It seemed to be interesting to a lot of you. What do you think?

I'm watching Anderson Cooper right now. A very interesting story on the recently discovered drug smuggling tunnel between Mexico and the U.S. He is showing how the tunnel was built and various items of interest in the tunnel. Excellent! What angers me is half the screen is covered with the headline news crawler, a thing about "Breaking News," the CNN logo on the side, and of course the 360 logo on the other side. You can't even see the things he's pointing out because of all the advertising! You want me to watch the program and learn? Then remove this frustrating, blatant and self-serving advertising and maybe I will continue to watch!

Where do they hide the huge mounds of dirt that result. It must be an issue for the diggers.

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