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February 12th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Bill Clinton released from hospital

New York (CNN) - Former President Clinton left a New York hospital early Friday, less than a day after doctors performed a procedure to restore blood flow in one of his coronary arteries.

Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton confidant and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, confirmed Clinton had left New York-Presbyterian Hospital's Columbia campus.

A statement from Douglas Band, adviser to Clinton, also confirmed the release, saying the former president expressed thanks to his doctors and "the many people who extended their best wishes to him for a quick recovery. He looks forward in the days ahead to getting back to the work of his foundation, and to Haiti relief and recovery efforts."

Clinton has "no evidence of heart attack or damage to his heart," and his prognosis is excellent after undergoing a procedure Thursday, according to Dr. Allan Schwartz, the hospital's chief of cardiology.

FULL STORY


Filed under: Politics
February 12th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Hoping for change in Iran

Huge crowds gathered in Tehran on Thursday for a showdown between the government and the opposition on the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

There were reports that security forces fired on a crowd of protesters and arrested people, but it's been very hard to confirm these reports because foreign media was not allowed near the site of the protests.

In this American Morning original report, our Ted Rowlands talks to Iranian-Americans who tell us they still believe change is coming in Iran.

Full coverage: Protests in Iran


Filed under: Iran
February 12th, 2010
05:00 AM ET

'Saving lives' with solar-powered lights

Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) - The villagers' faces light up as Evans Wadongo arrives. Men, women and children sing and gather around as he shows how his invention - a solar-powered LED lantern - will soon light up their homes.

"These families, they are so poor. They don't have electricity," said Wadongo, a native of rural Kenya. "It's only kerosene and firewood that they use for lighting, cooking.

"The amount of money that every household uses to buy kerosene every day - if they can just save that money, they can be able to buy food."

Wadongo, 23, not only is giving his country's rural families a way to replace the smoky kerosene and firelight with solar power, he says he also hopes his invention will ultimately improve education and reduce poverty and hunger. And he's providing it for free. FULL STORY

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