Chile miner video – Officials are expected to distribute on Wednesday copies of a 25-minute video that the miners, who have been trapped underground for more than three weeks, sent for their relatives. The video, sent Tuesday, held another round of greetings from the 33 men, family members who had seen it told CNN.
After a private screening held in the tents that comprise Camp Hope at the entrance to the mine, some relatives emerged solemn-faced; others were teary, yet most appeared happy. All the family members said the miners appeared to be in much better condition, much cleaner and much better organized than they had appeared during the first video, which was sent up last Thursday.
Apple event – In the tech world, it's become an annual rite of fall. Apple CEO Steve Jobs and company have, for the past five years, used September as the time to announce new products and services among the company's music offerings. Last year, Jobs – making his first public appearance since returning to work after a liver transplant – unveiled some changes to the iPod lineup, including new Nanos with video cameras, and announced slashed prices on the portable music players.
CNN's Doug Gross takes a look at what will - and won't - be unveiled today. And by the way, for the first time, Apple will be livestreaming the event on its Apple.com website. But if you've got a PC and don't have an Apple device (iPad, iPhone, iMac, iEtc), don't bother – only Apple users can see it. You will, however, be able to see a tape-delayed version of the announcement on CNN.com here.
Change of command in Iraq – The simmering warfare and political instability in Iraq are probably far from over, and U.S. military involvement there could very well last years beyond the end of 2011 – when all U.S. troops are scheduled to depart the war-torn nation – according to analysts who study Iraq.
Think-tank analysts who've written about what's next in Iraq after the U.S. combat mission formally ends Tuesday say economic and infrastructure conditions need to be improved. And they envision a persistent American presence in an Iraq that remains unstable – despite many improvements in the country's security forces and political culture.
Mideast peace talks – Fresh off a major speech on Iraq, President Obama on Wednesday turns his attention to the extremely difficult task of trying to broker Mideast peace, with his special envoy declaring there is a "window of opportunity" for Israeli and Palestinian leaders to achieve a historic deal within one year.