October 15th, 2010
09:44 AM ET

On the Radar: Chile miners, T.I. in court, space tourism

Chilean miners – More miners are expected to be discharged Friday from a regional hospital in Chile following their rescue after 69 days underground, and officials said they hope that all 33 will be home by Sunday.

Three  miners were discharged Thursday night, CNN Chile reported. CNN's sister network identified them as Juan Illanes, Edison Pena and Carlos Mamani. It aired video of several men and what appeared to be their families inside a red van departing the hospital grounds.  We also heard for the first time from rescue workers including the last man into the capsule who says he was "just one link" in the chain.

T.I. hearing Rapper T.I. may learn his fate at an Atlanta, Georgia, court hearing Friday, days after he helped a suicidal man who wanted to jump off a building.

T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, was arrested on drug charges in September in Los Angeles, California, triggering Friday's hearing, which could end with the revocation of the rapper's probation on an earlier federal weapons conviction. On Thursday, T.I. vowed to stop what he called "this ongoing process of destruction."

Space tourism – As soon as 18 months from now, the number of space tourists is expected to increase from a trickle (Soyuz) to a waterfall (Virgin Galactic). That’s when Virgin Galactic plans to begin its $200,000 SpaceShipTwo rocket rides to suborbital space. What effect will this have on the space tourism industry? Will it remain just for the rich? Virgin Galactic will launch from a new spaceport in New Mexico that is fashioning itself as a tourist attraction. Also, in the next five years, at least two private companies plan to launch orbiting space stations that will cater to tourists.

CNN.com's Thom Patterson talks to aerospace industry experts Buzz Aldrin and PJ King, who’s set to be one of Virgin Galactic’s first passengers to the edge of space.

Bernanke makes case for more action – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave the clearest signal yet that the Fed is about to take additional steps to spur the sluggish U.S. economy, saying that "there would appear ... to be a case for further action."

In a speech Friday in Boston, Massachusetts, Bernanke said that persistently high unemployment poses too great a threat to the economy and that the central bank needs to weigh the risk of weak prices rather than focus on its traditional concerns about inflation.  He suggested the Fed has largely won the battle against inflation.

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  1. arm

    Am I hearing right? The recued minors stated how they prayed to God that HE would grant them the miracle of returning each of them safely bacc to there families. God granted all of them the miracles that they asked for, and now they want millions to tell there stories? How much of that will go to Gods needy people? UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!

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  2. Jim Brieske

    arm. The same amount Nevada Democrat U.S. Senator Harry Reid gave from the 1.6 million dollars payoff money he received from a Nevado land deal in which he did not own the land. Zero.
    But Reid sat in his multi million dollar condo watching CNN and the others were trapped in cave for 69 days. Who is more honest and worthy?
    jim

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