Indonesia quake – At least 40 people were killed and 380 others were left missing after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Sumatra on Monday, Indonesian officials said Tuesday.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake generated a "significant" tsunami. Although communication with remote areas was difficult, witnesses in west Sumatra reported seeing a 6-meter (18-foot) wave. One representative said at least one village, with a population of about 200 people, was swept away, and only 40 people were recovered. The numbers were in flux because information was trickling in from remote parts of Indonesia, a country made up of thousands of islands.
Indonesia volcano – A day after the earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia, the Mount Merapi volcano in Indonesia erupted Tuesday, forcing thousands of nearby residents to flee, the Antara national news agency reported.
Images on Indonesian TV showed the volcano lighting the sky with a fiery glow and sending thick clouds of gray smoke high into the air.
Gay candidates and the election – In a year when Democrats are widely considered politically handicapped, House candidate David Cicilline has bucked the trend in his race to represent Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District.
Cicilline, the openly gay mayor of Providence, is up by double digits in the polls, holds a fundraising advantage against his competitor, Republican John Loughlin II, and has received a slew of endorsements. Perhaps the most likely reason that Cicilline can win, one analyst says, is that voters are less likely now to care about a candidate's sexuality because of the economic problems facing the country.
Afghan sport killing charges – Five American soldiers have been charged with killing Afghan civilians for sport and staging the slayings to look like legitimate war casualties. The youngest of the five – a now 20-year-old private from Idaho – came home a changed man, his mother says.
"The man that came home was not my son," said Dana Holmes. "He was very thin. He'd lost about 50 pounds. He said the Army told him he had a parasite. I made him his favorite sandwich, and it took him two days to eat the whole sandwich. Just couldn't eat, he didn't sleep."
CNN's Special Investigation Unit reporters Drew Griffin and Kathleen Johnston talk to Holmes about her insistence that the Army should have known something had gone dreadfully wrong, and that commanding officers should be held responsible.