October 26th, 2010
09:33 AM ET

On the Radar: Indonesia quake and volcano, gay candidates

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.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Venkman

    Judgement day.

    October 26, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • wiiiwii

      haaahhhaaaa

      October 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nat

    ok cnn...grouping those three together was kinda wrong..

    October 26, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    شما به عنوان مراجعه کنید شما نمی توانید بحث به این خوک. آنها چشم پوشی از همه چیز را به شما می گویند و تمام واقعیت است.

    October 26, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Newton Crosby

      Wouldn't you like to be a Pepper too?

      October 26, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    پرتاب تمام خبرنگاران زن از تمام کشورها من. انجام نمی دهد هر مصاحبه بیشتر به خبرنگاران زن بودند.

    October 26, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Newton Crosby

      I am thinking she is a virgin. Or at least she used to be.

      October 26, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    همه امریکا است فاحشه فاسد عرب انجام آن یهودی و مناقصه کارشناسی ارشد

    October 26, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Newton Crosby

      Well, if you gotta go, don't squeeze the Charmin.

      October 26, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Newton Crosby

    Yes, I'd like to speak to one of your head warmongers, please.

    October 26, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |

    October 26, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. sgt. Slaughter

    The CIA can buy more Afghans than bullets can kill....show them the money....LOL

    October 26, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Newton Crosby

    Hey Laserlips. Your mama was a snowblower.

    October 26, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Newton Crosby

    Bye-bye, goofy woman. I enjoyed repeatedly throwing you to the ground.

    October 26, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Newton Crosby

    Yes, I'd like to speak to one of your head warmongers, please.

    October 26, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse | Reply

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