October 5th, 2010
09:40 AM ET

On the Radar: Chile miners, murder jury, Times Square plot

Chilean miners rescue attempt - With 160 meters (about 500 feet) to go until the Plan B drill reaches 33 trapped miners, a breakthrough to the men may be imminent. Then what?

At Camp Hope, the makeshift tent city where hundreds of family members are living, widespread celebrations will likely break out as the miners' loved ones receive the news they have waited more than 60 days to hear.

Connecticut home invasion murder trial - Jurors are expected to resume their deliberations Tuesday morning in the trial of Steven Hayes, one of the men accused of killing three members of a Connecticut family in a 2007 home invasion. Hayes, 47, who has pleaded not guilty, is on trial in New Haven, Connecticut, in the slayings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters.

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September 17th, 2010
02:10 PM ET

'Bore hole' reaches trapped miners in Chile

A bore hole reached 33 trapped Chilean miners Friday, officials said, but it must be widened before miners can squeeze through - a process that should take a few weeks.

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September 14th, 2010
02:39 PM ET

Government: Drilling could resume to rescue miners

Officials working to free 33 trapped miners in a collapsed Chilean mine said Tuesday they had cleared a drilling hole that was blocked by a shattered drill bit.

Engineer Rene Aguilar said all the pieces of the broken drill bit that were in the hole drilled by the Plan B operation had been removed, and drilling could begin again soon.

The Plan B drill is widening a narrow hole drilled when rescuers first searched for the miners after the mine collapsed August 5. That drill was making the fastest progress of the other rescue operations - Plan A and Plan C - when it hit an obstruction, possibly a reinforcement beam, at a depth of 268 meters (879 feet).

"This bit was upside down and we used a spider ... to pull it out," Aguilar said, holding up the "nose" of the bit that he said weighed about 12 kilograms (about 26 pounds).

"Spiders" are specially designed claws that were made to pull out the broken drill pieces.

A second customized bit was expected to arrive later Tuesday, and Aguilar said a camera was being lowered into the hole to check it out before drilling restarts.

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September 12th, 2010
08:19 AM ET

Chilean miners will get cigarettes, electricity

The miners trapped for more than a month in Chile are getting a light in more ways than one.

The 33 men have received a power line that will allow them to install electric lights in their shelter 2,300 feet underground, mining officials said Saturday.

Officials are also granting the miners' longstanding request for cigarettes. Rescuers are sending down two packs a day to be split between the miners who want to smoke, Chilean Health Minister Jaime Manalich said.

Cigarettes were among the first requests made by some of the miners, but officials have been supplying them with nicotine patches and gum instead. Upgrades made to ventilation in the mine led officials to decide to allow them to smoke, Manalich said.

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September 7th, 2010
09:49 AM ET

NASA to share tips to maintain trapped miners' mental and physical health

NASA teams usually use their knowledge to help astronauts many miles above the earth's surface. But on Tuesday, a group of experts from the U.S. space agency will share their advice for the 33 miners who have been trapped 2,300 feet underground in Chile since August 5.

Interactive: Explore the mine collapse in Chile

"It's an opportunity for us to bring the space flight experience back down to the ground," Dr. Michael Duncan, the deputy chief medical officer at Johnson Space Center, said before NASA's four-person team left for Chile last month.

The team includes two medical doctors, a psychologist and an engineer.

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September 7th, 2010
09:17 AM ET

On the Radar: Lennon killer up for parole, trapped miners

Mark David Chapman, left, faces a parole hearing in the 1980 murder of John Lennon.

Chapman up for parole for sixth time - Mark David Chapman, convicted killer of music icon John Lennon, is up for parole for the sixth time and may be questioned this week.

A parole hearing for Chapman originally scheduled for August was postponed until this month when the New York parole board begins its meeting Tuesday. Chapman's latest quest for freedom comes months short of the 30th anniversary of the death of the former member of the Beatles.

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September 5th, 2010
07:59 AM ET

Crash survivors' message for Chilean miners: 'Don't give up'

For months, the men waited in isolation, struggling to survive. They forced themselves to eat the flesh of dead friends to sustain themselves.

The Uruguayan rugby players whose plane crashed in the Andes Mountains 38 years ago inspired the book and movie "Alive." On Saturday, four of them shared a message with the 33 miners who have been trapped underground in Chile for a month.

"Don't give up," former rugby player Moncho Sabella said. "You have a marvelous team working for you."

"We thank you as Chilean workers, and hope to be able to give you a hug later," he said.

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August 31st, 2010
10:59 AM ET

Drilling to reach trapped Chilean miners begins

Drilling has begun as part of an effort to reach the 33 miners who have been trapped underground in Chile for more than three weeks, authorities said.

The effort to drill through more than 2,300 feet (700 meters) of rock and safely extract the workers could take three to four months, officials said. The hole currently under way is the excavation hole, where the drill bit will be placed.

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August 27th, 2010
03:08 PM ET

Crews have plan that could rescue Chile miners sooner

Crews in Chile working to rescue 33 miners trapped 2,300 feet under the earth since August 5 have come up with a "Plan B" to retrieve the miners and bring them to the surface more quickly, Chilean government representative Jimena Matos said Friday.

"Last night, a third probe reached where the miners are and that probe or the bore hole made by that probe could form the basis of our plan B," Andre Sougarret, the head of the rescue operation said Friday.

The 33 miners have been told "clearly," for the first time, that they will be stranded in the mine for 3 to 4 months, given the current rescue plan timetable, Andre Sougarret, the head of the rescue operation said Friday.

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Chilean miners stuck in a hot, damp, cramped dungeon

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August 27th, 2010
09:34 AM ET

On the Radar: Trapped miners, N. Korea release, GPS ruling

Trapped miners - The 33 men trapped in a Chile mine since August 5 sent a video message to their families Thursday expressing thanks for the efforts under way to free them and displaying occasional flashes of humor and patriotism.

Throughout the 25-minute, high-definition video, one miner guided the hand-held camera ahead of him, its path illuminated by the light on his mining helmet. The video views are grainy and sometimes out of focus. The footage shows the 50-square-meter living space occupied by the men since they were trapped 2,300 feet below ground. Some appear heavily bearded, all of them are stripped to the waist. A thermometer shows 29.5 degrees Celsius (85.1 F), a little cooler than officials had estimated.

Carter secures American's release - Former President Carter is expected to arrive Friday in the United States with an American citizen who was imprisoned in North Korea after entering it illegally in January, said the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

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August 23rd, 2010
09:01 PM ET

Miners shared limited food to survive, president says

The 33 miners trapped inside a mine in Chile survived for more than 17 days by sharing small amounts of tuna and mackerel that were in a shelter, along with water, President Sebastian Pinera told CNN en Español on Monday.

"They had very little food," the president said, revealing new details about the conditions affecting the trapped miners. "They told us they ate tuna and mackerel every other day, and that they shared ... a jar of peaches among the 33."

A second probe reached the miners Monday, making a total of two devices that are capable of relaying communications, food and water between the trapped miners and those on the ground.

Using a video camera on one of the probes, Pinera said he saw the miners.

"I saw them jumping like children, with an infinite joy. They moved their arms, they turned on their flashlights," Pinera said.

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