April 12th, 2010
09:37 AM ET

On the Radar: Nuclear summit, recovery of miners, Beatles

President Obama hosts a two-day summit on nuclear security that begins Monday.

Here’s a look at some of the stories CNN.com reporters are working on Monday:

Nuclear security - President Barack Obama and dozens of other world leaders gather Monday in Washington to discuss nuclear security. About 50 leaders will meet to talk about how to keep nuclear materials and weapons out of terrorists' hands and what steps need to be taken to detect and stop attempted terrorist attacks. CNN will track all the details from the summit, while Time.com looks at how much progress Obama can make on nuclear security.

West Virginia mine - West Virginia authorities said they hope Monday to begin recovering the remaining bodies of 29 miners who died in an explosion a week ago. Seven bodies were removed soon after the April 5 blast, the worst mining disaster in the U.S. in nearly 40 years. Recovery crews carried out 13 bodies Sunday.

U.S. airline report - An annual survey of airlines ranks them in categories of being on time, handling baggage and customer complaints. The survey is to be released Monday morning.

The Vatican and the Beatles - The Vatican has forgiven the Beatles on the 40th anniversary of the group's breakup for "satanic" messages. Absolving the British group of excesses involving "drugs and blasphemy," the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano hailed the Beatles as a "precious jewel." Two years ago, the Vatican forgave John Lennon for saying the Beatles were bigger than Jesus Christ. Our reporters will bring you the latest on this story and also take a look at the reaction of bloggers and analysts, many of whom are asking: Why is the Vatican spending its time on the Beatles while sex scandals continue to rock the Catholic Church?

Unemployment benefits - The U.S. Senate plans to consider extending unemployment insurance Monday to more than 200,000 jobless Americans. Lawmakers failed to extend an April 5 deadline to file for federally paid benefits before adjourning for a two-week recess, and those without jobs were expected to stop getting checks last week. So on Monday, the Senate will try again to take the first steps toward extending the deadline to file for those benefits to early May. A vote isn't expected until later in the week.

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  1. Azezel

    On the nuclear thing. Obama proved to be soft on maintaining america as a global superpower. The responsible thing to do would have been to establish a development site to reprocess spent fuel and to enrich new material for 2% of the weapons to be changed out for decommissioning. An industrial site of the size that would be required could also produce rocket and industrial fuel as well as power the farm equipment of a state like Kansas or Nebraska.

    April 12, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. AL

    Nuclear issues are important and seem to overshadow the struggles of common americans. The summit caused a colamity at Dulles airport as the airport was shut down due to Summit dignataries leaving all at the same time. the airport was closed down for 65 minutes acording to the pilot of the flight I was on and had to wait on a tarmac for. I also missed my connection at Dulles which caused me to try and reroute my flight and make an important meeting to me in Pensacola. Why were the dignataries planes a Dulles instead of Andrews where the would have been more secure? I see this as the Obama administration and the current government both dems and repubs as being completely out of touch with the real americans. They hold themselves in such high regard they don't pay attention to the effects they have on those trying to earn a living. Obama is in LaLa land, presented as a man of the people but turning out to be a man on his own mission with no regard for those that elected him.

    All I ask is common sense, but then agian we are talking about the US government.

    April 13, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. greg in Philly

    Obama is slowly making great strides in his foreign policy efforts including this one which will also have dividends here at home. It costs taxpayers approximately $60 Billion a year to build and maintain the nuclear arsenal. If the program can be reduced by 25% then we would save $15 Billion dollars a year or $1.5 Trillion over a decade.

    There are significant security positives that can result from the nuclear summit and the reduced cost to American taxpayers goes hand in hand. No wonder Russia is eager to do the same.

    What a refreshing change from the Bush/Cheney era!

    April 14, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |