September 13th, 2010
09:46 AM ET

On the Radar: Iran hiker, San Bruno, Christmas bomber

Iran hiker release - Sarah Shourd, one of three American hikers detained in Iran for more than a year, could be released as early as Monday once $500,000 is submitted to the Iranian judiciary.

"Everything is in place for the release," said lawyer Massoud Shafii, who got to see the hikers for the first time on Sunday. "It's up to the family when to deliver the money."

The official Islamic Republic News Agency reported earlier Sunday that Shourd will be released if bail worth about $500,000 is submitted to the Iranian judiciary.

San Bruno fire –– As Walter McCaffrey and his wife, Cherry, stood on their balcony Sunday in San Bruno, California, there was a sigh of relief amid the devastation all around their two-story home.

"I'm just cleaning up now and trying to get my family back together," said Walter, whose property sustained only minor damage in Thursday's gas line explosion that destroyed 37 homes, killed at least four people, and forced hundreds of others to run for their lives.

The McCaffreys were among the first residents escorted back to their once-quiet neighborhood.

S.C. mom in court - Shaquan Duley, a South Carolina mother who is accused of killing her two toddlers and strapping them into their car seats before sending it into a river, is due in court today. Duley's lawyer, Carl B. Grant, told CNN he hopes to get her released from jail before her trial.

Christmas Day bomber - Attorneys for a man accused of trying to blow up a plane last Christmas have met with the prosecutors to discuss a possible deal in the case, federal court documents state. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is due in court Monday for a pretrial hearing.

The British-educated son of a Nigerian bank executive is suspected of trying to set off a bomb hidden in his underwear aboard a plane from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Detroit, Michigan, on December 25.

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  1. NEDAs Friend

    I told you not to expect anything reasonable from Iran. IRAN LIES!!!! Now they use extortion to bilk $500,000 for a US citizen who should have been released long ago. Will they also kill her like NEDA?


    September 13, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Frankie

    I don't understand why we are selling so many weapons to Saudi Arabia. They are one of the most repressive regimes in the world, they will NOT take responsibility for exporting terror and terrorists (e.g. the 9/11 hijackers) and what do we do? Furnish them with things they can turn around and use on us! Please, someone, explain this.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • PaulC

      The short answer is....MONEY.

      September 13, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |

    Talk about a very corrupt government! Iran wonders why we dont believe them, lies, lies, lies and even blackmail now. The US better get its head out of its rearend, before Iran pulls a few nukes out its behind and blackmails the whole US and our allies. Iran breeds violence in the region, instigateing it even as we speak.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BryanWolf

    "Good Morning All"
    My question is the term "Bail". As a Bail Enforcement Agent the term "Bail" means that a specific amount is requested by the court for temporary freedom and the person must return back to court for trial. The way I understand the news to be saying is $500,000 for her freedom with no mention of returning to court. If that is true the term "Bail" is wrong and the word should be "Ransom".

    September 13, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. IFM

    To all young kids who want to hike in dangerous countries, stay home, don't be a brat. We are are "WAR"!

    September 13, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timster

      I agree. And I will go one step all those israeli/mossad agents posing as innocent your butts...hahaha

      September 13, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PaulC

    The hikers wanted a little excitement so the Iranians obliged. I will be upset if the gov. pays their ransom and I hope they have to work community services to pay it back.

    September 13, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bailoutsos

    She and her buddies tried to do something stupid and got caught.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. katimae

    As a mother I'd like to contribute to Sarah's bail.
    If her family sets up a fund where people can text and contribute $1 they will have the money in days.
    The government shouldn't pay-but individual people will help.
    Iran is shameful extorting money like this-but those mothers just want their kids back.

    September 14, 2010 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. test

    testing; please ignore this comment.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. olivin

    hiker, such a big lie !!.
    every body knows Iraq have no Mountains.
    they Certainly are Spies

    September 14, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lavy

    War Ship is not Toy ship, it won't shrink itself...this time, N Korea is totally ignoring and denying its obvious guilty...guilties

    September 14, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Floria sigmundi

    Yes I found this heartbreaking

    September 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Irani

    Iran is going to kill them(i hope I'm wrong!) , Iran is the most dangerous contry in the world ! just think what will happand when not if ! when they will have a nuckler weapon , we will all be hostages of this evil ragim .
    god help us all from this new monster !

    September 21, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |