October 11th, 2010
10:37 PM ET

Coast Guard: Six men rescued off coast of New Jersey

The Coast Guard safely rescued six men Monday who were stranded in a 32-foot boat 120 miles east of Atlantic City, New Jersey, the Coast Guard said in a press release.

The six men were rescued after the Coast Guard searched for approximately 24 hours and a total of 3,200 square miles.

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October 11th, 2010
10:34 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular stories on CNN.com in the past 24 hours, according to NewsPulse.

Toll on miners' body a concern: As the world awaits the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners from a copper mine, medical concerns arise. Some of the men have shown signs of anxiety and some have had minor cardiac issues, a Chilean official said. But there's also concern about what the isolation and confinement could do to their eyes, and their stomachs.

Hershel Walker is still a beast: For a long time, college football legend and Heisman Trophy winner Hershel Walker has been somewhat of a physical freak of nature.  "I'm in better shape than I've ever been in," said Walker, who's creeping toward 50 years old. Somethings never change.

Oprah Winfrey blasts verdict: The talk show maven said she was not satisfied with the acquittal of a woman accused of abusing students at her South African girls school. Tiny Virginia Makopo, 30, was found not guilty of allegations that she improperly touched several teenage girls when she was a matron at the campus near Johannesburg, the South African Press Association reported Monday.

Now you too can have more fun - in the sun: A Lithuanian firm called Olialia - pronounced "ooh-la-la" - has announced that it intends to build a resort in the Maldives that will employ blonde women only.

Cops: Boyfriend's arrest cracks cold case: More than a decade after high school sophomore Leah Freeman vanished from the street near her home in Coquille, Oregon, police say they have found her killer. A grand jury concluded it was her boyfriend, after police looked into the cold case a second time.

October 11th, 2010
09:55 PM ET

Weather another potential obstacle for miners

Hot, dry days (including foggy mornings) and bitterly cold nights await the miners when they reach the surface.

After two months of darkness, the first of the 33 miners that breach the surface of the rescue shaft in northern Chile will be in for another shock: searing heat or numbing cold.

Located in the heart of the Atacama desert, the San José mine site experiences dry heat during the day under often cloudless skies, opposed by bitter cold at night - a typical daily dynamic in northern Chile's spring season. FULL POST

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October 11th, 2010
08:04 PM ET

Liberation for Chilean miners possibly just a day away

Final preparations are made Monday in the remote Chilean desert to rescue 33 miners.

The first of 33 Chilean miners who have inspired the world with their calm bravery and perseverance might be just be hours away from being plucked from the depths of the Earth.

"We are hoping to initiate the rescue beginning at zero hours on
Wednesday," or 11 p.m. ET Tuesday,  Laurence Golborne, Chile's mining minister, said. They've been trapped there since August 5. It wasn't learned until August 22 that the 33 were safely holed up in a small refuge deep in the mine.

The anticipated rescue will involve the delicate maneuvering of equipment with an emphasis on protecting the miners' health.

If all goes as planned, a rescue capsule called Phoenix 1 will be lowered about 2,040 feet (622 meters) down a 28-inch wide shaft at 11 p.m. ET.


One rescuer and one paramedic will be lowered down into the mine first to prepare the men for transport to the surface.

At 5 p.m. ET, about  six hours before the rescue starts, the miners will be switched to a diet of liquids, vitamins and minerals ahead of their trip to the surface.  Each trip is expected to take about 15 minutes.


The change in diet is one way that officials are trying to mitigate some
of the challenges associated with the rescue. These include concern about the miners feeling lonely, dizzy or panicked while being lifted through the narrow shaft.

If all goes according to plan, the rescued miners will undergo about two hours of  health checks at a field hospital at the mine site. They will then be flown by helicopter to a hospital in the town of Copiapo.

CNN and CNN.com will carry live feeds from the rescue site when they begin.


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October 11th, 2010
07:03 PM ET

Dow closes above 11,000

A look at the day's business news headlines:

Dow holds above 11,000

Stocks ended with slight gains Monday as investors shifted their focus towards corporate financial results.

The Dow Jones industrial average gained nearly 3 points, or less than
0.1%, to close at 11,010 points. The S&P 500 edged up 2 points, while the
Nasdaq gained about half a point.

The U.S. government and Treasury market were closed for Columbus Day, but all other financial markets were open. Trading volumes were light because of the holiday, and stocks traded in a narrow range for most of the session.

Stocks were supported earlier by ongoing speculation that the Federal
Reserve will take additional steps to boost the economy.

But the market reversed course late Monday afternoon, as investors look
ahead to quarterly financial statements due later this week from several major U.S. companies, including Intel, which reports after the closing bell Tuesday.

JPMorgan and General Electric are also scheduled to release third-quarter results this week, as well as Google and Mattel.

"There's a lot ahead of us this week and not much news today to set the
tone," said Nick Kalivas, vice president of financial research at MF Global. "I think people are waiting for direction."

– CNNMoney.com reporter Ben Rooney contributed to this report.


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October 11th, 2010
04:57 PM ET

Tropical Storm Paula develops in Caribbean

Tropical Storm Paula has formed in the Caribbean according to the
National Hurricane Center.

Maximum sustained winds are 95 kph (60 mph).   Hurricane warnings have been issued for parts of the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula, including Cancun and Cozumel.


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October 11th, 2010
03:55 PM ET

Burned boy: Attackers 'got what they deserved'

Michael Brewer, seen in March, says he is getting counseling for his anger.

Michael Brewer says the boys who set him on fire a year ago, "got what they deserved."

Brewer said he wished the three boys who poured alcohol on him and torched him with a lighter were "right here" so he could deal with them himself.

Brewer added he's getting counseling for his anger. His remarks came during a 16th birthday party thrown for Brewer by residents of a retirement facility near Fort Lauderdale.

The seniors befriended the teen after hearing about the incident which had Brewer fighting for his life.

The three boys who set Brewer on fire a year ago have been charged as adults and face attempted murder charges. All three remain in jail.

An apparent dispute over a bicycle and a music CD set off the events.

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October 11th, 2010
02:38 PM ET

Explosives found in bag at Manhattan cemetery

Explosives have been discovered in a garbage bag at a cemetery in Manhattan's Lower East Side, an NYPD spokesman tells CNN.

Nine bricks of the military-grade explosive C4 were discovered around 11 a.m. in the New York City Marble Cemetery, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Paul Browne said. The explosives were not wired to detonate.

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October 11th, 2010
01:44 PM ET

Obama seeks bipartisan support for infrastructure upgrade

President Barack Obama called Monday for Congress to approve a $50 billion plan to begin upgrading the nation's crumbling infrastructure, saying such an investment is vital to creating much-needed construction jobs and keeping the nation competitive in the global economy.

In a Rose Garden statement at the White House, Obama called for bipartisan support when Congress returns after the November 2 mid-term elections so that the first phase of a proposed six-year infrastructure development plan can begin.


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October 11th, 2010
01:30 PM ET

Police arrest CEO in Hungary toxic sludge spill

Investigators in Hungary have arrested Zoltan Bakonyi, the chief executive of an aluminum company involved in a spill of toxic sludge that has killed eight people, authorities said Monday.

He faces charges of public endangerment and harming the environment, they said.

Five European Union experts are due to arrive in Hungary on Monday to find out how badly toxic sludge has damaged the environment and advise on decontamination, the European Union said.

And Hungarian authorities continue frantically building dikes in case the dam holding the sludge breaks further, the government said Monday.


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October 11th, 2010
01:11 PM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Carolina Lobos

The 25-year-old is the daughter of Franklin Lobos, one of the 33 trapped miners in Copiapo, Chile. The elder Lobos is a former soccer star who, in 1980, led his home team - the Regional Atacama players - to championship victory and a promotion to the first division of Chilean soccer. Since the accident, Carolina Lobos has lived in a tent on the grounds of the mining site, smoking up to three packs of cigarettes a day.

Despite her concerns about her father, she said, this experience is allowing her to truly get to know him. Many of his former teammates are waiting in the campground with the Lobos family. And every night, Carolina sleeps with the Adidas t-shirt that was taken out of her father’s locker at the top of mine. She also wanted to send him a soccer ball, but it did not fit through the supply borehole.

According to an ESPN.com profile of Franklin Lobos, the incident made Carolina realize that she took family for granted. Once her dad is rescued, Carolina told ESPN, she is going “to give him all the love I never gave him. Help him. Take care of him. Protect him.”


October 11th, 2010
01:04 PM ET

NASA expected to get OK for additional shuttle launch

Shuttle Discovery sits at the launch pad for its final lift off scheduled for November 1, 2010.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010 bill is expected to be signed by President Obama Monday.

The bill passed by Congress last week, and the billions of dollars in it include money for commercial space programs, the authorization for NASA to develop a heavy lift vehicle that would fly beyond lower earth orbit and the go ahead for NASA to add a shuttle launch.

This would be the very last lift-off of the space shuttle program. The federal dollars, including the cost of the additional launch, has not yet been appropriated. If the extra launch is a go it would likely take place in June 2011.

The two remaining "scheduled" shuttle missions will fly from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the following days:

November 1st, 2010
Space Shuttle Discovery
4:33 p.m. EDT

February 26, 2011
Space Shuttle Endeavour
4:04 p.m. EDT

October 11th, 2010
11:35 AM ET

Wife, mother of American who went missing at lake plead for help

The wife of a U.S. citizen who disappeared late last month in a reported pirate attack renewed her plea for help Monday.

David Michael Hartley went missing September 30. His wife, Tiffany, told authorities her husband was shot and killed during a sightseeing trip on Falcon Lake, which bisects the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas.

On Monday, Tiffany Hartley, along with David Hartley's mother, Pam, appeared on several morning talk shows asking for information that will help investigators find those responsible for David's death and help them find his body.


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October 11th, 2010
11:35 AM ET

Crimson Tide fall, Buckeyes soar, Jets-Vikings square off

South Carolina fans cheered as their team went on to beat Alabama -- and knock them from the top of the AP poll.

It was a great weekend to be a Buckeye or Gamecock - not so great for fans of formerly No. 1 ranked Alabama. After a 19-game winning streak and unchallenged dominance atop the AP poll, the mighty Crimson Tide have fallen down to the No. 8 spot, clearing the way for Ohio State. Receiving 34 first-place votes, OSU has moved to the top of the AP Poll for the first time since 2007.

So what does all this jostling in the SEC mean for the rest of the season? Well according to SI.com’s Stewart Mandel, the shakeup in the conference could mean changes across all of college football and the BCS in the coming weeks.

Alabama’s staggering loss to South Carolina could be attributed to one of two reasons: the Crimson Tide simply faltered against the Gamecocks, or South Carolina capitalized on weaknesses that Alabama is only now starting to show. Mandel cautions to not dismiss South Carolina’s victory as just a fluke, it wasn’t, ‘Bama simply was outmatched by Steve Spurrier and company. What that means for the rest of the season is yet to be determined, but one loss definitely doesn’t knock the Crimson Tide out of championship contention - just like five wins so far doesn’t lock in a spot either.

But college football aside, prepare for a heated Monday night match-up between the Vikings and Jets:

Minnesota Vikings vs. New York Jets (8:30 p.m., ET) – Tonight’s Monday night football match-up pits the Brett Favre-led Vikings against the Sanchised Jets. It’s no secret that Favre has struggled this season – both on and off the field - and when he goes up against his former teammates, things could get ugly for the veteran QB.


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October 11th, 2010
11:32 AM ET

Police: 'Anything's a possibility' in disappearance of 10-year-old

Investigators are interviewing former neighbors and former teachers, and seeking surveillance video as they investigate the disappearance of a 10-year-old girl from her Hickory, North Carolina, home, police said Monday.

Zahra Clare Baker was last seen sleeping in her bedroom about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Hickory police. She was reported missing about 2 p.m. Saturday by her father, Adam Baker, and stepmother, Elisa Baker.


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October 11th, 2010
11:27 AM ET

U.S. grenade may have killed British hostage, PM says

A British aid worker who died during an operation to rescue her from kidnappers in Afghanistan may have been killed by a grenade thrown by American forces trying to free her, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday.

Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, will launch an investigation into the failed attempt to rescue Linda Norgrove, 36, Cameron said.

NATO and British officials had said earlier she was killed by her captors, who detonated an explosive.


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October 11th, 2010
11:23 AM ET

Days of waiting marked by brief moments of joy in Chile


Family members react to the news that the drilling effort has reached the trapped miners as flocks of journalists try to capture that reaction in Copiapo, Chile, on Saturday.


As the 33 trapped Chilean miners prepare for a long-awaited ride to the surface, family members are enduring their own emotional roller coaster.

Days of waiting are punctuated by brief celebrations of milestones in the rescue effort at the San José mine site in northern Chile.

Joyful moments tend to be short-lived, anxiety returning with the realization that it will still be days before their loved ones might be returned to the surface.

The latest milestone came early Monday, when the process of encasing the first 96 meters of the rescue shaft was completed at 4 a.m. ET.


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October 11th, 2010
10:46 AM ET

Rescue date in Chile could slip to Thursday

The target date to begin rescuing the 33 miners trapped in Chile is still Wednesday, but the start of the operation could slide into early Thursday, Chilean Mining Minister Laurence Golborne said Monday.

Tests of the hole through which rescuers hope to hoist 33 miners trapped nearly a mile below the surface of the Earth have proved "very promising, very positive," he said Monday. "Not even dust fell inside."

"We are extraordinarily content," Minister of Health Jaime Manalich said.

His prediction came shortly after workers cheering "Viva Chile" completed the installation of steel tubing to reinforce the path that rescuers plan to use to hoist the trapped miners to the surface.

About 96 meters of sheet metal has been put in place to line the tunnel that was bored 2,300-feet deep, according to Jeff Hart, operations manager for Layne Christensen Co., who has been in Chile advising workers on the drilling and casing operations.


October 11th, 2010
09:32 AM ET

On the Radar: Chile miners, British hostage, missing kid

Trapped Chilean miners - Cheering "Viva Chile," workers early Monday completed the installation of steel tubing to reinforce the path that will be used to bring 33 trapped miners to the surface.

About 96 meters of sheet metal was put in place to line the tunnel bored four-tenths of a mile into the Earth, according to Jeff Hart, operations manager for Layne Christensen Co., who has been in Chile advising workers on the drilling and casing operations. The casing has a lip that holds it in place at the surface and hangs down into the hole to serve as a buffer between the rescue capsule and the walls of the shaft, Hart said.

British hostage killed - A British aid worker who died during an operation to rescue her from kidnappers in Afghanistan may have been killed by a grenade thrown by American forces trying to free her, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday.


October 11th, 2010
07:34 AM ET

Monday's live video events

10:50 am ET - Obama remarks at White House - President Obama makes a statement at the White House Rose Garden following talks on the economic impact of infrastructure investments on states and communities.

11:00 am ET - Clinton campaigns in Kentucky - Former president Bill Clinton campaigns for Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway in Lexington, Kentucky.


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