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.

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 that her captors killed Nosgrove by detonating an explosive.

But Cameron said Monday that weekend statements about Norgrove's death were "highly likely to have been incorrect" although they were made "in good faith."

Obama and infrastructure - President Obama is meeting with mayors and governors Monday from across the country as he gears up to sell a new infrastructure initiative to Congress, which senior administration officials said would center on the nation's roads, rail and runways.

North Carolina missing girl - Authorities said Sunday that "a stranger abduction is less likely than once anticipated" in the case of a missing 10-year-old North Carolina girl.

Zahra Clare Baker was reported to have last been seen sleeping in her bedroom about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. She was reported missing from her Hickory, North Carolina, home about 2 p.m. Saturday by her father, Adam Baker, and stepmother, Elisa Baker.

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Herman Garcia

    This is a very important comment about the Chile miners rescue. I could not find a web where to send this message directly to the rescue team. Please forward this message to them asap, could make the difference between life and death. I am hereby suggesting that it will be very extremelly important and necessary to totally lubricate the exterior of the rescue capsule with solid grease to prevent the capsule to get stuck while been pulled to the surface. Without lubrication there are too many possibilities that the capsule get stuck. Please send this message to the rescue team asap and thank you for your anticipated cooperation. I'd like to get the email or web address if available to communicate directly to the rescue team, can you help??

    October 11, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. okay

    So what ur saying is they need to luricate the shaft so it don't get stuck in the hole ! Your so right ! Lubrication is vital for easy entry and exit ! Is there a certain brand of lubricant you want me to suggest ? I will be sure to tell them as soon as I get back from the cantina ! If I don't get to drunk and pass out before I get there that is ! Thanks for this vital lifesaving information !

    October 11, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. okay

    Don't think they could have done it without you !

    October 11, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. okay

    BREAKING NEWS: Worlds largest tub of menudo flavored wet-n-wild is in route to mine shaft in Chile ! HERMAN SAVES THE DAY !

    October 11, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. hmmm..


    October 11, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. okay


    October 11, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pat

    Something doesn't sound right about the missing girl. She was last seen at 2 am sat. & reported missing at 2 pm sat. Afternoon?! What child would SLEEP the afternoon away when she could be out with with her friends? Why didn't the parents at least the step mother (if dad works saturdays) see her earlier in the day?!

    October 11, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      Why? Because they had killed her and were trying to think of some way to cover it up...I reckon.

      October 16, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Marines123

    Come on! Who believes that story again and again? Stepmother is involved with murder or relocating missing girl. Stepmother took hearing aids and prostetic leg from girl to slow her recovery effort. If prosthetic leg with girl then stepmother involved! People take prosthetic legs off when sleeping. Father needs to step up and tell all!

    October 11, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Marines123

    Hey guys! Don't trust anybody with your kids! Don't remarry! Stay strong single and happy, your kids will be fine with you only.

    October 11, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. okay

    THIS JUST IN : Truck hauling lube for miners crashes near rescue shaft. Thousands of gallons of lube spill down shaft and drown miners. THIS IS A SLIPPERY SITUATION HERE IN CHILE ! Stay tuned for further updates !

    October 11, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Marines123

    Hey! Does anybody want my Chile?

    October 11, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Marines123

    Lots of Chile in the air.

    October 11, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. okay


    October 11, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sandra Kelley

    There some really sick people out there. This is "not" funny. How can you joke about something like this?

    October 12, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. Marines123

    Fruit of the Loom promoting mens underware. Just in. 32 of the trapped minors wore Fruit of the Loom for two months. Just one trapped minor wore Jockie but was ripped apart!

    October 12, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
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