October 12th, 2010
10:02 AM ET

On the Radar: Chile miners, Ft. Hood suspect, toxic sludge

Chile miner rescue - Chilean President Sebastian Pinera says he is looking forward to the imminent rescue of the 33 miners trapped for more than two months nearly half a mile below ground.

Officials say rescue crews will begin Wednesday - and perhaps even earlier - pulling the men to safety. "I hope that by tomorrow [Tuesday] or Wednesday, the miners will not only be able to see sunlight, but embrace their wives and girlfriends, parents, mothers and children," Pinera told CNN en Espanol on Monday.

Fort Hood shooting suspect –Tuesday marks the beginning of the military hearing for Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people and wounding 32 in a shooting spree at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas. The hearing will determine whether Hasan will be court-martialed.

Hasan, 40, is scheduled to be wheeled into a military courtroom Tuesday for the start of the hearing. . He is paralyzed from the upper chest down because civilian police shot him four times during the attack.  During the proceeding, called an Article 32 hearing, officials will consider the evidence against Hasan and decide whether the case will move forward to a court-martial that could bring the death penalty. The hearing is open to the public, and both the defense and prosecution can present witnesses and evidence.

Toxic sludge - Workers in Hungary were racing Tuesday to build three emergency dams to stem an expected second toxic spill from an aluminum plant.

Some 500,000 cubic meters of toxic red sludge is in the plant's reservoir. Its wall shows signs of ruptures and cracks, said Gyorgi Tottos, a spokeswoman with Hungary's emergency services department. Officials say it's only a matter of time before the wall breaks and the sludge spews across the landscape.

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  1. michaelfury


    October 12, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. MAYA

    I hope the rescued of the miners in Chile, be susccessful and these men can enjoy the freedom from the bottom of the eart and be united with their families.

    October 12, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MAYA

    To Mr Hasan; is getting to him what he really deserves for his cowardly act and been a traitor to this country that gave him and his family a home, education and liberty. God punish without guns and war and mr hasan got what he deserved.

    October 12, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gloriaperez san antonio

    Surely God has encamped his Angels at Campo Esperanza.
    Psalm 91: 11-12 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
    They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone

    October 13, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |