November 21st, 2010
11:47 PM ET

China prepares to rescue 29 from flooded mine

Twenty-nine miners trapped in a flooded mine in China were still alive
after more than 24 hours, and rescuers were preparing to lift them out, state
media said Monday.

Earlier state media reports had said 28 miners were trapped in Sichuan

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November 21st, 2010
09:27 PM ET

Ireland requests billions in euro loans from EU

Ireland has formally requested substantial "financial assistance" from the European Union and International Monetary Fund to buttress the government and bolster its struggling banking sector, Prime Minister Brian Cowen said Sunday night.

"I want to assure the Irish people that we have a better future before us," Cowen said in announcing the request, as well as pledging substantial budget cuts and tax hikes.


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Filed under: Economy • Europe • Finance • Ireland
November 21st, 2010
09:24 PM ET

Dangerous conditions delay New Zealand coal mine rescue

A toxic mix of gasses inside a New Zealand coal mine kept frustrated rescue workers on the sidelines again Monday, as they waited for the go-ahead to try to reach 29 miners trapped underground.

No one has heard from the men - ages 17 to 62 - since an explosion inside the mine around 4 p.m. Friday afternoon. Officials hope they are alive, though they do not know if the men found a safe haven or whether parts or all of the mine collapsed.


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Filed under: Coal mining • Mine accidents • New Zealand
Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
November 21st, 2010
07:52 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States, and from last-minute meal preparations to pardoned turkeys to uproars over airport screening techniques, the holiday will give us plenty to chew on (pardoned turkeys aside, we suppose). Here's a look at some of the stories we plan to follow this week:

Holiday travel, body scanners and pat-downs:

A public outcry over the ramped-up use of pat-downs and full-body scanning at airports comes right as U.S. travelers are preparing for a busy week of holiday travel.  Our special holiday travel section will get you up to speed on the issue, including your rights in the event you are chosen for a full-body scan.

Some people may be annoyed with aspects of air travel, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows for airport employees, either. On Monday, our travel section will have a story exploring airport workers' experiences with passengers gone wild.

Also Monday, the section will have travel tips from airport and airline employees across the country. The section also will keep track of delays at 20 of the United States' busiest airports.

United Nations to address cholera in Haiti

The United Nations on Monday will hold a noon briefing about the increasingly bleak cholera outbreak in Haiti. The U.N. over the weekend blasted the international response to the outbreak, saying donors had pledged only about 10 percent of the money needed to curb the disease in the impoverished Caribbean country. The disease has claimed more than 1,180 lives, according to Haiti's health ministry, and almost 50,000 people have sought medical help. The outbreak came as the country continued to struggle with January's devastating earthquake, which exacerbated problems with abject poverty, congested unsanitary living conditions and a poor health care system.


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November 21st, 2010
06:20 PM ET

Delta jet makes emergency landing at JFK in New York

A Delta Air Lines flight to Russia made an emergency landing Sunday evening after encountering an engine problem shortly after takeoff from New York, the Federal Aviation Administration reported.

Delta Air Lines Flight 30 returned to John F. Kennedy International
Airport at 5:49 p.m. ET, about 50 minutes after takeoff. The Moscow-bound
Boeing 767 was forced to turn back after its crew reported a problem with its
left engine, FAA spokeswoman Holly Baker said.


November 21st, 2010
12:54 PM ET

$15M penalty for alleged sale of mislabeled food for troops

A Texas businessman has reached a settlement with the U.S. government over allegations that his company, a food services contractor, falsified expiration dates on food products and sold them to the U.S. military during the Iraq war.

Samir Mahmoud Itani and his company, American Grocers Ltd., were ordered to pay $15 million, according to a statement released Friday by the Department of Justice.

Federal prosecutors alleged Itani, his wife and American Grocers bought heavily discounted food from leading food product manufacturers, then altered the dates on the packages and shipped them to the Middle East at a marked-up price.


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Filed under: Iraq • Lawsuit • Military • War
November 21st, 2010
12:30 PM ET

Report: North Korea claims it is enriching uranium at new plant

A State Department team is traveling to South Korea on Sunday after a U.S. scientist reported that North Korea has a new uranium enrichment facility.

North Korean officials said the facility is operating and producing low-enriched uranium, according to Stanford University professor Siegfried S. Hecker. The scientist posted a report of his November 12 visit to the Yongbyon, North Korea, facility on the university's website Saturday.

The enrichment facility is comprised of 2,000 centrifuges, according to Hecker's report.


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Filed under: North Korea • South Korea • World
November 21st, 2010
12:26 PM ET

3 children, 1 adult found dead in Florida home

Four people, including three children, were found dead inside a home in a peaceful, family-oriented northwest Florida neighborhood Saturday, police said.

A Florida medical examiner is working to determine exactly what caused the death of the adult and three children, who are believed to be two 6-year-olds and a 3-year-old toddler, Tallahassee police spokesman David McCranie said.

Police have launched a homicide investigation, given the condition of the dead.


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Filed under: Crime • U.S.
November 21st, 2010
12:00 PM ET

AIDS activists praise pope's condom comments

Pope Benedict XVI's possible shift on condom use is a "significant and positive step forward," the head of the United Nations anti-AIDS campaign said, welcoming the potentially historic remark.

"This move recognizes that responsible sexual behavior and the use of condoms have important roles in HIV prevention," UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibe said in a statement.

"This will help accelerate the HIV prevention revolution," he said Saturday.

The Roman Catholic Church firmly opposes artificial contraception, including condoms.


Filed under: Christian • Religion • World