Preparing for the great quake
An image from Shizuoka Prefecture's guidebook to prepare for the "Great Tokai Earthquake."
March 11th, 2011
01:53 PM ET

Preparing for the great quake

It's called the "Great Tokai Earthquake" - a predicted disaster southwest of Tokyo that Japan has spent trillions of yen preparing for, based on the inexact science of predicting earthquakes.

But Friday's 8.9-magnitude quake happened in a completely different subduction zone - where two oceanic plates  collide.  So is Japan still at risk for another great quake?  FULL POST

April 8th, 2010
06:29 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening Friday

Mark Kerrigan, brother of Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan, faces additional charges in connection with the death of his father.

Here's a look at some of tomorrow's news events:

Kerrigan in court

The brother of Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan is scheduled to be formally charged in connection with the January death of his father. Mark Kerrigan has pleaded not guilty to assault and battery charges.  A grand jury has since charged him with manslaughter.  The Kerrigan family has rejected the charges, saying they do not blame anyone for the death of Daniel Kerrigan, saying he had a pre-existing heart condition.  Read more

Red Shirt rally in Bangkok

"Red Shirt" protesters in Thailand plan another mass rally Friday (Thursday night ET) despite the state of emergency that empowers the military to move against large gatherings. The anti-government protesters have controlled areas of the Thai capital for nearly a month.  Read more

U.S. Civil War anniversary

On this day in 1865, Confederate States Army Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Army Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. The two generals signed surrender documents on that day at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia, ending the American Civil War.

April 7th, 2010
07:13 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening Thursday

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner met with his Indian counterpart in New Delhi this week. He heads to China on Thursday.

Here's a look at some of tomorrow's news events:

Geithner to China

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner heads to Beijing to meet with China's Vice Premier Wang Qishan. The focus of the talks is unclear.  However, it's expected that the value of  China's currency, the yuan, could be the main topic of their discussion. Read more


April 6th, 2010
04:10 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening Wednesday

The US and Czech flags inside Prague Castle where President Obama will sign a nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia on Thursday.

Here's a look at some of tomorrow's news events:

Obama goes to Prague

President Barack Obama leaves for Prague, Czech Republic, where he will sign the START treaty along with his Russian counterpart which will cut the two countries' nuclear weapons by about a third.  Read more


April 2nd, 2010
03:40 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening this weekend

The much anticipated iPad by Apple goes on sale on Saturday.

Here's a look at some of the news events happening this weekend:

iPad goes on sale

Apple's latest creation, the iPad portable "slate" computer, goes on sale on Saturday.  The reviews are in, and here are 12 things you should know about the iPad before you buy.

MLK Assassination Anniversary

On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.  He was 39.

Easter weekend

Millions of Christians will be observing Easter weekend, which commemorates the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Observances will be held across the world, including Vatican City, where Pope Benedict XVI will preside at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday and hold Easter Sunday Mass.  On Monday, the White House will host the annual Easter Egg Roll.

March 29th, 2010
05:05 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening Tuesday

The Sarkozys and the Obamas at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in September.

Here's a look at some of tomorrow's news events:

French leader at the White House

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, at the White House.

'Between Two Worlds'

She was detained last year in Iran, put on trial and sentenced to eight months in prison.  After intense international pressure, Iran agreed to release journalist Roxana Saberi in May 2009.  Today,  her book about her ordeal, "Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran," is officially released.

Death penalty report

Amnesty International will publish its annual report on death penalty statistics for last year.  It is expected to push China for information about how many people were executed.

Passover begins

Tuesday is the first day of the Jewish Passover holiday, which commemorates the Hebrews' escape from enslavement in Egypt.

March 25th, 2010
04:34 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening Friday

Space shuttle Endeavor lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on February 21.

Here's a look at some of tomorrow's news events:

NASA Shuttle review

NASA managers will hold a review meeting to establish a firm launch date for Space Shuttle Discovery, which is currently scheduled for April 5.

Palin-McCain reunion

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will appear at a fundraiser for her former running mate Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona,  in Phoenix, Arizona. It will be their first public appearance since the 2008 presidential campaign.

Hold the popcorn

Ticket prices will be going up at movie theaters across the country this weekend as the entertainment industry looks to cash in on the growing demand for 3-D movies following the success of "Avatar"and "Alice in Wonderland." Starting Friday, prices for adult admission to 3-D movies will increase an average 8.3 percent at box offices nationwide, according to market research conducted by investment firm BTIG. Ticket prices for IMAX movies are expected to jump 10 percent, while prices for regular 2-D movies will rise about 4 percent on average.  Read more

March 24th, 2010
04:57 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening Thursday

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to make an announcement on the U.S. military

Here's a look at some of tomorrow's news events:

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to announce changes easing the Defense Department's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy prohibiting homosexuals from serving openly in the military.  Read more

Nuclear waste

The Department of Energy's 15-member blue-ribbon commission is expected to hold its first hearing to consider alternative means for managing and storing America’s nuclear waste. The Obama administration plans to end the Yucca Mountain project, although a group of bipartisan lawmakers are trying to block the administration from doing so.  Read more

Twitter Twestivals

Twitter users will be getting together offline in more than 175 cities around the world to attend a Twestival which will raise money for a good cause.  It's the second annual Twestival, and all proceeds will go to Concern Worldwide,  a humanitarian organization that has dedicated itself to reducing suffering and eliminating poverty. Read more

March 23rd, 2010
04:41 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening Wednesday

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on March 8 announcing the nomination of Robert Harding, left, to head the TSA.

Here's a look at some of tomorrow's news events:

TSA nominee's ties to Abu Ghraib?

Senators plan to question President Obama's nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration on Capitol Hill during a second round of confirmation hearing.  The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members are expected to ask retired Maj. Gen. Robert Harding about whether his contracting business worked at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.  That facility run by the U.S. military became infamous in 2004 after photos emerged showing prisoner abuse.


March 22nd, 2010
04:54 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening Tuesday

Secretary of State Clinton will lead a high level U.S. delegation to Mexico City.

Here's a look at some of tomorrow's news events:

Health care signing

President Barack Obama plans to sign the health care bill during a White House ceremony.  At that point, the U.S. Senate can begin dealing with the process of reconciling its version of the bill with one passed late Sunday by the House of Representatives.

U.S. officials to Mexico 

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and other top U.S. officials will be in Mexico City to discuss the ongoing war on drugs.  It will be a major show of solidarity with the Mexican government since the killings of a U.S. consulate worker and her husband who was also an American.  They were gunned down earlier this month in Ciudad Juarez in front of their 1-year-old child.

University of Alabama killings

Dr. Amy Bishop  is scheduled to be in court to face charges linked to last month's deadly shooting at the University of Alabama-Huntsville.  The former biology professor is charged with one count of capital murder and three counts of attempted murder after allegedly shooting six colleagues, three fatally, on Feb 12.

March 19th, 2010
05:22 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening this weekend

Pope Benedict is expected to respond this weekend to the sexual abuse scandal in Ireland.

Here's a look at some of the news events on tap for this weekend:

Vatican scandal

On Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI will release his letter responding to the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in Ireland.

It's Spring!

The vernal equinox is Saturday, marking the first official day of spring. Hundreds of druids will be celebrating at the Stonehenge monument in Wiltshire, England, as the sun rises directly over the equator.

Another airline strike

British Airways cabin crew members will go ahead with their strikes beginning at midnight Friday London time.   BA hopes around 65 percent of its customers will be able to fly as planned during the strikes.

Health care vote

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote Sunday on the health care bill passed by the Senate in December.  President Barack Obama has delayed his trip to Asia - including his boyhood home of Indonesia - to be on Capitol Hill in support of the legislation.

Immigration rally

Thousands of people are expected to pour into Washington, D.C.,  for a Sunday rally demanding immigration reform, launching the first public battle over the issue since the announcement of a new bipartisan plan endorsed by President Obama.

March 18th, 2010
08:03 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening Friday

Smoke billowing from Baghdad shortly after the U.S.-led invastion of Iraq is launched.

Here's a look at some of tomorrow's news events:

Iraq war anniversary

It has been seven years since the United States and its allies launched Operation Iraqi Freedom at 9:34 p.m. ET/5:34 a.m. local time.  The anniversary will be marked with protests across the United States.

Mideast talks

The Mideast 'quartet' – the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, and Russia – will meet in Moscow to discuss the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

9/11 Settlement

A New York judge holds a 2 p.m. hearing on a proposed $657 million settlement for people who became ill after working on the World Trade Center site after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

March 17th, 2010
04:33 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening Thursday

More than 170 million payment card numbers were hacked in the scheme uncovered last year.

Here's a look at some of tomorrow's news events:

Hacker sentencing

Sentencing begins for Albert Gonzalez, the convicted mastermind of a major hacking scheme in which 130 million credit card and debit card numbers were stolen.  He faces over 40 years in federal prison for his role in three pending cases, including stealing data from the company that owns T.J. Maxx, Barnes & Noble, and other well-known chains.  Read more, anyone?

Bidding starts at $1 million for the Internet domain name,, which goes on the auction block tomorrow.  It could set a record for the most expensive domain name sold.  The domain name reportedly sold for $14 million back in 2006.  

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Hearings resume tomorrow on the possible end to the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for gay and lesbian service members.  Two former officers are expected to testify to the Senate Armed Services Committee about how the policy cost them their military careers.

March 16th, 2010
04:48 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening Wednesday

New York City will host its 248th annual St. Patricks Day Parade.

It’s St. Patrick’s Day

There's a parade in New York City, and Ireland's Taoiseach - or prime minister - Brian Cowen will be in Washington.  Cowen and his wife will have a traditional Irish breakfast with Vice President Joe Biden before meeting with President Barack Obama, and presenting the U.S. leader with a traditional shamrock.


March 15th, 2010
04:40 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening Tuesday

First Lady Michelle Obama launched a campaign in February to fight childhood obesity.

Here's a look at some of tomorrow's news events:

Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama addresses the Grocery Manufacturers Association about ways they can help reduce childhood obesity.  Last month, she launched her "Let's Move" campaign to reduce obesity rates in American children within a generation.


March 12th, 2010
05:30 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening this weekend?

Every year, the Chicago River is dyed green on St. Patricks Day.

Here's a look at some of the news events on tap for this weekend:

Saturday, March 13

- Thousands are expected to converge on Chicago's South Side for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade  and celebration, which includes dyeing the Chicago River green.

- Actor Alan Cumming will host the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) ceremony in New York recognizing the media for fair and accurate representation of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and the issues that affect them. 


March 11th, 2010
04:49 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening Friday

Training run for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympics.

Here's a look at some of tomorrow's news events:

Let the Games begin

The Paralympic Games begin in Vancouver, Canada, between athletes with disabilities from 45 countries.  The Games will last through March 21.  Click here for a full schedule


March 10th, 2010
04:59 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening Thursday

Vice President Biden is visiting the Middle East this week

Here's a look at some of tomorrow's news events:

Biden in the Middle East

Vice President Joe Biden will speak at Israel's Tel Aviv University about the ties between the two countries, before taking questions from students in the audience.  Later, he heads to neighboring Jordan where he will meet with King Abdullah.  


March 8th, 2010
04:39 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening Tuesday

Models showcase Alexander McQueen

Here's a look at tomorrow's news events:

The show goes on

The collection of late fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen will be displayed at Paris Fashion Week.  McQueen, 40, hanged himself last month at his London home, shortly after his mother died.

Greek leader in Washington

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou visits President Obama at the White House to discuss a broad range of issues.   The visit comes as Greece faces bankruptcy becuase of its massive debt crisis.

VP in Israel

Vice President Joe Biden meets with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem, including president Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He'll meet with Palestinian leaders on Wednesday, and speak at Tel Aviv University on Thursday.

NASA Shuttle briefing

NASA holds an overview of the next Space Shuttle mission tentatively scheduled to be launched on April 5