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October 13th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Cheers & Tears in Chile: Join the Live Chat

Tonight, Chile's Camp Hope is living up to its name, and then some. Call it: Camp Success. All 33 miners are out.  Six rescue workers still need to be brought to the surface. We'll bring you live coverage from San Jose Mine where there have been a lot of cheers and happy tears over the past 22 hours.

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Filed under: Live Blog
October 13th, 2010
09:08 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Last Miner Freed, Workers Still Below

After months deep underground, all 33 trapped miners are free. The 12th miner to emerge, Edison Peña, is pictured here.

After months deep underground, all 33 trapped miners are free. The 12th miner to emerge, Edison Peña, is pictured here.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

All 33 miners are free tonight in Chile. Just moments ago, the last miner was brought to the surface and the crowd sang the Chilean National Anthem.  Six rescue workers, who went into the mine to help the men get into the capsule, still need to be brought up. We will stay on this story throughout the night to bring you live coverage from the San Jose Mine.

Over more than 22 hours, one by one, each miner was brought to the surface in a specially-made capsule. Each one has hugged loved ones. Some led the crowd in a cheer for Chile. Another dropped to his knees and prayed, while one asked about his dog.

We have a team of reporters on the scene and will bring you every angle of this incredible rescue mission, including the medical angle. Each miner has been taken to a hospital extensive tests.  We've learned one of the miners is in the intensive care unit with pneumonia, and two miners need extensive dental surgery.

You'll also hear from Bear Grylls, host of the Discovery Channel's "Man vs. Wild", who's made a career out of surviving in dire conditions. He says the 33 trapped miners are an inspiration for all of us.

And, we'll give you an up close look at the celebrations as each miner was rescued after more than two months trapped under half-mile of rock.

We also have the latest developments in the search for an American man whose wife says was shot to death while they were jet skiing on Falcon Lake, which straddles the U.S.-Mexico border. David Hartley's body has not been found. Just this week, a lead investigator in the case was murdered. His severed head was delivered to the Mexican military in a suitcase. David's wife, Tiffany, said the investigator was "so sincere and so considerate."

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
October 13th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Chilean miners in 'good condition,' but long recovery awaits

Claudio Yañez, 34, is the eighth miner to be rescued at the San Jose mine Wednesday.

Claudio Yañez, 34, is the eighth miner to be rescued at the San Jose mine Wednesday.

CNN Wire Staff

Copiapo, Chile (CNN) - At least one miner is fighting acute pneumonia, two will need dental surgery, and others have skin problems or lesions in their eyes. Yet for all the 33 miners' challenges the past 69 days, trapped a half-mile underground in the San Jose mine without light, health care and other basics, those who have emerged appear surprisingly healthy, Chile's health minister said.

"Things are extraordinarily well, better than expected," Jaime Manalich said Wednesday. "They really are in good condition - emotional condition and physical condition."

After getting out of the capsule, each miner stood up and reconnected with loved ones. Some of them engaged the throngs nearby. Within minutes, though, all were placed on stretchers and whisked away to get medical care.

While Manalich said "no major problems" have been found, all the rescued miners will be carefully monitored at a nearby hospital in the coming hours and days. Experts said some of the aftereffects of the long stay underground and quick trip to the surface - especially mental effects, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or restless nights - may be felt for years to come.

Full story


Filed under: 360° Radar
October 13th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

CNN/Time Poll: O'Donnell down 19 points in Delaware Senate battle

CNN Political Unit

(CNN) – Hours before they meet in their first debate, a new poll indicates that Democrat Chris Coons holds a large lead over Republican Christine O'Donnell in the Senate battle in Delaware, a race that has captured national attention.

According to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday, 57 percent of likely voters in Delaware support Coons, the executive of New Castle County, with 38 percent backing O'Donnell, who scored a major upset last month when she defeated Rep. Mike Castle to win Delaware's GOP Senate nomination.

Full story on the CNN Political Ticker


Filed under: 360° Radar
October 13th, 2010
04:55 PM ET

Beat 360° 10/13/10

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

A Bullmastiff tries to get a sniff of a Chihuahua during a media event October 13, 2010 to promote Meet the Breeds, hosted by the American Kennel Club and Cat Fanciers Association at Jacob Javits Center in New York City on October 16th and 17th, 2010. (Photo credit: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

Update: Beat 360° Winners:

Staff
Ben Finley
"Was it something I woofed?"


Viewer

Domingo, New York, NY
"With this economy, I hope your necklace is insured, It's a dog-eat-dog world out there."

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
October 13th, 2010
04:30 PM ET

Christine O'Donnell: From 'witchcraft' to Tea Party favorite

Ed Hornick
CNN

Washington (CNN) - In the days leading up to what looked like an upset win in Delaware's Republican Senate primary, Christine O'Donnell found out the perils of being in the national political spotlight.

"I've put my name on the line," O'Donnell said at a recent candidates forum in Delaware. "And I've taken a lot of hits ... a lot of character assassination."

The Tea Party-backed candidate has been repeatedly mocked by pundits for not only her lack of experience but for her past.

Full story


Filed under: 360° Radar
October 13th, 2010
02:30 PM ET

Rescued miner says he saw God, devil during captivity

Mario Sepulveda greets Chilean first lady Cecilia Morel after his return to the surface.

Mario Sepulveda greets Chilean first lady Cecilia Morel after his return to the surface.

Mariano Castillo
CNN

(CNN) - Having spent 69 days trapped inside the San Jose mine in Chile before being rescued, Mario Sepulveda says, he is a changed man.

"I buried 40 years of my life down there, and I'm going to live a lot longer to be a new person," he said in a video conference hours after surfacing from half a mile underground.

Sepulveda, the second miner extracted from the mine, has advice for those who take undue risks in their lives.

"I think I have learned a lot of wonderful lessons about taking the good path in life," he said. "For those of you able to call your wives or your husbands, do so."

During the time he was trapped inside the mine, Sepulveda said, he saw both good and evil.

"I was with God, and I was with the devil. They fought, and God won," he said. Sepulveda said he grabbed God's hand and never doubted that he would be rescued.

Full story


Filed under: 360° Radar
October 13th, 2010
01:18 PM ET

CNN Hero: 'I really feel encouraged and I will wake up with more energy to do more.'

Evans Wadongo, 23, invented a way for rural families in Kenya to replace smoky kerosene and firelight with solar power.

Evans Wadongo, 23, invented a way for rural families in Kenya to replace smoky kerosene and firelight with solar power.

Programming Note: CNN Heroes received more than ten thousand nominations from 100 countries. A Blue Ribbon Panel selected the Top 10 CNN Heroes for the year. Voting for the CNN Hero of the Year continues through November 18th (6am ET) at CNNHeroes.com

EVANS WADONGO
Editor's Note: Evans Wadongo, 23, invented a way for rural families in Kenya to replace smoky kerosene and firelight with solar power. Through his Use Solar, Save Lives program, he’s distributed an estimated 10,000 solar lanterns, for free.

I was sitting watching a comedy show on a local TV station here in Nairobi when I got the call from CNN. At first I thought they were just calling to ask questions. Then I was told I was in the Top 10. Wow! I am so so excited.

I wish to thank the Blue Ribbon panel for choosing me. I really feel humbled considering all the amazing work being done by all of the CNN Heroes highlighted this year.

I do hope that being in the Top 10 will create even more publicity about the work that we are doing to help poor communities. We really hope to get support from individuals, and more so from corporate companies, and other nonprofits, to reach our target of lifting 100,000 households out of poverty by 2015, by giving them lamps and helping them to set up economic ventures. We want to set up a modern workshop, with modern equipment, that will include a plastic recycling plant, all for making the lamps. We need support to do this.

Just seeing livelihoods change, especially from the small economic ventures that are being set up from the money initially spent on kerosene…it’s the best thing we can ever do for these communities.

I can talk and talk forever - I am just so excited now. I really feel encouraged and I will wake up with more energy to do more.

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Filed under: CNN Heroes
October 13th, 2010
12:49 PM ET

Letters to the President: #632 'Don't ask, don't tell…don't judge?'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: A federal judge has struck down the controversial military rule called “don’t ask, don’t tell.” I, meanwhile, have put down another letter to the White House.

Dear Mr. President,

If I were gay and in the military (versus straight and in the news media) I might be very happy today. This court ruling that overturns “don’t ask, don’t tell” is something that rights advocates have wanted for a long time, so they have reason to pop some champagne and celebrate.

But you’ll notice that I used the word “might.” That’s because I can also see how this could infuriate some people, straight, gay, or otherwise - not the action itself, but the way in which is was accomplished.

Related: Judge orders military to stop enforcing 'don't ask, don't tell'

For some time we’ve seen a growing storm in this country over the power and influence of the courts. In a nutshell, some people think the courts are being used far too often to push political agendas and that activist judges are making an end run around the democratic process. And, simultaneously, other folks think the courts absolutely must take such actions to tamp down what they see as abuses of social, economic, and political power that minority groups cannot and should not endure.
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October 13th, 2010
11:30 AM ET

Mexican investigator in Falcon Lake case beheaded, officials say

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - The lead Mexican investigator in the Falcon Lake case, Rolando Armando Flores Villegas, has been killed, his severed head delivered Tuesday in a suitcase to the Mexican military, officials told CNN.

"His head was delivered to the army garrison this morning in a suitcase after he failed to report back home last night," Zapata County, Texas, Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez Jr. said.

A spokesman for the attorney general of Tamaulipas state in Mexico, Ruben Dario-Rios, confirmed the killing Tuesday afternoon in a telephone interview.

The report came a day after authorities in the Tamaulipas state attorney general's office gave conflicting information on whether authorities were pursuing a pair of suspects in the case of David Michael Hartley's disappearance.

Full story


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