October 14th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Day One of Freedom for Rescued Miners: Join the Live Chat

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We have new information from the hospital where the 33 rescued miners are being checked out. There's remarkable progress to report. Plus, why the body of David Hartley may never be recovered after he was reportedly shot and killed on a lake along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Filed under: Live Blog
October 14th, 2010
09:40 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Keeping them Honest on the Campaign Trail

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, we're keeping them honest on the campaign trail. You may recall Sharron Angle, Nevada's Republican Senate candidate, claimed two towns in America are adopting Islamic Sharia law. But it's not true. Hear where she says she got the idea.

Plus, new developments on the 33 miners rescued in Chile. Several are expected to leave the hospital tonight. Many of them are also talking about what they faced while trapped 2,300 feet underground for more than two months.

In Crime & Punishment, there’s a wild new twist in the reported murder of David Hartley. His wife says he was shot to death by pirates on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake. Could it all have been a case of mistaken identity? We'll check in with CNN's Ed Lavandera in Texas.

Also on our radar, the new steps in the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation. It's been nearly 14 years since the 6-year-old pageant queen was found beaten and strangled to death in the basement of her family's Colorado home. Police have contacted her brother, Burke. We'll tell you why.

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

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
October 14th, 2010
07:28 PM ET

Miners together in freedom, but not for long

CNN Wire Staff

Copiapo, Chile (CNN) - A day after being rescued following 69 days trapped in a collapsed mine in Chile, all 33 men were together again in a room at the hospital where they have been undergoing tests - and in some cases treatment - since their rescue, a hospital official said.

"This morning, they had a visit with our president," said Dr. Paola Neumann, director of health services at the hospital, referring to Chilean President Sebastian Pinera.

"They had a really pleasant meeting, and as each one of them came into the room, they hugged each other and they were very happy to meet again, and they were very happy to be all together."

But their months of forced intimacy were to end later Thursday, when three of the miners were to be released, hospital officials said.

"The only thing that is missing is for the release to be coordinated," said Copiapo Regional Hospital Subdirector Dr. Jorge Montes.

Full story

Filed under: 360° Radar
October 14th, 2010
06:29 PM ET

Producer’s Notebook: Our time at Camp Hope

Ismael Estrada
AC360­° Producer

Near Copiapo, Chile (CNN) – It’s been an incredible week here at Camp Hope in Chile.

It’s rare that we get an opportunity to report on a story that has such a great, happy ending and the world was here to record every second.

We met reporters from Australia, Japan, Germany, England, Spain, Argentina and all over Chile - all here to capture this great rescue.

Earlier: As rescue nears, media descend on Chilean mine

In most cases, when we see so many people from around the world, it’s when we cover a major tragedy. Rarely do I see the good moods and good spirits that were in the air here - with all of us on hand for everything from that great moment when the first miner was rescued until the moment when the last rescuer made it back to the surface.

Very quickly, Camp Hope has transformed to Camp Empty, but no one here will forget the time we spent at this mine.

(See more photos after the jump)


Filed under: 360º Follow • Behind The Scenes • Ismael Estrada
October 14th, 2010
04:48 PM ET

Beat 360° 10/14/10

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:

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger watches The Changing of the Guard ceremony at Wellington Barracks on October 14, 2010 in London, England. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/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:

Elise Miller
"Real men wear pink."


Dan Sanchez, Wilmington, DE
"Arnold Schwarzenegger on the set of his new film, Terminator: Rise of the Toy Soldiers."

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
October 14th, 2010
04:00 PM ET

ProPublica: Gulf spill fund offers little information to claimants


Many claimants seeking compensation for damages from the Gulf oil spill say they are struggling to get basic information about what is happening with their claims.

Dozens of claimants have told ProPublica they are having trouble getting information about their submissions, and applicants say that the claims agents they speak to on the telephone and in field offices are unable to provide any answers. It is possible to check the status [1] of applications on the website of the operation run by claims czar Kenneth Feinberg, but claimants say they cannot get explanations for their status, for delays in processing, or for the size of the checks sent out for approved claims.

Feinberg acknowledged to ProPublica that his operation should be doing a better job of providing enough information to claimants. He said he has been making changes to improve transparency and responsiveness.

More on ProPublica's site

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
October 14th, 2010
03:46 PM ET

CNN Hero: 'I have never been chosen by anyone for anything.'

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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

Editor's Note: Aki Ra is helping to make his native Cambodia safer by clearing land mines - many of which he planted years ago as a child soldier. Since 1993, he and his Cambodian Self Help Demining organization have cleared about 50,000 mines and unexploded weapons.

When I got the call, I had spent the day working in Siem Reap. I spend much of the week in the minefield with our team. I was very excited to be recognized for the work our NGO does. I have never been chosen by anyone for anything. I am very grateful to be recognized by CNN for the work we do.

I hope that it will bring more help to Cambodian Self Help Demining and Cambodia to clear the many landmines and unexploded ordinance that is left in our country.

Our organization is run by Khmer people, working for our country. We want people to know that the landmine problem in Cambodia has not gone away. People are being injured all the time and we are working to make Cambodia safe.

A Global Celebration: Thanksgiving Night at 8p ET

Filed under: CNN Heroes
October 14th, 2010
02:30 PM ET

Clinton: U.S. 'doing everything' to find missing American's body

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday the United States is "doing everything that we know how to do" to find the body of an American reported missing in a lake straddling the U.S.-Mexican border.

Clinton told ABC's "Good Morning America" that she is "sickened" by the case involving American David Hartley.

"I hope that we can [find him]," said Clinton. "I mean, the beheaded body of the brave Mexican investigator that just showed up shows what we're dealing with."

She said the United States is "supporting local law enforcement, supporting the authorities on the border, doing everything that we know to do to try to assist in helping to find the body and helping to find the perpetrators."

Clinton's comments came a day after U.S. and Mexican authorities vowed the search for Hartley would continue despite the grisly slaying of the Mexican government's lead investigator in the case.

"We continue the search on this side of the border," Zapata County, Texas, Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez Jr. told CNN. "We're also sending a message that we're here."

Full story

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow
October 14th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #633 'Yah, but you know that TruCoat ...'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: The midterm election has brought, once again, an exhausting storm of ads of questionable veracity. I’m just asking in my daily letter to the White House, does it really have to be this way?

Dear Mr. President,

Did you ever go to buy a car, you think you have agreed on a price, and suddenly you find a whole lot of added items and expense being pushed your way? You know, like that scene in Fargo where Jerry Lundergard is trying to make that guy pony up extra money for TruCoat on his new car.

My solution is simple. I talk to the dealership before I go in, and say something like this: “Hey, I’m a reasonable and honest guy, and I am going to assume you are the same. Give me your ‘walking-out-the-door, keys-in-pocket’ price; for the taxes, tags, keys, wheels, mats and the little shifty knob…all of it. If it’s good, I’ll buy with no further discussion. If it’s not, I’ll hang up and never call again, nor will I return your calls. Either way, neither one of us should feel as if our time has been wasted, nor as if we’ve been finagled into a bad deal. Now for all the chips: What’s your price?”

Having listened to the debate from Delaware last night, once I stopped banging my head on the wall, I found myself desperately wishing there were some way to demand that kind of direct answer from you political types. One of the things that drives voters run-out-in-the-yard-and-chew-bark-from-the-trees crazy is the constant tap dancing from candidates of all stripes when they face a question they don’t want to answer.

October 14th, 2010
10:45 AM ET

Polls: Reid-Angle Senate battle deadlocked

Paul Steinhauser
CNN Deputy Political Director

(CNN) – Hours before Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican challenger Sharron Angle face off in a debate for the first time, two new polls indicate that Nevada's Senate battle remains tied.

According to a Las Vegas Review-Journal and 8NewsNow survey conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling, 47 percent of likely voters support Angle, with 45 percent backing Reid, four percent undecided, two percent supporting other candidates and two percent saying they will vote for "none of the candidates," which is allowed in Nevada. Angle's two-point advantage is within the poll's sampling error.

A Suffolk University survey released Wednesday indicates that 46 percent of likely voters in Nevada support Reid, the top Democrat in the Senate, with 43 percent backing Angle, a former state lawmaker who enjoys strong support by many Tea Party activists. The other six candidates on the ballot are in the low single digits, with four percent saying they will vote for none of the candidates, and three percent undecided. Reid's three-point advantage is within the survey's sampling error.

The Suffolk University poll indicates that Angle holds a 22-point advantage over Reid among independent and non-partisan voters.

Full story on the CNN Political Ticker

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