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October 5th, 2010
05:59 AM ET

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As rescue drill nears, miners in Chile still have long way to go

Copiapo, Chile (CNN) - With 160 meters to go until the Plan B drill reaches 33 trapped miners, a breakthrough to the men may be imminent.

Then what?

At Camp Hope, the makeshift tent city where hundreds of family members are living, widespread celebrations will likely break out as the miners' loved ones receive news they have waited for more than 60 days to hear.

But despite any euphoria, the rescue operation will be entering its most dangerous phase for the men.

Chilean Mining Minister Laurence Golborne made clear to reporters Saturday that the operation can only be called a success if all the men are rescued from the mine safely.

"We haven't rescued anyone here," Golborne said. "We have to be very conservative, nothing is finished."

Officials said they expect to have the men above ground between October 15 and October 30.

If the Plan B drill reaches the 624 meters (2,047 feet) to the trapped men, the miners will be closer than ever to freedom. But they will still have a long way to go before their actual rescue.

Pakistan: 5 German among 8 foreign nationals killed in drone strike

- Pakistani intelligence officials confirmed Tuesday that five German nationals were killed in a drone strike in northwest Pakistan a day earlier.

The Germans were among 11 suspected militants killed Monday. Three others were foreigners whose nationalities were not disclosed, said the officials - who did not want to be named. The rest were Pakistanis.

There were no immediate comments from Germany.

The strike happened in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan, the officials said.

Missiles struck a building that held the eight, who are believed to have been members of the group Jihad al Islami, the officials said.

The strike comes a day after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued a joint bulletin warning that terror attacks were being plotted against targets Europe. European intelligence officials said Monday that a group of jihadists from Germany were at the heart of the plots, but it was not immediately clear if the warning and the suspected drone strike were related.

The reported plots prompted the U.S. State Department to issue a Europe-wide security advisory for Americans traveling abroad. FULL STORY

U.S. judge bought drugs for stripper, feds say

Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) - A federal judge in Georgia has been arrested on drug and weapons charges after federal agents say he bought drugs for a stripper with whom he was having an affair.

Senior U.S. District Judge Jack Camp Jr. has been charged with possession of cocaine, marijuana and the painkiller roxicodone, according to court documents. He is also charged with possessing a firearm as an unlawful user of controlled substances and with aiding and abetting the possession of drugs by the stripper, who had a prior drug conviction.

Camp was arrested Friday after federal agents said he bought drugs from an undercover agent. He made an initial appearance Monday in a federal court in Atlanta and was released on $50,000 bond.

The charges allege that Camp had been paying the stripper for sex since the past spring and was fronting money to buy drugs for both of them. Before the sting that led to his arrest, he told her, "Let me pay him, because you've already got a record," the affidavit states.

Camp, 67, is the former chief judge for the northern district of Georgia. He was appointed to the bench by then-President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and took senior status in 2008. His lead attorney, Bill Morrison, would not discuss the facts of the case but played down his client's public office. FULL STORY

Times Square bomb plotter to be sentenced

New York (CNN) - Faisal Shahzad, the 30-year-old Pakistani-American suspect in the Times Square bombing plot, is expected to be sentenced Tuesday.

Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of life in prison for Shahzad.

On Wednesday, prosecutors say Shahzad carefully selected his location as a highly populated target and intended to strike again if he wasn't caught the first time.

Shahzad is accused of attempting to set off a vehicle bomb in Times Square on May 1, according to documents filed in federal court Wednesday.

The bomb failed to detonate and he was arrested two days later while trying to leave the country on a flight from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport bound for Pakistan.

In a sentencing memo submitted to a federal court Wednesday, prosecutors paint a picture of a young man determined to target Americans on a large scale.

According to the memo, Shahzad used webcams accessible on the internet "as part of his effort to maximize the deadly effect of his bomb." FULL STORY

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Jim Carroll

    Why does the Republican Party, The Tea Party and the News Media
    want to take America back to the Hoover days of the great depression?

    October 6, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  2. Tim Kirkendall

    House Burning – It is a shame that their house burned down however, if you let any bill go they are not going to let you back-pay it i.e., gas/electric, auto insurance, house payment. Its time people stop blaming others and take responsibility for their actions – they gambled and lost.

    October 6, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  3. Average American

    Hate is a by-product of wrong parenting but it is also a by-product of a group people constantly accusing another group of people of being the cause of the world's wrongs instead of facing reality and realizing that until society can get past the blame game nothing will get fixed. It's time to actually deal with it instead of trying to duck the responsibility of it.

    October 5, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  4. Average American

    lol @ Pauly.... always trying to blame the Republicans for every ill of society today as if whatever you said doesn't apply equally to Democrats.

    Just too funny.

    October 5, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  5. Pauly

    How are you going to stop bullying in the classrooms when it is revered in the media? Bullies like Palin, Limbaugh, Beck, etc are making millions of dollars trying to bully the President, gays, blacks, Muslims, Mexicans, etc. Politicians, talking heads, etc fill the air waves w/ hateful rhetoric every day. The Tea Party got wall to wall coverage beginning w/ their bullying of politicians & attendees at town hall meetings.

    Children are learning to hate at home. From their parents, relatives, the media & the internet. They can see & hear all the hateful rhetoric. You can blame teachers & the children but in reality, it's society that is to blame. Love & respect can only be taught in the home. Teachers are powerless against parents, politicians, the media & the internet.

    October 5, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  6. Average American

    Teachers are supposed to TEACH not police the schools. Surprised if your next idea isn't arming the teachers.

    Bullying starts in the home and is mostly the responsibility of the parents.

    October 5, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  7. Dr. Ronald Helms

    A school could reduce bullying, if the school administration supported and encourage teachers to use their cell phone camera (at a distance) to record a bullying in progress. The teacher should turn the photo(s)/video over immediately to the Principle. This approach protects the teacher from any false actions that could result if the teacher physically stepped in and confronted the bully. The Principle should then bring the bully in the office and then (1) show the bully the photo/video, (2) tell the bully what will happen if he/she is caught again, (3) tell the bully the next time his parents will called and brought in to the office with the bully.

    October 5, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  8. Chris Matthews

    I'm watching the How to stop a bully broadcast right now and I can't help but to laugh and I'll tell you why. I am a cage fighter and both of my boys have been taught martial arts and yet they are both well disciplined kids. Even girls can prevent themselves from being bullied. However, martial arts can't fix the problem entirely. The other half lies with the parents and how they teach their own kids. I'm not father of the year or Earths greatest dad but if more fathers or mothers would instill a sense of heroism, honor to self, and perhaps even a little bit of pride things like this would not happen. Some people are strong, some people are smart but all have the ability inside them to be a hero in some way shape or form.

    October 5, 2010 at 7:46 am |
  9. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    When they pull the miners from the mine wiil CNN have live coverage I hope so that would be some good T.V.

    October 5, 2010 at 7:17 am |
  10. Average American

    The US Military hasn't the foggiest idea of who they are killing or the number they are killing with the drone attacks in Pakistan – nor do they care. Geeeeeeeeeeeeeee ... wonder why the number of Pakistanis that want to kill Americans is increasing daily. The US Military command needs to be replaced with people that have the ability to think through ideas before implementing them – before we are all killed.

    Some old dude feeding drugs to a young stripper? Say it ain't so Joe....

    October 5, 2010 at 6:27 am |