October 9, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Russian investigators said Wednesday that they found drugs and equipment that could be used for spying on board a Greenpeace ship used in a foiled protest against offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic. Additional charges are expected to be filed against 30 people accused of piracy for their roles in last month's protest, according to a statement posted on the website of Russia's Investigative Committee. Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said “narcotic substances” -- apparently morphine and poppy straw, which is used to manufacture opiates such as heroin - were found on the ship along with “dual purpose” equipment that “could be use not only for ecological ends.” Investigators are also trying to determine which of those in custody were allegedly responsible for ramming coast guard ships during a failed attempt to board an oil drilling platform, Markin said.
October 9, 2013 |
Italian authorities have arrested a 35-year-old Tunisian with a reported history of human smuggling in last week's deadly sinking of a boat packed with some 500 Africans migrants trying to reach Europe, according to media reports. Khaled Ben Salem was identified by other survivors of the Thursday shipwreck as one of the men who brought the overloaded boat from the Libyan port of Misrata toward Italy, the reports said. The boat caught fire and sank just half a mile off the Italian island of Lampedusa.
September 26, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- A Russian court on Thursday ordered that 22 people arrested last week aboard a Greenpeace ship be held for two months pending an investigation of an attempt to board an offshore oil drilling platform. Eight other people from the Artic Sunrise, a Greenpeace icebreaker, were detained for three days pending a new hearing. Russian commandos seized the ship Sept. 19, the day after activists tried unsuccessfully to board the Prirazlomnaya platform to hang a banner protesting Arctic oil and gas exploration.
September 26, 2013 |
Oil extracted from massive new fields in North Dakota and other states is rolling into California in growing quantities aboard long-haul freight trains, paralleling a surge in crude moving on rail across North America. More than 200,000 barrels of crude per month were imported into California this summer, a fourfold increase from early 2012, according to data compiled by the California Energy Commission. Though the total amount is still small, it marks a little-noticed departure from the state's reliance on its own declining oil patches, the Alaskan North Slope and foreign nations, led by Saudi Arabia.
September 25, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday defended last week's seizure of a Greenpeace ship but appeared to suggest that the 30 activists and crew taken into custody should not face charges of piracy. Russian coast guard troops seized the Arctic Sunrise, a Greenpeace ice-breaker, in a dramatic commando operation in the Barents Sea on Thursday, the day after a multinational group of activists attempted to raise a protest banner on a Russian oil drilling platform. “It is quite obvious that they are not pirates, but formally [speaking]
September 16, 2013 |
GIGLIO, Italy - Twenty months after it capsized off the Italian coast in a disaster that killed 32 people, the Costa Concordia cruise ship emerged from the Mediterranean on Monday thanks to a painstaking $800-million salvage effort. Fifty-six giant pulleys slowly heaved the half-submerged vessel back to an upright position in a 19-hour operation that went into the early hours of Tuesday, revealing a section of hull darkened by rust and algae during months underwater. "The rotation has finished its course, we are at zero degrees, the ship is resting on the platforms," said Italy's civil protection chief, Franco Gabrielli, at a 4 a.m. news conference on Giglio island, where he was applauded and cheered by residents.
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September 13, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - The top doctor aboard the Navy's hospital ship Mercy has been relieved of command because of allegations that he falsified his physical fitness and weight records, the Navy announced Friday. Capt. William Cogar, commanding officer of the hospital aboard the San Diego-based ship, was relieved by Rear Adm. Thomas Shannon, commander of the military sealift command. Shannon took the action Friday after an investigation by the Navy's inspector general found "irregularities" in Cogar's records.
September 9, 2013 |
Rochelle had a really bad trip aboard a cruise ship, so what she should be asking about is travel insurance. But her question concerns customer service. Specifically, why is it sometimes so bad? Rochelle broke her back while on a cruise. Needless to say, the trip was ruined. Now that she's better, she'd like to give cruising another try. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Rochelle contacted the cruise line. She said she knew her accident wasn't the company's fault.
September 6, 2013 |
Apple may have struck a deal with China's largest mobile carrier, a move that could help the company finally gain a foothold in the promising market. The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant is getting ready to ship low-cost iPhone models to China Mobile, according to the Wall Street Journal . The shipment supposedly consists of iPhone 5C units, a low-cost model of Apple's popular smartphone that is expected to be revealed Tuesday. PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 -- so far If Apple has struck a deal with China Mobile, then the tech giant can now potentially sell its device to the Chinese carrier's 700 million subscribers.