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March 10, 1992 | Associated Press
President Bush signed into law on Monday a bill to allow gambling on American cruise ships. Sponsors in Congress said the intent is to make U.S.-flag cruise ships more competitive with foreign-flag ships that offer gambling. The measure eliminates federal prohibitions against gambling on cruise liners operating outside the three-mile, state-waters limit. Gambling will be allowed, provided that it is not the main purpose of the cruise.
June 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A top U.S. admiral says Navy ships off Myanmar's coast will leave after failing to get the military government's permission to help with cyclone relief efforts. Adm. Timothy J. Keating, the top commander in the Pacific, said he wants the aircraft carrier Essex and accompanying vessels to resume their previously scheduled duties Thursday. The ships were in the region for international exercises. Keating made them available to help with relief efforts after last month's cyclone, but Myanmar allowed only limited U.S. military aid flights and barred the ships from approaching.
February 16, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
SAN DIEGO - Above the water line, the Point Loma wharf at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is impressive: large, high-tech ships dock there before cruising off to research sea life and climate conditions around the world. The skyline of downtown San Diego skyscrapers looms across the bay. Underwater, however, is a much less glamorous view of the concrete pier and wharf, with rotten and broken pilings, exposed rebar and dangling wooden supports. It is a glimpse, scientists say, of the worrisome decay that could threaten their efforts to better understand tsunamis, seismic faults and the effect of pollution on fish.
June 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A British human rights organization says the U.S. used military ships to secretly detain and interrogate terrorism suspects. U.S. officials denied using ships as prisons. The group Reprieve alleged that high-profile detainees, including American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh and Australian Taliban supporter David Hicks, were imprisoned on the vessels. Reprieve says the U.S. has used ships stationed off the Somali coast and the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia to detain suspects.
May 21, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Beginning July 1, all ships entering the U.S. will have to tell the government what they have done on the high seas to protect fragile American waterways from invading species. The interim regulation, published by the Coast Guard, puts into action a 1996 law extending to all ports measures that were in effect only on the Great Lakes.
March 28, 1999 | From Associated Press
North Korea said Saturday that it had nothing to do with the incursion of two suspected spy ships in Japanese waters last week. The intrusion triggered a tense pursuit by Japanese coast guard and military ships, which fired warning shots, the first since 1953. The unidentified vessels, disguised as fishing boats, fled to a North Korean port, Japanese officials said.
June 23, 1988
Cruise ships leaving U.S. ports carrying hundreds of American tourists operate with only "superficial" safety surveillance by the Coast Guard and the danger of loss of life by fire "is enormous," the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board said. A rash of fires aboard cruise ships prompted NTSB Chairman Jim Burnett to ask whether stricter safety standards or better regulation of the industry are required.
September 7, 1991 | From Associated Press
The National Transportation Safety Board asked the Coast Guard on Friday to seek tougher safety standards for electrical systems, engines and lifesaving equipment on foreign luxury liners operating out of U.S. ports. The proposal could affect dozens of ships, some of which were built under safety guidelines dating back six decades, according to the safety board.
May 24, 1990 | Reuters
Arsonists set a replica of Columbus' ship Santa Maria on fire here Wednesday, causing heavy damage, firefighters said. They said the rigging was destroyed and other parts were damaged but that the ship could be repaired.
May 25, 1989 | MELISSA HEALY, Times Staff Writer
A 1975 collision between two U.S. Navy ships in the Mediterranean triggered fires and explosions within 40 feet of nuclear weapons aboard one of the ships, two public interest groups charged Wednesday. The commander of the Navy task force in the Mediterranean classified the incident as the most dangerous kind--what the Navy calls a "broken arrow" accident, one involving the possibility of detonation of nuclear weapons, the groups said. They said that the Navy covered up the accident report, which was submitted by Adm. Eugene Carroll, then commander of the U.S. Navy's Task Force 60. A copy of Carroll's secret report was obtained and released to the press by the environmental group Greenpeace and the Washington-based Institute for Policy Studies, which plan to release a comprehensive report on naval accidents early next month.
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