Created: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:15:58 EST
Updated: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:15:58 EST
13 bodies retrieved from inside ferry
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Officials say divers have recovered 13 bodies from inside the ferry that sank off South Korea and three other bodies were found floating outside.
The confirmed death toll is now 49.
Officials say divers broke a window in the submerged ferry and retrieved three bodies late Saturday. These apparently were the first bodies recovered from inside the ferry since it capsized and sank on Wednesday. Later Sunday, government officials announced that 10 more bodies had been found inside the ferry. Officials say more than 250 people are still missing, most of them high school students on a holiday trip. There are only 174 known survivors.
The captain of the ferry has been arrested on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two other crew members have also been taken into custody, including a rookie third mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred.
Sub search for missing jet to be finished in week
PERTH, Australia (AP) — A robotic submarine looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is expected to finish searching a patch of the Indian Ocean seabed within a week after so far coming up empty. Officials say the search area may be expanded after that.
A new day of searching has begun.
The U.S. Navy's Bluefin 21 unmanned sub is on its eighth trip into the depths off the coast of western Australia. It's already covered around 51 square miles since it began diving into the depths on Monday. The latest data are being analyzed, but nothing has yet been identified.
Malaysia's defense minister says the weekend search is crucial.
Up to 11 aircraft and 12 ships continue to scan the ocean surface for debris from the Boeing 777 that disappeared March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.
US weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Western official says the United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks.
The exercises would follow Russia's buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine and its annexation last month of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said earlier this week that the U.S. is looking for ways to reassure its NATO allies of its strong commitment to collective defense.
The Western official says ground exercises in Poland and Estonia would last about two weeks but that such exercises would continue on a rotating basis off and on over time.
The official isn't authorized to discuss the plan by name because it hasn't been made final and requests anonymity.
Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — No one can say when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it.
Workers and residents have watched helplessly as the slow-motion landslide spanning hundreds of yards split a house in two and buckled pavement.
Standing at the edge of the rocky slope, Jackson Fire Chief Willy Watsabaugh said the earth movements slowed somewhat Saturday. That gives crews a chance to re-assess the damage, yet leaves an uncertain fate for the businesses, houses and two apartment buildings in the slide zone.
What triggered the slide remains under investigation. Authorities are looking into whether construction at the foot of the mountainside contributed.
Body found by highway is missing Massachusetts boy
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The body of a small boy apparently cast off the side of a highway in Massachusetts is confirmed as that of a missing 5-year-old.
Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. says the body found Friday off Interstate 190 in Sterling has been positively identified as Jeremiah Oliver of Fitchburg. No charges were immediately announced related to Jeremiah's death.
He was last seen by relatives in September but wasn't reported missing until December.
Early said in a statement Saturday that the autopsy report is not complete and the investigation is continuing.
Jeremiah's case has led to criminal charges against his mother and her boyfriend and calls for changes within the state's child welfare agency. Three Massachusetts workers have been fired.
Jeremiah's mother, 28-year-old Elsa Oliver, pleaded not guilty in March to charges including kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and reckless endangerment. Her boyfriend, 23-year-old Alberto Sierra, pleaded not guilty to similar charges.
Pope to celebrate Easter Mass
VATICAN CITY (AP) —In a few hours, Pope Francis will celebrate an Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square and deliver his twice-yearly "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) blessing and message.
Francis presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday night. He baptized 10 people and urged them to bring their faith "to the ends of the Earth."
The vigil is among the Vatican's most solemn services. Francis entered the darkened basilica with a lone candle, which he then shared with others to slowly illuminate the church. The symbolic service commemorates the darkness of the faithful over the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday and their joy and light at his resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Francis also urged the priests, bishops, cardinals and ordinary Catholics gathered for the late night service to remember when they first found their faith. As he put it, "Do I remember it? Have I forgotten it? Look for it. You'll find it. The Lord is waiting."
It was the second late night for the 77-year-old pontiff. He led the long Good Friday Way of the Cross procession at Rome's Colosseum.
NEW: 2,500 homeless fed in Miami over Easter weekend
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Rescue Mission is making Easter brighter for some families.
Thousands of Miami's poorest were given a hot meal and medical care to celebrate Easter.
The Miami Rescue Mission served over 2,500 of what it calls Thanksgiving Meals at parties in three different South Florida locations on Good Friday. Participants were also given haircuts, access to showers and foot care from podiatry students at Barry University. Students also volunteered to wash participants' feet.
Over 500 Easter baskets were also given to the children who attended.
Japan minister at shrine honoring war criminals
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese Cabinet minister has visited a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead including war criminals in what has repeatedly caused friction with Japan's neighbors.
Lawmaker Keiji Furuya, who chairs the National Public Safety Commission, said on his website that he paid respects Sunday morning at the Yasukuni shrine ahead of a festival that starts Monday.
He says he regularly visits Yasukuni at spring and autumn festivals, and on Aug. 15, the day Japan surrendered in 1945.
He said honoring "those dead who gave up their lives for our country is the right thing for a Japanese to do."
Officials' visits to Yasukuni have infuriated China and both Koreas. The 2.5 million Japanese war dead enshrined there include 14 class A war criminals from World War II.
Documents detail another delayed GM recall
DETROIT (AP) — Government documents show that General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and warranty repair claims.
Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration didn't seek a recall of the 2004-2007 compact cars even though it opened an investigation more than two years ago. The government's auto safety watchdog found the problem caused 12 crashes and two injuries.
The documents, posted on the NHTSA's website Saturday, show yet another delay by GM in recalling unsafe vehicles. It's also another example of government regulators reacting slowly to a safety problem despite being alerted by consumers and the company's warranty data.
GM and NHTSA were criticized for their response to a deadly ignition-switch problem in more than 2.6 million small cars.
NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies
SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95.
Houbolt's family confirmed his death Tuesday at a Maine nursing home of complications from Parkinson's disease.
As NASA describes on its website, while under pressure during the U.S.-Soviet space race, Houbolt was the catalyst in securing U.S. commitment to the science and engineering theory that eventually carried the Apollo crew to the moon and back safely.
His efforts in the early 1960s are largely credited with convincing NASA to focus on the launch of a module carrying a crew from lunar orbit, rather than a rocket from earth or a space craft while orbiting the planet.