- Captain of sunken SKorean ferry, 2 crew arrested
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a rookie third mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred.
- 4-Year-Old Receives Star Wars-Themed Funeral As His Final, 'Unique' Wish
A 4-year-old who died from an inoperable brain tumor received his final request earlier this month: a Star Wars-themed funeral. Jack Robinson of Hampshire, England, passed away on April 1. According to The News in Portsmouth, the 4-year-old was diagnosed with the tumor in January. When doctors gave him only a 5 percent chance of surviving, friends and family banded together to help grant some of the boy's final wishes. Singer and former U.K. "X-Factor" judge Gary Barlow visited Jack in the hospital. The 4-year-old also received a birthday video message from Matt Smith, who plays The Doctor in the BBC TV series "Doctor Who."
- Sub search for missing jet to be finished in week
- What the hell is this American plane owned by the Bank of Utah doing in IRAN?
On Tuesday morning, a plane owned in trust by the Bank of Utah showed up in a very visible area of the Mehrabad Airport in Tehran, the capital of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Under President Barack Obama, the United States has eased some of the long-standing punitive economic sanctions against Iran. The Ogden-based community bank has all of 13 branches including three in Ogden, two in Salt Lake City and one in Trementon (pop. “We have no idea why that plane was at that airport,” Brett King, a Bank of Utah executive in Salt Lake City, told the Times.
- Toronto Mayor Ford opens re-election bid with 'cut the gravy' vow
By Cameron French TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford launched his re-election campaign on Friday, acknowledging the crack-cocaine scandal that has made him a topic of water cooler talk across North America, but also happy to trade on his notoriety. Ford, whose authority was reduced last year by a city council fed up with his antics, took over a massive convention center in Toronto's west end for the event, hawking bobble-head dolls to raise funds ahead of the election on October 27. First elected mayor in 2010 on a cost-cutting platform, Ford has become indisputably the most famous leader in the city's history, and continues to poll relatively strongly in spite of a scandal that prompted staffers to desert him and has cost him nearly all of his allies on city council.
- US ground forces to be sent to Poland, report says
Poland's defense minister has said US ground forces will be sent to Poland to expand NATO's presence there as events continue to unfold in neighboring Ukraine, The Washington Post reported. Tomasz Siemoniak told the Post Friday that military planners were already working on the details and that Poland would play a lead role "under US patronage." He added that US ground troops would also likely be sent to the Baltic states, under the push to increase NATO's presence in Central and Eastern Europe.
- HTC has a secret weapon for taking on Samsung, and it’s not what you think
No matter how positive the reviews are for its products, HTC can’t seem to break out from behind the shadow of Samsung. Without a veritable army of devices flooding store shelves, it’s difficult for any phone maker to make an impact in the Android smartphone market. But HTC believes that by closing the gap on dedicated cameras, it can attract an even wider audience while trumping the competition. Speaking with Vodafone, HTC’s camera expert Symon Whitehorn said that the phone camera will continue to be a vital aspect of the industry’s growth and development. “As smartphones have become people’s primary camera, we expect more of them,” says Whitehorn. “That’s why we’ve put so much investment into the camera – because smartphone
- Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats