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  • Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts
    Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — It is a decision that has maritime experts stumped and is at odds with standard procedure: Why were the passengers of the doomed South Korean ferry told to stay in their rooms rather than climb on deck?

  • Citing Religious Beliefs, Cabbies Won't Drive Cars With Ads for Gay Games

    The Gay Games has been a promising vehicle of change for marginalized LGBT athletes—yet 30 years after the sporting event was created, some people in this year's host city of Cleveland are not so welcoming. Some cab drivers who regularly travel the route between the city and the airport are refusing to drive cabs that bear ads for the August event, citing religious reasons, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. Hopkins International Airport said it had been notified by two of the three taxi companies it works with that some of their drivers were objecting to the airport's dedicated taxicab program, in which cabs have Gay Games ads on their rooftop placards. It's not the first time cabbies have objected to transporting certain passengers, and there has been a recent spate of businesses objecting to serving the LGBT community—an act that is being written into law as a right in some states.

  • Canadians rally to legalize marijuana
    Canadians rally to legalize marijuana

    Several thousand people came out in Canada's biggest cities to call for the legalization of marijuana -- a yearly protest that happens internationally on April 20. The demonstrations -- dubbed the "420" rallies after the date, 4/20 in North American style, and the code-term popularly used to refer to pot consumption -- took place in Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa. In each city, including the capital, Ottawa, where protesters gathered on the lawn near the parliament building, music groups played for the crowds. In Montreal, a strong police presence surrounded the demonstrators, while in Ottawa and Vancouver, a pizza chain offered a free slice to any participant in the rally celebrating a drug known to prompt the munchies.

  • Construction frenzy in Beirut alters city skyline
    Construction frenzy in Beirut alters city skyline

    BEIRUT (AP) — One by one, the old traditional houses of Beirut are vanishing as luxury towers sprout up on every corner, altering the city's skyline almost beyond recognition amid an ongoing construction frenzy seemingly immune to tensions from the civil war raging next door.

  • SKorean president: Ferry crew actions 'murderous'
    SKorean president: Ferry crew actions 'murderous'

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday that the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry committed "unforgivable, murderous behavior" in the disaster, which left more than 300 people dead or missing.

  • Navy OKs changes for submariners' sleep schedules
    Navy OKs changes for submariners' sleep schedules

    GROTON, Conn. (AP) — With no sunlight to set day apart from night on a submarine, the U.S. Navy for decades has staggered sailors' working hours on schedules with little resemblance to life above the ocean's surface.

  • Malaysia Airlines jet in emergency landing after tyre bursts
    Malaysia Airlines jet in emergency landing after tyre bursts

    A Malaysia Airlines plane with 166 people aboard was forced to make an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur early Monday in another blow to its safety image after the loss of flight MH370. Flight MH192, bound for Bangalore, India, turned back to Kuala Lumpur after it was discovered that a tyre had burst on take-off, the airline said. "As safety is of utmost priority to Malaysia Airlines, the aircraft was required to turn back to KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport)," the airline said in a statement. The airline said tyre debris discovered on the runway had led to the decision to bring the Boeing 737-800 aircraft back.

  • 16-year-old survives in wheel well of Maui flight
    16-year-old survives in wheel well of Maui flight

    HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen.

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