A month after one of its ships was crippled in the Gulf of Mexico, Carnival Cruise Lines is dealing with another ship problem, this time at port in the Caribbean.
The Carnival Dream suffered a generator failure while docked at Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Although power has been restored and facilities are functioning again, the ship still can't leave its port. Passengers say that for a time on Wednesday, some toilets stopped working and no one was allowed to leave even though the ship was docked.
Carnival says it is working to fly all passengers on one of its cruises back to Florida.FULL STORY
Five coalition service members died after a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan on Monday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said.
The chopper went down in the Daman district of southern Kandahar during a rain storm, said Jawid Faisal, a government spokesman for the province.
There was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the incident, ISAF said. It has not released the nationalities of the service members.FULL STORY
People living in the Falkland Islands are voting in a referendum on their political status on Sunday and Monday at a time of heightened tensions between Argentina and Britain over their sovereignty.
The two countries went to war over the territory, known to the Argentinians as Las Malvinas, in 1982 after the then-military government in Argentina landed troops on the islands.FULL STORY
Global warming has propelled Earth's climate from one of its coldest decades since the last ice age to one of its hottest - in just one century.
A heat spike like this has never happened before, at least not in the last 11,300 years, said climatologist Shaun Marcott, who worked on a new study on global temperatures going back that far.
Things are set to get much worse in the future.FULL STORY
Leaders from all over the world were in Venezuela Friday for the funeral of Hugo Chavez, joining a nation that continued to mourn.
One of the heads of state that had arrived early Friday was Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who had kind words for Chavez as he came off a plane in the capital, Caracas.
"He was a dear friend of all nations worldwide," Ahmadinejad said to the crowd and the Venezuelan state broadcaster VTV there. "He was the emotional pillar for all the revolutionary and freedom-seeking people of the region and the world."
The funeral for Chavez, who died at 58 Tuesday after a battle with cancer, will be held Friday in Caracas. That night Nicolas Maduro, who was the nation's vice president, is scheduled to be sworn in as interim president.FULL STORY
The last cardinals summoned to choose the next pope are expected to arrive at the Vatican on Thursday, but the conclave will not begin immediately.
With Easter around the corner, many inside and outside the Catholic Church would like to see a new pontiff to lead ceremonies.
With all the electors in Rome, the conclave could begin at their discretion.
But they will not likely rush into it. Instead, they will take time to prepare - and get reacquainted.FULL STORY
Two army conscripts were killed and at least 400 people were injured in fresh clashes in the volatile city of Port Said, Egypt's state-run MENA news agency said Monday.
The violence is part of tensions caused by a court verdict sentencing 21 Port Said residents to death for their alleged role in a deadly soccer riot last year.
Soccer fans in the restive Egyptian city also clashed with security forces and torched a police station Saturday.FULL STORY
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is "fighting for his life," the country's vice president said late Friday.
Chavez began chemotherapy after his fourth cancer surgery in Cuba in December, Vice President Nicolas Maduro revealed for the first time, and is continuing the "intense" treatment at a military hospital in Caracas.
Two former guests have filed suit against the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, where the body of a 21-year-old woman was found in mid-February in a rooftop water tank.
Steve and Gloria Cott filed suit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Elisa Lam's decomposing body floated inside a water tank for as long as 19 days while guests used water from it to brushed their teeth, bathe and drink.
The hotel did not immediately return a call seeking comment.FULL STORY
It all started with a simple phone call.
But the result, Australian police say, is by far their largest seizure of methamphetamine - as much as $450 million (438 million Australian dollars) worth of the destructive drug, shipped from southern China and caught in Sydney.
Police have arrested three men in the operation - an Australian, a Singaporean and a Hong Kong citizen - and say they believe the bust has thrown a major international crime syndicate into disarray. More arrests could follow, they add.FULL STORY
A wimmer in New Zealand died Wednesday after he was attacked by a great white shark on the country's west coast, authorities said.
The man was found dead in the water on Wednesday afternoon at Muriwai beach, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of Auckland, New Zealand police said. The shark was still biting the man's body when he was found, it added.FULL STORY
Police were searching for whoever shot an individual Tuesday night on the campus of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.
The incident took place at 7:22 p.m. at University Place Apartments, which is one of the school's residence halls, Doug Bell, a school spokesman, told CNN.
The suspected shooter left in a vehicle, said Bell, who added that the school was asking students and university personnel to stay inside.
The victim was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, he said.
"The shooting is not ongoing," the dean of students' Twitter page said. "Police continue to search for one suspect. Stay indoors."
More than 9,000 students attend the school, which is located on 630 acres about 15 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach.
Coastal Carolina University was founded in 1954 as Coastal Carolina Junior College. It became an independent university in 1993.FULL STORY
Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to turn out in towns and cities across Spain on Saturday to voice their anger over harsh austerity and the way the country's being run in the wake of its financial crisis.
Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and Zaragoza are just a handful of the cities where big crowds are expected to join the mass demonstration, dubbed the "Marea Cuidadana" (Tide of Citizens).
Members of workers' unions and civil society groups are joining forces to swell their numbers.Organizers are using the hashtags #MareaCiudadana, #F23 and #YoVoy23F on Twitter to help protesters link up ahead of the marches.
The country's unemployment rate stands at 26% - its highest level ever - and the situation is even worse for young people, with more than 55% of 16- to 24-year-olds out of work. With no income, many Spaniards are finding themselves unable to afford the mortgage payments on homes that are no longer worth the prices paid for them.FULL STORY
The national average price for regular unleaded gas dropped on Saturday by a 10th of a cent, snapping a streak of 36 consecutive daily increases, AAA reported.
During that stretch, the average price increased 48.8 cents or 14.82%.
The price fell to $3.78 Saturday.
The national average is down 33.4 cents, or about 8.11%, from the record high of $4.114 reported on July 17, 2008. The highest gas prices are in Hawaii ($4.355). The lowest gas prices are in Wyoming ($3.241).
We're just days away from automatic federal spending cuts, and another government official is warning what the effects will be if lawmakers don't come up with a way to avoid them.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said minutes ago that the cuts will, if they take effect, heavily impact the Federal Aviation Administration and likely trigger flight delays nationwide and air traffic control tower closures at some small airports as soon as April.
Mandatory, government-wide budget cuts are due to begin on March 1 absent congressional action on deficit-reduction to avert them. The cuts are mandated by a 2011 agreement to raise the federal debt ceiling.FULL STORY
An upstate New York mother is accused of hiring strippers for her son's 16th birthday party late last year, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney.
Judy Viger, 33, of Gansevoort is charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child, District Attorney James Murphy said in a statement. The parents of five teens who attended the party reported the presence of strippers to police.
The complaining parents found out that the strippers had been at the November 3 bowling party through photos posted on Facebook. The parents took the pictures to the South Glens Falls police, who then started taking witness statements, the district attorney's statement says.
A construction subcontractor breached a gas line with an underground boring machine Tuesday evening, leading to a deadly explosion in Kansas City a little more than an hour later, Missouri Gas Energy Chief Operating Officer Robert Hack told a news conference on Wednesday.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov told parliament he would tender his government's resignation Wednesday, according to state media reports, following eight days of nationwide protests over high energy bills.
The protests against soaring electricity bills have morphed into wider discontent over austerity and the way the country is being run, the official Bulgarian News Agency reported.
Borissov told lawmakers his party would not be part of a caretaker government. The government will resign from office at noon local time.