March 13th, 2013
03:41 AM ET

Survey: Can gay, straight Scouts share tent?

The questions go to the heart of the issue, presenting possible scenarios some may find challenging.

The Boy Scouts of America, now considering a change in the group's longstanding policy against allowing openly gay members, has sent out surveys to leaders and parents.

The survey asks nine questions on the issue that go beyond a simple yes or no. Among them: Is it acceptable or unacceptable for a gay scout and a straight scout to share a tent on an overnight camping trip?

The five multiple-choice answers range from "totally acceptable" to "totally unacceptable."

February 20th, 2013
03:34 PM ET

Class-action suit filed against Carnival

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Carnival Corp. surrounding the events that crippled the cruise ship Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico.

Filing on behalf of other tourists, passengers Matt Crusan and Melissa Crusan alleged in their lawsuit that "Carnival knew or should have known that the vessel Triumph was likely to experience mechanical and/or engine issues because of prior similar issues," the court filing said.

The suit, filed Monday, follows a lawsuit that an individual passenger filed against the company last week.

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February 8th, 2013
03:41 PM ET

Manufacturer blames Super Bowl outage on incorrect setting

[Updated at 3:41 p.m. ET] We're now getting possibly competing explanations about why the Super Bowl power outage happened Sunday.

Hours after the Entergy New Orleans power company announced that it believed a newly installed electrical relay device was to blame, the device's manufacturer responded that the outage happened because the device was operated at an incorrect setting.

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[Posted at 9:49 a.m. ET] The cause of Sunday's power outage at the Super Bowl in New Orleans has been traced to an electrical relay device, Entergy New Orleans Inc. announced Friday. This device has since been removed from service and new replacement equipment is being evaluated.

The 35-minute electrical outage at the Super Dome set off a storm of social media amusement among viewers and inspired advertising tweets with blackout twists.

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January 8th, 2013
11:59 AM ET

Chinese man pleads guilty in major pirated software case

A Chinese national accused of operating a website that distributed more than $100 million worth of pirated software has pleaded guilty in the case, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday morning.

The case involving Xiang Li, 36, of Chengdu, China, is "one of the most significant cases of copyright infringement ever uncovered — and dismantled — by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations," ICE said Tuesday.

The defendant, who operated, was arrested by undercover U.S. agents in Saipan in 2011 and pleaded guilty late Monday to conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and wire fraud, ICE said Tuesday.

Bus driver who fell asleep at the wheel convicted of involuntary manslaughter
Four died and 49 were injured early on May 31, 2011, when a bus driven by Kim Yiu Cheung -- who had fallen asleep at the wheel -- crashed on Interstate 95 in Virginia.
November 8th, 2012
03:24 PM ET

Bus driver who fell asleep at the wheel convicted of involuntary manslaughter

A bus driver who fell asleep at the wheel on a Virginia interstate, causing a deadly early morning crash, was found guilty today of four counts of involuntary manslaughter, a county court clerk said.

In addition to four killed, 49 other passengers were injured around 5 a.m. on May 31, 2011, when a Sky Express Inc. motorcoach drifted off Interstate 95 near Richmond, Virginia, struck a cable barrier, spun around and then overturned.

The driver, Kim Yiu Cheung, was slightly injured in that crash and refused medical treatment, officials said.

Ray Campbell, a clerk for Caroline (County) Circuit Court in Virginia, said Cheung is scheduled to be sentenced January 23, 2013.

This summer, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded the deadly accident could be traced to the driver's "acute sleep loss."  It also blamed the bus company for not monitoring drivers' rest and sleep activities and a federal agency that oversees motor carrier companies for allowing the company to continue running despite known safety issues.

Guantanamo Bay detainees can tune into election night coverage
U.S. military guards walk an inmate through the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
November 5th, 2012
08:35 PM ET

Guantanamo Bay detainees can tune into election night coverage

What will you be watching tomorrow night? If you're like millions of Americans and, perhaps, some of the scores detained at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, your television will be tuned in to see who wins the presidential election.


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Terrorism charge filed against suspect in Family Research Council shooting
Floyd Lee Corkins II is accused of shooting a building manager at the Family Research Council on August 15.
October 24th, 2012
02:48 PM ET

Terrorism charge filed against suspect in Family Research Council shooting

Correction: In an earlier version of this story we incorrectly reported that the victim, Leo Johnson, was killed. He was shot in the arm, but not fatally wounded.

[Posted Oct. 24, 2012, 2:48 p.m. ET] A man accused of fatally shooting a worker at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., this summer has been charged with committing an act of terrorism, a U.S. attorney's office said Wednesday.

Floyd Lee Corkins II has been in custody since his arrest in the August 15 shooting that killed building manager Leo Johnson.

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April 4th, 2012
09:46 AM ET

Several reported injured after flight hits turbulence

Several people were reported injured on a United Airlines flight that encountered turbulence over Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Wednesday, said Lynn Lunsford of the Federal Aviation Administration.

United Flight 1727 was flying from Tampa, Florida, to Houston, Texas, he said.

The pilot said there were several injuries, Lunsford said. Medical crews were tending to the injured after the plane landed safely.

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At least two dead in Alabama storms
Before sunrise Monday, damage from severe weather left about 42,000 customers without power in Birmingham, Alabama
January 23rd, 2012
08:15 AM ET

At least two dead in Alabama storms

At least two people have died in severe weather near Birmingham, Alabama, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

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