7 crew members arrested in sinking

7 crew members arrested in sinking


Police arrested seven crew members from two boats that collided in Hong Kong waters, killing 38 holiday revelers but offered no explanation about how the vessels ran into each other on a clear night in one of the safest and most regulated waterways in Asia.

The Monday night crash was Hong Kong’s deadliest accident in more than 15 years and its worst maritime accident in more than 40.

Lawyer: Iranian defector feels unsafe


The lawyer for an Iranian cameraman who accompanied President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the U.S. for the U.N. General Assembly and is seeking asylum said Tuesday that his client did so because he was concerned for his safety if he went back to Iran.

Paul O’Dwyer is representing Hassan Gol Khanban, who is in his 40s and has been a videographer with the Iranian News Agency for years. Khanban has traveled abroad with Ahmadinejad before.

O’Dwyer said his client had been asked to do things by the Iranian presidential delegation that he had refused to do and was concerned about what would happen upon returning to Iran, which prompted his defection.

Channel to name winter storms


If you pay any attention to hurricanes, you probably are well familiar with the likes of Alberto, Beryl, Chris and Isaac.

Now, are you ready for Athena, Brutus, Caesar and Iago? Those are the names that the Weather Channel plans to hang on winter storms this season.

The nation’s biggest commercial weather player announced Tuesday that it would start naming winter storms with the winter of 2012-13, similar to how the National Hurricane Center has designated hurricanes during the last six decades.

Why bother? In its release, the Weather Channel said the naming “makes communications and information sharing easier, enabling consumers to better understand forecasts that could significantly affect their lives.”

Official: US car was targeted in ambush


A senior U.S. official says there is strong circumstantial evidence that Mexican federal police who fired on a U.S. Embassy vehicle, wounding two CIA officers, were working for organized crime in a targeted assassination attempt.

Meanwhile, a Mexican official with knowledge of the case confirmed Tuesday that prosecutors are investigating whether the Beltran Leyva Cartel was behind the Aug. 24 ambush.

The Mexican official said that is among several lines of investigation into the shooting of an armored SUV that was clearly marked with diplomatic license plates on a rural road near Cuernavaca south of Mexico City.

Meningitis outbreak prompts probe


Tennessee and federal health experts are investigating an outbreak of meningitis that infected 14 people who received steroid injections, killing two of them, the state’s chief medical officer said Tuesday.

Dr. David Reagan, chief medical officer for the Tennessee Department of Health, said the latest two cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours. All but one of those who contracted the infection had received steroid injections for back pain at a Nashville clinic, authorities said.

The other case was reported in North Carolina in a patient who had received the same type of injection, authorities said.

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