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Captain of doomed South Korea ferry says lack of checks was customary: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - The captain of a ferry that capsized in April in South Korea’s worst maritime accident in decades told a court on Friday he was just following established practice in not making safety checks before the vessel set off, Yonhap news agency reported.<p>Maritime police search for missing …

Volcano Erupts in Papua New Guinea, Diverting Flights

A volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea on Friday sent smoke and ash spewing high over the South Pacific island nation, leading some aircraft to alter their flight paths.<p>Mount Tavurvur on East New Britain Island erupted hours before dawn, a bulletin from the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory said. …

Geology

Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa — once more of it can be made.<p>The monkeys were given the drug, ZMapp, three to five days after they were infected …

Pilot in F-15 crash was decorated combat veteran

BOSTON (AP) — The pilot killed in the crash of an F-15 jet this week in the remote Virginia mountains was a decorated combat veteran with 17 years of experience flying the planes, military officials in Massachusetts said Friday.<p>The pilot, Lt. Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot Jr., joined the …

Florida Man Says He Ate 15 Threatened Tortoises and Planned to Eat 11 More

Wildlife authorities say a Florida man confessed to killing gopher tortoises, a threatened species, for their meat.<p>On Facebook, The Florida Fish and …

Tampa Bay

Boy brings gun to school to stop baby brother from finding it at home

When a 5-year-old Pennsylvania boy found a loaded gun on a bed inside his family’s apartment, he decided to stuff it in his school backpack because he feared his 3-year-old brother might find the .22-caliber revolver and hurt himself.<p>The boy, whose name hasn’t been released to media, forgot about …