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US Navy's stealthy new destroyer Zumwalt christened in Maine with bottles of Champagne

BATH, Maine - The U.S. Navy on Saturday christened the first ship of its newest class of destroyers, a more than $3 billion, 610-foot-long warship sporting advanced technology and a stealthy shape designed to minimize its visibility on enemy radar and reduce the size of its crew.

4 years after BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill, questions about cleanup workers' long-term health

CHALMETTE, La. - When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons that spewed in what would become the worst offshore spill in U.S. history. Like so many Gulf Coast residents who pitched in after the April 20, 2010, explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, Barisich was motivated by a desire to help and a need to make money — the oil had destroyed his livelihood.

US to christen new futuristic Zumwalt warship

The US Navy on Saturday will christen the USS Zumwalt, the first of a new class of futuristic, costly destroyers -- of which only three are to be built. The warship, which began construction in 2009, will join the fleet in 2016, the Navy said in a statement. The christening, during which the traditional bottle of sparkling wine will be broken on the ship's bow, is to take place at a shipyard in Bath, Maine, the Navy said in a statement.

McCain blasts Navy's LCS ship plan; urges cut to 24 vessels

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator John McCain on Wednesday blasted the U.S. Navy's new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program as a "shameful" and dangerous waste of taxpayer money, and he urged the Pentagon to cut its planned purchases back by another eight ships to 24 ships.

37 passengers ill with suspected Norovirus while onboard Crown Princess ship in California

SAN FRANCISCO - Officials say more than three dozen people are possibly ill with the highly contagious Norovirus while onboard a cruise ship sailing to ports in California. Princess Cruises spokeswoman Karen Candy says about 37 passengers on the Crown Princess reported being sick while the ship was in San Francisco on Monday. Candy said Tuesday that cruise officials believe the cause of the illness is the Norovirus. That family of viruses is spread person-to-person and causes flu-like symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping.

37 passengers ill with suspected Norovirus while onboard Crown Princess ship in California

SAN FRANCISCO - Officials say more than three dozen people are possibly ill with the highly contagious Norovirus while onboard a cruise ship sailing to ports in California. Princess Cruises spokeswoman Karen Candy says about 37 passengers on the Crown Princess reported being sick while the ship was in San Francisco on Monday. Candy said Tuesday that cruise officials believe the cause of the illness is the Norovirus. That family of viruses is spread person-to-person and causes flu-like symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping.

US sends warship to Black Sea amid Ukraine crisis

The United States is sending a guided missile destroyer to the Black Sea in order to reassure European allies in the region following Russia's annexation of Crimea, sources confirmed on Monday. "We have decided to send a ship into the Black Sea. We expect it will arrive there within a week," said Pentagon spokesman colonel Steven Warren, without disclosing the name or type of the vessel citing "operational security." A Department of Defense official confirmed to AFP the warship being sent to the region was the USS Donald Cook, a guided missile destroyer.

HMCS Athabaskan left with six punctures after tugboat crash, navy report says

HALIFAX - A navy destroyer was left with six punctures when a tugboat crashed into it, and then four lines snapped one after another as the warship was being towed from Ontario to Nova Scotia, a military report says. Details of the collision and subsequent line ruptures are contained in an investigation of HMCS Athabaskan's tow to Halifax after it underwent a $21.7 million refit in St. Catharines, Ont. The series of incidents took place between Boxing Day and Dec. 30 of 2012 in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and off the coast of Cape Breton.

Online auction for 240 Titanic artifacts

Hundreds of artifacts linked to the doomed luxury liner Titanic will be sold online this month and could fetch as much as a million dollars, Boston-based auction house RR said on Thursday. RR, specializing in documents, manuscripts and historic artifacts, said it will put some 240 objects from the famous vessel on sale online, amid enduring fascination with the doomed luxury liner more than a century after it sank. RR, specializing in documents, manuscripts and historic artifacts, said the sale will be held from April 17 to 24.

Online auction for 240 Titanic artifacts

Hundreds of artifacts linked to the doomed luxury liner Titanic will be sold online this month and could fetch as much as a million dollars, Boston-based auction house RR said on Thursday. RR, specializing in documents, manuscripts and historic artifacts, said it will put some 240 objects from the famous vessel on sale online, amid enduring fascination with the doomed luxury liner more than a century after it sank. RR, specializing in documents, manuscripts and historic artifacts, said the sale will be held from April 17 to 24.
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