Agreement Reached On Ukraine
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the U.S. and its allies are waiting to see if Russia follows through on an agreement reached Thursday in Geneva about the crisis in Ukraine. Speaking at the White House, Obama said he hopes Russia will honor its promises about intervention in the former Soviet state. If not, he says Moscow will face additional sanctions.
Eight Million Sign Up For Health Care
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges. The new total beats initial projections by 1 million people. Saying his health care program is working, he also noted that about 35 percent of those who signed up are under the age of 35. The enrollment of substantial numbers of younger, healthier Americans is crucial for the law's success.
Warrant Issue For Ship's Captain
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Prosecutors say they've asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago, leaving hundreds missing and feared dead.
Prosecutors said today that they have also requested arrest warrants for two other crewmembers.
The investigation into the ferry disaster has focused on the sharp turn it took just before it started listing and whether a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives. Investigators are also determining whether the captain abandoned the ship.
Rescuers are struggling to find about 270 people still missing and feared dead.
At least 28 bodies have been recovered. Officials said there were 179 survivors and about 270 people remain missing, many of them high school students.
Deaths On Mt. Everest
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - At least 12 people are now confirmed dead in an avalanche on Mt. Everest.
The dead are all Sherpa guides who had set out early this morning to fix ropes for other climbers. Rescue workers pulled their bodies under mounds of snow and ice, and now they're searching for three other missing guides.
Two others have been injured in what officials are calling the worst disaster to hit climbers on the mountain.
Sub Searches For Airplane
PERTH, Australia (AP) - A robotic submarine is once again scouring the seafloor of a section of the Indian Ocean for any signs of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. It's the Bluefin-21's fifth attempt to find wreckage or the plane's black boxes. The sub, which can create sonar maps of the ocean bottom, has now covered some 42 square miles, but so far it's found nothing.
Teen Faces Homicide By Vehicle Charge
A Fayette County woman has been charged with homicide by vehicle in connection with an accident that occurrred two years ago on South Masontown Road in German Township. State Police say 18-year-old Lindsey Skocik, the driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, failed to round a curve, and slammed into an embankment. Troopers say the jeep rolled over several times, ejecting Skocik and a passenger, 18-year-old Roxanne Wolfe, of German Township.
Attorney Pleads Guilty To Bringing Client Drugs
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A defense attorney has pleaded guilty to bringing heroin and other drugs to a client locked up in a southwestern Pennsylvania city's police booking center and will resign his law license. Thirty-five-year-old Brian Salisbury, of Newell, faces a recommended jail sentence of 11 1/2 to 23 months after agreeing to the plea deal Thursday in Fayette County. He will sign a letter resigning his law license and must resolve any court cases he's handling before he's formally disbarred on May 28, when he'll be sentenced. Uniontown police charged Salisbury in July after a surveillance camera showed him passing the drugs to a client who was in custody on a bench warrant. Salisbury's client told police he was an addict and had Salisbury bring him drugs so he could avoid withdrawal sickness while incarcerated.