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Drugs Found Where 2 Died on 'Captain Phillips' Ship

Overdose suspected in deaths of ex-SEALs

(Newser) - Drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in the cabin where two former Navy SEALs were found dead on the ship made famous by a pirate hijacking, police in the Seychelles say. It's not clear what type of drug was involved, and while autopsy results are still pending, there is...

Another Oscar for Hanks? Captain Phillips a Winner

Most critics love the true-life story of a Somali pirate attack

(Newser) - Tom Hanks is getting raves for his title role in Captain Phillips, which tells the true 2009 story of a US ship taken captive by Somali pirates. Critics think director Paul Greengrass has a winner on his hands.
  • The movie "shakes you up first with its style and then

Somali Pirate Gets 33 Years in Prison

Federal judge says Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse deserves his harsh sentence

(Newser) - A Somali pirate who kidnapped and brutalized the captain of a US-flagged merchant ship off the coast of Africa in 2009 was sentenced to more than 33 years in prison today by an emotional judge who told him he deserved a stiff punishment for leading a crew of bandits who...

Maersk Alabama Repels 2nd Pirate Attack

Attempted takeover repelled by guards

(Newser) - Somali pirates today attacked the Maersk Alabama for the second time in seven months, but guards on board the US-flagged cargo ship repelled the takeover attempt. When pirates attacked with automatic weapons early this morning about 350 nautical miles east of the Somali coast, guards on board the craft fired...

Gyllenhaal, Sarsgaard Wed
 Gyllenhaal, Sarsgaard Wed 

Gyllenhaal, Sarsgaard Wed

Plus, hero pilot and hero captain in the news, more

(Newser) - Maggie Gyllenhaal and longtime beau Peter Sarsgaard married in Italy over the weekend, Us reports. They have a 2-year-old daughter and have been engaged since 2006. Elsewhere:
  • Hero pilot Chesley Sullenberger—who famously apologized to his library after leaving a book he checked out on his plane in the Hudson—

Maersk Captain Calls for Military to Protect Shipping

Freed pirate hostage calls for tougher ships, better armed crews

(Newser) - Military guards or military detachments on board ships are the best way to keep American shipping safe from piracy, Capt. Richard Phillips told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday. Phillips, freed by the US Navy after being held hostage by pirates last month, said better-armed crews and tougher vessels would...

Captain: 'I Didn't Think I'd Ever Get Out of That Boat'

Capt. Richard Phillips credits Navy

(Newser) - Capt. Richard Phillips thought he'd never escape the Somali pirates holding him hostage, MSNBC reports. “I didn't think I'd ever get out of that boat," Phillips tells Matt Lauer in a Today Show interview airing Tuesday. He had resigned himself for the worst. “It was just settling...

'I'm Not a Hero': Rescued Captain

(Newser) - Shipping captain Richard Phillips is back in his home state, a week and a half after being taken hostage by pirates. The plane carrying Phillips, who was rescued by Navy SEAL snipers, landed in Burlington, Vt., late this afternoon. "I'm not a hero," Phillips, from nearby Underhill,...

Captured Pirate to Face Trial in US

Maersk captain on his way back to Vermont

(Newser) - The only surviving pirate from the gang that attacked the Maersk Alabama will be put on trial in New York, authorities tell CBS News. The pirate—identified as Abdulwali Muse, 19—is believed to have been the ringleader. Muse, whose three cohorts were killed by Navy snipers, is likely to...

Capt. Phillips Returns to Land

Arrives in Kenya where plane will take him home

(Newser) - The US sea captain held hostage for five days by Somali pirates reached land today, with the destroyer that rescued him docking to the strains of "Sweet Home Alabama," hours after his crew reunited with their families back home. Capt. Richard Phillips arrived in Mombasa harbor aboard the...

Maersk Crew Comes Home
 Maersk Crew Comes Home 

Maersk Crew Comes Home

Seaman who thwarted pirates get hero's welcome back on US soil

(Newser) - The American sailors who thwarted a pirate attack off the coast of Somalia have arrived home to a hero's welcome, reports the AP. Dozens of family members erupted in cheers and applause as the 19 crew members from the Maersk Alabama stepped off a charter flight from Kenya at Andrews...

Pirates Fail in Attack on US Ship

It's now under escort of USS Bainbridge, with Capt. Phillips

(Newser) - Capt. Richard Phillips' reunion with his crew and family may be delayed a bit because of yet another pirate attack. Somali pirates fired on another US ship today but failed to board it, CNN reports. That ship, the Liberty Sun, is now under the military escort of the USS Bainbridge—...

Maersk Crew Returns Home Tomorrow

(Newser) - The shipping captain held hostage by Somali pirates will return to the US with his crew tomorrow. Maersk Line said today that Richard Phillips and the crew of the Maersk Alabama are expected to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland late tomorrow, where they will reunite with loved...

Captain, Family Laud Military 'Heroes'

Colleagues and friends praise Phillips' high-stakes performance

(Newser) - Richard Phillips has been hailed a hero, but the rescued captain is downplaying his own role and praising his military saviors, reports the Boston Globe. "I'm just a small part in this. The real heroes in this story are the US military. They are the most dedicated, professional, and...

Should Ship Crews be Armed?

 Should Ship Crews be Armed? 

Should Ship Crews be Armed?

Piracy danger raises old questions

(Newser) - Amid the latest wave of piracy off Somalia, experts are once again questioning whether commercial ships’ crews should be armed, the New York Times reports. Ship owners had been against the idea, fearing liability and worrying that armed crews might be killed by pirates, rather than taken hostage. But increased...

Somali Pirates Vow Revenge
 Somali Pirates Vow Revenge 

Somali Pirates Vow Revenge

Defiant pirate captain threatens to target American shipping

(Newser) - Somali pirates have sworn to avenge their colleagues killed in the rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips yesterday. A pirate commander told AFP that the men had been killed after agreeing to hand over Phillips without ransom, and vowed that American citizens traveling at sea in Somali waters—and further afield—...

Navy Made 'Split-Second' Call to Fire on Pirates

(Newser) - Navy Seals opened fire on three Somali pirates today when a naval commander made a split-second decision that Capt. Richard Phillips' life was in imminent danger, the New York Times reports. Authorized by President Obama to use force, snipers shot two pirates who had stuck their heads out of the...

Captain Rescued, 3 Pirates Killed
 Captain Rescued, 
 3 Pirates Killed 

Captain Rescued, 3 Pirates Killed

Captain uninjured after brief firefight

(Newser) - The American sea captain held hostage by Somali pirates has been rescued after a brief firefight, with three of his captors killed and one in military custody, CNN reports. US Navy snipers saw a pirate with "an AK-47 leveled at the captain's back" and opened fire, a military...

Pirate Boat Drifts Toward Coast
 Pirate Boat Drifts Toward Coast 

Pirate Boat Drifts Toward Coast

Stalled talks to continue after a day

(Newser) - The lifeboat carrying American captain Richard Phillips has drifted within 20 miles of the Somali coast, where US military officials fear the pirates might escape with their hostage, reports Reuters. US warships continue to track the craft, as negotiations with the pirates over Phillips have been postponed by one day,...

Talks Collapse With Pirates, Who Fire on US Navy Boat

(Newser) - Negotiations between Somali elders and US officials broke down today over the return of American captain Richard Phillips, who is still being held by pirates on the Indian Ocean, the New York Times reports. Talks collapsed when the elders demanded that Somali authorities let the pirates go in exchange for...

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