Fishing ship with 111 aboard on fire off UK

Fishing ship with 111 aboard on fire off UK – A fish processing ship with 111 people aboard was ablaze Wednesday in the Atlantic Ocean off England’s southwestern tip, British coast guards said.

The Maritime and Coast Guard Agency said 81 people had taken to lifeboats and 30 remained aboard the vessel Athena fighting the fire. There were no reports of injuries.

Nearby commercial vessels were heading to the area, 230 miles (370 kilometers) southwest of the Scilly Isles, to rescue the crew, which includes Chinese, Russian, Peruvian and Scandinavian personnel.

A Royal Navy helicopter was on standby, but the ship might be too far out to sea for an airborne rescue, coast guards said.

The 344-foot (105 meter) fish-processing ship is managed by shipping company Thor and based in the Faeroe Islands.

The coast guard agency said the fire had subsided somewhat and the situation appeared to be under control, but that the crew members’ lives were still at risk.

“The guys are in life rafts bobbing on the ocean,” said the agency’s Fred Caygill. ( Associated Press )

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Vujacic proposed to Sharapova with quarter-million dollar ring

Vujacic proposed to Sharapova with quarter-million dollar ring – When Los Angeles Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic proposed to Maria Sharapova earlier this month, he did so with a ring befitting a three-time Grand Slam champion.

Since accepting Vujacic’s proposal, Sharapova has been seen in public wearing a huge diamond ring that is believed to have cost as much as $250,000. According to a jewelry expert contacted by US Weekly, Sharapova’s engagement ring is an 8-carat, cushion-cut diamond resting on a split-shank platinum band.


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A quarter-million dollars is a whole lot of money to spend on a ring, but considering how much money Vujacic makes a year, he may have gotten off easy. As my mom constantly reminds me, a man is supposed to spend two months salary on a ring. Since Vujacic is scheduled to make $5.5 million this year with the Lakers, that would equate to buying a ring worth $912,000. Of course, that two-month rule probably doesn’t apply to celebrities, or else Bill Gates would have had to have given his wife a diamond the size of the Rock of Gibraltar.

While Vujacic is a multi-millionaire thanks to his basketball talents, he won’t be the primary breadwinner of the family. Last year, Forbes estimated Sharapova earned $25 million in winnings and endorsements. Can’t imagine there are too many other NBA players who will bring home paychecks one-fifth of that of their wives.

But all this talk of money and carats is tacky. When you’re in love, you can’t put a price on happiness. ( sports.yahoo.com )

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Lawyers try to shorten hearing in Jackson case

Lawyers try to shorten hearing in Jackson case – Prosecutors and attorneys for the doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death say they are trying to work out ways to shorten a preliminary hearing scheduled in January.

Some of the evidence against Dr. Conrad Murray will be presented during the hearing that Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said Tuesday must begin on Jan. 4.

After the hearing, the judge will decide if there is enough evidence for Murray to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter.

Murray was present during the hearing Tuesday, when the judge met with attorneys for 40 minutes in closed chambers to discuss issues related to evidence.


Deputy District Attorney David Walgren says the Jan. 4 hearing may last two to three weeks, but the witness list could be shortened if he reaches stipulations with attorneys for Murray, who has pleaded not guilty. (Associated Press )

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