The SS United States, an ocean liner bigger than the Titanic that once carried celebrities across the Atlantic at record speeds, may one day sail again.
Crystal Cruises luxury travel company announced plans Thursday to overhaul the ship at a cost of at least $700 million. The massive steamship has been docked in Philadelphia for two decades, gutted and rusting at an unused wharf on the Delaware River.
But before it can be turned into a state-of-the-art commercial vessel, the SS United States must undergo a nine-month feasibility study.
In its glory days in the 1950s, the ship carried everyone from royalty to immigrants across the Atlantic Ocean, accompanied by three on-board orchestras. At the time, it was the biggest and fastest ocean liner that had ever been built in the United States — at 990 feet, 108 feet longer than the Titanic.
U.S. experts were expected in Somalia Friday to assist the investigation into an explosion that blew a hole in the side of a passenger plane as it took off from Mogadishu, the country's aviation chief said, NBS News reported.
The blast occurred in the cabin of an Airbus A321, killing one and prompting an emergency landing of the craft.
The F.B.I. has been "invited" to assist the British-trained Somali officials in analyzing the explosion.
As of now, no terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the explosion, but Somalia has long had issues with al Shabob, an ally of al Qaeda.
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A little-known United Nations human rights panel has sided with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his long-running battle with Swedish and British authorities, saying he should be allowed to walk free from his embassy hideaway and compensated for the years he has lost.
The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which falls under the offices of the U.N. human rights chief, said Assange has been "arbitrarily detained" by Britain and Sweden since December 2010, when he was first sought for questioning on allegations of sexual misconduct.
The panel's recommendation was immediately rejected by Swedish and British officials who said Assange's legal situation is unchanged. He remains in the Embassy of Ecuador in London, where he has been holed up for more than three and a half years.
Health department workers are spending the week spraying insecticide up and down the streets of Brazil's major cities, trying to kill as many mosquitoes as possible before Carnival. The giant festival of parades, music and dancing attracts millions of visitors from around the world.
As crowds pour into Recife airport, they're met with bands and warnings, according to NBC News. Staffers in mosquito-decorated T-shirts offer information about the Aedes aegypti mosquito that's spreading the virus across Latin America and the Caribbean.
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Jurors say a central Florida woman who won a $1 million lottery jackpot must pay $291,000 to her former boyfriend, who had claimed he gave her the money to buy the ticket.
The Seminole County jury reached its decision Thursday after deliberating for more than three hours, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
The ex-boyfriend, 62-year-old Howard Browning, had claimed that he and his former girlfriend, 62-year-old Lynn Poirier, had an agreement to evenly split any lottery winnings.
Poirier denied making any such deal.
A small drone crashed into the 40th floor of the Empire State Building Thursday night and then fell to a 35th floor landing, authorities said.
Police said a New Jersey man was flying the drone in an attempt to take pictures and apparently lost control of the aircraft.
Investigators said Sean Nivin Riddle was arrested at the scene and is expected to face criminal charges. He was being questioned by officers at the Midtown South police precinct.
Right after the crash, Riddle apparently wrote on his own Twitter feed: “filming w/ drone, now its stuck on the empire state building....w/security.”
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The huge events surrounding the Super Bowl, as well as the resources needed to accommodate the big game, will leave the Titans of Mavericks Surf contest on the sidelines this week.
The Pillar Point Harbor patrol continues to monitor the El Niño-powered waves pounding the Mavericks surf area in Half Moon Bay. Deputy Harbormaster Cary Smith says the 20-foot waves with 40-foot faces would be ideal for the contest.
But Thursday is the first day of a "blackout" period for the Mavericks contest because so many agencies needed for the contest are tied up with the Super Bowl.
Smith says the blackout period ends Monday.
A Saudi military spokesman said Thursday the kingdom is ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight ISIS — an offer welcomed by Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
Saudi Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri on Thursday told The Associated Press that Saudi Arabia has taken part in coalition airstrikes against ISIS since the U.S.-led campaign began in September 2014, but could now provide ground troops. The U.S. is scheduled to convene a meeting of defense ministers from countries fighting ISIS in Brussels next week month.
"We are determined to fight and defeat Daesh," Asiri said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS. He didn't say how many troops the kingdom would send.
Saudi Arabia is deeply involved in Yemen's civil war, where it is fighting Iranian-backed Shiite rebels. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries have long viewed Iran as a regional menace, and Riyadh and Tehran back opposite sides in the wars in Syria and Yemen.
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was faced with the nagging issue of her private email server once again during MSNBC’s Democratic debate in Durham, New Hampshire on Thursday.
Clinton said she is “100 percent confident” the investigation will not be problematic in her bid for the White House.
“I have absolutely no concerns about it whatsoever,” she told debate moderators Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow.
It was the first time Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders debated in a one-on-one face off since former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley suspended his campaign on Monday. It is also the last time the two candidates will meet before the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.
Fireworks flying in their first one-on-one debate, Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders Thursday night of subjecting her to an "artful smear" while Sanders suggested the former secretary of state was a captive of the political establishment.
The two Democrats kept up a markedly more contentious tone than when they last debated before the year's presidential voting began in Iowa, and it signaled how the race for the nomination has tightened five days ahead of the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire next Tuesday.
The two argued over ideas, over tactics and over who has the liberal credentials to deliver on an agenda of better access to health care, more affordable college, dealing with income inequality and more.
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Many people are finding Super Bowl weekend has been a super bust when it comes to renting out their homes.
Dozens of homes, apartments and rooms remain available for rent on Airbnb even though prices are plummeting.
In Santa Clara, a home listed on Thursday and just a few yards from Levi's Stadium still could not find any renters. Many residents had dreams of a quick payday renting for the big game, but experts said too many people in Santa Clara listed their homes at extreme prices and will likely end up not making a dime.
"Still haven't heard anything," said Brandon Smith, who hoped to score some extra cash during Super Bowl week by renting out his two-bedroom apartment in Campbell.
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McDonald’s is offering kids something other than toys with their Happy Meals this month.
Children can choose to get a book instead of a prize with their meals through Feb. 15, the company said in a release.
The four different books that are available are: “Paddington” by Michael Bond; “Clark the Shark Takes Heart” by Bruce Hale; “Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!” by Laura Numeroff; and “Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool” by Kimberly and James Dean.