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GULF OF MEXICO: Disabled ship under tow

Passengers aboard a disabled cruise ship being towed to shore were trying to make the best of a bad situation, sleeping under the stars instead of in stuffy, hot cabins. Lack of ventilation on Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Triumph had made it too hot inside. The ship left Galveston, Texas, Thursday for a four-day cruise, carrying 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew. On Sunday, 150 miles off Mexico's Yucat√°n Peninsula, an engine room fire knocked out its primary power source, crippling water and plumbing systems and leaving it adrift on backup power. A passenger with a pre-existing medical condition was taken off as a precaution. The ship was expected to reach Mobile, Ala., tomorrow.

WASHINGTON

Sparring over curbs on guns

The toll of gun violence makes it time for new federal gun curbs that balance public safety with gun rights, Democrats said Tuesday at the Senate's latest hearing on restricting firearms. Republicans said today's unenforced gun laws give criminals no fear in ignoring them, and warned that the Constitution's right to bear arms must be protected. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said cooperation was possible on stopping straw purchases. The hearing room was filled with gun control groups and, according to Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), relatives of some killed in the Newtown, Conn., school shootings. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee holding the hearing, asked friends and families of gun victims to stand, and dozens rose. "We know that we have to act," he said.


PENNSYLVANIA: Wife held in stabbing death

The wife of former basketball player Matthew White, who played on University of Pennsylvania's 1979 Final Four team, was charged with murdering him as he slept. Maria Reyes Garcia-Pellon, 53, told police she stabbed White after she caught him looking at "pornography, young girls," according to court papers filed in state court in Media. "I love kids. I had to do it," she told police.

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