18 feared dead after
All 18 sailors aboard an Indian submarine hit Wednesday by twin explosions and an intense fire are feared dead, a naval official said. The submarine had also been damaged in a deadly explosion in 2010 and had only recently returned to service.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because divers had yet to recover any bodies, said the navy believed there was no way anyone could have survived the intensity of the blasts and fire, which occurred when the diesel-powered submarine was docked at a Mumbai navy base.
Officials had earlier said that there had been no contact with the sailors since the explosions, which lit up the sky above the base. They said navy divers had opened one of its hatches but had not yet been able to enter the submarine because it was dark and full of muddy water.
Jackson Jr. gets
2 1/2 years in jail
A federal judge has sentenced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to 30 months in prison, after his guilty plea that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Wednesday that as a public official Jackson was supposed to live up to a higher standard.
Jackson, 48, the son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, had been a Democratic congressman from Illinois from 1995 until he resigned last November.
According to court papers in the case, he used campaign money to buy items including a $43,350 gold-plated men’s Rolex watch.
His wife, Sandi, was sentenced to one year for filing false tax returns.
FORT MYERS, Fla.
General Lee portrait
causing an uproar
The Lee County chapter of the NAACP wants to hold demonstrations because the county refuses to take down a portrait of Gen. Robert E. Lee that hangs in the commissioners’ meeting chambers.
The group says the portrait of the Confederate general is a slap to the face for local minorities.
A half-dozen or so supporters of the portrait — mostly members of local Confederate historical groups — talked about the painting during a County Commission meeting Tuesday night.
A member of the local Sons of Confederate Veterans told commissioners the group strongly objects to attempts to remove the portrait.
Lee County is named after Lee, who commanded the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Peace talks kick off
in undisclosed location
With tensions high and expectations low, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators launched their first substantive round of peace talks in nearly five years, huddling together at an undisclosed location Wednesday in search of an end to decades of conflict.
The meeting was cloaked in secrecy, an attempt by both sides to prevent leaks to the media and maintain trust. Officials would say only that the talks took place in Jerusalem, and there was no immediate comment from either side. The Israeli government released a brief video showing the chief negotiators shaking hands as the talks continued into the evening.
Ahead of the meeting, there already were signs of trouble. A new Israeli push to build hundreds of new homes in Jewish settlements and fresh fighting in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip underscored the tough road ahead.