On a graduation high in Annapolis Eric Robert Marx clicks his heels after receiving his diploma during the U.S. Naval Academy graduation Friday in Annapolis, Md.AP photo
A government flight that linked Peru’s isolated jungle communities crashed in a storm, officials said, and at least eight survivors among the 20 people on board were rescued Friday after helicopters spotted a fire some had set.
The Twin Otter plane was declared missing Thursday evening after leaving Orellana, some 360 miles northeast of Lima, the Defense Ministry said. Regional officials said a three-man air force crew and 17 civilian passengers were on board.
Defense Minister Allan Wagner said a police helicopter rescued one survivor and a marine patrol that reached the crash site by land found seven others. He said the plane was found in a low, jungle-covered mountain range some 12 miles from Orellana.
An air force spokeswoman said one of the survivors, a woman, was being taken by helicopter to a hospital.
A U.S. contractor who worked at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq was sentenced to more than three years in prison Friday for possessing child pornography that he obtained using the prison’s computer network.
Ahmed Hasan Khan, 31, of Woodbridge, had been working at Abu Ghraib for contractor L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. in November 2005 when a network administrator at the prison saw that Khan had been visiting suspicious sites. A search of Khan’s laptop computer later found hundreds of child pornography images, including children as young as 4, officials said.
The three-year, five-month sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton was at the low end of sentencing guidelines. Prosecutor Jerry Smagala told the judge that such a sentence would be appropriate.
Myanmar’s military government on Friday extended the house arrest of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for another year, defying an outpouring of international appeals for the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s freedom.
Suu Kyi, 60, has spent more than 11 of the past 17 years in detention. She has been continually detained for the past four years, spending most of it confined to her residence in Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city.
Her current one-year detention order was due to expire Sunday and the extension had been widely expected despite calls by international groups and world leaders for Suu Kyi’s freedom.
Rosie O’Donnell has fought her last fight at “The View.”
ABC said Friday she asked for, and received, an early exit from her contract at the daytime chatfest following her angry confrontation with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Wednesday. She was due to leave in mid-June.
It ended a colorful eight-month tenure for O’Donnell that lifted the show’s ratings but no doubt caused heartburn for show creator Barbara Walters. O’Donnell feuded with Donald Trump and frequently had snippy exchanges with the more conservative Hasselbeck.
O’Donnell said last month she would be leaving because she could not agree to a new contract with ABC executives.
In a statement, O’Donnell said that “it’s been an amazing year and I love all three women.”