Hostages held for ransom by pirates in 2010, almost all of them off the Somali coast and the most since recordkeeping began in 1991, according to the International Maritime Bureau
53 Vessels seized, all but four taken by Somali pirates
Salvation Army swims uphill
A survey of Salvation Army food programs across the country released Tuesday shows nearly all saw increased demand over the past year while donations dwindled. Of 31 branches surveyed, all but two saw demand for food increase in 2010 from the previous year. Yet about two-thirds of the programs said donations stayed level or decreased. Nationwide, donations fell by about 8 percent. Many Salvation Army regions had to take money away from other areas of their budget to meet increased demands for food and shelter, said Maj. George Hood, Salvation Army national spokesman. "This has been the most intense three-year period that I've witnessed," said Hood, who has been with the charity for 40 years.
Room ban for gays costs couple
A British Christian couple were fined $5,800 Tuesday for refusing to allow a gay couple the use of a double room at their bed-and-breakfast in southern England, capping a case that has drawn national attention. There was a media uproar after Martyn Hall and partner Steven Preddy were turned away from Chymorvah Private Hotel in Marazion, in southwestern England, in 2008. Husband and wife Peter and Hazelmary Bull — both devout Christians — had refused on religious grounds to let the two men share a room. The Bulls had argued that their intent was not to discriminate against homosexuals, saying they did not allow unmarried heterosexuals to share a double room either. Hall and Preddy said they were satisfied with the ruling.
8 Hostages who died in Somali pirate incidents