12 more cruises canceled on troubled ship
Carnival Cruise Lines has canceled a dozen more planned voyages aboard the Triumph and acknowledged that the crippled ship had been plagued by other mechanical problems in the weeks before an engine-room fire left it powerless in the Gulf of Mexico. The company's announcement Wednesday came as the Triumph was being towed to a port in Mobile, Ala., with more than 4,000 people on board, some of whom have complained to relatives that conditions on the ship are dismal and that they have limited access to food and bathrooms. The ship will be idle through April.
GOP prevents vote on nominee Hagel
Senate Republicans refused to allow a vote Wednesday on the nomination of Chuck Hagel to lead the Defense Department, staging the first filibuster against a president's choice to head the Pentagon. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., called the move "a shame" as he announced he was unable to reach an agreement with the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee to avoid such a delay. Reid filed a motion to end the filibuster and said he expected to vote on it Friday.
Medal created for cyber, drone wars
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday the Pentagon is creating a medal that can be awarded to troops who have a direct impact on combat operations, but do it well away from any combat zone. The new blue, red and white-ribboned Distinguished Warfare Medal for drone pilots and computer experts will be awarded to individuals for "extraordinary achievement" related to a military operation.
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Coast Guard brings sex charges for 6
The U.S. Coast Guard Academy has disciplined a service member and five civilian employees for allegedly engaging in sex acts on campus and using government computers to send sexually explicit and other inappropriate content, an academy spokesman said Wednesday. All six misused computers and some participated in consensual sex acts on school grounds during the workday, academy spokesman David Santos said. Two civilian workers resigned and three were disciplined. The Coast Guard discharged the service member, who was stationed at the academy.