Fishermen safe after boat failure
Six fishermen survived the sinking of their vessel off Maui, authorities said Tuesday. The Coast Guard said the problem began Monday when a 43-foot charter fishing vessel began taking on water about two miles off the coast of Kahoolawe. The agency received a call from the captain saying the boat was sinking and passengers were putting on life jackets. The six people then climbed into a life raft. The Coast Guard launched a response boat from the station in Maui. It also notified other mariners in the area that the fishing vessel was in need of assistance. A recreational vessel responded and rescued the passengers and crew. They were brought to the harbor. No one was seriously injured. Authorities have not yet determined what caused the vessel to start taking on water.
Cutbacks at Air Force museum
The national Air Force museum in southwest Ohio is closing some galleries starting next month due to federal budget cuts. The director of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton said the presidential and research and development galleries will be closed until further notice beginning May 1. Museum director Jack Hudson said Tuesday that popular exhibits in the affected galleries include President John F. Kennedy's Air Force One and the high-altitude 1950s bomber the XB-70 Valkyrie. He said museum officials hope to reopen those galleries as soon as possible. The budget cuts also will end weekly tours of the museum's restoration area after April 26 and cancel some lectures and all of the summer aerospace camps. The museum has canceled staff training and travel and is deferring nonemergency maintenance, according to Hudson.