Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76. He had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey native's adopted home. John Artis, a longtime friend and caregiver, said Carter died in his sleep. Carter spent 19 years in prison for three murders at a tavern in Paterson, N.J., in 1966. He was convicted alongside Artis in 1967 and again in a new trial in 1976. Carter was freed in November 1985 when his convictions were set aside after years of appeals and public advocacy.
Shootout shatters Easter truce in Ukraine
An Easter truce was shattered early Sunday after a shootout at a militia checkpoint in eastern Ukraine left at least three people dead. The checkpoint, near the town of Slavyansk, had been manned by separatists in and around the Donetsk region, where armed separatists have occupied administrative buildings for the past week. A holiday truce had been declared by Kiev's interim government, which pledged not to use force to dislodge those calling for secession of the predominately Russian-speaking region.
Miscommunication added to chaos as South Korean ferry sank
The confirmed death toll from the sunken South Korean ferry rose to more than 50 Sunday while transcripts from when the ship was sinking revealed crucial miscommunication between ship traffic controllers and crew who could have expedited rescue. More than 200 of the 476 people on board remain missing. The communications log detailed the conversation between the ship and the Jindo Vessel Traffic Service Center. The Korea Herald notes that the log "showed that the crew was told on a number of occasions to implement emergency measures. However, the ship's communications officer concentrated on whether the Coast Guard was on its way without relaying the orders to the passengers."
Bench-clearing brawl erupts in Pirates-Brewers game
Tempers flared in Pittsburgh on Sunday following a triple from Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez. Gomez and Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole exchanged words after Gomez slid into third base, and the misunderstanding soon escalated into a massive brawl. Gomez, Pirates outfielder Travis Snider and Brewers bench coach Jerry Narron were all ejected.
15th anniversary of Columbine
It has been fifteen years since Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold stalked the halls of Columbine High School in a murderous rampage, and memories of that fateful day still echo across Colorado and the country. Schools have tightened security, with more deploying metal detectors or armed guards. Police officers flood into shooting situations, rather than hanging back. School psychologists are trained to intervene more decisively when they encounter students with mental health challenges. But while the killings that day prompted changes, the school itself continues to shape the minds of kids, none of whom were even there when the tragedy occurred on April 20, 1999.
Sub search for missing plane set to wind down
An underwater robotic submarine is expected to finish searching a narrowed-down area of the Indian Ocean seabed for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane within a week, the agency coordinating the search announced Saturday. To date, the U.S. Navy's Bluefin-21 sub has scanned 51 square miles of ocean floor. The sub completed its sixth mission overnight Friday and was searching again Saturday in the waters off the coast of western Australia. The latest data are still being analyzed, but nothing of interest has been noted, the Joint Agency Coordination Center (JACC) said in a statement.
Prince George meets his bilby namesake at zoo in Sydney
It's all happening at the zoo on Easter Sunday in Sydney, where Prince George met a cute little critter named for him and the world got to see the royal baby for a second official appearance. After Easter services at the Anglican cathedral in Sydney in the morning, Prince William and Duchess Kate took George to the Taronga Zoo, where they took some time to enjoy the Prince George Bilby Exhibit, named for the little prince soon after his birth in July 2013.
Ohio couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart
When Helen Felumlee passed away at age 92 on Saturday morning, her family knew her husband Kenneth, 91, wouldn't be slow to follow her. The couple couldn't bear to be apart very long, and Kenneth passed away only 15½ hours after his wife of 70 years. "We knew when one went, the other was going to go," said daughter Linda Cody to the Zanesville Times Recorder. "We wanted them to go together, and they did."