Submarine that vanished with 44 sailors found near Argentina

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. | The Washington Post

As days, then weeks passed with no contact from the ARA San Juan submarine, Argentines began to accept the fact that what had once been an aging staple of the nation’s naval fleet had been suddenly and tragically transformed into a 60-foot-long metal tomb.

But as the nation mourned the anniversary of the San Juan’s disappearance on Thursday, painful questions lingered: What horrible tragedy had befallen the submarine? And, most importantly, would the craft and the bodies of the 44 sailors aboard ever be recovered?

In a bittersweet announcement Saturday, authorities said they may soon have answers to those twin mysteries. The San Juan has been found nearly 3,000 feet beneath the ocean’s surface in waters off the Valdes Peninsula in Argentine Patagonia, according to The Associated Press.

Almost exactly a year ago, the diesel-electric ARA San Juan was returning to its base south of Buenos Aires after a routine mission to Ushuaia, near the southern tip of South America, the Argentine navy said.

Then, suddenly, it went silent.

If trouble arose, the crew of the submarine was supposed to surface and essentially phone home, but that never happened.

Still, hope lingered despite the radio silence. The submarine was full of dozens of trained and resourceful sailors. In addition, the San Juan had multiple ways of communicating, as well as an ample supply of food and oxygen.

Even if the sub couldn’t communicate or surface, authorities hoped they could find it before it was too late.

The Argentine navy called in reinforcements from up and down the Western Hemisphere, an international team from the United States, Britain, Brazil and Chile and a dozen other countries combining manpower and technological know-how.

But in those initial days of the search, the news kept getting worse.

The search-and-rescue ships were battered by 50 mph winds …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World


Georgia derailment leads to town’s evacuation

BYROMVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A small Georgia town has been evacuated after a derailment of multiple railroad cars.

CSX Railroad said the cars derailed around 7 a.m. Saturday in Byromville, roughly 55 miles south of Macon.

The exact number of cars involved is unclear. CSX says “several” cars derailed. The town’s fire chief, Brett Walls, tells WMAZ-TV that between 15 and 30 cars fell from a bridge onto Georgia Highway 90. The Dooly County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook statement that some cars contained pressurized propane, requiring evacuation within a half-mile of the accident.

Walls says that would cover “practically the whole town,” which has a population of about 500.
There have been no reports of injuries.

CSX says the train had two locomotives, 72 loaded cars and 69 empty cars.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World


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Trump says written answers to Mueller have been completed

By Carol D. Leonnig and Josh Dawsey | Washington Post

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Friday said he has answered a set of questions from special counsel Robert Mueller “very easily,” while his lawyers signal that the president expects to turn over his written answers in the coming days.

Trump stressed that he has been “busy” and it has taken some time to complete them, but also expressed his concern about Mueller’s purpose in obtaining them.

“You always have to be careful answering questions for people who have bad intentions,” he said of the team Mueller has assembled to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and any possible coordination with Trump’s campaign. “I haven’t submitted them. I just finished them.”

The president’s comments, which he made to reporters gathered in the Oval Office for a bill signing, came after his lawyers surprisingly postponed submitting the answers as they had planned to on Thursday. Rudolph Giuliani, the president’s lawyer, told The Washington Post that the legal team was still deciding whether some of Mueller’s questions they agreed to answer in September would cause legal problems for the president.

According to people familiar with the delay, Trump’s lawyers believe they have now resolved the problem they faced.

Trump stressed Friday that he answered the questions personally, not his lawyers.

“My lawyers aren’t working on it. I’m working on it,” Trump said. “My lawyers don’t write the answers.”

The president has met with lawyers nearly every day this week in sessions to review his answers, including a four-hour session Wednesday that was frequently interrupted by other business. Trump spent more than four hours meeting with his attorneys Monday, broken up by phone calls the president had to take, and 90 minutes Wednesday night, according to people familiar with the sessions.

Trump also was asked Friday about his recent tweets, which …read more

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