It is indeed a Happy Easter for Maersk ship “Alabama” Capt. Richard Phillips, who has been held hostage by Somali pirates for the past few days. It is been reported that earlier today Capt. Phillips has been rescued by U.S forces when a firefight took place that killed 3 out of the 4 pirates that were holding him.
The New York Times has the story:
MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — An American ship captain was freed unharmed Sunday in a swift firefight that killed three of the four Somali pirates who had been holding him for days in a lifeboat off the coast of Africa, the ship’s owner said.
A senior U.S. intelligence official said a pirate who had been involved in negotiations to free Capt. Richard Phillips but who was not on the lifeboat was in custody.
Phillips, 53, of Underhill, Vermont, was safely transported to a Navy warship nearby.
Maersk Line Limited President and CEO John Reinhart said in a news release that the U.S. government informed the company around 1:30 p.m. EDT Sunday that Phillips had been rescued. Reinhart said the company called Phillips’ wife, Andrea, to tell her the news.
The U.S. official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. A Pentagon spokesman had no immediate comment.
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The wait is finally over for the Obama girls, Sasha and Malia, the Easter Bunny delivered their new puppy, a Portuguese water dog, to the White House.
The dog was all the rage on all on the morning talk shows, Meet the Press, Face the Nation and This Week with George Stephanopoulos, all made sure to mention the puppy. The Washington Pos
t was first with the story:
Who let the dog out? That’s the Washington mystery du jour.
The identity of the first puppy — the one that the Washington press corps has been yelping about for months, the one President Obama has seemed to delight in dropping hints about — leaked out yesterday. This despite White House efforts to delay the news until the big debut planned for Tuesday afternoon.
The little guy is a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog given to the Obama girls as a gift by that Portuguese water dog-lovin’ senator himself, Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts. The girls named it Bo — and let it be noted that you learned that here first. Malia and Sasha chose the name, because their cousins have a cat named Bo and because first lady Michelle Obama’s father was nicknamed Diddley, a source said. (Get it? Bo . . . Diddley?)
Bo’s a handsome little guy. Well suited for formal occasions at the White House, he’s got tuxedo-black fur, with a white chest, white paws and a rakish white goatee.
Read More and see pictures of the Presidential Pooch >>> Here
Pope Benedict XVI has delivered his Easter blessing to a packed St Peter’s Square in the Vatican.
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