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Argentina analyzing sounds in search for missing submarine

Argentina analyzing sounds in search for missing submarineMAR DEL PLATA, Argentina (AP) — Experts are analyzing sounds that might have come from an Argentine submarine lost for five days with 44 crew members on board, the country's navy said Monday.


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Auto safety group seeks Chrysler Pacifica recall

Auto safety group seeks Chrysler Pacifica recallDETROIT (AP) — An auto safety group is asking the government for a recall of Chrysler Pacifica minivans over complaints that the engines can stall without warning.


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Merkel signals readiness for new election after coalition talks collapse
By Paul Carrel and Gernot Heller BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would prefer a new election to ruling with a minority after talks on forming a three-way coalition failed overnight, but Germany's president told parties they owed i...
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'We know where he went': Readers react to Manson death
Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after masterminding the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, died Sunday night after ne...
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The Latest: Dad of man killed by ex-officer addresses court

The Latest: Dad of man killed by ex-officer addresses courtTULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a former police officer convicted of fatally shooting his daughter's boyfriend in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (all times local):


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U.S. general sets two-year goal for driving back Afghan Taliban
By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Monday he believes he could help Afghan forces drive back the Taliban enough to control at least 80 percent of the country within two years, compared wit...
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Inside Ben Affleck's Battle with Addiction — and How Jennifer Garner Has Helped Him

Inside Ben Affleck's Battle with Addiction — and How Jennifer Garner Has Helped HimThe Justice League star, who has been open about his struggle with alcohol abuse, leaned on others, including his ex Jennifer Garner, after suffering a relapse in September, sources tell PEOPLE in the magazine’s new issue


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On-Duty 'Attack' Leaves One U.S. Border Agent Dead, Another Injured

On-Duty 'Attack' Leaves One U.S. Border Agent Dead, Another InjuredA U.S. border agent has died following what government officials described as an “attack” in West Texas on Sunday morning that left a second agent seriously injured.


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Missing Argentine submarine 'running out of air' and had reported fault before vanishing

Missing Argentine submarine 'running out of air' and had reported fault before vanishingAn Argentine submarine missing in the South Atlantic is likely to be running out of air and had reported technical problems before vanishing, naval officials have said.  ARA San Juan’s last message reported a short circuit in its batteries and the vessel was ordered to return to its home. The Argentine navy quashed hopes that a series of brief incomplete satellite calls detected over the weekend could have been emergency calls from the vessel but then on Monday night said it was analysing separate "noise" that may have come from the vessel. Enrique Balbi, a Navy spokesman, said two of  search vessels had detected the sound and called in a US P-8 Poseidon aircraft to record it with sonobuoys. Further analysis is needed to identify the noise. He said he “did not want to create false expectations” of a rescue, but explained that  the search operation now had a place to focus, which coincided with the route the submarine would have been taking to Mar del Plata. ARA San Juan submarine in Buenos Aires. Credit: AFP Two oceanographic ships had been dispatched to the site of the sound to send down probes, the spokesman said, adding that the analysis of the captured sound would take some three hours. Buenos Aires had been beginning to face domestic criticism of its handling of the search, with one union describing government efforts as badly coordinated and apathetic. The submarine and its crew of 44 have now been missing for five days as a growing fleet of international vessels and patrol planes brave 20ft waves and high winds to search hundreds of square miles. US Navy submarine rescue chambers have been flown to the region in the hope of bringing the crew to the surface in case the vessel can be found. Gabriel Galeazzi, a spokesman for the Argentine Navy, said the German-built diesel electric vessel had surfaced on Wednesday to report the fault. He said: “At that moment the commander was ordered to go directly to Mar de Plata. After that we lost contact.” A ship leaves a Naval base to join the search for missing submarine ARA San Juan, in Mar del Plata, Argentina Credit: a Devo Source: He suggested the fault could have affected the submarine’s navigation, but said it did have back-up systems. Although the crew has enough food, oxygen and fuel to survive about 90 days on the sea's surface, they only have enough oxygen to last for seven days if submerged. After that, the boat  would have to surface or get near the surface to replenish air supply. Seven brief satellite signals lasting only seconds were detected over the weekend, raising hopes the crew were trying to call and prompting jubilation among the waiting families. Juan Carlos Mendoza, father of Fernando Mendoza, a crew member of the missing submarine ARA San Juan, stands outside the Navel base in Mar del Plata, Argentina waiting for news Credit: AP But analysis of the low frequency signals later found they were not from the submarine. Up to 20 vessels, including the Royal Navy’s HMS Protector and HMS Clyde are joining the search. Britain has also sent an RAF C-130 aircraft and a Voyager refuelling aircraft to help it search for longer. Cdr Erik Reynolds, spokesman for the US Navy, which is coordinating the international effort, said vessels were using their sonar to hunt for the ship, though high waves are hampering efforts. Maritime patrol planes are searching for signs of oil or waste that could have been jettisoned by the crew to signal their location. Search and rescue mission for Argentinian submarine Two US Navy undersea submarine rescue vessels are on standby if needed for a rescue. The vessels can attach to the hatch of a stricken submarine at depths of up to 2,000ft and then ferry surviving crew back to the surface. "There is no good news," Juan Carlos Mendoza, father of crew member Fernando Mendoza, told local reporters. "Hopefully they have oxygen." The ARA San Juan was inaugurated in 1983, making it the newest of the three submarines in the navy's fleet. Built in Germany, it underwent maintenance in 2008 in Argentina. That maintenance included the replacement of its four diesel engines and its electric propeller engines, according to specialist publication Jane's Sentinel. ATEPSA, a union representing workers in the protection and security of aeronautics, said the case of the submarine "puts centre stage the recurring failures in state policies". It said in a statement that "the apathy in the Services of Search and Rescue, and the lack of coordination which exists in all the public bodies involved, are the faithful reflection of multiple errors which complicate the principle objective: to reach the victims in an urgent manner". The union noted workers in several airports were participating in search operations "despite the problems of communication in the oceanic sector due to lack of investment." This was "aggravated by the fact that the plant that transmits and receives all the aeronautic communications in the country does not have staff," it complained.


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Keystone XL Pipeline Just Cleared One Of Its Final Hurdles Despite A Massive Leak

Keystone XL Pipeline Just Cleared One Of Its Final Hurdles Despite A Massive LeakState regulators in Nebraska narrowly voted to approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Monday, five days after the original Keystone pipeline leaked 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota.


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