‘Duck boat’ sinks, leaves two passengers missing

An amphibious sightseeing boat that stalled in the Delaware River was knocked over by an oncoming barge Wednesday, spilling 37 people overboard and leaving two passengers unaccounted for after a frantic rescue effort.

The six-wheeled “duck boat” had driven into the water just after 2:30 p.m. and suffered a mechanical problem and a small fire, officials said. It was struck about 10 minutes later by a barge used to transport sludge, then sank.


Suicide bomber kills 33, hurts 108 Shiite pilgrims


A suicide bomber attacked a crowd of Shiite Muslim pilgrims in a Sunni neighborhood of Baghdad on Wednesday night, killing at least 33 people and wounding 108, according to police.

The attack on the eve of the anniversary of the death of Imam Musa Kadhim, a Shiite saint, came as the country’s political parties continued to bicker over the shape of the next government four months after national elections. The violence suggested that despite several setbacks to al-Qaida in Iraq in recent months, militant groups are still capable of bloody and devastating attacks.

At least seven other explosions targeted Shiite pilgrims and Iraqi security forces in Iraq on Wednesday, leaving an additional 40 people wounded. Earlier in the day, insurgents dynamited the homes of two policemen and a Sunni paramilitary fighter in Abu Ghraib on the outskirts of Baghdad, killing at least two people. In the city of Fallujah, two police officers were shot to death at a checkpoint, police said.


Prosecutors add suspects in failed subway bomb plot

A failed plot to set off bombs in the New York subway system last year was part of a larger al-Qaida terrorist conspiracy that included a similar attack planned in England, U.S. prosecutors said Wednesday.


In an indictment unsealed Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn, prosecutors added several al-Qaida figures to the case, including Adnan Shukrijumah, an FBI most-wanted terrorist.

Shukrijumah, one of the al-Qaida leaders in charge of plotting attacks worldwide, was directly involved in recruiting and plotting the New York attack, prosecutors said. Attorney General Eric Holder has called the plot one of the most dangerous since Sept. 11, 2001.


Coast Guard chopper crash kills three, injures one

Officials say three U.S. Coast Guard crew members are dead and one is in a Seattle hospital following a helicopter crash off Washington.

Rear Adm. Gary Blore said the four-member crew was based in Sitka, Alaska, and was returning there from Astoria, Ore., when it crashed Wednesday morning off James Island, near La Push, Wash.


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