Judge blocks service of Hawaii Superferry
A state judge agreed to temporarily block the first passenger-vehicle ferry service between the Hawaiian Islands from using Maui's Kahului Harbor, giving environmental groups a victory.
Protesters sought the temporary restraining order to halt the Hawaii Superferry from using the harbor until an environmental assessment is conducted. The request does not affect ports on Oahu or Kauai also served by the ferry.
The environmentalists argued in a lawsuit Monday that the ferry's plan to ply 644 kilometers of Hawaii waters each day endangers whales, threatens to spread invasive species and will worsen traffic and pollution.
Superferry officials have said the ship's water jet propulsion system means there are no exposed propellers to strike aquatic animals.
Funds to North Korea
The United Nations said yesterday it was seeking US$14 million to help nearly 1 million North Koreans affected by flooding and landslides.
The money is for food, medicine, clean water and other emergency needs for the next three months, said Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Heavy rain and floods swept across North Korea earlier this month, leaving at least 600 people dead or missing, according to the country's official news agency. The floods have left another 170,000 people homeless, Byrs said.
The U.N. said it was working closely with North Korea over the relief effort. The U.N. food agency plans to distribute emergency relief to 215,000 people suffering from the worst hunger, said spokeswoman Christiane Berthiaume.
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico
A police officer in U.S. President George W. Bush's motorcade crashed his motorcycle and died Monday, less than a year after a crash in Hawaii killed another officer accompanying the president.
Rio Rancho Officer Germaine Casey, 40, crashed at the Albuquerque airport at a point where a road enters an underground parking garage, said Trish Hoffman, a spokeswoman for the Albuquerque Police Department. He was pronounced dead at an Albuquerque hospital.
Bush had been headed to the airport after attending a fundraiser for Republican Senator Pete Domenici of New Mexico.
Rio Rancho police department spokesman Officer John Francis said Casey's motorcycle hit a curb and then a tree, but investigators were reconstructing the accident to determine exactly what happened.
LOS ANGELES, California
An Alaska Airlines jet bumped into another one Monday while pulling away from a gate at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said. No one was injured.
An Alaska Boeing 737 carrying 117 passengers to Washington, D.C., was pushing back from its gate when its left winglet made contact with another Alaska jet, said airline spokeswoman Amanda Tobin Bielawski.
The departing plane "was backing away from the gate at very slow speed," she said.
The winglet, a small vertical fin on the outer tip of a wing, was damaged. The second plane, a parked and empty Boeing 737, had damage to the horizontal stabilizer in its tail.