Cruise ships to shelter victims
ORLANDO, Fla. - Three Carnival Cruise Lines ships have been pressed into service by the government to provide shelter for as many as 7,000 hurricane victims.
The Ecstasy, the Sensation and the Holiday will be pulled from regular use starting Monday at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The cost of the charters was not disclosed.
Ecstasy, normally ported at Galveston for four-and five-day cruises, and Sensation, normally in New Orleans for similar trips, will both be pulled Monday and are scheduled to dock and house Katrina refugees in Galveston, Texas. The Holiday, which normally sails four and five-day Mexico cruises out of Mobile, Ala., will be pulled Thursday and likely docked in Mobile.
KKK protests Methodists' meeting
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. - About a dozen members of the Ku Klux Klan began protesting Saturday outside a meeting of United Methodists who want gays welcomed in all aspects of church life.
The protesters, dressed in black and wearing black berets, are based in Georgia and came from a handful of Southeastern states. They carried signs reading "Show me where sin is OK," and "God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve."
About five counter-protesters from Knoxville, Tenn., who were across the street from the KKK, were asked to leave by police because they were not in a designated protest area near a command center run by the Haywood County Sheriff's Department.
Small plane crashes into post office, killing pilot
SOUTH HACKENSACK, N.J. - A small plane crashed into a post office building near Teterboro Airport late Friday, killing the pilot and injuring a passenger, authorities said.
The single-engine Cessna struck the South Hackensack Post Office building as the plane was trying to land, said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which operates the airport.
The plane ended up crumpled nose-first against a brick wall near a loading dock. There was no immediate word on the extent of the passenger's injuries.
- From wire reports